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
Immediate Past 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.
President: 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.
My wife Vicky and I became involved with Hunt Hill several years ago after moving to Rice Lake. Being avid outdoors people and concerned about the environment, Hunt Hill was a perfect fit. We’ve volunteered for a variety of programs and projects at Hunt Hill and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. This is a particularly exciting time at Hunt Hill, and I look forward to being able to further serve this great organization as a member of the Friend’s board.
Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair: Tom Vonasek
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: 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.
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.
Major Gifts Chair: Wayne Sabatke
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 roaming around the world I finally settled down in Madge nearly 30 years ago, drawn to the natural beauty of the area and the friendly sense of local community. Growing up I spent much of my free time in or on the water or off in wild places…enjoying the quiet majesty of coasts, deserts and high mountains. Over the years I came to realize that the natural balanced beauty of the world was not to be taken for granted: that it is under perilous threat and must be courageously defended on many fronts!
Thinking globally, I saw a place for local action right here in our forests and lakes and volunteered at Hunt Hill. I strongly believe in the importance of Hunt Hill as both a nature sanctuary / preserve and an education center
to instill a love and understanding of the land in our community, particularly our younger ones. Amazing things are happening here right now: pipe dreams coming true thanks to years of careful, thoughtful planning and hard work. I am proud to add my energy to the countless volunteers who make Hunt Hill such a wonderful place. Come join us in any way you can and help preserve the natural beauty we enjoy here!
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.
I grew up on a Guernsey Dairy farm in Maple Grove (Twnsp), WI, between caring for animals and caring for the land I developed a great love for the North country and all that we have to offer – especially the preservation of wild places. I am thrilled to be a part of Hunt Hill because I feel that educating others on the legacy of land management is crucial if we are to honor the earth (and the animals who live there). I hope to see you on a river in northern WI or MN as I’m a kayaker and wildlife photographer. See you at Hunt Hill – our varied programs have so much to offer in understanding how you can honor, respect, and preserve wild spaces.
Visits to Washburn County began for me thirty-seven years ago when my family and I bought a lake home on Long Lake. The first view of the lake after we make the three-hour drive from our home in Medina, Minnesota continues to thrill after all these years.
As a board member for Hunt Hill, I bring over 45 years of business experience to the table. I started in the manufacturer’s rep business in 1972, and in 1980, started my own firm. Retirement allows me to pursue other areas of interest, including spending more time with my wife Deb, our three children who live near and far, and with our five grandchildren, each of whom love our lake home paradise as much as we do.
Having attended Cakes at the Lake with our kids and grandkids over the years, being on the board with Hunt Hill seems like the perfect opportunity to get involved and help make a difference to our beautiful summer community.
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.