ABOUT KETTLE MORAINE LAND TRUST
Kettle Moraine Land Trust:
Kettle Moraine Land Trust (KMLT) is an accredited, 501C(3) non-profit created “to preserve the natural heritage of the Kettle Moraine watersheds and nearby lands in Walworth County, Wisconsin through partnerships in land conservancy and resource management.” During 2000, the KMLT was incorporated to manage a conserved, heavily wooded property called Island Woods, located centrally in the Lauderdale Lakes chain of lakes. From that beginning, KMLT now manages several Preserves though out Walworth County and partners with land owners who create Conservation Easements to preserve a portion of their property. See Our Conserved Lands.
KMLT supports the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WI DNR) by helping manage State Natural Areas (SNA) located within Walworth County. In 2008, KMLT Adopted the Beulah Bog SNA through the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin and continues to partner with the WI DNR to manage this SNA by organizing volunteer work days to restore the upland wood Oak Savanna that surrounds the four bogs. KMLT volunteers also participate in workdays organized by the WI DNR on other local SNAs.
The Board of KMLT is composed of volunteers who bring their diverse work experiences to the challenges of land conservation. KMLT has one professional staff member, Maggie Zoellner, Program Manager, who works out of the KMLT office, located in the Lauderdale Lakes Community Center at N7498 Country Club Road, Elkhorn, WI 53121 and she can be contacted on 262.949.7211.
Land conservation can be accomplished in several ways: land owners establishing Conservation Easements that are held by KMLT, donating land to KMLT, and making donations that help KMLT purchase land. See Conserve Your Land for more detailed information, including a summary of potential tax benefits associated with these land conservation donations. You can also help conserve land by volunteering for KMLT workdays!
How does Land conservation benefit the community?
- By preserving Walworth County open spaces and natural areas, KMLT is sustaining the quality of life enjoyed by residents and protecting the scenic beauty they provide.
- Property protected by KMLT provide quality habitat for our native plants and wildlife.
- Conserved lands help to purify our surface and drinking water resources.
- Most of the Preserves owned by KMLT are open to the public for recreation and education purposes.
For Preserve and Conservation Easement access information, see Our Conserved Lands for each site, which details the location and use restrictions. By providing land protection resources and options for Walworth County landowners, KMLT helps to ensure the lands we all love remain in a scenic and natural state for generations to come.
KMLT Board Meetings are held at the land trust office and open to the public. The KMLT Annual Meeting provides a summary of recent KMLT activities to the community, typically coupled with a natural history or land preservation presentation.
Board Meeting Dates:
|2/23/13||9am – 12pm||Lauderdale Lakes Community Center|
|4/13/13||10am – 3pm||Lauderdale Lakes Community Center|
|6/29/13||9am – 12pm||Lauderdale Lakes Community Center|
|8/3/13||10am – 1pm||Lauderdale Lakes Community Center|
|10/19/13||9am – 12pm||Lauderdale Lakes Community Center|
|12/14/13||8am – 12pm||Lauderdale Lakes Community Center|
|Jerry Petersen - KMLT Board President and Executive Committee
Jerry worked for General Electric's Nuclear Power and Aerospace Divisions in the 1960's. He then worked for Allis Chalmers for 20 years, heading up the Corporate R&D Center. He subsequently ran his own firm under contract with NATO for three years, and then served as Marketing VP for an environmental firm, RMT, in Madison.
In the volunteer sector, Jerry served as a Director of the Lauderdale Lakes Improvement Association for 20 years and then as its president for four years. He served on the Town of LaGrange Planning Commission for 10 years. He was one of the three founders of the Lauderdale Lakes Lake Management District, and served as its chairman from 1990 through 1996. During this period, he led the District's effort to acquire the Lauderdale Lakes Country Club, protecting 57 acres of open space and 2,000 feet of shoreline on Lauderdale Lakes. He served on the Walworth County Land Conservation Committee. He founded the Lauderdale Lakes Conservancy (later renamed Kettle Moraine Land Trust) and has served as its president from 2000 to present.
|Mary Knipper - KMLT Board Vice President and Governance
Mary is a retired registered nurse and went on to Project Management of National Environmental Testing for 15 years. Her background in pharmacology and medicine was instrumental in obtaining, over the next 9 years, consulting contracts with Abbott Laboratories, specializing in clinical research projects related to HIV/AIDS drug development. She served six years as Vice President/five years as President of the Delavan Lake Improvement Association. In 2001, she represented DLIA when several lake organizations in Walworth County met and founded the Walworth County Lakes Association. In 2004, Mary graduated with Crew V of the Wisconsin Lake Leaders Institute, and went on to complete four Advanced Lake Leader training courses covering aquatic invasive species; working with government, legislative representatives and regulatory agencies; limnology; climate change and trends; legislative and legal issues affecting Wisconsin lakes, streams and rivers and engaging volunteers and promoting leadership roles within the community. Mary has served on the board of directors of Wisconsin Lakes, an organization that advocates for and represents the 15,000 lakes throughout Wisconsin and was recently elected to serve as President.
|Herb Sharpless - KMLT Board Secretary and Stewardship
Herb is a graduate of Lehigh University and Stanford University with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in electrical engineering. Working for Bell Laboratories and Lucent Technologies, he designed communication system hardware, and managed a design team of more than 100 people worldwide that included software engineers, circuit designers and mechanical designers. He also has experience in developing business strategies and creating business and communication solutions. In retirement, Herb joined the Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity and served as their building chairperson for several years. He also helped form the Lauderdale Lakes Lake Management District to manage water quality issues. He is the Treasurer of the Lauderdale Lakes Improvement Association. Herb enjoys working with volunteers and educating them about KMLT Preserves; he also snow skis, windsurfs and bikes the Midwest with his wife Jan.
|Bill Huxhold - KMLT Board Treasurer:
Professor Huxhold has been teaching courses on geographic information systems at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee since 1988 and has administered the university's GIS Certificate program since 1993. He is the chair of the University's Department of Urban Planning, and his primary research interests involve institutional adoption of GIS technology in public agencies and urban neighborhood improvement through GIS applications.
|Sue Heffron - KMLT Board and Outreach/Fundraising
Sue was formally an IT project manager for Harley-Davidson and she also worked for several Milwaukee firms including Universal Foods and Eaton/Cutler-Hammer as well as serving the United Performing Arts Fund in a donor development and fundraising capacity.
She has been a community activist in the Delavan Lake area for 20 years, starting with her homeowners association by serving 6 years on the board of directors. Sue also assists with the governance of the Delavan Lake Improvement Association. She has been an active board member for the Delavan Lake Improvement Association for 15 years and served as Membership Chair, Vice President and is currently entering her second term as President. Sue is also on the City of Brookfield, Wisconsin's Ethics Board.
|Walker Johnson - KMLT Board:
Walker is a nationally recognized, award-winning architect with more than 40 years of specialized, experience in historic preservation. He served three terms on the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council to the State Historic Preservation Office. He was on the Board of Landmarks Illinois and was very active in its organization. He recently served two terms as a PBS Peer Professional for the General Services Administration and has served on Building Design and Construction Magazine Award Juries(2004-2008)as well as the 2008 AIA Honor Award Jury. He is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an fellow of the Association of Preservation Technology.
Prior to founding the Chicago firm Johnson Lasky Architects in 1992, he was Director of Restoration/ Rehabilitation at Holabird & Root, Architects.
A well-known speaker, he lectures on topics such as preservation, history, lighting for historic buildings and building material treatments. Walker has also been a guest lecturer at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, and an Adjunct Professor of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville-School of Architecture.
|Ken Ingle - KMLT Board:
Ken's family has spent summers on Lauderdale Lakes since 1888. Now retired, he resides in Indianapolis. Ken's work experience has consisted mainly of running a small oil production company, recovering oil from wells in the Ohio River basin in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. His other occupations have been in aerospace engineering and, prior to retirement, in information technology. In addition to his service on the the KMLT board, he serves on church committees and a neighborhood association board.
|Steve Klizing - KMLT Board and Finance Committee
Steve is a senior-level financial executive with over twenty years of experience in the financial service industry. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Peoples Bancshares, Inc. Steve has extensive experience in the leadership development; development and implementation of strategic plans; budget development and management; capital planning; cash flow management, SEC and external financial reporting. Steve is a dedicated business leader in his community and has also served as president for his local school board. He supports a myriad of community activities through his volunteer efforts and in the case of fund-raising running events - his active participation.
|Don Henderson - KMLT Board and Education
Don is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison with Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Agricultural Engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering. Following US Army military service he worked in an assignment in Nigeria as part of the USAID Foreign Aid Agricultural Development Program. Don returned to the USA in the summer of 1967 and joined Deere & Company in Waterloo, Iowa initially as a product design and development engineer for agricultural tractors. Over the next 35 years he progressed through several assignments of increasing responsibility leading and managing engineering, manufacturing, sales, and General Company Divisions in the Agricultural Tractor, Lawn and Grounds Care, and Power Systems Divisions. Assignments were in the USA and other countries.
Don is a life member of The Society of Automotive Engineers, The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and The National Society for Professional Engineers. Since retiring from John Deere in late 2002 he has been active in the Lauderdale Lakes Improvement Association serving as Vice President, President, and Executive Board Member. He has been a KMLT Board member for the past several years.
Growing up in Elkhorn and with family property on Lauderdale Lakes since 1937, Don supports the conservation of property in Walworth County and preservation of lakes and land for generations to come.
|Dave Weiner - KMLT Board:
Dave is the founder, chairman and CEO of Marketing Support, Inc., a branding, marketing and advertising agency with more than 90 employees and $85 million in gross billings, now in its 50th year. The firm's clients include The Home Depot, Sears, Sam's Club, Serta, Rubbermaid, American Standard, Mars Petcare, and others. Dave is also a psychology author, having written 4 books, working in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Psychology Department where he is on the Board of Advisors.
|Debbie Ferrari - KMLT Board respresenting Lauderdale Lakes
Debbie was formerly the Senior Vice President of Human Resources at 360° Communications Company, a wireless telecommunications company that was located in Chicago. She is a CPA and began her career in public accounting before entering the telecommunications industry first in external reporting, then in corporate accounting and finally in human resources, where she spent most of her career. She was deeply involved in a variety of volunteer efforts supporting her children’s activities, including serving for 5 years as the Director of Finance for Carmel Catholic High School’s main fundraising event. Since 2009 she has been a Director of the Lauderdale Lakes Improvement Association (LLIA), the LLIA Directory Chair and a member of the Executive Committee since 2011. She represents the LLIA on the KMLT Board.
|Tom Herbstritt - KMLT Board Assistant Treasurer:
After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Tom worked as an auditor and consultant with KPMG’s Chicago office. Since that time, Tom has worn a number of career hats, including as a member of the Chicago Board of Trade, as trader for his own account and as a broker for public customers. After hanging up that hat after fifteen years, he was Chief Financial Officer for a proprietary options and equities trading firm at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. During that same time, having prepared various tax returns on a freelance basis for a law firm specializing in taxes for fifteen years, in 2006 he began preparing tax returns on a full time basis for that firm. In addition to that work, Tom is a compliance consultant for two proprietary trading firms at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He became a member of the Board of the Kettle Moraine Land Trust in February of 2012, where he hopes to be able to provide some assistance in the area of the land trust’s finances.
|Jim Blomberg - KMLT Board:
Jim is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Masters in Business Administration. Over his career he has held progressively responsible positions in the strategic planning and marketing dimensions of telecommunication manufacturing. Jim joined Metzler & Associates in 1989, a management consulting firm focused on electric and gas utilities and became a founding partner in what is now Navigant Consulting, an international management consulting firm. Jim has held leadership positions in several non-profits in the Chicago area across youth sports, the arts and education. Jim and his wife have 4 grown children who enjoy their time together exploring the greater Kettle Moraine area as part time residents of East Troy Wisconsin.
|Maggie Zoellner - KMLT Program Manager:
Maggie has worked as a professional ecological restoration project manager for over 20 years. She has extensive experience managing and improving the native ecosystems in the Midwest. She has developed and managed complex watershed and habitat restoration projects for county nature preserves combining intensive management, biological monitoring and volunteers. Maggie also designed and implemented woodland and stream restorations, dam removal projects and native seed and plant installations. In Wisconsin she has served as a state park property manager and water quality specialist for the WDNR. Maggie has served on multiple local and regional planning committees and since joining the Kettle Moraine Land Trust in 2010, has secured multiple state and federal grants to improve aquatic habitats, water quality and wildlife habitat and to acquire lands for permanent protection by the Kettle Moraine Land Trust.