Board of Directors

2013 Officers

John Clancy, President

Dave Cieslewicz, Vice-President

Jennifer (Jeff) Rothstein, Secretary

Jean Wells, Treasurer

Brynn Bemis, a Wisconsin native, works as a hydrogeologist for the City of Madison managing a range of environmental issues. She coordinates the remediation of contamination on City-owned land and supervises environmental monitoring networks throughout the City. Most recently, with the award of several state and federal grants, she jumpstarted the City of Madison’s brownfields program, focused on promoting sustainable redevelopment along Madison’s urban corridors. She lives in Madison with her husband and is an avid community gardener and bicycle commuter. Madison, WI

Bill Berry is a self-employed writer, editor and communications specialist who focuses on conservation, agriculture and forestry. Bill has been columnist for the Capital Times newspaper since 2004 and serves as the Wisconsin field representative for American Farmland Trust and a communications specialist for the National Association of Conservation Districts. Bill has authored numerous books, reports and studies including “Come Together: Wisconsin’s DDT Battles and the Modern Environmental Movement,” which will be published by the Wisconsin Historical Society in 2013. Stevens Point, WI

Steve Born is Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Urban and Regional Planning Department at the University of Wisconsin. Steve brings experience from service on many boards, including the River Alliance of Wisconsin and Trout Unlimited, where he served as chairman of the National Resources Board. He is passionate about fly fishing and is co-author of “Exploring Wisconsin Trout Streams” (UW Press) and occasionally writes for conservation/angling periodicals. He is the former State Planning Director and former State Energy Director. Madison, WI

Dave Cieslewicz is an adjunct professor at the UW-Madison, a community and organizational development consultant and a writer. His Citizen Dave blog is the most read in Madison. From 2003 to 2011 he served as mayor of Madison.  In 1996 he founded 1000 Friends of Wisconsin and served as its first executive director until becoming mayor. He has served on the Dane County Regional Planning Commission and the Dane County Zoning and Natural Resources Committee and on the Governor’s Strategic Growth Task Force.  Madison, WI

John Clancy is a shareholder and member of the environmental and energy law practice group in the Milwaukee office of Godfrey & Kahn and he is a leader of the team’s climate change, renewable energy and sustainable development practice. John provides environmental and energy-related services to a wide variety of entities, including industrial, commercial, tribal, municipal and trade association clients. Milwaukee, WI

Steve Hiniker is Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin and a founding board member of the organization. Madison, WI

Lynn Hobbie is a Senior Vice President at Madison Gas and Electric Company. She oversees the company’s energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, as well as new products and services, corporate communications, economic development and marketing. She is currently on the board of the Wisconsin Public Utilities Institute and was previously on the board of the Energy Center of Wisconsin, as well as the Mayor’s Energy Task Force and the Madison Energy Committee for the City of Madison.  Madison, WI

Chris Long launched WisconsinEye and served as President & CEO of the Madison-based public affairs network for six years. Before that he was Director of New Media for C-SPAN in Washington DC, Washington/World editor for United Press International, and earlier worked as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers including Long Island Newsday and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin. He is currently principal of CCL Consulting LLC, a management consulting firm specializing in community project management. Chris is a lifelong fly fisher, Communications Committee chair for Wisconsin Trout Unlimited, and board member of the Black Earth Creek Watershed Association. Mazomanie, WI

Jim Matson was an attorney for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) for 36 years and was the chief counsel for 28 years. He was responsible for regulatory policy development, including laws and rules on a wide range of topics including food, environment, disease control and consumer protection. While with the DATCP, Jim designed and drafted the current working lands law. Currently, Jim serves on the policy committee of the Madison Clean Lakes Alliance. To his knowledge, he was the first person at DATCP who rode to work on a bicycle (starting in the 1970’s). Jim still loves to bike, both commuting and long distance tours, and has lived in downtown Madison for most of his adult life. Madison, WI

Jennifer (Jeff) Rothstein is a member of the Ozaukee County Board of Supervisors. She serves on the Natural Resources Committee and is Vice Chair of Ozaukee County’s Land Preservation Board. She has served on the Hmong-American Friendship Association Board and currently serves on the Friends of Cedarburg Blog. From 1993 to 2003, Jeff was involved with the Thiensville-Mequon chapter of AFS, which included hosting students from Finland and China for one year cultural exchanges. Jeff has been an educator at Schlitz Audobon Nature Center for the past 15 years. Mequon, WI

Kine Icks Torinus grew up in Green Bay, now living in the Town of West Bend, is past President of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust (OWLT). She served on the City of West Bend 2020 Comprehensive Plan Technical Advisory Committee, is a Trustee of Northland College (an environmental liberal arts college) and served on the City of West Bend Urban Design Committee. West Bend, WI

Jean Wells grew up on a dairy farm in south central Wisconsin. She has been a licensed CPA since December of 1995. She has over 15 years’ experience working in public and private accounting organizations in Dane and Jefferson Counties. Middleton, WI

Carla Wright consults on environmental sustainability and community outreach, and previously worked with the WI Dept of Natural Resources Green Tier program. She is president of the Natural Heritage Land Trust and is also on the board of MOSES – Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Services; she is past President of the Midwest Organic Services Association – MOSA. Carla makes her home on 76 acres in the Town of Berry (NW Dane County), part of which she permanently protected with a conservation easement. Cross Plains, WI