Elizabeth Usborne – 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 Watershed Technician for Saint Croix County 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 Georgakopoulos – Vice President
Ben Hartenbower – 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 Position – Secretary
Kate Edenborg – Outreach & Education
Randy Sommerfeld – Menomonie City Council Representative
Mike Kneer – Dunn County Board Representative
Lindsay Olson – Dunn County Land and Water Conservation Representative
Ron Verdon – Past President
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.
Sarah Freeman – Calendar & Parade Float Coordinator
Sarah and her family moved to an old farmhouse on the Red Cedar River in the fall of 2012 from the Twin Cities. She hopes to bring change to the way we are able to use our local waters and impassion future watershed stewards by educating kids about sustainable ways of caring for our land and water.
Chris Gaetzke – Civic Governance Lead Organizer
Chris works for Dunn County Land and Water Conservation Division with citizen groups like TMLIA, Lower Chippewa Invasives Partnership (LCIP), Wisconsin Clear Waters Trout Unlimited, and other government agencies on soil and water priorities. He works in Menomonie, but serves the West Central Wisconsin region as an advocate in civic engagement in environmental action. Chris develops solutions to non-point pollution problems through hard and soft conservation practices along with working with landowners to develop farm, nutrient, and conservation plans. He has a B.S. in Reclamation, Environment and Conservation from UW- Platteville.
He is interested in the Red Cedar watershed because of the level of citizen involvement and government cooperation going on that is providing long-term, sustainable solutions to improving water quality and quality of life. He is a 2014 Wisconsin Lake Leader Institute graduate that has a mission to continue working towards improving this watershed for common good. Since moving to the Red Cedar watershed in 2010, he has seen huge improvements in cooperation and efforts that drive him to put his time and efforts in the same. The potential to have a usable water year round is there and we all have to define our roles in how to get that accomplished!