The Volunteer Leadership Council

Great Waters Group (GWG) is your local Sierra Club member group.
The people on this page can help address your interests, 
concerns, or questions.

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Mailing Address:  Great Waters Group – Sierra Club
P.O. Box 26798
                     Wauwatosa, WI 53226-0798 

Facebook page:  Sierra Club Great Waters Group 

Twitter:  @SierraClubMKE

 

   nopic    Jennifer Abel                   Program Chair      

               

 

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 Ed AndersonEd Anderson              Membership Chair

Ed Anderson has been a Sierra Club member since the 1990’s. He was Political Chair from 2000 until 2005, and assumed that position again in 2012. He has organized and run numerous outings over the last several years, including Grand Island, MI bike tours, and Point Beach dunes cabin hikes. To achieve our environmental goals, he believes it is important that we work to elect representatives who share our values.

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JanetAndersonJanet Anderson          Communications Chair - E-letter, Website, Facebook, HELEN  

Janet has been active with Sierra Club since ~2002.  She has previously been Membership Chair, Secretary, Program Chair, Chair of the GWG, and now continues with Communications within our Group.  Janet is a (now, happily retired) Respiratory Therapist which underlies her interest in clean air issues.  She also volunteers for asthma education in the Milwaukee area.  Janet's significant interests, besides clean air and clean water, are the many issues of sustainability.  She enjoys hiking, going 'up north,' gardening, and enjoying time with her granddaughters.  Janet is also actively involved in Tosa Bag It.

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(414) 258-5624 

 

Bill Baurecht Bill Baurecht               Vice-Chair     and    ExCom 

Bill Baurecht has been a member of the Sierra Club for many years and has led and participated in national lodge, service, base camp, family, and grandparents/grandkids outings. A certified national outings leader, Bill shares his love of mountain hiking, knowledge of Western culture and history, and support of national and state parks and monuments with participants. As a member of the Ice Age Trail Alliance he volunteers to maintain trails and build new segments. Bill and Helen help lead Just for Grandparents/Grandkids, a popular outing for over 30 years, and they lead Sierra Sampler in Tahoe National Forest based at CTL, a medley of hiking, kayaking, and insights into the history and conservation of Donner Pass and Lake Tahoe.  Bill also has led and is now the assistant on Best of the Midwest, Day Hiking on the Superior Hiking Trail, Minnesota (August). He and Helen co-lead Service and History at Shenandoah Valley Battlefields, Virginia (May) and Service at Antietam National Battlefield (September). 

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nopicVeronica Bell                            Secretary   and   ExCom  

Veronica is a long time Sierra Club member and environmental advocate who has traveled extensively in America's natural areas, including many Sierra Club outings.  She recently has served on the Action Team and Community Advisory Board for the GWG's Nearby Nature program.  


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nopicRose Both             Volunteer Political Chair   and   Delegate to JMC   and   ExCom  

Rose currently serves as the volunteer political chair for the Great Waters Group.  Rose is the writer of the blog Wiscoland, which covers political and environmental issues in WI.  Articles from Wiscoland hae been reprinted in Urban Milwaukee and shared on Twitter by the Center for Media and Democracy.   Her Milwaukee Magazine article, “The Banishment of John McAdams,” was nominated for a Press Club award in the Profiles category.  Her essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in Weep, Chicago Magazine, Colorado Review, Fiction Writers Review, and Rain Taxi.  She earned a Ph.D. from UW-M in 2016 and teaches in the English program at Marquette University.   

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DanBucklerDan Buckler              Outings Chair  

Transplanted from Ohio, Dan is a forester and a member of the Sierra Club since 2006. After finishing his undergraduate education, he spent a summer working in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with the Student Conservation Association and the U.S. Forest Service.  He then spent two years on his Master's thesis on post-fire forest regeneration and worked for the Nature Conservancy in western Virginia.  He enjoys backpacking, canoeing, baseball, comic books, and cinema.

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nopic Rashi Grewal            Fundraising Chair   and   ExCom 

 Rashi enjoys combining her multiple interests to support good causes.  She plans to help out with the Nearby Nature project and   already has ideas on how to better the lives of inner-city kids.  

 

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DavidHetzel Dave Hetzel             Newsletter Reimbursement 

 

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Crystal HoecherlCrystal Hoecherl                GWG Chair  and   ExCom  

Crystal has always been concerned about the environment, but especially when her overseas work provided a broader, global perspective. In the 1990’s in partnership with UNICEF after the first Gulf War, she worked with non-governmental agencies on immunization, providing health education, and caring for burn victims. She saw first-hand the effects of land mines and malnutrition.  When in China, her awareness of air pollution’s effect on respiratory illness was heightened. When returning to the States, she helped settle Iraqi refugees in the US. She was a nurse at St. Mary’s and later at St. Michael’s Hospital.  Crystal has been employed as a school nurse for Milwaukee Public Schools since 2005. Crystal enjoys cross country skiing, hiking, biking, camping, and kayaking.

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nopic Dale Hofmann               Newsletter Editor 

 

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Barbara Richards Barbara Richards           Conservation Chair  and  Newsletter Chair  and   ExCom 

Barbara A Richards is a retired MPS Montessori teacher who has three adult children and three grandchildren.  Ms. Richards has certification in The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd as well and guides 4 and 5 year olds in “Sunday School” at St Michael’s Church.  Ms. Richards holds two Permaculture Design Certificates. The Ethical Principles of permaculture: Care for Earth, Care for People, Fair Share for all, purpose Ms. Richards’ daily choices echoing Micah: Act Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly with God.

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nopic Von Roberts              Representative to Milwaukee County Trails Commission    and    ExCom  

From growing up in a farming valley where my father was a cheesemaker, I got to explore and love the woods, streams, rivers, and lakes of WI.  I was fortunate to develop a value that cherishes a healthy environment and have learned the imortance of advocating for good stewardship of what we're blessed to to enjoy and preserve for our children. 

I worked for Citizens for a better Environment (CBE) and learned what carelessly used and spent chemicals do to our earth, and water and to our bodies.  

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nopic Karen Samelson           Publicity Chair 

Karen Samelson’s love of nature came early and she went on her first national Sierra Club outing when she was 6.  She joined the Sierra Club in the 1990s and has participated in service outings in various national parks.  After working for many years as a newspaper copy editor, she now does grant writing for local nonprofits. She is working with the GWG Nearby Nature Program and enjoys exploring special places by hiking, bicycling, kayaking, camping, and cross-country skiing. 

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JaneSchneiderJane Schneider         Treasurer 

Jane has been a member since 2000 and served previously as the GWG and JMC State Treasurer. She has decided to serve again after her retirement as an Accountant. Jane grew up in New Berlin when it was still “out in the country” and camped each summer with her family. She is happiest when she is outdoors and enjoys camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, snow sports, and exploring new places in the outdoors.

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Dave Thomas David Thomas            Nearby Nature Co-Chair   and   ExCom 

 David Thomas is a retired visual communications professor and outdoorsperson who cut his teeth working on the first Earth Day in 1970. Since joining a Sierra Club Quetico trip in 2006, David went on to lead backpacking, service, and paddle outings in Quetico and around Wisconsin, including the Apostle Islands.  After helping found the Friends of Lincoln Park in 2014, David became engaged as an advocate for Lincoln Creek. This led to him accepting the co-chair of the GWG Nearby Nature Project in 2017.

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Chris ZapfChris Zapf              Volunteer Coordinator   and   ExCom   

Chris was given a gift of Sierra Club Membership in 1984 and grew to become a "Life Member" thereafter.  The outings and environmental activism inspired her to spend two years as the John Muir Chapter Secretary while remaining active with the local Great Waters Group.  Chris also continued to lead outings as well as secretarial and other duties for the Group.  To put it mildly, Chris is a "true" tree hugger.

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