Joel Rivlin, President, Madison
Joel Rivlin, originally from the north of England, moved to Madison to study political science and research methodology at the UW in 2001. He now works as a partner at The Pivot Group, a consulting firm working with progressive candidates and organizations around the country including LCV, the AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List. Joel works on a range of political and civic engagement projects and his specialty is using data and analytics to target communications in the most effective and efficient ways. He lives in Madison with his wife Ann and children Abby and Toby.
I’m a conservation voter because the environment affects all aspects of our lives, from playing outside with our families, to the economy, to health, to war and peace.
Ann Brodek, Wind Point
Ann Brodek is a former Village of Wind Point Trustee. She has held this position since 2001, winning re-election four times. Ann initiated the Village of Wind Point’s Hazardous Household Waste Pick-Up Program and was instrumental in drafting and passing Wind Point’s resolution opposing WE Energies’ proposed coal power plant expansion. In addition, Ann drafted and proposed a local ordinance prohibiting the use of phosphorus on yards prior to the state-wide ban. She initiated and managed a solar array project on the Wind Point municipal garage that not only contributes clean alternative energy to the grid, but has also proven to be a great financial investment for the Village. Ann is an attorney by trade. Ann joined the Board of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters in April of 2005.
I am a conservation voter because I believe that protecting our environment is vital to the health and survival of the world. Not only do we need clean air and water on a daily basis, but the absence of these things can lead to world-wide health, cultural, and political crisis. I can think of nothing more important than protecting our precious world.
Stacy Craig, Mason
Stacy Craig is the Coordinator of Applied Learning at Northland College, an environmental liberal arts college in northern Wisconsin. Stacy hails from the dry, flat plains of South Dakota and was drawn to northern Wisconsin over a decade ago by the smell of fresh water. She attended Northland College and has worked ever since to explore and teach the interconnectedness between natural and social capital. Formerly, she coordinated the LoonWatch program out of the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, where she worked with hundreds of passionate citizen scientists around Wisconsin to monitor common loons as an indicator of lake health. She resides with her husband and bird dog in a hand-hewn log cabin from the early 1900’s. She joined the board in 2010 and hopes to help serve as a liaison between Madison and the conservation community of the north.
I’m a conservation voter because the word wealth comes from the Old English words “weal” (well-being) and “th” (condition), which taken together means “the condition of well-being.” As a child, I was given the gift of wildness: hikes to remote waterfalls, camping in the mountains with grizzly bears, casting lines into lakes and rivers. I have seen persimmon northern lights and a shooting star from Orion’s bow. I am a conservation voter because my experiences with these elements have instilled an awe that makes me think and love and live deeper. They give me great wealth that I hope to leave as an inheritance for those to come.
Jim Feldman, Madison
Jim Feldman is currently an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and History at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. His research, teaching, and activism interests include changing ideas about wilderness and wild nature, nuclear energy and radioactive waste disposal, sustainability, and environmental history. He is the author of a book on the environmental history of Wisconsin’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Jim is the faculty director of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Campus Sustainability Council, which is dedicated to making the university more sustainable in all of its facets–teaching, research, operations, and community outreach. Jim earned his Ph.D in history from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2004, and also has an MA in history from Utah State University and a BA from Amherst College.
I’m a conservation voter because I believe that all of us, no matter who we are or where we live, have a right to a clean and healthy environment, but that we have to fight to protect that right.
Roger Larson, Madison
Roger Larson retired in December 2008 as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Watershed Management after 32 years of state service at the Department of Natural Resources. During his career, he wrote discharge and stormwater permits, reviewed plans for wastewater treatment facilities, supervised scientists and engineers, and developed requirements for Wisconsin’s Clean Water Fund program and other nationally recognized initiatives. He is a licensed professional engineer and received a bachelor’s degree in meteorology and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his wife Helen enjoy fishing, boating, and kayaking at their vacation home in Vilas County.
I’m a conservation voter because real people, not corporations and special interest groups, should decide elections and determine what is best for Wisconsin and its environment. I believe that as an active and engaged conservation voter I can work best to restore, preserve, and protect Wisconsin for all its citizens.
Rolland Lee, Black River Falls
Rollie served and retired as Deputy Chief Conservation Warden for fourteen years. In that position, Rollie envisoned, formed and directed a specialized unit of wardens to investigate environmental crimes. Previously, he was posted at three field warden stations before serving as field warden supervisor and later District Warden at Green Bay. Also, Rollie was a U.S. Navy Lieutenant and Special Agent, F.B.I. Currently, he is completing his sixth year on the board of the Friends of the Black River. He holds a degree from UW-Stevens Point with dual majors in Conservation and Biology.
I’m a conservation voter because I remain haunted by pleasant memories of woods, marsh and a trout stream of my childhood. They formed my environmental ethic and bear witness to the marvelous hand of God.
Marc Schultz, Onalaska
Marc Schultz, OnalaskaFor more than two decades, Marc has been a leader promoting public involvement in state and federal legislation and programs that manage the Mississippi river and its tributaries. Marc retired in 2003 as a UW-Extension Community Natural Resource and Economic Development Agent where he worked with and facilitated citizen and community leader collaboration. Marc’s prior work experience in public health, boating law, wetland hydrology, wild land recreation policy and forestry provides his science-based natural resource background. Currently, Marc holds leadership positions with several state and local conservation organizations including the Town of Onalaska Stormwater Utility and the Joint La Crosse City-County Harbor Commission. He received a BS and MS in Natural Resource Management from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Marc and his family have a home on a high bank of the Mississippi River.
I’m a conservation voter because conservation of natural resources is a family value I grew up with. I even attended college to study natural resources. With this background, it’s imperative that conservation values be a major consideration in how I vote and participate in our political process.
Jake Vander Zanden, Madison
Jake Vander Zanden is a third generation Wisconsinite from the Fox Valley. He is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Limnology, where among other things, he teaches the world’s largest ‘limnology’ course. Jake has mentored over 30 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at UW-Madison, and has authored over 100 scientific studies on a wide range of topics including water quality, aquatic invasive species, climate change impacts, and managing sustainable fisheries. Other interests include the link between science, policy, and natural resource management. He has conducted research in diverse locales such as Iceland, Denmark, Canada, Mexico, and Mongolia. Jake lives in Madison with his wife and two children.
I’m a conservation voter because when you recognize that the foundation for a strong economy is a healthy environment, the question becomes “How could you NOT be a conservation voter?”