This March, nine new members were selected for the Clean Lakes Alliance Community Board with terms to begin in April. These individuals are all leaders in the community and bring unique strengths to our organization. Please join us in welcoming our new board members:
Timothy Baker – not pictured
Director, Friends of Cherokee Marsh
Board member, Friends of Lake Wingra; member of CLA Citizen Action Committee
Roger has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for over 40 years.
For most of that time he has directed research projects investigating the solutions to problems caused by urban runoff. Some topics addressed by the different studies are: 1) the quality of urban streams, 2) identification of problem pollutants in stormwater, 3) toxicity of stormwater pollutants, 4) effectiveness of different stormwater control practices, 5) sources of stormwater pollutants, 6) selection of cost-effective control practices, and 7) benefits of low impact development. These results have been applied to the development of technical standards, administrative rules, and the calibration of the WinSLAMM. Roger’s ongoing research projects will continue to be used to increase the effectiveness of Wisconsin’s stormwater management efforts.
President, Friends of Lake Kegonsa
Peter lives on Lake Kegonsa and is President of the Friends of Lake Kegonsa Society, Inc. (FOLKS) and has been involved with lake issues for many years. The purpose of FOLKS is to protect, maintain and enhance environmental and recreational value of Lake Kegonsa and its surroundings. FOLKS focuses on activities intended to maintain or improve the ecology, water quality, fishing and recreational use of Lake Kegonsa.
FOLKS also supports Clean Lakes Alliance both financially and with volunteers in an effort to reduce phosphorus runoff throughout the Yahara River watershed.
Peter did his undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin and received his Master’s Degree from DePaul University.
Attorney, Murphy Desmond; former Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; member of CLA Economic Impact & Policy Committee
Matt Frank is a shareholder at Murphy Desmond, S.C., where he practices environmental and energy law. Prior to joining Murphy Desmond, Matt had a 30 year career in public service, first serving as an Assistant Attorney General at the Wisconsin Department of Justice and later serving as Secretary of two state agencies- the Department of Corrections and the Department of Natural Resources.
Accomplishments of the DNR under Matt’s leadership included: the beginning of a multi-year clean-up of PCB’s in the Fox River; new rules to reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants by 90%; passage of the Great Lakes Compact; expansion of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship fund; and a new regulatory approach to reduce phosphorous in Wisconsin’s lakes and streams, emphasizing adaptive management within watersheds. As DNR Secretary Matt supported collaborative efforts to clean up Madison lakes through the Yahara Clean partnership as well expanded use of biodigesters in Dane County.
Growing up in Cross Plains, Matt fished the Black Earth Creek. He and his wife raised three boys in Middleton, spending time in the summer enjoying boating, water skiing, fishing, and kayaking. Their boys learned to sail at UW Hoofers, and in the winter played hockey on the lake.
“Our family has many happy memories enjoying Madison’s lakes. We all have a stake in protecting and preserving them for everyone.” Matt likes CLA’s emphasis on citizen engagement and outreach, as well as its commitment to bringing diverse stakeholders together, including farmers and businesses, by setting measurable goals and finding ways to work together to accomplish them.
Robert (Bob) Karls
Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board
Board member, Lake Waubesa Conservation Association; CLA citizen monitor
Woody is on the board of the Lake Waubesa Convervation Association and has been active with the organization for the past three years. The LWCA promotes the well being of the lake as well as the entire watershed. He has lived on Lake Waubesa for the past 19 years and enjoys all activities on or in the lake.
Woody received a BS and MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin here in Madison in 1971. After spending a few years doing research at the university he decided to change direction and opened the Fess Hotel Restaurant with two other partners in 1975. This kept him busy until 1995 when the building was sold to what is now the Great Dane Pub. The next 16 years were devoted to computer software development and consulting. Woody retired in 2011.
Dea Larsen Converse
Co-Chair, Friends of Starkweather Creek; CLA citizen monitor, CLA science writer
Dea Larsen Converse has over 20 years of experience as a science writer, editor, policy analyst and grant manager. Her writing experience includes national and state policy strategies and studies, educational and outreach documents, and speeches for various Wisconsin governors at coastal management outreach events. As an editor, she has worked for the Water Resources Management graduate program at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and at Plenum Publishing in New York City. Dea has policy experience from the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Dea has been working with Clean Lakes Alliance (CLA) since 2012. She was the lead author for the CLA’s first State of the Yahara Lakes report card and has written them every year since. She also wrote, in collaboration with the CLA’s Strategic Direction Committee, the Yahara CLEAN Strategic Action Plan for Phosphorus Reduction.
Dea earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in biology and liberal arts from the University of Texas at Austin. Dea is co-chair of the Friends of Starkweather Creek and was recently appointed to the CLA Community Board. She lives with her kids, crazy dog, and husband in a beautiful old house near the shores of Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin.
Director of Regulatory Affairs, Alliant Energy; member of Economic Impact & Policy Committee
Scott Smith is a Director of Regulatory Affairs for Alliant Energy, focusing on issues related to FERC, MISO and the company’s Wisconsin based utility, Wisconsin Power and Light. Before joining Alliant Energy, Smith served as the Executive Assistant to a former Chairperson of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin, the state agency responsible for regulating Wisconsin’s telecommunication, water, gas, and electric utilities. Prior to his appointment, Smith was the Commission’s Administrator of the division of Water, Compliance, and Consumer Affairs. Smith has also served as former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson’s Deputy Communications Director, and Deputy Director of the Wisconsin state office in Washington, DC. Before joining state service, Scott served as a Legislative Assistant to former Congressman Steve Gunderson.
Smith grew up on the shores of Lake Mendota, skied with the Capitol City Ski Team on Lake Monona, and now lives downstream on Lake Waubesa where he continues to enjoy the lakes throughout the seasons.
Chief Operating Officer, The Edgewater
Amy Supple is a Senior Vice President and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of The Edgewater Hotel Company overseeing strategic planning, brand development and financial management for the company.
Prior to joining The Edgewater, Supple was a Senior Vice President of Development at Hammes Company, a national real estate development and services firm. Notably, Supple served as the Project Director for The Edgewater, leading the pre-development efforts including being involved in shaping the vision and strategy to open The Edgewater’s lakefront as a public place and community asset for Madison’s residents and visitors.
Supple developed a deep love for inland lakes growing up in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Preserving and growing a healthy, vibrant and accessible lake culture in Madison is a goal for her work at The Edgewater and now on the CLA Community Board.