An Announcement about Mike Wollmer.
After more than 15 years as Executive Director/CEO, Mike Wollmer will be retiring from the Ice Age Trail Alliance as of January 1, 2023.
“The time is right,” says Wollmer of his upcoming retirement. “The Alliance has never been stronger — organizationally or financially.”
With Wollmer at the helm, the Alliance went from the Ice Age Park & Trail Foundation, a small but storied non-profit with 4 employees to the Ice Age Trail Alliance, a top-tier trail and conservation organization with 22 employees.
In fact, in 2021 the Alliance: achieved record-levels of membership (5,478 at year’s end); logged more volunteer hours than most other National Parks and Scenic Trails—including Yellowstone; witnessed sky-rocketing trail use; protected more land than it has in decades; and experienced record fundraising support.
“Under Mike’s leadership, the Alliance has thrived,” says President of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, Patty Dreier. “He’s helped us become one of the most prominent National Scenic Trail partners in the country.”
In time, Wollmer plans to return to his volunteer roots. “I was a Trail volunteer long before I was board member or Executive Director,” he says. “So, I won’t disappear entirely. The Ice Age Trail is a part of my life, and will continue to be so, even in retirement.”
“I’m proud of what I’ve helped accomplish,” he says, “but I’m looking forward to spending more time with my wife, family, and friends.”
The Ice Age Trail Alliance Board of Directors will conduct a national search for the next Executive Director/CEO. Details on the search, including a job description and application process, will be announced soon.
We are grateful for all Mike has done and is doing to conserve, create, maintain, and promote the Ice Age Trail!