Staff and Headquarters Info

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Mike Wollmer, Executive Director & CEO

As Executive Director/CEO, Mike is responsible for managing, planning, directing, administering and evaluating all components of the Ice Age Trail Alliance programs, staff and volunteers.

Email: [email protected]

Fun Facts:

  • Plenty of volunteer hours behind a mower on the Ice Age Trail.
  • Married wife, Barbara, on the Trail.
  • Devoted his professional life to efforts based in mission, passion, and FUN.

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Ice Age Trail Alliance, Tim Malzhan, Director of Trail Operations

Tim Malzhan, Director of Trail Operations

As Director of Trail Operations, Tim is responsible for creating and sustaining a vision of excellence for the Ice Age National Scenic Trail while leading and managing all Trail program and related undertakings of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

Email: [email protected]

Fun Facts:

  • Cemented love-affair with the Ice Age Trail during a 1991 thru-hike.
  • Puts fine arts degree from San Francisco Art Institute designing and building trail.
  • Has a set of keenly developed “Trail Eyes” able to select best route across glacial terrain.

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 Ice Age Trail Alliance, Kevin Thusius, Director of Land Conservation

Kevin Thusius, Director of Land Conservation

As Director of Land Conservation, Kevin manages the Land program by protecting lands for the Ice Age Trail, monitoring Ice Age Trail Alliance easements and managing lands owned by the Alliance.

Email: [email protected]

Fun Facts:

  • First conservation job involved canoeing 100 miles of the Milwaukee River – a pretty cool gig!
  • Published author of 6 scientific papers in esteemed journals such as Behavioral Ecology, on topics like vocalizations in ruby-throated hummingbirds and breeding synchrony in the common yellowthroat.
  • Tends relationships with landowners, maintaining 127 valuable handshake agreements where the Trail crosses private land.

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Luke Kloberdanz, Director of Outreach and Education

As Director of Outreach and Education, Luke is responsible for promoting the Ice Age Trail and the Ice Age Trail Alliance by utilizing the Ice Age Trail as a vector to promote the mission of the Alliance.

Email: [email protected]

Fun Facts:

  • Handily leads boisterous 4th graders in post-bus-ride, pre-hike calisthenics.
  • Successfully gets over 1,000 kids out sauntering and exploring the Trail during summer.
  • Resident grill-master, skillfully grilling a wide range of carnivorous options, especially brats.

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Brad Crary, Special Projects Coordinator

As Special Projects Coordinator, Brad is responsible for specifically assigned projects that include volunteer support, chapter communications with Ice Age Trail Alliance staff, land monitoring and trail project coordination.

Email: [email protected]

Fun Facts:

  • Capably handles any project labeled “special”: website updates; coordinating logistics at Mobile Skills Crew events; recruiting volunteers for IATA events.
  • Skillfully fosters communication between Chapter Leaders and the Alliance at many chapter meetings and events.
  • Takes to the ice in winter with ice fishing and curling in local bonspiels.

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Dave Caliebe, Trail Program Specialist

As Trail Program Specialist, Dave works collaboratively with staff, volunteers, government agencies, and private partners to increase the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s capacity to execute on-the-ground construction and maintenance of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Email: [email protected]

Fun Facts:

  • For four years he hosted a Bluegrass radio show. The highlight of the last show was his interview with the Steep Canyon Rangers who went on to win a Grammy for best Bluegrass album in 2012.
  • Grew out his beard for a year for the sole intent of impersonating John Muir, “Father of Our National Park System”, as part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration at John Muir’s boyhood home.
  • He has slept outside at least once a month since April of 2011.

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 Tiffany Stram, GIS Specialist, Ice Age Trail Alliance

Tiffany Stram, GIS Specialist

As GIS Specialist, Tiffany fulfills the Ice Age Trail Alliance cartographic and GIS needs by creating maps, providing trail mileage statistics, managing the Alliance’s GIS, and providing staff GIS/Global Positioning System (GPS) support.

Email: [email protected]

Fun Facts:

  • Tiffany followed in the footsteps of the main character, Maria, in The Sound of Music (favorite movie), and frolicked in the alpine meadows of the Alps (though she was in Switzerland and not Austria).  Yes, there were ticks…
  • She was a caddie for 5 years in her younger days – great summer job! – and attended college on a caddie scholarship (Evans Scholarship).
  • Led the charge to obtain GPS data for all off-road, non rail-trail, sections of IAT and now we now have GPS data for all sections of the Trail. She is busy creating a plan so going forward, no data will be more than 5 years old.

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Bob Lange, ChFC, CAP, Philanthropic Advisor

As Philanthropic Advisor, Bob provides leadership, strategic direction, management, counsel and direction for donors, staff board, and coordination for all of the Ice Age Trail Alliance fundraising programs.

Email: [email protected]

Fun Facts:

  • Has a secret love for speed. His father, a sheet metal worker, loved to race cars and built Go-Carts for his sons. At age 12, Bob was racing in sanctioned races around the Upper-Midwest at speeds of 65-70 MPH!
  • Knows the wonder and quiet of the deep.  In 2015 Bob became SCUBA certified. It is a whole different world 60 feet below the surface of the ocean.

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Ice Age Trail Alliance, Eric Sherman, Membership and Grants Coordinator

Eric Sherman, Membership and Grants Coordinator

As Membership and Grants Coordinator, Eric manages the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s customer relationship management (CRM) database system, administers the Alliance’s membership program, executes donor acknowledgments, and assists in a broad range of activities related to the Alliance’s grant-writing efforts.

Email: [email protected]

Fun Facts:

  • On the strength of thank-you letters, monthly membership renewal notices, and guidebook drafts, Eric is the Alliance’s all-time leader in total pages printed on the office copier.
  • As overseer of the Alliance’s constituency database, Eric has a semi-creepy ability to recall individual members’ street and email addresses. He knows off the top of his head zip codes for most Wisconsin communities. He rues the fact that so much brain space is taken up by this information.
  • After being intimately involved with five rounds of book revisions (2006, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017) while simultaneously not hiking the Ice Age Trail all that much, Eric has the widest discrepancy of anyone in “virtual” vs. “actual” knowledge of the Trail. He’s the Three-Hundred-Miler who talks like a Thousand-Miler.

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Lysianne Unruh, Communications Coordinator

As Communications Coordinator, Lysianne is responsible for promoting the Ice Age Trail and Ice Age Trail Alliance through all channels to members, volunteers, partners, media and the general public. This includes all web-based, print, electronic, digital and social media platforms both internally and externally.

Email: [email protected]

Fun Facts:

  • What keeps Lysianne up at night are misplaced commas and run-on sentences, especially if they’re already in print and she can’t revise them.
  • She has a special affinity for the Stone Elephant, a massive granite erratic found along the Blue Spring Lake Segment, where she annually runs a 50k race, the Ice Age 50. She often takes the detour to say hello.
  • A favorite memory is working backstage at the Bonnaroo music festival as a main stage runner where she transported, via golf cart, recordings of the performances to the sound trailer for editing.

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 Ice Age Trail Alliance, Joanne Ellarson, Administrative Assistance

Joanne Ellarson, Administrative Assistant

As Administrative Assistant, Joanne is responsible for financial recordkeeping of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, preparation/ processing accounts payable and receivable, maintenance of files, compiling reports for staff, and data entry.

Email: [email protected]

Fun Facts:

  • Relishes the challenge of dropping big trees with her chain saw certification skills, consequently inspiring the song “She’s a Chain-Sawing Woman in Love with a Tree-Hugging Man.”
  • Often, you can find her, on the weekends, tending to the robust prairie plantings at the IATA headquarters.
  • A seamstress since she was ten, she won a blue-ribbon in 4-H for an outfit featuring the height of 70’s era style: flowing sleeves and bell-bottom pants.

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Headquarters Info