CLCF Staff

Linda Mutschler,  Executive Director
Linda spent 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 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.


Jaron Cook, Stewardship Coordinator
Jaron got his official start in conservation during the summer of 2016, when he worked in a Community Ecology lab studying fire and forest dynamics in Missouri Oak-Hickory forests. Since then, he’s worked for an environmental advocacy nonprofit, a land trust in coastal Maine, and most recently for a soil and water conservation district in the North Twin Cities Metro area of Minneapolis.

Jaron has a BA in Environmental Earth Science from Washington University in St. Louis and was raised in Upstate New York and East Tennessee. Drawing on a childhood spent outdoors, Jaron is passionate about empowering people to love and steward the land around them. He recently completed a certificate in Ecological Restoration at the University of Minnesota and hopes to apply that knowledge to enhancing the ecological integrity of CLCF’s land. Outside of work, Jaron likes to spend his time distance running and cooking.


Traci Cooper, Office Manager
Traci joined CLCF as a volunteer in the spring of 2019, and she donated over 200 hours in her first year.  Traci believes that volunteering can boost the health of one’s mind and body due to the rewarding accomplishments that volunteering offers.

Traci has a reverence for nature and a love of open spaces and natural vistas. Traci began working as the CLCF Office Manager in the fall of 2020 and aims to help preserve the open spaces for the natural enjoyment of being outside. Fox Hill Nature Preserve is among her favorite CLCF open preserves, as she and her son often enjoy the hiking trails.