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Trees For Tomorrow Staff

Administrative Staff:

Executive Director: Robin Ginner
Growing up in Eagle River, Robin Ginner attended Trees For Tomorrow programs throughout her youth.  She has spent the past 15 years working for nonprofit organizations in Montana (Executive Director, Outdoor Writers Association of America) and Illinois (Development Associate, Urban Libraries Council; and Executive Director, Vibration Institute), and is happy to return to her hometown to lead Trees for Tomorrow as their Executive Director. Ginner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northeastern Illinois University, with an emphasis in English and Linguistics. She is an avid outdoors woman who enjoys fly fishing, archery, telemark skiing, backpacking and anything else that gets her outside. She can often be found exploring natural areas with her two rescue dogs Bella and Beauregard.

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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: Juli Welnetz
Juli joined the Trees For Tomorrow Staff in November 2014.  She is responsible for maintaining financial reports, accounts receivable/accounts payable, seedling sales, and the day-to-day office operations.  She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from UW-Stevens Point.  In addition to working at Trees For Tomorrow, Juli is a volunteer Loon Ranger, the Business Manager for Welnetz Chiropractic and owns and operates Sandy Shores Resort in Conover, with her husband Curt. Juli was previously on the Board of Directors at Nicolet Credit Union, and was a National Account Executive for Continental Foods.  She enjoys spending time with family, photography, hiking, canoeing and exploring the Northwoods of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Special Events Coordinator: Kristine Greb
Kristine started working at TFT in January 2015 as the events coordinator for the golf outing, forest fest, and banquet fundraisers.  She was born and raised in Green Bay and moved to Eagle River in 2005 after spending over 20 years in Arizona where she worked for the City of Scottsdale as the communications coordinator in the finance department.  Since then she has worked with Wisconsin’s Native American communities promoting self-sufficiency and economic growth and in banking.  Kristine has a BS in business marketing from the University of Phoenix.

Kristine enjoys spending time with her husband and raising their two girls.  Her hobbies include reading, painting, knitting, and jewelry making.

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Education Staff:


Education Manager: Melissa Perry
Melissa joined the education staff in June of 2015. She is originally from small town, Vermont and received her bachelors in Environmental Science from the University of New England in Biddeford, ME. From there she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa focused on the intersection of womens' empowerment and environmental protection. Once she returned to the United States she worked in the field of environmental education across the country from New Hampshire to Alaska.  In May of 2015 she completed her Masters degree from UW Stevens Point in Natural Resources with an emphasis in Residential Environmental Education. Melissa enjoys backpacking, kayaking, and knitting.
 
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Environmental Science Educator: Kim Trinkle
Kim joined the in October 2014 after working as a yearlong seasonal naturalist at Trees. She is from Columbus, Ohio, and received her bachelor’s degree in biology at Ohio Northern University in 2010.  Kim also has a master’s degree in coastal, marine, and wetland studies from Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina.  Her fieldwork experience includes conducting wetland surveys in Ohio, working at a national wildlife refuge in Michigan, and studying marsh bird populations in South Carolina. She also taught science and helped develop curriculum in public middle schools and worked at several nature and environmental learning centers.  Kim likes to paint and draw, bake, jog, and be outdoors.
 
Environmental Science Educator: Jenny Sadak
 
Jenny joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in January 2015. Originally from Laona, WI (a Northwoods girl), Jenny received a Bachleor of Science degree in Environmental Science from UW Green Bay in 2002 . She has a variety of experiences including global warming research in Barrow, AK, wildlife surveys for the Helena National Forest, water resources for the state of Montana and naturalist programs in Jackson, WY. The last few years she has been centered around raising her daughter and son, but is excited to be working again in environmental education!! Jenny enjoys hiking, backpacking, cross country skiing...really anything outdoors, baking, traveling, trying to craft and of course spending time with her friends and family.

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School Program Coordinator/Environmental Science Educator: Mary Beth Factor
 
Mary Beth began working at Trees in May of 2015. Hailing from Saint Louis, MO, she never truly experienced a winter like the upper Midwest, and now owns her first pair of cross-country skis! After graduating with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of MO - Kansas City in 2009, she set her sights on teaching in the classroom. Her path led her to Cornel English Language School in Taichung, Taiwan, where she taught English to children in second and fifth grade for one year. After arriving back home in St. Louis, she literally Googled “Environmental Education Graduate Programs” and found the University of Minnesota Duluth, then Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN. After a two year stint of sharing her two loves as a Naturalist at Wolf Ridge ELC, and graduating with her Masters in Environmental Education, she felt capable and very much ready to take on her new adventure at Trees for Tomorrow! And she still gets to ski every winter!

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Environmental Science Educator: Vern Gentele

Vern Gentele joined the Trees for Tomorrow education staff in July of 2015.  Raised in Washington State, Vern has always had a love for the out of doors.  His education took him in a different direction however.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Dr. Martin Luther College, New Ulm, MN, taught for thirteen years then left the teaching field.  He worked in a factory and found it unfulfilling and returned back to school to pursue his long time dream.  Graduating from Fox Valley Technical College in 2015, he earned an Associate Degree in Natural Resources.  With a love of teaching and a desire to learn more, Vern is excited to be part of the Trees for Tomorrow staff.

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Environmental Science Educator: Melanie Stewart

Melanie joined the education team in November, 2015. She grew up in central Iowa and completed bachelor’s degree in biology and environmental studies at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. She has worked in the environmental education field throughout the Midwest for several years, including two years with a Farm-to-School AmeriCorps program and, most recently, as a seasonal naturalist with the Minnesota DNR. In May of 2015, she earned her master’s degree in environmental education from the University of Minnesota – Duluth. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys cooking, baking, gardening, being outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

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Environmental Science Educator: Colleen Gentele

Colleen joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in January 2016. She grew up in beautiful upstate New York. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. Colleen and her husband Vern have lived in Oshkosh, Milwaukee, New London, and now the stunning Northwoods of Wisconsin. Raising two sons and teaching elementary grades has been her focus for awhile. Now it's time for a new adventure working with students in an outdoor education environmental setting! Colleen enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, attending farmer markets and craft fairs, winter, and hiking.

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Naturalist Intern: Lindsey Scott

Lindsey is working as a naturalist intern for the summer of 2016.  She is from Ripon, WI and is currently pursuing degrees in German and Environmental Studies at Knox College in Galesburg, IL.  Lindsey studied abroad in Austria after graduating from high school, and the experiences she had in the country ignited her passion for environmental education.  In her free time, Lindsey enjoys reading, gardening, cooking, and traveling.  After her summer at Trees For Tomorrow, Lindsey will be heading to Europe to study abroad in Wales and Germany for the year.
Naturalist Intern: Solimar Garcia

Solimar (Soli) Garcia is originally from Madison WI, and grew up in Brooklyn, WI. Soli is currently a senior majoring in ecosystem restoration and management, and minoring in conservation biology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She's enjoyed the North Woods after spending many summers on Lake Laura, WI in Plum Lake. Her hobbies include reading, listening to music, going to the movies, and travelling. The cute puppy in the picture with Soli is Little-Little, she's an 8 year old shihtzu-poodle mix.
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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.

 

 

Maintenance Staff:

Maintenance Manager: Bill McCallum 


Bill started at Trees April 1st of 2015 after relocating to the Northwoods from the Phoenix area where he was a residential general contractor.  He was self employed for more than 20 years and held 2 Arizona state contractors licenses. Bill is responsible for the overall maintenance of the TFT campus, its buildings, vehicles and grounds. He loves being outdoors so his position at Trees is a perfect fit. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and their crazy dogs. He also enjoys hiking, fishing, kayaking and working in the yard around the house. He has been a drummer for more than 30 years and loves old school progressive rock music. He is a Green Bay Packer shareholder (Go Pack Go!), and loves the English Premier League (soccer) and is the Northwood’s biggest Liverpool fan!

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Housekeeping Staff:

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Head Housekeeper: Kate Villalba
Kate started working at Trees For Tomorrow as a housekeeping assistant at the end of 2009. She became Head Housekeeper in 2014. She is responsible for the cleanliness of the Education Hall and all campus dorms. When Kate moved to the Northwoods in 2008, she only planned on staying for a few months, but fell in love with it and has been here ever since! Her and her husband have since made 2 rescue dogs a part of their family and say that without them, their growing family would not be complete. She is excited to keep growing, seeing what she can accomplish, and seeing what other adventures are waiting!

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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 Manager and Housekeeping Assistant: PJ Kokaska
Originally from Chicago, PJ has been visiting the Northwoods ever since she was a little girl. PJ moved to the area permanently in 2010 and has been at Trees For Tomorrow since February of 2012. In the summer, she enjoys being a trail guide and has been riding horses since she was 10 years old! She enjoys riding horses, cooking, and baking.

 

Food Service and Housekeeping Assistant: Zuleika Michelle Howe

Zuleika Michelle loves her job at Trees For Tomorrow! She started working in the kitchen in April of 2015. She is a proud mother and grandmother. Michelle has been baking and cooking since she was a young child (even won a ribbon at her county fair at age 8). One of her favorite titles is "The Cool Lunch Lady"! She is so happy to feed the body as TFT's instructors fuel the mind. She is proud of Trees For Tomorrow's campus and the opportunitues the organization offers young people to help our environment succeed.

Food Service and Housekeeping Assistant: Mbonea "Bo" Mmbaga

Mbonea started working at Trees for Tomorrow in April of 2015. He is from the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania. In 2005 he finished secondary school and then went on to run his own butcher shop and later a shoe shop. He thoroughly enjoys his work at Trees and loves cooking up all kinds of tasty foods. When he’s not cooking he likes to bring his skills to the soccer field or pool table. A few of his favorite things are his family, reggae music and Manchester United! Peace and Love!

 

Food Service and Housekeeping Assistant: Tatum Campbell

Tatum joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in July 2016. Tatum has lived in the Northwoods her whole live. She started working at Trees for Tomorrow in July 2015. She loves to ride horse and has been riding since she was 7 years old. In her free time she spends it at the barn and at horse shows.

 



 

Upcoming Events

Thu Jul 28 @ 8:30AM - 04:00PM
S.E.E.K.
Tue Aug 02 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Summer Family Programs
Tue Aug 02 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Summer Evening Programs
Thu Aug 04 @ 8:30AM - 04:00PM
S.E.E.K.
Sat Aug 06 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Forest Fest
Tue Aug 09 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Summer Family Programs
Tue Aug 09 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Summer Evening Programs
Thu Aug 11 @ 8:30AM - 04:00PM
S.E.E.K.
Sat Oct 08 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Snowshoe & Rocking Chair Weaving
Sat Nov 05 @ 5:30PM - 08:00PM
Banquet Fundraiser 2016