Meet the Staff


Nikki Janisin, Executive Director since October 2014. Before stepping into the Executive Director position, she served as the Program Director since 2008 and before that had been a summer environmental educator for two summers. Nikki is a graduate of UW-Eau Claire with a degree in Biology Education. She lives near Haugen where she resides with her husband Dan, son Joe and dog Pepperoni Spongebob (aka Pepper). When she is not hanging out at Hunt Hill, she spends her time taking her son on adventures, curling and crafting.

What does it mean to be the Executive Director of a nature center and sanctuary? Major responsibilities include: Guiding the short and long-term plans for Hunt Hill to fulfill the wishes of Frances Andrews, working with the volunteer Board of Directors, managing the financial and legal responsibilities of the organization, managing the staff, being the chief public relations person welcoming visitors, and speaking to groups.

What I enjoy the most about Hunt Hill: Hunt Hill holds such a special place in my heart. I have especially enjoyed hearing the stories of others who have been positively impacted by their experience here. I am inspired and motivated by our donor, Frances Andrews, who showed early insight to protection and education of the environment. Hunt Hill is a beautiful place with wonderful staff, volunteers, members and visitors and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.

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Sage Dunham, Group Coordinator since 2019. Sage has been part of the Hunt Hill community since childhood. She was the Day Camp Director for two summers, an Environmental Educator for three summers, and a Junior Counselor for one summer. Sage graduated from St. Catherine University with a Masters in Elementary Education. On her days off, you may spot her playing guitar, needle felting, hiking the trails, or canoeing.

What does it mean to be the Group Coordinator of a nature center and sanctuary? As the Group Coordinator, my primary responsibilities are to schedule and coordinate with external groups that would like to come to Hunt Hill. I lead school field trips and coordinate the environmental educators at the field trips. I also manage facility rentals of the camp for a variety of different groups including Upward Bound camps, 4-H group outings, youth group retreats, college field experiences, wedding receptions, and family reunions.

What I enjoy the most about Hunt Hill: My favorite thing about Hunt Hill is that it provides many experiences for learning about the natural world. I have fond memories from my childhood of seeing butterflies come out of their chrysalises, catching frogs, and watching fireflies at Hunt Hill. It has been so fulfilling to come back and inspire the next generation of naturalists, especially those who would otherwise be tentative about interacting with the natural world. It is wonderful to see a person handle a spider, bug, or snake for the first time! Hunt Hill provides the community with a place to explore and connect with nature in lasting and memorable ways.

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Marissa Ginger, Program Coordinator, has been working in the field of interpretation since 2019 and currently serves on the Young Professional Council for the National Association of Interpretation. She is originally from Washington, Missouri and has recently moved to Rice Lake. Marissa graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in Biology with an emphasis in Wildlife & Natural Resource Conservation. Some of her past experiences include working as a Naturalist for the Missouri Department of Conservation in the St. Louis Region, as a seasonal Interpreter for Farmington Hills Nature Center in MI, Maramec Spring Park in St. James, MO; and Missouri State Parks. On her days off, you might find her exploring Wisconsin, hiking, painting, or reading.

What does it mean to be the Program Coordinator of a nature center and sanctuary? As the Program Coordinator, my main responsibilities are to plan, promote, and coordinate all public events and programs for Hunt Hill, such as Birds & Beer, Soup Lunch, Adult Spanish Camp, and more! I also manage seasonal summer staff and summer day camps for children.

What I am most looking forward to at Hunt Hill: I am especially looking forward to making memories with an incredible community. I also look forward to hiking around Hunt Hill, and listening to what people love most about the area and the memories they have here. I cannot wait to connect audiences with the natural resources Hunt Hill has to offer!

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Sally Bartz, Office Manager since March 2014: has 3 kids, 4 grandchildren and a Westie named Jojo. She lives in Shell Lake where she enjoys quilting, being with family and friends, reading mysteries, and snowshoeing.

What does it mean to be Office Manager of a nature center and sanctuary? Major responsibilities include: Bookkeeping, office paperwork, greeting visitors, registration, maintaining email lists, tracking membership and much more.

What I enjoy the most about Hunt Hill: It’s such a beautiful setting for a job. I enjoy meeting the Hunt Hill’s members and campers, and listening to the kids having fun outside. I think it’s important for kids to learn to appreciate the outdoors. I know I feel a sense of peace come over me when I’m out in the woods. Its also a great bunch of people to work with.

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Mark Sauer, Head of Maintenance since March 2019, is a Sarona native who lives just up the road from Hunt Hill with his wife Julie. He has 3 children and 5 grandchildren. He enjoys many outdoor activities and volunteering with area groups and organizations. His grandmother and her siblings were actively involved with Frances Andrews during her Sarona days.

What does it mean to be the maintenance crew of a nature center and sanctuary? Major responsibilities include: All maintenance work, general cleaning, landscaping, and facilities improvements at Hunt Hill as assigned by the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

What I enjoy the most about Hunt Hill: Being able to work in the beautiful preserved setting of Hunt Hill and to contribute to the history and heritage of the center and sanctuary at a time when facility and grounds improvements are being made possible by the many contributors and volunteers.

Larry Piskie, Assistant Maintenance has been keeping Hunt Hill looking great since the spring of 2000. Native to Illinois, he fell in love with the area and now lives in Spooner with his wife Colette 9 months out of the year and then they ‘fly south’ for some much needed rest before he returns for the busy season.

What does it mean to be the maintenance crew of a nature center and sanctuary? Major responsibilities include: All maintenance work, general cleaning, landscaping, and facilities improvements at Hunt Hill as assigned by the Executive Director and Board of Directors.

What I enjoy the most about Hunt Hill: I welcome the opportunity to work in the outdoors with nature. I enjoy talking with visitors about the special resources available at Hunt Hill, and I am continually learning about wildlife and experiencing it firsthand. Being employed at Hunt Hill provides me with an opportunity to grow personally while having a hand in local land and wildlife preservation. I am an advocate for the Hunt Hill buildings, lands, flora and fauna. There is great enjoyment in the participation of a dedicated young organization as it continues to grow and reach out to more people right in our neighborhood.

Debbie Bouma, Cabin Coordinator has been prepping cabins, coordinating rentals, and offering great customer service to our cabin visitors since 2018.

What does it mean to be the cabin coordinator of two historic cabins? Major responsibilities include: managing listings on AirBnb, stocking the cabins with supplies, cleaning cabins, coordinating and accepting rental requests, and answering renter questions.


Arizona Bowers Arizona is from Central, South Carolina and goes to Clemson University. She is a senior Environmental and Natural Resource Management Major with a Minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. She enjoys going on walks in the Clemson Experimental Forest with her dog Winston, baking cakes, and cross stitching. Arizona chose Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary because it caters to all ages, has diverse programming, and seems like a very cheerful learning environment. She is most looking forward to exploring the area and learning more about Wisconsin.

Gabrielle JohnsonMy name is Gabby Johnson! I am from Beloit, Wisconsin but I am currently attending Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where I study sustainability and international studies. I love doing anything outdoors – especially camping, hiking, or trail running – spending time with friends and family, and teaching group fitness classes! I am so excited to hopefully help instill a love of nature and the outdoors in others through environmental education at Hunt Hill, and explore a new part of Wisconsin!

Flannery Meekin My name is Flannery Meekin. I am from Saint Paul, Minnesota but currently live in Chicago, Illinois where I am attending Loyola University Chicago. I am majoring in environmental science and love spending time outdoors! I can often be found crafting (making jewelry, crocheting, painting), camping, or hanging out with my friends. I chose to work at Hunt Hill because their goal to engage kids in fun activities while educating them about the natural world spoke to me. I can’t wait to meet everyone this summer and create some awesome nature-based activities!!

Tess Robinette, Summer Environmental Educator, is from Decatur, TN. She currently goes to Carson-Newman University as a Biology major with an emphasis in Wildlife. After hearing stellar reviews of the Hunt Hill program from classmates, she applied as an educator to share her passion of ecology with kids who are growing in an age of fearing nature. Her goal is to get her campers involved and educated on the natural world! She will be going back to Tennessee when the summer is up for her senior year at college so she is looking forward to making as many memories in Wisconsin as possible.