Meet our board of directors. These individuals passionately volunteer their time to promote a healthy Lake Wingra through an active watershed community.
FOLW Board of Directors (2019-2020)
Hannah Buscemi (co-chair)
joined the board of directors in 2018. She is currently working towards a bachelor’s degree in Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her major specializes in environmental engineering and natural resources, and she hopes to work as an environmental or conservation engineer. Hannah works as a student research assistant with the soybean extension program in the UW Agronomy Department. She is very passionate about protecting the environment and Lake Wingra. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, drawing, hiking, kayaking or any other activity that involves the outdoors.
Gail Epping Overholt (secretary)
is a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin and the Education Coordinator of the UW-Madison Arboretum. She holds a BS in Elementary Science Education (1987) and an MS in Water Resource Management (1993) with an emphasis on wetlands and public education, both degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gail has worked in natural resources education for over 25 years, with a good majority of that time focusing on watershed, stormwater and Great Lakes issues. She has held board positions for the Wisconsin Association of Environmental Education, the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, the Friends of Cedarburg Bog, and a short time for Milwaukee Riverkeeper before moving north to the shores of Lake Superior. Her personal goal is to help people of all ages see the “land” as a community of soil, water, and living organisms—not excluding people. Having a special affinity for looking at issues with her eyes on the water, she has enjoyed her time exploring the shores of Lake Wingra and the flora and fauna that call it home.
Ian Krauss (co-chair)
joined the board of directors in 2016. Ian graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 with a B.S. in Community and Environmental Sociology and Environmental Studies and in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Environmental Conservation. For his masters, he focused on the water quality issues in relation to agricultural practices. He spent 3 years doing research with the U.S. EPA and a year with the Wisconsin DNR coordinating a volunteer water monitoring program. He currently works as a Wisconsin Agricultural Program Specialist with the USDA Farm Service Agency to promote agricultural conservation practices throughout Wisconsin. He lives in Monona with his wife, dog, and two cats. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading, camping, hiking, and playing with his dog!
joined the board of directors in 2017. He is an associate professor of Biological Sciences at Edgewood College. Tim completed his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. His research focused on the role of land-use history in shaping patterns of plant invasion in the southern Appalachains. Since joining the faculty at Edgewood in 2009, Tim has continued conducting research on invasive plants at the UW Arboretum and around the Madison area. He has also expanded his research interests to study oak savannah restoration and fire ecology. Tim teaches a variety of botany and ecology classes, and especially enjoys bringing his students into the field and out on Lake Wingra. When Tim is not in class or in his office overlooking the lake, he enjoys biking, canoeing, fly fishing, gardening and spending time with his wife and three children.
David Thompson (vice-chair)
joined the board in 2010 and was elected Secretary in 2011. David did his undergraduate work at Stanford University. He majored in Biology and graduated with honors. Then he obtained his Ph.D. in Zoology in 1974 from the UW-Madison where he specialized in Animal Behavior and Ornithology. He did his thesis on penguins in the Antarctic. From 1974-1979, David taught Zoology, Anatomy & Physiology, Ornithology, and Conservation at the UW Center System in Washington County. During much of this time, he was also a consultant in Wildlife Biology to the U.S. Corps of Engineers. From 1990-1995, David served as Education Director at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin. His interests include gardening with native plants, travel, taking photos that illustrate environmental issues, and serving as a volunteer for a lake similar to Lake Wingra, located in Hawksnest State Park, Massachusetts.
FoLW Executive Director
joined Friends of Lake Wingra in 2017. She is a University of Wisconsin – Madison alumna with a bachelor’s degree in civil and environmental engineering. While she received her master of community and regional planning at the University of Oregon, she’s always remained a Badger at heart. Many project implementation challenges are not technical but rather institutional. This means getting the right people at the table together. In some cases, successfully collaborating across sectors. This sentiment has acted as Casey’s rudder in her work and aspirations. She’s also served as a program coordinator for a local government, business, and nonprofit compact. The compact focused on climate change initiatives in Cambridge, MA. Other fun experiences include: developing surface water management programs for Total Maximum Daily Loads and conducting a quinquennial statewide Oregon survey about water rates. You can find her hiking in different parts of the country with her family and enjoying all types of water activities.
ADVISORS TO THE BOARD