Friends of Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
The Friends group, following the wishes of donor Frances Andrews as outlined in Frances Andrews’ Letter To NAS, manages the operations and facilities of the Hunt Hill Audubon Camp. Click Here to learn more about the history and relationship of FOHHAS and NAS.
Meet the Board
President: Carolyn Cleveland
After moving to Madge and Long Lake in 2002, I had a desire to expand my knowledge on how to care for my surroundings. After attending a fund raiser for Hunt Hill and learning of what this sanctuary had to offer I became a member of the Board. Learning more about the environment is for the young and old alike. At Hunt Hill I can find solitude on the walking paths, friendship in membership, and laughter from the kids at camp.
Vice President and Public Campaign Committee Chair: Bill Stewart
This is my second turn on the Hunt Hill board and I am proud of the variety of programming that we offer and the sanctuary we offer for wildlife and the people that value it. However, that is to a large degree enrichment for people who already appreciate the natural world. It is the environmental education we perform in cooperation with area primary schools that is vital. In these classes we get all the kids, not just those whose parents take the time to provide enrichment. Our future is in those classes. I want them to know that “environment” isn’t just polar bears and tropical reefs. There is a beautiful and vulnerable environment right here. It is here to enjoy and preserve. Hunt Hill is a great place for both.
Vice President and Facilities Committee Chair: Gary Erickson
My wife and I have had our hearts in the Northwoods for most of our lives and always knew that we would live here when we retired. We love the outdoors and have vowed to do what we can to help preserve the remaining natural areas for future generations. Hunt Hill has a wonderful way of combining conservation with education, and I am proud to be a part of that legacy.
Tom joined the board because he likes new challenges. He enjoys meeting and working with new people. After growing up and working in this community, he has found Hunt Hill to be a great asset to the Long Lake community and one that deserves community support.
Secretary and Fundraising Committee Chair: Carrie Romsos
Carrie moved from the Twin Cities to Shell Lake the summer of 2014 with her family. Her love of nature and the outdoors began in her early years as she would assist in cultivating crops and raising animals on the family dairy farm near Chippewa Falls. Carrie’s children Blake and Riley have participated in the Hunt Hill day camps for 8 years, and Carrie and her husband Dale have volunteered for Prairie Fling for 3 years.
A long time Long Lake resident and returning Hunt Hill board member. Wayne is retired from a career at WITC and enjoys the lake and his family. Wayne has served 2 terms for FOHHAS and during those times, worked as VP and President and also chairs the Major Gifts committee. He is looking forward to being back on the board and helping FOHHAS create a strong financial base.
As a youth and as an adult, I vacationed “up north” every year and developed a deep appreciation of Wisconsin lake country. During these yearly northern treks my wife Pat and I decided we would move here someday. In 2014 we fulfilled our dream of a home on the water and moved to Rice Lake. We visited Hunt Hill preserve several times and were struck with its natural beauty. One day last fall after walking one of the trails, Pat and I were leaving the preserve and had to abruptly stop the truck and enjoy the woods that was glowing orange from the sunlight bursting through the trees. It was an awesome sight! Hunt Hill is a special place to experience and learn about nature at its finest. I look forward to supporting the Hunt Hill vision and contributing through my background in marketing and education and my appreciation of this wonderful resource.
Program Committee Chair: Gary Dunsmoor
I’m originally from Rhinelander, where I was raised in a great family of nine, plus two dogs and whatever small critters I had in my bedroom at any given time. I graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a B.S. degree in Wildlife Management. Around 25 years ago, I began giving presentations at Hunt Hill with the annual spring wildlife hikes for the Spooner 5th grade students. I retired from the Department of Natural Resources in 2013 with over 38 years of service, 35 of them in Wildlife Management in Spooner.
After retirement Maryann and I bought a home on Little Devils Lake which connects to Twin Lakes through Big Devils Lake. The first time we canoed into those beautiful lakes surrounded by Hunt Hill we realized that this was indeed a special place. We moved to Northern Wisconsin from Minneapolis because of our appreciation of nature and all the “critters” up here. I have attended programs at the camp for years and when asked if I would be interested in running for a position on the board I eagerly accepted the opportunity.
After making Long Lake our full time home two years ago, my husband Dennis and I became more interested in events at Hunt Hill and found it to be a wonderful natural resource in this area. We are so lucky to have this Sanctuary in our backyard. In this short time we have made wonderful friends while spending time at Hunt Hill events. I felt it was important to join the board and offer my knowledge, time and talents to ensure more people can enjoy this beautiful area.
I have known of Hunt Hill for many years as my two sons were able to learn about tadpoles when in Kindergarten and First Grade as part of their classroom curriculum. I am excited to be on the board to help future generations have the opportunity to explore and learn about nature in a pristine setting. Tying together education with actual experiences is vital to our children as well as the many adults that do not have many opportunities to go out and explore.
It’s great to be part of FOHHAS with colleagues who support Hunt Hill’s mission and purposes. We appreciate Hunt Hill’s rich heritage, dedication to education, and commitment to the environment. My husband have lived in the area for 30 years, and our roots are from Eau Claire to Lake Superior. My background is mostly in education and human services, and as a volunteer I’ve been part of many organizations. Hunt Hill has a bright future, and I look forward to helping to build that for future generations.
I currently reside on a few acres next to a small lake near Shell Lake with my wife, Susie. Over the years we had visited the Shell Lake area on vacation with our young family, falling in love with the natural beauty, friendly people and the simple life style. When I was employed, I used to travel to various parts of the USA and the world on business trips and always found the natural beauty and wonder of northern Wisconsin the best anywhere. When given the opportunity, we settled in the Shell Lake area in 2003, became members of FOHHAS that year and have enjoyed our new lifestyle ever since.
I am active in various outdoor activities, such as hiking, canoeing/kayaking, outdoor photography, but especially fishing. I also engage in growing gardens, raising chickens and rabbits, and supporting various organizations and our local communities.
My latest goal is to learn more about the Hunt Hill organization and to spend more time at the facility now that I am retired, so what better way to do so, than to become a board member. It is an honor to be associated with such a fine organization that promotes conservation and the love of nature to the current and next generations.
There’s a bit of amateur naturalist in many of us. We can tell from an early age that the outdoors, the land and waters, and the natural world, offer the excitement of discovery and the stimulation of peering into the lives of the plants and animals around us. With time and means we often gravitate to places that make that easier. For my wife and I that came with 65 acres and a summer home on Long Lake 20 plus years ago. The bonus we discovered later nearby was Hunt Hill…another place to roam, explore, learn, and perhaps to help others and newer generations do the same. And, of course, to interact with others of like mind, and with the wonderful welcoming staff at this gem of a preserve in the Northwest Wisconsin woods.