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Trees For Tomorrow Staff

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 Staff:


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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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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Education Staff:

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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 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 Masters 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 and an Audubon Nature Center in New Mexico. In addition to teaching, Liz loves to travel also enjoys hiking, rock climbing, paddling and photography. In addition to teaching, Liz is responsible for the Tree Trunk nature store.

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Teacher/Naturalist: 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.

Education Outreach Specialist: Christopher Rada
Christopher joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff in January of 2015. In addition to teaching the students that attend programs at Trees for Tomorrow, Chris is responsible for off-site programming, including taking our programs across Wisconsin! Chris enjoys plant/tree identification, botany, ornithology, soil and water chemistry, marine biology and oceanography.  Chris attended UW-Stevens Point and attained a BS in Environmental Education/Interpretation.  Chris enjoys hiking, canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing and cross-county skiing.  He has educated and interpreted in multiple environmental centers is Wisconsin and Illinois where he uses his enthusiasm to spark interest in helping others to become stewards of their environment.

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Teacher/Naturalist: 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 my friends and family.

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Road Scholar Coordinator: Dave Kuckuk

Dave joined the Road Scholars instructional staff at Trees for Tomorrow in September 2014 as a consultant from FIELDS, an environmental science education organization.  Previously, he served as the Environmental Park Director for the Maywood Environmental Park in Sheboygan, WI for 23 years. Dave also served as the City of Sheboygan Superintendent of Parks and Forestry.  Dave very much enjoys outdoor adventures and has backpacked Wisconsin’s 1,000 mile Ice Age Trail, kayaked a 625-mile route through Wisconsin and Lake Michigan, and most recently has made several trips to the Apostle Islands and Ontario to explore the areas in his solo sea canoe.  His M.S. degree in Environmental Education, B.S. degree in Resource Management, and secondary education teacher certification are all from UW-Stevens Point.

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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.

great horned owl birds of prey staff 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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Housekeeping Staff:

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Head Housekeeper: 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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Housekeeping Assistant: Catherine Conley

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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: 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.


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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.



Food Service Assistant: Debby Genz
Debby began working at Trees For Tomorrow in 2013 helping as a food service assistant. She also works with the local Head Start group, helping to oversee and serve their snacks and meals. Debby is a Mom of three and Nana to eight grandkids. She enjoys camping and fishing.


Food Service Assistant: Brady Arndt

Brady has been at Trees For Tomorrow since January 2015. He was born and raised in the Northwoods and loves it here! He works in the kitchen, but also loves working outside any chance he gets! He also enjoys long walks while listening to music, spending time with friends and most importantly playing hacky sack!

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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.








Upcoming Events

Sat May 02 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Profits for the Day
Fri May 29
Golf Outing
Sun Jun 14 @ 2:00PM - 03:30PM
CCC Worker Statue Dedication
Mon Jun 15
Natural Resources Careers Workshop for High School Students
Sat Aug 01
Forest Fest