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Deb Ryun, Executive Director

Deb Ryun has been the Executive Director of the Conservancy since October 2009. She has 25 years of experience with management and coordination of multi-stakeholder initiatives; watershed-level planning; and implementation of on-the-ground projects to protect land and water. Deb provides overall leadership and management of the Wild Rivers Conservancy. She is the public face of the Conservancy and represents the organization before various audiences. During the open water season, Deb spends much of her free time enjoying all that the Namekagon and St. Croix Rivers offer.
Email: dryun (at)

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Alex Bouthilet, Seed Farm Manager

Alex gained a passion for native plants in 2012 after reading Aldo Leopold’s “A Sand County Almanac” and began volunteering with conservation organizations including the Wisconsin DNR, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, The Prairie Enthusiasts, and Standing Cedars Community Land Conservancy. After three years of volunteer work, the USFWS brought him on as an employee to assist with managing the local ecotype seed and plant program. Alex works to harvest and clean seed of native plant species to be used on public land restoration projects throughout the district. He helps with the design, preparation, and planting of prairie, wetland, and oak savanna species and enjoys providing educational opportunities to on the many benefits of native plant species. 

Email: abouthilet (at)

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Bethany Cox, Director of Development

Bethany Cox is the Director of Development at the Wild Rivers Conservancy. She has been with the Conservancy since September of 2019, and brings with her years of entrepreneurial and nonprofit experience. Bethany is looking to creatively engage more of the community to not only support the Namekagon and St. Croix rivers but also to bring more individuals and families to the rivers to experience the natural beauty this national park provides. Bethany grew up experiencing the lakes and rivers in Wisconsin from a canoe and is looking forward to exploring the Namekagon and St. Croix rivers with her own family.
Email: bcox (at)

Joe Flett, Natural Resources, Seasonal

Joe joined the Wild Rivers Conservancy Team in 2023. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College with a B.S. in Environmental Science in January 2023. Recently, he has moved into the Marine on St. Croix where he can enjoy fishing in the St. Croix River Valley. Other interests include hunting, golf, and spending time outdoors with his dog Sally.
Email: jflett (at)

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Hanna Mierow, Administrative and Member Support

Hanna grew up in Osceola, WI, and joined the Conservancy team in November of 2021. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay in 2017 with a degree in Public Administration and Political Science and a minor in Environmental Policy and Planning. During her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, and spending time outside with family and friends. Hanna is looking forward to applying her experience and knowledge to this position and learning more about the St. Croix River.
Email: hmierow (at)

Alexis Monti, Climate Resiliency Specialist

Alexis is joining the Conservancy after recently receiving her B.S. degrees in Environmental Science and Natural Resources Conservation from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She has spent the past few years pursuing her interest in climate adaptation through a wide variety of roles and just recently finished working for the National Park Service. In her spare time, Alexis enjoys identifying plants, hiking, volunteering, and attending any trivia and bingo events she can find.
Email: amonti (at)

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Katie Sickmann, Natural Resources Manager

Katie started with the Conservancy in 2018 and her role has since evolved into the Natural Resources Manager where she oversees programs such as invasive species, climate, forestry, land protection, habitat restoration, and water quality. Earning a B.S. in Biology and Field Biology from UW-River Falls, Katie has a strong passion for protecting the environment. She has experience with multi-stakeholder partnerships, project management, field monitoring, conducting native fish surveys, and engaging the public about our natural resources. In her free time, Katie enjoys visiting her family’s cabin outside Spooner, WI with her dog, kayaking and fly fishing the Namekagon river, and coaching high school girls' basketball in St. Croix Falls, WI.
Email: ksickmann (at)

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Katrina Schlicker, Outdoor Educator

Katrina grew up in Michigan spending her summers camping and recreating outdoors. She graduated from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Zoology and a passion for the conservation of animals. For the next few years, she traveled across the country teaching at camps and Environmental Learning Centers. Katrina is excited to continue educating youth with the Rivers Are Alive program and spend more time on the river! 

Email: kschlicker (at)

Tanner Stofferahn, Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Tanner joined the Wild Rivers Conservancy team in 2023. He brings with him a diverse marketing and creative background, from e-commerce to outdoor industry start-ups. Tanner graduated from UW Stevens Point with a BFA in design. Since graduation he has always sought to bring together his career and passion for the outdoors. On summer weekends, Tanner enjoys working as a fly fishing guide, helping others create positive outdoor experiences. Tanner also loves hiking and exploring state parks with his wife Valarie, and their dog Lucy.

Email: tstofferahn (at)

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Wendy Tremblay, Community Engagement Manager

Wendy grew up in Stillwater and attended UW-River Falls for her B.S. in Elementary Education. Before starting as the Community Engagement Coordinator with the Wild Rivers Conservancy in May of 2021, Wendy worked in the environmental education field for over 12 years as a naturalist, teacher, and program coordinator. When not at work, you can find Wendy in her backyard native garden, on a hiking trail, or exploring the beauty of the St. Croix Valley with her two sons often by her side. Wendy is looking forward to helping guide our outdoor and education programs, supporting interns, and growing our volunteer community.
Email: wtremblay (at)

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Erika Van Krevelen, Volunteer Coordinator

Erika's love of the outdoors began when she was a kid in Minneapolis, seeking out green space wherever she could find it. This enthusiasm and curiosity for nature ultimately led her to the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a B.S. in Forest and Natural Resource Management, specializing in Parks and Protected Area Management. Erika is especially passionate about fostering connections between people and the natural world and helping to remove barriers to access. She is excited to join the Conservancy and to support the organization's efforts to inspire stewardship throughout the watershed by leveraging the power of volunteers.

Email: evankrevelen (at)

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October Yates, Outdoor Program Support

October grew up on a small island in Western Washington’s Puget Sound. He was an active Boy Scout and went to just about every boating/outdoor summer camp a kid could go too. Attending college at the base of the North Cascades and Salish Sea turned him into the ethical sportsman and environmentalist he is today. He now lives in Star Prairie, WI on a small hobby farm with his wife, Zoe, and is always chasing the next adventure.

Email: Oyates (at)

Maria Young, Invasive Species Specialist

Maria recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a B.S. in field biology and a minor in conservation. Before joining Wild Rivers Conservancy full-time in July 2021, Maria worked as the conservancy’s forest stewardship intern. In her free time, Maria enjoys spending time outside hiking, swimming, and kayaking with friends and family. Maria works to accomplish Wild Rivers Conservancy’s mission of inspiring stewardship to protect the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers by working with staff, partners, and volunteers to combat invasive species.
Email: myoung (at)