board of directors
Mary Franz | President
Board President Mary Franz has been a member of CLCF since 1982, and on the board of directors since 2002. In grade school Mary would regularly write to the US Forest Service to request information on trees and forest management. To Mary, Smokey the Bear symbolized the protector of animals and land, and as a young adult she began to recycle, recycle, recycle! Today Mary is surrounded by pine trees, wildlife habitat and water management projects on her farm.
Phil Recht | Secretary
Phil has been a member of the Board of CLCF since 2004. Following a move from the Milwaukee area, he welcomed the opportunity to become involved in land conservation. Phil spends his free time reading, traveling, woodworking and trying to keep up with his 4 year old grandson.
John Harmon | Treasurer
John joined the Board of the CLCF as Treasurer in 2017. He has lived in the West Bend area since 2006 and is an avid user of the multiple amenities the CLCF properties have to offer. John is a firm believer in the CLCF’s mission of preserving the land and maintaining buffers for wildlife. He has a B.S. Degree from UW-Eau Claire and is currently the Senior Manager of Applications at Broan in Hartford, WI.
Now retired, Bob was a West Bend family physician for 40 years. He is an avid outdoorsman and athlete with 31 completed Birkebeiners under his belt. He has held multiple leadership and board positions during his professional career and maintains a strong commitment to protecting the landscapes of the Kettle Moraine, ensuring water quality health for future generations, and promoting and preserving outdoor options for community health and fitness.
A member of the CLCF board since 2011, Gary served as president of the board for Friends of Lac Lawrann Conservancy from 2000 through 2010. Gary is a retired mathematics professor from UW-Washington County, where he was on the faculty since the campus opened in 1968. He and his wife live in the town of Polk where he spends spare time tending the prairie garden and other native plantings in their yard, as well as volunteering for several nature-based organizations.
A retired school teacher and our number one volunteer, Jerry maintains the hiking and ski trails on all our properties. He is an expert nordic ski groomer and maintains both the classic and skate lanes at Fox Hill. Jerry and his wife Ellen are long time supporters of the Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation and have a home on Big Cedar Lake.
Denise recently retired after 30+ years of practicing law in Reinhart Boerner’s Milwaukee office. During her career, she served in numerous professional and nonprofit leadership roles, including past-president and board member of Milwaukee’s Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Milwaukee Children’s Choir, school board, and TEMPO Milwaukee. She has a long-term dedication to conservation as a local and national volunteer of Ducks Unlimited (DU) and the Wetlands America Trust and recently had the opportunity to lobby in Washington, DC in support of the North America Wetlands Conservation Act. Denise has had a home on Big Cedar Lake since 1997 and made the lake her permanent residence in 2014. She is eager to learn more about local conservation efforts and serve the community in preserving CLCF’s lands. She joined the Board in 2018.
Lee joined the CLCF Board in 2016 and has been a volunteer for us since the 1970s. He is a retired science teacher with extensive knowledge of the area’s bio-communities; he is our invasive species specialist. He has experience as a member of the Town Board, Town Board of Adjustment and County Board. He has also been a maple syrup producer for more than 50 years.
You might say that Tod has been with CLCF from the beginning, as he is the son of Geoff Maclay, the organization’s founder. He holds a seat on the Town of West Bend Plan Commission, is president of the BCLPOA, and was appointed to CLCF’s Board of Directors in 2016.
Didi Atwood Reilly
Didi has been involved with CLCF since 2009. She is motivated by her belief that these lands around us will benefit future generations, and wants to help preserve and protect them, and help others to do so as well. Didi has a B.A. from Harvard University (1977), a M. of Architecture from Princeton University (1980), and currently serves as a Trustee of both the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Didi and her husband Paul live in Chicago and at Big Cedar Lake.
Linda Mutschler | Executive Director
Linda spent nearly the majority of her career on Wall Street as an equity analyst. After retiring in 2005, she and her family returned to Wisconsin. Linda’s volunteer interests include nutrition, health, education and the environment. Linda is a graduate of Harvard College and the Wharton School of Business. She is married to Jock Mutschler and has two children. She and her family love spending time on Little Cedar Lake and can often can be found on various CLCF trails with their golden retriever.
Priscilla Galasso | Office Manager
Priscilla has worked exclusively with non-profit organizations since college, including a children’s theater company and two Wisconsin museums. Her life-long passion for the environment was kicked into high gear by attending the Wilderness 50 conference in 2014, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act into law. She considers her work with CLCF an important component of living out of that passion. Priscilla has four grown children and has recently moved to West Bend.