Director of Philanthropy
Luke oversees the fundraising efforts of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and helps individuals, corporations, and foundations invest in the Alliance and its thousands of volunteers.
Luke’s involvement with the Ice Age Trail Alliance started with a volunteer chapter workday in 2001. This first experience of giving back to the Trail and working with passionate volunteers planted the seed for continued involvement with all things Ice Age Trail related. Luke’s early volunteer experiences include helping form the Alliance’s Lodi Valley Chapter; taking part in the initial Mobile Skills Crew training in 2002; thru-hiking the Trail in 2003; and serving in multiple volunteer capacities both on and off trail.
In 2013, joined the Alliance staff full-time as Outreach & Education Manager, Luke decided to utilize his considerable skills as a teacher towards getting kids out of the four walls of the classroom and into an experiential experience with nature. Luke shifted over to full time philanthropy work and now serves as the Director of Philanthropy where he helps individuals, corporations and foundations support the Alliance’s many volunteers as they work to create, support and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Luke graduated with a BA in elementary education from the University of Northern Iowa and a MS in educational psychology from UW-Madison. He lives in Lodi with his wife Letha, sons Gus and Wynn, gnarly dog Hank, and a small flock of chickens.
Favorite Ice Age Trail Segment: Gibraltar Segment