JILL BEDFORD (Southeast Region)
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Kristin has had a long life love of water. Beginning with summers and holidays spent at her parent’s cabin in Forest County on Trump Lake and growing up in Milwaukee on the shores of Lake Michigan, she’s been exposed to the joys of lake living. Thanks to her parents, Kristin also had many wonderful adventures canoeing down the Wolf River and enjoying the beautiful environment that Wisconsin has to offer. Her parents instilled in her a strong ethic of protecting lakes and the environment.
Kristin has enjoyed living on Lake Eau Claire in western Wisconsin with her husband for more than 15 years. Deeply involved with the Lake Eau Claire Association, she’s worked on various projects, served on its board of directors and founded and was co-chair of the Lake Eau Claire Clean Water Triathlon. She is a Crew 6 graduate of the Lake Leaders Institute.
Professionally, Kristin has been involved in the contract manufacturing industry for more than 20 years with a specific interest in product development, engineering and industrial design. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee. She continues to live on Lake Eau Claire with her husband, one very spoiled Brittany dog named Sam, and two felines.
Raised in Shawano, Cathie had easy access to both Shawano Lake and the Wolf River and has many fond memories her father taking her to the lake or the river to swim after work on hot afternoons, exploring the channel that connects the lake and the river with her brother in their rowboat, watching the sturgeon spawn on the Wolf River and waterskiing on Shawano Lake.
Cathie went on to Northland College and was introduced to the wonders of Lake Superior. After graduating from Northland, she moved with her husband to St. Paul where they raised their daughters and she worked as a software developer and attorney for a large legal publishing company. During that time, the family bought a small summer cottage on Big McKenzie Lake in Washburn County, which began a 36-year relationship with Northwest Wisconsin’s lakes and natural areas and her realization that Wisconsin’s waters are a precious natural resource.
The opportunity to play a role in protecting Wisconsin’s waters came when Cathie and her husband retired and moved to Stone Lake and joined the Shoreowners of Stone Lake Association (SOSLA). That led to her involvement in creating the Stone Lake Community Wetland Park and then to serving on the board the Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association (WCLRA), where she has served for 10 years (including four years as president and five years as treasurer). Cathie is also a member of Lake Leaders Crew 8.
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Jim has served as treasurer for Wisconsin Lakes for several years. A Dane County resident, he’s worked with numerous non-profits in the area, and is currently employed by the Urban League of Greater Madison.
Derek grew up in the lake-rich region of Northern Minnesota. A graduate of UW-Stevens Point, he currently works for the Green Lake County Land Conservation Department, where his duties are split between the watershed and lakes programs, and where he also serves as the County’s Invasive Species Coordinator. Derek established a Lakes and Rivers Program in 2003, and has continually grown and expanded the program each year.
Carolyn is the Vilas County Conservationist, having worked in different capacities for the county for more than a decade. She serves on the board of WI Land + Water, as well as its legislative committee. She instills her love of nature in youth by serving as a co-director of the annual WI Youth Conservation Camp. Trips to the Rhinelander area as a child instilled in her a deep love of the beauty and recreational value of lakes, leading to her career in conservation. She holds degrees from UW-Oshkosh and the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Jerry grew up in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, and it seemed that he was always thinking of the water. He pestered his parents every chance he got to take him to relatives’ places on some of the hundreds of lakes within a stone’s throw of Detroit and would spend summer days in rowboats with a fishing rod. When his parents bought a cottage in the hamlet of Colchester overlooking Lake Erie, he divided his time between the Great Lakes and the inland lakes. Later, after coming to Milwaukee, he crewed on sailboats for offshore racing on Lake Michigan.
Jerry has always had a passion for the environment, spawned in part by his father’s roots as a farmer and partly by being well-grounded in the environmental movement in the 1960s and 1970s. It followed easily that he came to The Nature Conservancy first as a volunteer and then as an employee, removing invasive aquatic species at Lulu and Pickerel lakes in Walworth County and working to protect the Mukwonago River Watershed. He never fails to appreciate the incredible diversity – and fragility – of our lakes.
Prior to accepting the Executive Director role in 2013, Mike came to Wisconsin Lakes as Membership & Communications Director in 2009. A graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton and UW-Madison Law School, Mike gained a great deal of experience with non-profit organizations while in school. He served as intern with 1,000 Friends of Wisconsin, during which time he helped rural towns write ordinances implementing their land use plans. After a short stint as a general practice attorney, he spent six years working for the River Alliance of Wisconsin before coming to Wisconsin Lakes. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Prairie Music & Arts, the Tenant Resource Center of Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Community Fund, and is a graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton.
A paddler, hiker, and occasional trombonist, Mike is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin (except for four great years in Kentucky). Some of his fondest memories are of camping and canoeing the lakes of the northwoods, a pastime he now enjoys sharing with his family.
David Pausch brings more than a decade of experience in fundraising and development to Wisconsin Lakes. Before coming to Wisconsin Lakes in 2013, David was the director of development for the River Alliance of Wisconsin. When not developing and fundraising, David is a pretty talented actor and theatrical director, a darned good home chef, a mediocre but dedicated gardener, and a doggedly determined husband and father to Karen, Max, and Ginny, respectively.