Friends of Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary
Meet the Board
President: Gary Davis
I became aware of Hunt Hill when we moved to the same lake chain in 2000. My wife and I have enjoyed participating as volunteer educators for the spring and fall school programs.
Since childhood I have greatly enjoyed being outdoors in beautiful places,particularly old forests.When I moved from California to Madge I went looking for places to hike that had not been clearcut:the woods of Hunt Hill are the best old growth forest in this area to walk and see how beautiful nature is when we just leave it alone!
Vice President: William ‘Bill’ Stewart
Some folks just cannot get enough of Wisconsin’s north-woods. Then there are those who just don’t see the attraction. Hunt Hill has something to delight them both.
Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair: Adam Leigl
Program Committee Chair and Secretary: Jessica Schalkowski
I first discovered Hunt Hill in 2007 after moving to the area. I started coming out to explore the trails with my dog, then participating in the offered programs, volunteering on the program committee, and now the Board! It’s one of my favorite places in the region and a place where I can put my environmental education background to good use. I love meeting new people and learning new skills while fostering the love of nature.
Membership Committee Chair – Carlotta Romsos
Our family was delighted to learn that Hunt Hill was adjacent to the property we were about to buy for our future home. We started attending programs on eagles, loons, beaver, mushrooms, etc. even before we lived here. Now our whole family has become involved in activities like the pancake breakfasts, nature programs, spring cleanup, barn dances and day camps (our grandchildren are excited about attending summer day camp at Hunt Hill every year). We have all met wonderful friends and staff members while learning about nature…..so, please visit us at Hunt Hill!
Fundraising Committee Chair: Gus Stelzer
My most pleasant remembrances about Hunt Hill involve our children there in the summers. Including our youngest named Chloe. We have a photo of her at our summer home, plopping along on the Hunt Hill dock with swim fins on her feet, about seven years old, with another little girl. We’d been cooling off in the lake and canoeing that day.
Facilities Committee Chair: Gary Erickson
Hunt Hill is a special place, a diamond in the rough that represents the pristine nature of Wisconsin of years ago. This is what Hunt Hill has come to mean to me, a place that is devoted to leaving an environmental legacy for our children, grandchildren and their grandchildren. I came to Hunt Hill by invitation to help in the hiring of the Executive Director and later the Program Director. This introduction to a special place touched my inner self and opened a long hidden interest in environmental issues and the desire to educate the public especially our youth to the sensitivity of our ecological systems. Hunt Hill does this by providing educational opportunities and training in the best stewardship practices to help preserve our planet for generations to come. I am honored to be a part of this effort.
Having owned property on Leesome Lake (just 3 miles north of Hunt Hill) for nearly 44 years, I think of Hunt Hill as a neighbor down the road. I am amazed as to the size of the Hunt Hill organization – facilities, staff, social interactions, & focus on environmental programs for all ages. It has become apparent to me that Hunt Hill fills an invaluable niche for residents & visitors to the wonderful natural resources & learning opportunities in northwest Wisconsin.
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.
It has been a life-long dream of mine to move to my new home, which I call Soul Whispers, on Peter’s Lake when I retired. During this time, Hunt Hill has helped me listen more attentively to the wonder-filled whispers of nature in many different ways. Hearing the earth’s intelligence more deeply will enrich all of our lives. I look forward to being on this journey with you!
In Washington state, I used to take children, teens, and adults on adventures like hiking, kayaking, and canoeing. My work there taught me that not only do we need to preserve beautiful places, but also that we need to foster relationships between people and those places. When my family and I moved to Wisconsin in 2010, we attended one of the Cakes on the Lake programs at Hunt Hill. From that point, we were hooked. Hunt Hill represents the ideals that took root in my previous work: education and conservation.
After retirement, my wife and I built a cabin on Red Cedar Lake and now share our time between our home in Rochester, MN and our cabin. In Rochester, I was involved in the development of the Cascade Meadow Environmental Learning Center. I was amazed by how interested people are to learn about the environment and the positive difference they can make once they are educated. After learning about the Hunt Hill operation, I realized it is a quality environmental organization that is providing unbiased, non political environmental education to a variety of people. These people are in turn making a positive difference in sustaining our environment for future generations. It has a need for and deserves our support.