Tamara Dean


Tamara lives with her partner David on the West Fork of the Kickapoo River in a home they built of compressed earth blocks and reclaimed timbers. She served on the board of the Valley Stewardship Network for four years and has volunteered as a citizen water monitor since 2007. She was also a co-founder of community radio station WDRT in Viroqua and continues to contribute to its local news programming. Tamara makes her living as a writer of fiction and nonfiction. When not writing, she is often running on rural roads, gardening the quarter acre behind her house, or paddling the nearest river.

Kelly Maynard


Kelly is technical assistance facilitator and general manager of the Spring Rose Growers Cooperative in Madison, fitting her professional commitment to design and provide technical assistance to underserved agricultural producers. Kelly served as an agro-forestry volunteer with the Peace Corps in Paraguay from 2003-2005 and managed a forestry project in Indonesia for Conservation International from 2006-2008. She earned her Master's degree in agroecology from UW-Madison in 2010. She believes that the more viable diversified, sustainable and organic farming is for those who pursue it, the healthier our entire land and waterscape will be. When her brain breaks from farming, she enjoys road-biking in the Driftless area, and canoe camping.

Willi Van Haren

Willi Van Haren has lived in southwestern Wisconsin for 45 years. He's been in the bee and honey business since 1973 as partner at Pure Sweet Honey Farm of Verona. He is a past president of Natural Heritage Land Trust and a long-time officer of the Friends of Blue Mound State Park. He claims to have paddled various parts of about 30 different Wisconsin rivers. Prairie restoration, skiing and trail running are other pursuits. A member of the River Alliance since the 1990s, Willi welcomes the chance to contribute more directly to the important work done by the Alliance. Three grown children and 2 grandchildren are reasons to work to continue Wisconsin's commitment to its natural resources.

Tina Van Zile

Tina is a Tribal Member of the Sokaogon Chippewa Tribe in north eastern Wisconsin. She has worked for the Sokaogon Chippewa Environmental Department since 1994 and serves as the Program Director. Tina was directly involved in the fight that stopped the proposed Crandon Mine from opening just 2 miles upstream from her reservation/home.
She has a great passion for her cultural and people and stands up for Mother Earth. Tina is a new grandma to two granddaughters which keeps her busy now a days, she also enjoys hunting, fishing, cultural activities and walking her Siberian Husky.

Ronald G Anderson

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Ron, a native of Wisconsin, was raised in Chetek. He spent eight years at St Paul Companies where he developed a financial planning model, and 12 years at General Re Corporation where he was involved in divestitures, acquisitions and start-ups.  He then joined Aid Association for Lutherans, where he was Chief Investment Officer and Chief Financial Officer.  
Since retirement, Ron has devoted more time to non-profits, including the Lake Owen Association, Cable Natural History Museum and Friends of Wisconsin Public TV.  Ron is an avid road bicyclist and cross country skier.  His favorite kayaking stream is the Namakagon River.  Ron and Patty have two grown sons and two grandchildren.

John Bates

John Bates is the author of seven books and a contributor to seven others, all of which focus on the natural history of the Northwoods. John's poems have also appeared in five different art/science collaborations, several of which have traveled nationally. He's worked as a naturalist in Wisconsin's Northwoods for 26 years, leading an array of trips all designed to help people further understand the remarkable diversity and beauty of nature, and our place within it. John and his wife Mary live on the Manitowish River in Iron County where they raised two daughters.

Lauren Brown

Lauren Brown is passionate about solving watershed projects in beautiful, meaningful and functional ways and believes that art and engineering can be combined. As Principal of LVBrown Studios LLC, she teams with water resources engineering firms during concept design, and creates visual communication exhibits for environmentally focused non-profits. She holds masters degrees in Water Resources Management and Landscape Architecture, and has worked in the field of applied river and wetland restoration. Although raised in a corporate nomadic family, Lauren is now proud to call Wisconsin home. When away from the drawing table, you can find her smiling on a sailboat or satisfying her travel bug.

Deb Ryun


Deb grow up along the banks of the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin Rapids, and spent her summers camping, swimming, canoeing, biking and playing outdoors. After spending nearly 30 years in Iowa, Deb moved back to Wisconsin in October 2009 to become the first executive director for the St. Croix River Association (SCRA). She has extensive experience in soil and water conservation, with a special interest in watershed protection. Since joining SCRA, Deb has taken up kayaking, and has paddled the entire length of both the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers. Deb makes her home in Trade River with her husband Steve and dogs Lucy & Mick.

Richard Schoenbohm

Richard resides where he grew up, in Appleton, Wisconsin. Adventures away have included stints at three Indiana universities collecting a bachelor's degree in biology, a master's in entomology, and a law degree. He served two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer with Romania's environmental protection agency. Appleton has also offered adventure, the best being the raising of two amazing daughters. When not out "adventuring," Richard practices law, concentrating on adoption and surrogacy. He also belongs to numerous community organizations. In his free time, Richard loves to read and draw indoors, and to be physically active outdoors. He has kayaked the entire Fox River in his home-built kayak, growing to appreciate Wisconsin rivers as precious assets to be cherished and protected for all.

Ken Schreiber

Ken is retired from the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, where he worked for 35 years in a variety of water related positions, including water quality biologist, limnologist, planning analyst and regional watershed expert. He holds degrees from UW-Stevens Point in fisheries and biology and UW-Madison with a masters degree in water resources management. He is an avid enthusiast of water sports, including canoeing, kayaking, rafting, sailing and fishing.