Tracy Wiklund, President
Tracy recently retired from a 32-year career at University of Wisconsin-Madison that started in the campus Internal Audit Department and ended in a basic science department in the School of Medicine & Public Health. As a department administrator, her responsibilities included budgeting, human resources, financial oversight, facilities management and planning. She holds a BS in Accounting and a MS in Management. Tracy lives in a rural township near Madison with her husband and dog on 16 acres of restored prairie. For over a decade she served as a member (and then Chair) of the town’s Land Trust Commission, preserving farmland and natural areas through the town’s Purchase of Development Rights Program. Tracy enjoys painting (canvas, not walls), volunteering on the UW Credit Union’s Audit Committee, and spending time outside trying to keep honeysuckle and aspen out of the family prairie.
Alexandria Baker, Vice President
Alexandria is the Communications and Development Manager for Marbleseed, an organization supporting Midwest organic and sustainable farmers through educational resources and farmer-led events. Prior to her position with Marbleseed, she was the Foundation & Grants Manager for Clean Wisconsin, led Clean Wisconsin’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts and served as the Board Representative for Community Shares of Wisconsin. Alexandria is a graduate of Bard College with a degree in French Literature and before her career in environmental advocacy, she worked in book publishing and on several farms, both urban and rural. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, yoga, and kayaking.
Alton Multhauf, Treasurer
Alton is Vice President of Treasury Management with First Business Bank. He helps businesses streamline back-office processing, reduce fraud risk, and manage cash reserves by implementing various treasury management solutions. Prior to his Treasury Management position, Alton worked as a Credit Analyst at First Business. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and an MBA in Finance & Management from UW-Whitewater. Alton holds the Certified Treasury Professional (CTP) designation and is a member of the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP). Alton enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, hiking and kayaking. Alton also currently serves as Treasurer for Tri 4 Schools, Inc. and is on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Innovation Awards. Alton lives in Oregon with his wife and daughter.
Greg Hyer, Secretary
Greg is Chair of the Town of Cross Plains Board of Supervisors and a member of the Town Plan Commission. Greg is an advocate for the Town’s agriculture land uses, protecting its scenic and natural resources and the Black Earth Creek Watershed. He has nationally recognized professional experience in real estate development for science and technology companies tied to universities and senior management experience in government. He has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Public Administration from Indiana University. Greg and his wife, Jane enjoy cycling, skiing, hiking and fishing in the Black Earth Creek Watershed, state and national parks, preserves and public open spaces.
Curt is an environmental practitioner who leads Stantec Consulting Inc.’s U.S. power business. He holds a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology from Utah State University. For the past 13 years, he has worked in the energy sector, conducting renewable energy and transmission line siting, stakeholder meetings, county and township meetings, and civic group discussions. Curt spent the first ten years of his career researching threatened and endangered species throughout the United States, primarily in the west. He has published numerous scientific papers on the ways in which desert tortoises and San Joaquin kit foxes interact with transportation and energy infrastructure. In his free time, he enjoys cross country skiing, gardening, canoeing, or just sitting outside on a beautiful day. He lives in Madison with his wife, Alex, and their twin boys.
Lizzie is the Director of Science and Climate Programs at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, & Letters. Lizzie grew up in the Chicago suburbs and received her degree in biology from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then completed her master’s degree at University of Minnesota. She has a strong background in ornithological field studies, as well as outreach and advocacy for environmental causes. Lizzie worked for the International Crane Foundation prior to joining the Wisconsin Academy. She volunteers for the Feminist Bird Club Madison Chapter, Eken Park Neighborhood Festival, and Big City Mountaineers.
Matt is an attorney with Murphy Desmond, S.C., where he practices environmental and energy law, and is a member of the firm’s practice group for entrepreneurs and start-ups. Matt served as Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources from 2007 through 2010, where he led efforts to pass the Great Lakes Compact, reduce mercury and phosphorous pollution in state waters, and expand the Knowles Nelson Stewardship program. He also led efforts to expand clean and renewable energy and address climate change. In his 30 years of public service, Matt also served as an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and as Secretary of the Department of Corrections. Matt received his B.A. degree from Carleton College and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He grew up in Cross Plains, where he fished the Black Earth Creek. Matt and his wife live in Middleton where they raised three boys.
Following a career as an English teacher, reading specialist, and district reading coordinator, Susan has continued active involvement in public education and community engagement through tutoring, online teaching, and maintaining a blog promoting literacy in the home. She was instrumental in the development of the DeForest Area School District’s “Big Hill” school forest and continues her commitment to preserving and maintaining natural areas through local volunteer work throughout the seasons. The author and illustrator of two children’s books, Susan relaxes with a paintbrush or book in hand when not gardening, baking, hiking, or traveling. She also enjoys sleeping late.
Stacy is the Director of Budgets at Madison Gas and Electric Company. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting and Master of Professional Accountancy from UW-Whitewater. She has been employed with Madison Gas and Electric Company for 16 years. Her responsibilities include working with multiple areas throughout the Company to create budgets, forecasts and variance explanations. In addition, she works with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin and prepares ratecases and other filings. She and her husband love camping and enjoying the great state and county parks Wisconsin has to offer.
Veronica is a Peabody Award-winning communications specialist and the owner of Veronica Rueckert Coaching. She was the host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s statewide news magazine Central Time and hosted the statewide call in program, The Veronica Rueckert Show. Earlier, she worked as a senior producer and contributor on the national program To the Best of Our Knowledge distributed by Public Radio International. Her essays have aired to a national audience via NPR and PRI. She is the national media specialist at UW-Madison and the author of the book “Outspoken: Why Women’s Voices Get Silenced and How to Set Them Free” from HarperCollins. She and her family love hiking and kayaking in the beautiful natural areas in Dane County and beyond.
Rodee is the director of Strategic Partnerships Marketing and Communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he and his team work to build relationships between UW and various stakeholder groups. Prior to joining UW-Madison in 2017, Rodee spent more than ten years guiding the marketing, strategic communication and journalistic efforts of non-profits, higher education institutions and Fortune 500 companies, including the University of Wisconsin Colleges, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, C-SPAN and Kimberly-Clark. Rodee is a two-time graduate of UW-Madison, with a master’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a bachelor’s in Family and Consumer Journalism. He is a proud husband and father of two, and can often be found running and hiking the trails of Madison and greater Dane County.
Todd is an educator with over 30 years of experience and is entering his 25th year of teaching life sciences at his alma mater, Waunakee Community High School. He is a University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point graduate, with a Bachelors of Science degree in biology and broad-field life sciences education and has a passion for getting students into the outdoors to help them understand and care for their world. With the exception of five years, Todd has lived his entire life in Wisconsin, enjoying the abundance of natural wonders the state has to offer. He currently resides in DeForest, with his wife and two college-aged children. Todd enjoys landscaping, walking the family dog, camping, hiking, and paddling.
For nearly 20 years, Sara has worked at the nexus of agriculture and water quality, applying conservation principles and policies to agricultural systems in the Great Lakes. She is currently the Water & Agriculture Program Director for Clean Wisconsin where she works to protect and improve the quality of our state’s lakes, streams and groundwater. Prior to joining Clean Wisconsin, Sara spent nearly 15 years at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Sara also served as the first Agriculture Institute Director at UW-Madison’s Division of Extension where she oversaw county agricultural extension agents and education and outreach programs. Sara holds a Master of Science in Land Resources & Environmental Sciences from Montana State University-Bozeman and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources & Water Quality from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Sara lives in Madison with her husband, two teenaged sons, and two dogs. She enjoys kayaking, gardening, fishing, camping, and hiking.
Forrest has been a champion of all things entrepreneurial in Madison and a leader in the startup community for over a decade. He is COO of PerBlue, a mobile games studio started from a college apartment that now entertains millions of players around the world. Forrest was a founding team member of StartingBlock Madison and served as board co-chair, co-founded Capital Entrepreneurs, and was a founding organizer of the Forward Festival. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. Forrest enjoys spending time in and helping conserve natural spaces around Madison and throughout the Driftless area.