2023 Board of Directors
Linda Brooks has a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology and an MS in biology education from the University of Illinois. Her work experience includes 16 years at the American Hospital Association and 10 years as an adjunct professor at a community college teaching introductory biological science courses.
Linda is chair of the Finance Committee and is in the third year of her second 3-year term on the board
Deb Fitzgerald has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from DePaul University in Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Vermont College. Her work experience includes being a freelance writer for both local and large-city newspapers, and a reporter with the Door County Advocate, where she engaged in environmental reporting. She is currently editor of the Door County Peninsula Pulse newspaper.
Deb was elected to the board in August of 2022, and is serving her first year of her first three-year term.
Chuck Germain has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting and finance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. His work experience includes a number of senior level finance positions at Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee. He is currently the chair of the finance committee at Stella Maris, and volunteers on the Wednesday Crew at The Ridges and at a number of Door County events.
He was appointed to the board in January 2022, and officially elected to the board in August of 2022. Chuck is serving his first year of his first three-year term.
Michelle Hefty attended UW-Stevens Point and UW-Madison where she received a BS degree in Resource Management, specializing in Outdoor Area Management. She served as a Park Manger for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for over 30 years, including at Newport State Park and Rock Island State Park. She was instrumental in getting Newport State Park designated as the first internationally recognized dark sky park in Wisconsin and only the second in the Midwest.
Michelle is serving the second year of her first 3-year term.
Jeff Lutsey has a degree in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University. He worked on reactor design at the Naval Nuclear Laboratory for 12 years before moving to Door County to work with his family at Waseda Farms. Other pursuits of his include solar power and sustainable living. He also serves on the boards for the Baileys Harbor Community Association, Boys & Girls Club, and Destination Door County.
Jeff is the board vice-president and is serving the third year of his first 3-year term.
Mark Martin earned a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from the University of Wisconsin Madison. He worked for 40 years at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a wildlife research technician and conservation biologist with the Bureau of Endangered Resources. Gathering Waters recently awarded Mark and his wife, Susan, the Harold “Bud” Jordahl Lifetime Achievement Award honoring their achievements in extraordinary land conservation projects and accomplishments.
Mark served on the board from 2012 to 2018. He was appointed to the board in July 2021 to complete the term of a resigning director that ends in August 2023.
Sandy Miller has a BS degree in chemistry and biology from Carroll University. She worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for 35 years in the air and waste division, doing regulatory compliance, laboratory and quality control work, and policy and rule development. She is currently working on the Baileys Harbor upper range light restoration project.
Sandy is the board secretary and a member of the Governance Committee. She is serving the third year of her second 3-year term.
Sher Rockway has a biology and general science degree from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Iowa. In addition to a teaching career, Sher was a the K-12 Science Coordinator for the Indian Prairie school district in Naperville/Aurora, IL, providing leadership to K-12 teachers in designing, implementing, and assessing science curriculum to align with state and national science standards. Sher volunteers with Orchid Research and the Wednesday Crew.
Sher is serving the first year of her first three-year term.
Grace Rossman is a native of Door Co., and studied journalism at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She opened several restaurants, a bakery and a catering business in Iowa before coming back home. She was a Certified Financial Planner for 29 years, representing Thrivent Financial in Sturgeon Bay and currently serves on a number of local organization boards.
Grace is the board treasurer. Appointed to the board in 2020, she is now serving the second year of her first 3-year term.
Bill Wolff received degrees from Northwestern University and Miami University of Ohio. He was a physical education teacher and swimming coach in the northern suburbs of Chicago for 40 years. Bill is a front desk volunteer, hike leader and member of the Wednesday crew.
Bill served on the board from 2013 to 2019. He is chair of the Governance Committee and was appointed to the board in January 2021 to complete the term of a resigning director that ends in August 2022. Bill was elected to the board in August 2022, and is serving the first year of his first* three-year term.
Dave Zuhlke studied geology and cartography at the University of Wisconsin -Whitewater. He was a cartographer, analyst, and project leader at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency in St. Louis, Missouri. Dave is a member of the Wednesday crew.
Dave is the board president. He is serving the first year of his second 3-year term.