Carrie Breunig, President
Carrie is a youth worker, an aspiring farmer, and an artist at heart. She grew up in rural Wisconsin on a small farm and was raised to value all wild things. She has a BS from UW Madison as well as a graduate certificate from Edgewood Colleges Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership program. She has over 15 years experience in community-based education, and is currently a program manager for the Lussier LOFT Teen Center at the Goodman Community Center. Her youth work centers around arts integration, environmental education, and teaching for justice. She is grateful for her years working with programs like Operation Fresh Start, Girls Inc of Greater Madison, and Madison Empowering Responsibility in Teens. She has also been active in the organic farming community in Madison, and spent a couple years living in the Kickapoo Valley coordinating the CSA and wholesale production at Driftless Organics. On the weekends, you can find her somewhere outside (biking, gardening, paddling) with her wild child Isla and partner Micah.
Tracy Wiklund, Vice 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.
Pat Leavenworth, Secretary
Pat completed her career with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in October 2012 after 33 years with the agency. She led Wisconsin NRCS as State Conservationist for 18 years. During this tenure in Wisconsin, Pat facilitated conservation partnerships to assure optimal conservation achievements for future generations. Pat has a BA in Biological Sciences from Mt. Holyoke College and an MA in Forest Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Pat and her husband, Phil, have operated a hay and grazing operation in Ridgeway, WI since 2001. They have a daughter and son and live in Mount Horeb where Pat serves as a director for the local Farmer’s Market. Pat’s interests include writing, photography, and raising golden retrievers.
Tom Krauskopf, Treasurer
Tom is a retired administrator and policy and budget analyst for the State of Wisconsin. He has a B.S. degree in Biological Aspects of Conservation and a M.S. degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Professional responsibilities ranged from management of state facilities and police services to federal-state relations and from environmental, land information and tax policy to housing assistance. He is a past president of RSVP of Dane County; an organization with 2000 active senior volunteers. Tom lives in Madison with his wife Margie and can often be found biking, camping, kayaking and fishing. He is active in Trout Unlimited’s efforts to improve Black Earth Creek and to provide fishing access for people living with disabilities.
Alexandria is the Foundation & Grants Manager for Clean Wisconsin where she manages the organization’s multiple active grants and contracts. She is also a leader for Clean Wisconsin’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts, which include creating and implementing an action plan for staff and board to actively examine the culture of Clean Wisconsin while working to dismantle systems of oppression in progressive spaces, by fostering a multicultural and inclusive organizational culture. Additionally, Alexandria is the campaign manager for Clean Wisconsin’s Local Initiatives grant, overseeing local level organizers/grassroots environmental groups in five target areas across Wisconsin, as they implement and champion clean energy projects and policies with the support of the Wisconsin Climate Table. Alexandria currently sits on the board of Community Shares of Wisconsin, an umbrella non-profit that supports 70+ social and environmental justice advocacy organizations in the Madison area. Alexandria is a graduate of Bard College with a degree in French Literature and prior to working in environmental advocacy, she worked in book publishing and on a number of farms, both urban and rural. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, yoga and kayaking.
I grew up on the outskirts of Wausau, where daily activities included looking for snakes, insects, wildflowers and agates. With farm fields, mature forests, and the Wisconsin River only 2-4 blocks away, I had lots of different habitats to explore, and since the neighborhood had no young girls my age, that’s where I happily spent my time. Excitement was finding a red-backed salamander, smooth green snake, the first hepatica in the spring, or a really pretty agate along the railroad track at the bottom of the hill. Somehow all that, plus having parents that bought land along a trout stream, and then a nearby shallow lake, allowed me to explore and notice loads of different plants, critters, and rocks. During my four years of college at UW-Eau Claire, I managed to declare majors in Occupational Therapy, Music, Education, Art, and settled in to get a degree in Botany. Of course, being a Botany major, I decided to pursue a career in Real Estate after settling in Madison in 1990. So, that is what I’ve done for the last few decades – after discovering that I could not earn a living being a Naturalist. Needless to say, I love the natural world, and I see preserving as much greenspace, in as original a condition as possible, to be a most worthy and important goal. That is why I totally support Groundswell, and want to help. I am recently retired, and when not fighting with invasive species on our Groundswell conservation easement protected acreage in Westport, I love making pottery, walking, and ballroom dancing, or perhaps baking sweet things with eggs from our 18 chickens.
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.
Anne M. H. Brindley
Anne grew up on a small, fifth-generation dairy farm next door to her grandparents. At an early age, they instilled in her an appreciation of Polka music, lutefisk and lefse, and family. Working with the elderly and families seemed a natural progression from where it all began, and has proven to be where Anne feels most at home. She is a shareholder at Haskins Short & Brindley LLC, where her practice includes estate planning and administration, Medicaid and long term care benefit qualification, guardianship, and small business and residential real estate matters. Anne is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, State Bar of Wisconsin Young Lawyers Division, Elder Law Section, and Real Property, Probate & Trust Section. Anne volunteers with the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Wills for Heroes clinic and the Veteran’s Law Center in Madison, Wisconsin. She is an advisor to the Portage Crossfit Cooperative. Anne is licensed to practice in Wisconsin and Colorado.
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.
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.
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.
Glenn is a CPA who retired as Chief Financial Officer for Shared Medical Services, a mobile CT, MRI and PET/CT medical provider which operates in 12 states in the Midwest, after 20 years with the company. He received his BS in Accounting from UW-Madison. In addition to his financial duties, Glenn was responsible for contracting and other legal documentation at SMS and, as a result, is especially interested in the legal aspects of Groundswell Conservancy. Glenn is an active outdoor person. His special interests are ice skating, hiking, cross country skiing and biking. In retirement, Glenn is enjoying gardening and working on improving his musical abilities.
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.