I retired in 2015 as the Wild Ones first Executive Director in order to start my third life adventure, and I am looking forward to sharing it with you through this blog. My first life adventure gave me a strong background in construction and real estate, but as a long time gardening enthusiast, my second adventure has been the most satisfying. My husband John and I manage a restored prairie and a restored woodland as part of our home. We feel privileged to have mature Bur Oaks and Shagbark Hickories as part of our landscaping.
As part of our family heritage, my brothers and I also own an 80-acre White Cedar swamp we use for hunting. Soon it will be in its fourth generation of ownership. So you see my love of nature comes from a long line of ancestors.
Here are some of the organizations I belong to, and I highly recommend your participation in these and similar organizations.
In 1996 my husband and I started a construction management company called Accent on Construction Inc during which time I took on the responsibility for Wild Ones membership as Executive Secretary. In July 1998, Wild Ones asked me to take on the role of Executive Director. The following year we changed the name of the company to Accent on Natural Landscaping. I brought to the newly named company the expertise needed for managing not-for-profit organizations and natural landscaping projects. My credentials include:
- Degree from the University of Wisconsin ‑ Green Bay in Organizational Management.
- Background and work experience in residential and commercial real estate and construction and native plants and natural landscaping.
- Management and administrative services for not-for-profit environmental organizations including grant writing and fundraising
- PowerPoint shows and informal presentations on various aspects of native landscaping
- Producing, writing and narrating books, pamphlets, brochures, videos and a variety of marketing materials
Besides being very concerned about our environment, I am also very concerned about equal rights for all. Both causes sometimes force me to get on my peach crate to share my thoughts.