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Leadership

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.

Didi Atwood Reilly | Vice-President
Didi joined CLCF’s Board in 2009. She is motivated by her belief that these lands around us will benefit future generations, and wants to help preserve and protect them. Didi has a BA from Harvard College, a M. of Architecture from Princeton University and currently serves as a Trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Didi and her husband Paul live in Chicago and at Big Cedar Lake.

Denise Goergen | Vice-President
Denise joined CLCF’s in 2018. Denise retired after 30+ years of practicing law and has served in numerous professional and nonprofit leadership roles. She has a long-term dedication to conservation and has had a home on Big Cedar Lake since 1997.

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 CLCF’s Board in 2017. He has lived in the West Bend area since 2006 and is an avid user of CLCF’s properties. John is a firm believer in CLCF’s mission of preserving land and maintaining buffers for wildlife. He has a BS from UW-Eau Claire and is currently the Senior Manager of Applications at Broan in Hartford, WI.

Gary Britton
Gary joined CLCF’s Board in 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.  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.

Mary Beth Carr
Mary Beth joined CLCF’s Board in 2019 and has been a CLCF volunteer and committee chair since 2017.  She brings with her 30+ years of event management experience with the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Wisconsin State Fair Park.  She is an active community volunteer and has had a family home on Big Cedar Lake since 1963 and has seen the positive impact CLCF has had on BCL.  Mary Beth and her husband, Frank, love the Town of West Bend and Big Cedar Lake.

Jerry Gensch
Jerry joined CLCF’s Board in 2003.  Jerry is a retired school teacher and CLCF’s number one volunteer. Jerry maintains the hiking and ski trails on CLCF’s properties. He is an expert Nordic ski groomer and maintains both the classic and skate lanes at CLCF Nordic. Jerry is a long-time supporter of CLCF and lives on Big Cedar Lake.

Lee Krueger
Lee joined CLCF’s Board in 2016 and has been a volunteer at CLCF since the 1970s. He is a retired science teacher with extensive knowledge of the area’s bio-communities and is CLCF’s invasive species specialist.  He has experience as a member of the Town Board, Town Board of Adjustment and Washington County Board. He has been a maple syrup producer for more than 50 years.

Mike Nast
Mike joined CLCF’s Board in 2018.  Mike grew up on Big Cedar Lake where he developed a great appreciation for the local watershed and the beauty of the Kettle Moraine region.  Mike has a BS from UW La Crosse and an MBA from UW Milwaukee.   His professional career includes leadership positions in manufacturing businesses and service on several boards. Mike, his wife Michelle, and their two daughters live in the Town of West Bend where they enjoy sailing on Big Cedar Lake, alpine skiing and bicycling.

Jynine Strand
Jynine joined CLCF’s Board in 2019. Jynine is a real estate lawyer with a practice in Washington County and has served on numerous professional and nonprofit boards. Jynine grew-up in rural Waupaca County and believes it is important to preserve and protect the lands around us to benefit future generations. Jynine, her husband Greg, and their three daughters enjoy many outdoor activities such as hiking, boating and snow skiing.

Staff

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.