Staff, BOD, Active Members



Christopher Gaetzke – Executive Director

Has a degree in Reclamation, Environment, and Conservation from UW Platteville (2009) with minors in Environmental Science and Geography. Worked as a Reclamation Scientist for Buchanan Consultants, Ltd. (2009-2010) in Farmington, NM studying mining operations and reclamation measures. Worked as a Conservation Planner/Technician (2010-2012) for Pepin County Land Conservation Department. He performed farm evaluations, inventoried, design and built agriculture best management practices and reviewed nutrient management plans. Worked as a Conservation Planner (2012-2019) for Dunn County Land and Water Conservation Division where he developed solutions for reducing non-point pollution on farms along with developing land management plans for landowners. Chris supervised natural resource and high school interns and directed the Dunn Environmental Education Steering Committee that organized many annual, youth environmental education activities.
Has worked with LCIP ( since 2012 when he was brought in by existing partners during the beginning of the group. Then in 2013, he became a Co-Chair along with the founder of LCIP, Kathy Stahl. After that, he became the Chair (2015-2018) to fully engage in the progression of meeting the mission and goals of the organization when it became an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. In 2016 LCIP won a Wisconsin Invasive Species Council, Invasive Crusader award for the dedication of the organization to educate, outreach and control invasive plants in West Central Wisconsin. In 2019 he became the Executive Director of LCIP in order to meet the organization’s challenging goals and to bring the community together to understand, engage and outreach to others over current invasive species topics. In 2019 Chris won the Chippewa Valley Sierra Club – Gaylord Nelson Earth Green Award for his work with invasive species in the Chippewa Valley.


Katherine Stahl – Founding Director and Treasurer


Chase Cummings – Founding Director & Pepin County Land Conservation & Planning Department, County Conservationist


Christopher Gaetzke – Founding Director & Executive Director


Douglas Owens-Pike – Chair, Retired Native Landscape Ecologist (Energy Scapes)


Mary (Mame) Gale – Vice Chair, Community Organization Activist & Philanthropist


Judy Zimmerman – Secretary, Menomonie Community Garden Vice President


AJ Leiden – Beaver Creek Reserve Citizen Science Center, AIS Coordinator



Jim Anderson – Dunn County Board of Supervisors & Retired Educator

David Whiteley – Retired Physics Educator & Active Citizen

Richard Damro – Retired Educator

Lee Shambeau – 4-Control, Inc., Owner

Keith Gilland – UW Stout, Biology-Restoration Ecology Professor

Brad Luedtke – 3M, Plant Environmental Engineer, CSP

David Cotts – 3M, Site Hazardous Waste Coordinator/EHS

Lauren Dupey – UW Madison Forest Health


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