Friends and Partners

FOLW Board of Directors (2016-2017)


John Armstrong joined the board in 2017. Johnny started his professional career in the specialty coffee roasting industry (Alterra and Intelligentsia) and has 10 + years of experience in administration. He decided to switch his focus from business administration and went back to school for a Bachelors in Environmental Studies at DePaul University where his main focus was Sustainability and Watershed Management. Johnny currently works at the Department of Natural Resources in the Internal Business Services Division. Johnny and his family own a home in the Wingra Watershed (Nakoma). He spends his spare time working around the house and fishing with his daughter. He is very passionate about protecting Lake Wingra as he wants to preserve this natural resource for generations to come.


Roger Bannerman joined the board in 2011.  Roger’s first experience with Lake Wingra was as a graduate student in the Water Chemistry Program (1969-1973). His master thesis title was “Interstitial Inorganic Phosphorus in Lake Wingra Sediment.”  Before leaving the program, Roger did one more study on Lake Wingra entitled “Effects of Urban Runoff on Lake Wingra Marsh.”  Employment with Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) provided sufficient funds to buy a home in the Lake Wingra Watershed.  The Bannerman’s bought their home in 1975 and after 36 years they would never think of leaving their home so close to Lake Wingra. Roger visits the lake almost every day by biking to work, walking along the shore, or exploring the shoreline by canoe. He tries to share this experience with others at every opportunity, so they too can discover the sometimes hidden treasures of the lake. Living in the watershed has also made it an easy choice for many of Roger’s research projects he has conducted for the WDNR.  Working with the USGS and University, much data has been collected on the sources of pollutants in urban runoff and the efficiency of different treatment methods. These results are not only useful in the Lake Wingra Watershed, but to all the cities in Wisconsin. Roger hopes to continue his long-term relationship with the lake by staying involved in efforts to protect and improve it.


Jim Baumann joined the board in 2011 and was elected Treasurer in 2012.  Jim retired from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in December 2011 where he worked for over 35 years improving water quality in the state. Jim completed his B.S. in Civil Engineering and M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  He began his career with the DNR as an environmental engineer and helped develop the state’s nonpoint pollutant source abatement and watershed planning programs.  During 2005-2006, Jim contributed technical expertise and coordination of Mississippi River pollutant loading reductions proposed for Lake Pepin with the state of Minnesota, and served on the multi-state Upper Mississippi River Basin Association.  Most recently, he helped develop nutrient water quality standards that were later adopted by the Natural Resources Board.


Ian Krauss joined the board in 2016. Ian graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011 with a B.S. in Agricultural Sciences, double majoring in Community and Environmental Sociology and Environmental Studies. From 2013-2015, he worked as a student service contractor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the Sustainability and Healthy Community Taskforce in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Ian worked on a variety of projects involving stakeholder engagement, seagrass research, and water resource conservation. He is currently pursuing his Master’s degree from UW-Madison in Environmental Conservation. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, reading, camping, hiking, skiing, or whatever activity that will get him outdoors!


Tim Kuhman joined the board 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 joined the board in 2010 and was elected Secretary in 2011.  David did his undergraduate work at Stanford University where he majored in Biology and graduated with honors.  He then 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 talents include producing audiovisual programming on the environment, performing free-lance photography, blogging about environmental issues, and serving as a volunteer “superintendent” for an orphan park in Massechusets called the Hawksnest State Park.


Ben Yahr joined the board in 2012.  He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Landscape Architecture and Environmental Studies programs in 2005, and completed internships with the UW-Limnology Department and the Sauk County Land and Water Conservation Department.  Ben is a landscape architect with a background in coastal engineering and ecological restoration and recently started his own site design and drone aerial mapping and photography company, Resolution Studio, LLC.   He has worked on waterfront design projects throughout the world including marinas, ports, river restorations, beach enhancements, public access, stormwater management, and tourism development.  Ben lives on Commonwealth Avenue with his wife Sara.  They frequently visit Lake Wingra  in all seasons canoeing, fishing, hiking, skating, skiing, and snowshoeing.  Ben also enjoys listening to music, camping, biking, kayaking, homebrewing beer, building and flying radio-controlled airplanes, woodworking, and gardening.


 FOLW Program Manager

Casey Hanson joined Friends of Lake Wingra in 2017. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2010 with  a bachelor degree in civil and environmental engineering and later received her master of community and regional planning at the University of Oregon in 2014. For her graduate work, Casey researched how different groups overcome barriers to innovative water projects and policies. Casey’s coordinated and managed several projects previous to joining Friends of Lake Wingra. In her previous role, she was a coordinator for a local government, business, and nonprofit partnership that focused on climate change initiatives in Cambridge, MA. She’s also developed surface water management programs for rural communities, conducted a quinquennial statewide Oregon survey about water rates, and was an application coordinator at Epic. In her free time, you can find her hiking different parts of the country with her family and enjoying all water activities. She also enjoys making homemade ice cream, playing soccer, and playing Hot Wheels and Legos with her son.



Denny Caneff

Matt Diebel

Anne Forbes

Tyler Leeper

Jim Lorman

John Magnuson

John Nicol

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