Who We Are

Who We Are

The Prairie Enthusiasts is made up of 11 regional chapters. Our engaged volunteers are driving local land stewardship, grassroots outreach and education, and leading the organization. We’re grateful for our dedicated community and welcoming of new, interested volunteers.

 

Prairie Enthusiasts explore Kasota Prairie SNA by Sarah Barron.

The Prairie Enthusiasts is made up of 11 regional chapters. Our engaged volunteers are driving local land stewardship, grassroots outreach and education, and leading the organization. We’re grateful for our dedicated community and welcoming of new, interested volunteers.

Prairie Enthusiasts Explore Kasota Prairie NA by Sarah Barron.

Message us to learn more about our committees or offer your time and talents as a committee member. You can also direct questions or committee suggestions by emailing us.

Board of Directors

Jim Rogala

Jim Rogala

President

Scott Fulton

Scott Fulton

Immediate Past President

Alice Mirk

Alice Mirk

Vice President

Jerry Newman

Jerry Newman

Treasurer

Harvey Halverson

Harvey Halverson

Secretary

Jessica Bizub

Jessica Bizub

Glacial Prairie Chapter Representative

Matt Dettlaff

Matt Dettlaff

Prairie Sands Chapter Representative

Gary Eldred

Gary Eldred

Board Member Emeritus

Katie Hahn

Katie Hahn

Chippewa Savannas Chapter Representative

Rich Henderson

Rich Henderson

Empire-Sauk Chapter Representative

Evanne Hunt

Evanne Hunt

St. Croix Valley Chapter Representative

Jerry Newman

Jerry Newman

Prairie Bluff Chapter Representative

Deanna Pomije

Deanna Pomije

Many Rivers Chapter Representative

Jon Rigden

Jon Rigden

Coulee Region Chapter Representative

Jay Rutherford

Jay Rutherford

Northwest Illinois Chapter Representative

Kay Wienke

Kay Wienke

Southwest Wisconsin Chapter Representative

Stephen Winter

Stephen Winter

Minnesota Driftless Chapter Representative

Staff

Debra Behrens

Debra Behrens

Executive Director

Sarah Barron

Sarah Barron

Advancement Manager

Becky Bradish

Becky Bradish

Operations Manager

Kelly Billig

Kelly Billig

Leadership Coordinator

Dan Carter

Dan Carter

Ecologist

Cassidy Coulson

Cassidy Coulson

Advancement Assistant

Nate Lee

Nate Lee

Operations Specialist

Committees

This committee addresses questions that affect The Prairie Enthusiasts as a whole. They provide guidance related to messaging, activism and more. 

Jim Rogala, Board President

Scott Fulton, Immediate Past Board President

Alice Mirk, Vice President

Jerry Newman, Treasurer

Harvey Halvorsen, Secretary

This committee discusses education programs and evaluates potential future programs and materials. 

Jessica Bizub, Committee Chair

Alice Mirk

Dan Winkler

David Hamel

Jim Rogala

Molly Fifield Murray

Pat Trochlell

Scott Fulton

Sarah Barron, Chapter Support Staff

Jack Kussmaul, Chair

Alice Mirk

Ben Strand

David Hamel

Debra Behrens

Evanne Hunt

Jerry Newman

Thomas C Hunt

Khris Miller, Facilitator

This group handles topics like CRP plans, fire plans, management plans, and site monitoring.

Rich Henderson, Committee Chair

Alex Bouthilet

Dan Carter

Jim Rogala

Nick Faessler

Jake Pulfer

Michaela Rosenthal

Nate Lee, Chapter Support Staff

 

This committee handles topics like grants specific to properties, logistics of buying/accepting properties and easements, and property monitoring.

Mark Martin, Committee Chair

Debra Behrens

Harvey Halvorsen

Jim Rogala

Rich Henderson

Scott Fulton

Stephen Sirkis

Topf Wells

Khris Miller, Chapter Support Staff

This committee’s objective is to oversee The Prairie Enthusiasts’ handling of finances, both accounting and investment, and provide recommendations to the board. 

Jerry Newman, Committee Chair

Deanna Pomije

Debra Behrens

Jay Rutherford

Jim Rogala

Jon Rigden

Khris Miller, Chapter Support Staff

Rich Henderson, Committee Chair

Debra Behrens

Frederick Rikkers

Richard Oberle

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