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Administrative Staff:

 
Executive Director: Libby Dorn
Libby joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff as executive director in January 2014. She served as the director of Fallen Timbers Environmental Center, Seymour, WI, for more than 25 years before becoming a national training specialist with University of Wisconsin-Extension, Green Bay.  Libby also was the education coordinator at the Dow Gardens, Midland, MI; school program naturalist, Chippewa Nature Center, Midland, MI; and Earth Science/Planetarium assistant, Center of Science and Industry (COSI), Columbus, OH. She has a bachelor of science in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, and a master of science in Education, specializing in environmental science, from St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI.
 

Operations Manager: Cheryl Todea
Cheryl has been at Trees For Tomorrow since 2000. She was named Operations Manager in January of 2014. She previously held the Interim Executive Director position and served as Teacher/Naturalist for 13 years. In addition to managing the overall operations of the organization, Cheryl is responsible for group programming and personnel management. Cheryl earned a degree in Environmental Education from UW-Stevens Point and worked previously for the Girl Scouts and the Wisconsin DNR. She enjoys hiking, birding, and knitting.

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Office Manager: Carol Olson
Carol joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in 1989 as an Administrative Assistant. In 1991 she became Office Manager. 
She is responsible for payroll, accounts receivable/accounts payable, seedling sales, Teacher and Adult Workshop registrations and the day-to-day office operations. Carol is a native of this area having been born and raised in Phelps, WI. Before working for Trees For Tomorrow she was a stenographer for the FBI in Washington, D.C., and later owned and operated Olson’s Home Bakery in Conover. In her spare time she enjoys her two grandchildren, golf cart riding on the family's 20 acres, and baking.

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Events/Media Coordinator: Barbara Janesh
Barb joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in 2013 after more than 25 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. She served as a summer outreach naturalist at TFT in 2010; worked as a field researcher for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative project; and as a program assistant for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and University of Wisconsin-Extension. Barb coordinates our annual Scholarship Golf Outing and Forest Fest celebration, publicizes TFT activities, and is our assistant office manager. She has a master’s degree in Environmental Science & Policy from UW-Green Bay and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Youngstown (Ohio) State University. She enjoys hiking, bicycling, snowshoeing and camping.

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Education Staff:

Program Coordinator & Teacher/Naturalist: Rob Wiener
Rob has worked at Trees For Tomorrow since 1999. 
In addition to teaching, Rob is Northbound editor, coordinates school schedules and staff schedules, coordinates the seasonal naturalist program, and develops curriculum. Rob is a Northland College graduate who worked previously with the U.S. Forest Service, Wisconsin DNR, and private consulting firms. His hobbies include photography, guitar, hunting, tennis, weightlifting, and reading.

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Teacher/Naturalist: Joe Panci
Joe rejoined Trees For Tomorrow's staff in 2009 after working at TFT from 1984 to 2003. 
In addition to teaching, Joe coordinates the Natural Resources Careers Workshop and Envirothon Workshop. He also oversees the education equipment, including the ski program and equipment. Joe earned Bachelor Degrees in both Forestry and Environmental Education from Michigan State University as well as a Master's Degree in Environmental Education from UW-Stevens Point. Joe previously worked as an Environmental Science Teacher, Outdoor Education Coordinator, cross-country ski and softball coach at Conserve School. He also worked for the US Forest Service, the Youth Conservation Corps, and the Young Adult Conservation Corps programs. He is a National Outdoor Leadership School Outdoor Educator graduate as well as a Leave No Trace Master Educator.

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Teacher/Naturalist: Laura Lorenz
Laura joined the Trees For Tomorrow Ed Staff in August of 2012. In addition to teaching, Laura assists with the Raptor program birds, oversees the reptile and amphibian care, and assists with the seasonal naturalist program. She also coordinates all summer public programs including the SEEK program, evening public programs, and summer family programs. Laura comes from Morton Grove, Illinois. Laura graduated from Northland College with a B.S. Degree in Outdoor and Environmental Education. Laura enjoys camping, hiking, canoeing, gardening, and crocheting.

 

Teacher/Naturalist: Liz Pierson
Liz Pierson is a New Jersey native, who joined the staff in March 2014 after working as a seasonal naturalist. She received her Bachelor of Science from Unity College in Unity, ME in 2008 and her Master of Science in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN in 2012. In between schooling, she has taught at a nature center in New Jersey, a zoo in Colorado, the International Wolf Center in Minnesota, a residential environmental education center and summer camp in the Adirondacks of New York and an Audubon Nature Center in New Mexico. In addition to teaching, Liz loves to travel and has been to 10 different countries and 39 of the 50 states. She also enjoys hiking, rock climbing, paddling and photography. In addition to teaching, Liz is responsible for the Tree Trunk nature store, and for coordinating Teacher and Adult Workshops.

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Seasonal Naturalist: Jessie Lambert
Jessie grew up in Verona, WI,but she moved a lot when she was younger living in Milwaukee and Lacrosse and different places around Madison. In high school she went abroad to Switzerland through the Rotary Youth Exchange program where she lived with three different families and went to Swiss school. Jessie recently graduated from UWSP with a Major in Environmental Education and Interpretation and a minor in International Resource Management and German. She loves traveling around the world and would really like to visit South East Asia as well as Africa. She also loves playing Ultimate Frisbee, cooking and trying almost any kind of new foods.

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Seasonal Naturalist: Kim Trinkle
Kim was born and raised in Columbus, OH and graduated from Ohio Northern University with a degree in biology from 2010.  She recently completed a master’s degree on winter habitat use of salt marsh sparrows at Coastal Carolina University. She has also taught middle school science and helped teachers develop lesson plans.  She enjoys learning about all aspects of science and nature, but as you might be able to guess from her graduate research project, her favorite subject is birds.  When she is not working, Kim enjoys reading, walking, painting, listening to music, and going to the beach.  She is also a major foodie; she loves to cook, bake, try new foods and restaurants, and has a horrible sweet tooth.

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Apollo
A Red-tailed hawk, Apollo was hit by a car in Oakdale Flats in Burnett County. He was taken to a wildlife rehabilitator, Kim Ammann, in Spooner, Wisconsin where he was treated for his injuries. Unfortunately, it was soon discovered that he was completely blind in his left eye which made him unreleaseable. This meant that he would need a permanent home where he would be cared for in order to survive. It was on January 13, 2009 that Apollo became a part of the Trees For Tomorrow education staff.

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Orion
Spring of 2009 we were fortunate to find a Great Horned owl who needed a home. Orion was found in the Manitowish Waters area by a couple of snowmobilers. The owl had injuries from what appeared to be a vehicle collision. It was taken to the Northwoods Wildlife Center in Minocqua, Wisconsin for treatment where it was discovered that the right wing was so severely damaged that it would prevent Orion from ever flying efficiently. Therefore, on April 1, 2009 Orion became the second feathered member of our education staff.


Maintenance Staff:

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Maintenance Director: Jim Tidball 

Jim is a 1973 graduate of UW-Stevens Point with a degree in Forestry. He has been at Trees For Tomorrow since 2000, shortly after he relocated to the Northwoods. Prior to his position at TFT, Jim was the manager for a bus company in Milwaukee for 20 years. The father of three children, he loves to hunt, fish, and snowmobile.

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Maintenance Assistant: Louie Raska 

Louie moved to the Northwoods in 2000 after retiring from Fort Howard in the Green Bay area. Father of three daughters and grandfather to four children. When not helping out at Trees For Tomorrow, Louie enjoys hunting, fishing, woodworking and snowmobiling.

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Housekeeping Staff:

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Head of Housekeeping: Krystle McGee
Krystle joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in 2009 and soon became Head of Housekeeping. Originating from Milwaukee, Krystle graduated from Northland Pines High School after moving to the Northwoods. Besides brightening up whatever room she is in, Krystle enjoys spending time with her children and her family.

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Housekeeping Assistant: Kate Villalba
Kate started working at Trees For Tomorrow at the end of 2009. She is responsible for cleaning the Education Hall most mornings. She also helps picks up garbage around campus, sweeps the buses, and cleans the vans. She is currently taking classes to become a Medical Transcriptionist and hopes to graduate soon. Kate also recently rescued a dog from the animal shelter and says she is the best dog anyone could have.

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Food Service Staff:

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Food Service Manager: Mandy Gingerich
Mandy has lived in the Northwoods most of her life, She started at Trees For Tomorrow her senior year of high school, then graduated in 2007. In summer of 2009 she was promoted to Night Shift Supervisor and became Food Service Manager in February 2014. When she is not working, she enjoys being with family and friends, going to rodeos, horseback riding, and watching football.

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Food Service Assistant: Kelly Falcetta 
Kelly has lived in the Northwoods since 2002. She has six children! She started working at Trees For Tomorrow in September of 2009. She enjoys reading, painting ceramics, and open water fishing.

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Food Service Assistant: Mary Hirn
Mary was raised in the northwoods and graduated from Northland Pines. She then went on to nursing school in Oshkosh Wisconsin. She has been happily married for over 30 years and has three wonderful sons. She started working at Trees For Tomorrow in the summer of 2010. She enjoys reading, cooking and all water sports.

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Upcoming Events

Thu Jul 31 @ 8:30AM - 04:00PM
SEEK
Sat Aug 02 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Forest Fest
Tue Aug 05 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Family Programs
Tue Aug 05 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Summer Evening Series
Wed Aug 06 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Family Fun Night
Thu Aug 07 @ 8:30AM - 04:00PM
SEEK
Tue Aug 12 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Family Programs
Tue Aug 12 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Summer Evening Series
Wed Aug 13 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Family Fun Night
Thu Aug 14 @ 8:30AM - 04:00PM
SEEK