About Us Who We Are
We are a group of people who care about the Cedarburg Bog. We are supported by our members, donors, and volunteers.
President: Tim Vargo
Tim's background is in applied biological research with an emphasis in conservation biology, tropical biology and ornithology. He has carried out research in Australia, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Panama, and throughout the United States. Tim received an undergraduate degree in biology from Macalester College and a Masters Degree in biology from Purdue University. Tim started at the Urban Ecology Center as an Environmental Educator and later moved to his current position of Manager of Research and Citizen Science. His team manages a network of urban field stations in which cutting-edge research is being carried out through a collaboration between professional researchers and community researchers. In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessie, and son Henry, playing music, relaxing at home with a good book, and fossil-free (green) birding. He was formerly a referee for the Brew City Bruisers Roller Derby League, under the alter ego, Citizen Defiance.
Vice President: Bruce Ross
In 28 years with the United States Coast Guard, and now in the private sector, Bruce has held a variety of leadership positions: command of ships and operational bases; graduate-level teaching; executive and strategy development positions in Washington, D.C. Since retiring from the Coast Guard, he's led significant avionics development projects and managed an insurance operation in Sheboygan. A native of Lancaster, Pa., he holds degrees from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and U.S. Naval War College. Married to Pamela Resnick Ross, a Milwaukee attorney and fellow board member, Bruce enjoys life along the Milwaukee River in Mequon, as an avid outdoorsman--fishing, gardening, bird-watching, and water-fowling.
Secretary: Peg Masterson Edquist
Peg Masterson Edquist lives within a mile of the Cedarburg Bog and has always enjoyed the country surroundings where she and her husband Jerry have lived for the past 26 years. Her husband is a native of Cedarburg and is President and CEO of Carlson Tool and Manufacturing. Peg is a Journalist who worked at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covering business news, wrote for the Business Journal of Greater Milwaukee for more than 20 years and has authored two books. She has served on boards which include Columbia St. Mary's Foundation, the Alzheimers Association of Southeast Wisconsin (communication committee), the Cedarburg Performing Arts Center Visiting Artist Series, where she also worked as their executive director for two years and most recently was President of the Greater Cedarburg Foundation. Peg has experience with development and fundraising as the co-chair of the effort to build a new school for St. Francis Borgia Parish in Cedarburg and the Director of Development for Milwaukee Irish Fest. Peg and her husband are outdoor enthusiasts and spend time at their cabin in Northern Wisconsin sailing, kayaking, skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
Treasurer: William James Taylor
Bill retired from UW-Milwaukee's School of Business as a professor emeritus but continues his consulting practice and textbook writing. He has served as president of both the Riveredge Nature Center and the Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust and is a board member of several other not-for-profits.
Jim is the Resident Naturalist and Land Steward at Turtle Springs Farm in SW Sheboygan County where he and his wife, Patricia "Patti" Baker Ellis, along with a community of family and friends, are creating a wild life habitat and natural area on 40 acres that was once an active farm. He is also a Teacher Naturalist at Riveredge Nature Center and a Wisconsin Master Naturalist involved in various land stewardship activities, including being a trail steward and managing invasive plants for the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog. Jim is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with an office in Saukville where he and Patti maintain a part-time psychotherapy practice. He is also a Disaster Mental Health volunteer for the American Red Cross. Since ending full-time practice as a mental health professional, Jim has turned his attention to expanding his knowledge of the natural world. He has a passion for helping folks develop a closer relationship with, and an appreciation for, our inter-connectedness with nature. Jim, Patti, and their two dogs enjoy hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and working in the prairies and woods at Turtle Springs Farm.
Zoe works as a graphic designer in the marketing department at the Schlitz Audubon Center in Bayside. An avid birder, Finney lives in Shorewood with her husband. Her work on the board will include participation in the communications committee.
Chris is a retired attorney living near Riveredge Nature Center on 20 acres of rolling wooded and prairie property. His legal career included private practice and 15 years as a prosecutor in Milwaukee County. After his first retirement in 2002, his continuing interest in public and nonprofit administration, as well as service on nonprofit boards, led to a certificate in nonprofit administration at The Bader Institute at UWM in 2005. Thereafter, he served as President of the Board and Interim Executive Director for three years at Centro Legal, a nonprofit legal service provider on Milwaukee’s near south side. Upon re-retirement a few years ago, he moved to north Ozaukee County and currently serves on the Ozaukee County Land Preservation Board, the Board of the Rivedredge Nature Center, the Board of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, and the steering committee of the Ozaukee Treasurers Network. At this point in his life he likes dealing with issues involving land, plants and conservation. Chris and his wife, Jude, a retired psychotherapist and writer, enjoy their family, their land and their two dogs.
Carrie is Naturalist Coordinator; Environmental Educator at Riveredge Nature Center. As a licensed teacher, she enjoys combining her love of teaching with her passion for the natural world. During the school year, Carrie enjoys developing training and enrichment days for Riveredge’s Teacher and Interpretive Naturalists and sharing environmental education programs with students of all ages. She spends her summers building forts, climbing trees, and catching frogs with rising second and third grade campers on Trailblazer Island. Most of all, Carrie enjoys creating experiences that connect people to the living and nonliving things that we may go through the day hardly noticing, but that make the world go around!
Andy is the Director of the Ozaukee County Land & Water Management Department which serves to protect, preserve and enhance natural resources, local ecology and the quality of life in Ozaukee County. He grew up on a dairy farm in Manitowoc County where he gained a great appreciation for our land and water resources. Andy specializes in land and water resource management, environmental policy and regulation, environmental education, promotion and protection of land and water resources. He has a B.S. Degree in Watershed Management with an emphasis in Soil Science from UW-Stevens Point. Andy serves on numerous Boards and organizations dedicated to improving and protecting our land and water resources. Andy and his wife, Terry, enjoy their 3 children, beekeeping, kayaking, birding, camping, gardening, hiking, biking, and airplanes.
Attorney Dennis H. Milbrath received an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1972. He graduated from New England Law-Boston in 1979 and was licensed in Idaho that same year. He joined Levy & Levy S.C. in 1989 and practices in the areas of family law and related matters. He is also trained as a mediator and practices mediation in both family and other civil matters. Prior to shifting his practice to an emphasis in family law, Attorney Milbrath handled a wide range of both civil and criminal matters and has successfully represented individuals and corporations in jury trials, criminal investigations, federal audit, and grand jury proceedings. Attorney Milbrath is a member of many professional organizations including: State Bar of Wisconsin; Ozaukee Bar Association (Past President); American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Fellow); Divorce Cooperation Institute, Inc. (Past Chair and Current Vice Chair); Wisconsin Association of Mediators; and Society of Family Lawyers.
John has been on the board of the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog for three years. He is a nearly life-long birder and an evolving naturalist and a member of the Wisconsin Society of Ornithology, the Urban Ecology Center, Riveredge Nature Center, the International Crane Society, and the Sierra Club. He has led national and international natural history and backcountry trips for the Sierra Club for 20 years. John has also been actively involved in co-leading bird walks, owl prowls, and participating in ongoing bird migration census work at the Bog for the past six years. He is a 30 year-plus resident of Ozaukee County where he and his wife are engaged in the seemingly never-ending task of prairie restoration and elimination of invasive species. John is a practicing psychologist when not immersed in outdoor activities.
Pamela Resnick Ross
Pam was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has resided in the Milwaukee area most of her life. She attended law school at Gonzaga University, where she was a member of the Gonzaga Law Review and University Legal Services Clinic, and graduated Cum Laude in 1981. She was admitted to the State Bar of Wisconsin and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in 1981 and she was admitted to the United States Supreme Court in 1990. She is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Bar Association, Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Divorce Cooperation Institute, Leander J. Foley Matrimonial Inns of Court, Family Law Society, and the Wisconsin Family Law Section. She is a certified family law mediator and is currently performing mediation and Guardian ad Litem services for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court. She was a founding Board Member of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum in Milwaukee. Pam is married to fellow Board Member, Bruce Ross.
Jennifer "Jeff" Rothstein
Jeff is a member of the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors and serves on the Natural Resources Committee. She is a member of Ozaukee County’s Land Preservation Board and has been an environmental educator at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.
Andrew serves as the current Director for the Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department. He joined our Board in 2015.
James A. Reinartz, Director, UW-Milwaukee Field Station
Jim directs the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Field Station, where he has been working for over 25 years. Jim received his PhD in Botany and Plant Ecology from Duke University in 1981. He teaches courses on the vegetation of Wisconsin, wetland ecology, vegetation sampling methods, and various topics in ecological genetics. Jim’s primary areas of research have been wetland ecology, rare plant ecology and genetics, the control and ecology of invasive plants, and natural area management. He is deeply involved in the preservation and management of natural areas and has written management and stewardship plans for many natural areas in southeastern Wisconsin. He was one of the founders of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, served on the board of the Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and currently serves on the boards of Riveredge Nature Center, and the Invasive Plants Association of Wisconsin.
Sharon G. Fandel, Department of Natural Resources
In 2014, Sharon became the DNR representative on the Bog team. She works as an ecologist for the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, where her territory spans the southeastern counties of the state. The Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation is tasked with preserving Wisconsin’s special places and non-game species, and managing Wisconsin’s State Natural Areas. In addition to providing expertise to other DNR programs involved in decisions and actions impacting natural communities and native species, she is also the assigned property manager for several State Natural Areas in southeastern Wisconsin, in addition to the Cedarburg Bog. Sharon is a native Minnesotan who earned her Bachelor’s degree from UW-Stevens Point and her Master’s degree in Ecology from UC-Davis. She is interested in birds, spends as much time as she can outdoors, and has already put in some time cutting buckthorn in the Bog.
John H. Lhost, Legal Counsel, Quarles & Brady
John has assisted with legal inquiries and is a Partner at Quarles & Brady, Milwaukee.
Gretchen Meyer, Manager and Staff Biologist, UW-Milwaukee Field Station
Gretchen is Manager and Staff Biologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station, a position she has held since 1999. Her responsibilities at UWM include administering the research and educational activities of the Field Station, managing the natural areas owned by UWM, supporting other researchers and educators using the Field Station, teaching field courses, conducting research, and supporting educational outreach activities. Prior to her appointment at UWM, she was an Assistant Professor of Biology at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and she has also served as a Lecturer in the Department of Biology at Yale University. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University, a Master's of Forest Science from Yale University, and an undergraduate degree in Biology from Tufts University.
Joanne signed up for a Riveredge tour of the Cedarburg Bog in 1985 and has been both a volunteer and fortunate enough to work in the Bog ever since. She is a biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a Liaison to the Department of Transportation and a member of the State Wetland Technical Team. Her work develops methods to conserve natural areas at both local and landscape scales with an emphasis on wetlands, water quality and habitat for rare species. Before joining state service, Joanne was a researcher in watershed ecology with the International Biological Program at Oregon State University and at the University of California San Diego. She is an avid paddler, a volunteer with the Ice Age Trail Alliance and the United Performing Arts Fund, and an Advisor to The Ozaukee Washington Land Trust and Lac Lawrann Conservancy. Joanne has a M.S. from Penn State University. She lives in West Bend with her husband, Dan.
Dan is president and CEO of ParaTechnica, an IT management firm he founded in 2001. Dan is the founding President of the Friends. He retired from the Board in 2011 and became an Honorary Director in 2014.
Kate, a Wisconsin native, grew up near Brown Deer Park and presently lives in an ideal setting between Riveredge and the Cedarburg Bog. She holds a Master's degree in "Nature Study and Conservation Education" -now known as "Environmental Education" from Cornell University, has worked as a teacher-naturalist for a number of Nature centers, including two locally, and presents nature programs at area schools, senior centers, and nature centers. She enjoys writing about, photographing and drawing natural history subjects, volunteers at the Cedarburg Bog and at Lac Lawrann Conservancy in West Bend.