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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: 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, Wisconsin and moved to Eagle River in 2006 after spending over 20 years living in Scottsdale, Arizona.  She worked for the City of Scottsdale for twelve years as the communication coordinator for the finance department and has since worked with Wisconsin’s Native American communities as a casino marketing director and a program director for a non-profit organization providing small business technical assistance and teaching financial literacy.  Most recently she held positions as a mortgage banker and real estate agent.  Kristine has a BS degree in business marketing for the University of Phoenix.

Kristine enjoys spending time with her husband and raising their two girls, Tyler and Josephine.  Her hobbies include reading, painting, and gardening.

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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.
 
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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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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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 lis excited to be part of the Trees for Tomorrow staff.


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.

Summer Naturalist Intern: Maureen Croak 

Maureen Croak, a Southern California native who decided to leave the sun and warmth behind to attend the University of Wisconsin – River Falls to enjoy the frigid winters in the Midwest (if only they were a little bit warmer). She is a soon to be graduate UW- River Falls with a major in Agricultural Education and a minor in Animal Science. Maureen enjoys being outdoors whether it is fishing, biking, walking, riding her horse or tending to her many plants, she loves it all. Maureen hopes to propagate her knowledge of nature and teaching while at Trees for Tomorrow!  

 

 

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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 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 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.

 

Food Service Assistant: Beata "Betty" Laking

Beata joined the Trees For Tomorrow staff April of 2015. She is originally from Poland! She started coming to the Northwoods on a student visa in 2009. She has her Masters Degree in political science and she is currently working towards her PhD. When she is not working hard in the kitchen, she enjoys traveling, swimming, skiing, and spending time with her husband.

 

Food Service 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 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: Emily Wang

Emily joined Trees For Tomorrow in April 2015. She was born and raised in northern Wisconsin. She graduated high school in 2014. The north woods is her favorite place to be because she is surrounded by nature. She is an animal lover, her favorite animals are a cow, deer, and wolves. While is not working she enjoys being outside and observing animals and doing research on all kinds of creatures!

 

 

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!



 

Upcoming Events

Sat Aug 01 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Forest Fest
Tue Aug 04 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Family Nature Program - Outdoor Explore
Tue Aug 04 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Evening Public Program - Woodpeckers of the Northwoods
Thu Aug 06 @ 8:30AM - 04:00PM
SEEK - Bio Inventions
Thu Nov 26 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
TFT CLOSED
Wed Dec 23 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
TFT CLOSED