Elizabeth Usborne – Past President
Liz enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for soil and water quality with others and the ability to creatively solve complex problems that comes from understanding communities. She joined the Tainter Menomin Lake Improvement Association precisely for these reasons and as the first step in becoming involved in the Red Cedar Basin’s water quality solutions.
She moved to Menomonie after graduating with her Master’s degree researching Best Management Practices meant to mitigate sediment and nutrient pollution from agricultural runoff.
Before going to graduate school she worked for several years in natural resource conservation, where she was involved in stream re-meandering, de-channelization, bank grading and stabilization, rebuilding riffle-pool configurations, reestablishing ephemeral wetlands, and native plant establishment projects, among many others.
More recently, while enjoying lakes Tainter and Menomin from kayak, bike, and trail she also became a member of TMLIA.
Now, as the Nonpoint Source Coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and President of TMLIA, water quality is where she both works and lives.
She believes the Red Cedar Watershed is beautiful and the impairments of our soil and water only mean possibilities for progressive, achievable improvements that will make us a leader in the region.
Amber Kersting – Past Vice President
Amber owns a home and is raising her young family on the shores of Tainter Lake, and so has an intimate knowledge and commitment to what it means to be a shoreline steward for this and future generations. She also owns a small business, The Farmers’ Store, in Menomonie, and so understands the link between a town’s economics and the quality of their water resource. She is a graduate of UW-Stout, with a degree in Applied Social Science, and an alumnus of the National Science Foundation funded Linking Applied Knowledge in Environmental Sustainability Research Experience for Undergraduates (LAKES REU) program. Her project was “Nothing is Certain but Fish and Taxes: Water Quality Perceptions and Discourse in Chetek.”
Ben Hartenbower – Past Treasurer
Ben is a Wastewater Engineer for the Wisconsin DNR. He moved to Menomonie after getting his Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering at Mississippi State University where he researched anaerobic digestion. His background is in point source pollution reduction and currently works with many local facilities to reach the limits and regulations they need in order to proctect our water resources.
Vacant – Secretary
Randy Sommerfeld – Menomonie City Council Representative
Mike Kneer – Dunn County Board Representative
Heather Wood – Dunn County Land and Water Conservation Representative
Dick Lamers – Legislative
Michael Tomasek – Website
Michael moved to the area in 2006 and was immediately intrigued by Lake Menomin and the amount of algae. After speaking to some co-workers and learning more about the issues that plague the Red Cedar watershed, Michael joined TMLIA to help make a difference.
Cathy Usborne – Red Cedar Watershed Conference Planning Committee Chair
Tim Kreeger – Lakeside Park Rain Garden
Chuck Tack – Tainter Lake Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer
Kris Pawlowski & Bob Batchelor – Tainter Lake Slow-No-Wake Buoy Volunteers