Board and Staff Biographies
Having grown up in the endless rolling corn and bean fields of the southwestern Iowa Loess Hills, Susan’s unexplained fascination with wild places (she’s convinced it was Tarzan movies) led her across Iowa to the banks of the Mississippi River and eventually to the more subtle landscapes of the Sugar River Valley of southern Wisconsin and Green County. With an undergraduate degree in Botany from UW-Madison and nearly twenty years of experience as an ecologist with Applied Ecological Services, she has enjoyed endless hours in the field on this continent and abroad studying ecosystems and working with landowners to solve ecosystem health problems. Susan is inspired and fascinated by people who have a strong connection with nature and the land. Since her involvement as a founding board member of LSRWA, she has met a steady stream of people who articulate in the most compelling way their love for the places they care about. As she puts it, “I work for them.”
Lindsay Andrews Foy-Vice President
Raised in Monroe, WI, Lindsay returned to the area in 2012 after working and attending college in northern California where she earned her degree in Anthropology and Rangeland Resource Science from Humboldt State University. She has cultivated a broad background in natural and cultural resources management, including educational and outreach programs and fieldwork in stream monitoring, archaeology, and land restoration and stewardship. Her love of the outdoors and wild places has compelled her to work toward the appreciation, protection, and cooperative management of the land and our shared resources. Lindsay is currently the Outreach and Education Coordinator at the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation in northwest Illinois, and enjoys traveling, hiking, paddling, and a number of artistic endeavors.
Mindy grew up near the Cherokee Marsh in Madison, Wisconsin, and her early education projects and experiences have inspired a continued dedication for enviromental work. Mindy is involved in contributing to and supporting educational outreach in the LSRWA organization, and has enjoyed participating in the Citizen Science projects. She continues to develop a progressive work ethic on behalf of the many enviromental issues facing our local watershed, in addition to acquiring an ecosystem approach through her involvement in the Bluff Chapter of Prairie Enthusiasts.
Meredith Tripp-Treasurer, Decatur Lake Mill Race Association liaison
Meredith was born in North Carolina where she received her undergraduate education in Pharmacy. From there she ventured to Madison, WI where she attended UW for six years and earned her doctorate in Pharmaceutical Organic Chemistry. After spending 29 years in the Chicago area working and raising two children, she and her husband retired to a wooded area in rural Brodhead where native wildflowers abound and the River runs. Canoeing, walking/hiking and camping have been lifelong joys. She has been involved with the Lower Sugar River Watershed Association since its inaugural meeting in 2011. As a citizen scientist, she performed many watershed assessments throughout the area and learned first-hand the value of good land stewardship and how the quality of our water so much depends on the landowners and the decisions they make. The health of the Lower Sugar River watershed is a concern of hers and as a board member, she has directed her energies to its improvement.
Pat received a B.S. in Agriculture with a major in Food Science from UW-Madison in 1980 and an M.B.A. from East Tennessee State in 1990. He has been employed in the cheese industry for the past 33 years. He is currently employed as Director of Manufacturing Process Innovation with Grande Cheese Company. He has been with Grande since 1991 and currently serves on the Grande Social Responsibility team representing the environmental sustainability aspects of the company. Prior to Grande, Pat worked for Kraft, Bongrain S.A., and Dairyland Products. He is a past board advisor for the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring our State and National Parks, and photographing the wonders of nature.
Ed has been a lifelong resident of Green County. He received a B.S. degree in Agriculture from UW Platteville. He has been involved in conservation farming his entire life and his farm serves as an example of the type of practices required to keep soil on the land and out of the waterways.
Robert J. Sampson
Bob has been around creeks his entire life. He grew up on a farm in Dodge County, Wisconsin. He received his B.S. degree in Biology from UW-Eau Claire and his Waste Water degree from Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, WI. Bob has worked for Grande Cheese Company for the past thirty-three years and currently, he manages the waste water treatment plant for their Juda facility. Bob is no stranger to LSRWA. As a citizen scientist he enjoyed performing assessments of our watershed's creeks and is committed to finding ways to reduce phosphorus levels throughout the Lower Sugar River Watershed. Prior to employment at Grande he worked as a pre-school teacher, an organic gardening instructor and a manager of an agricultural program at a living history ranch in Colorado Springs, CO. Bob still enjoys organic gardening, rock collecting, photographing the beauty of our watershed and spending time with his family.
Jill grew up in the Washington D.C. suburbs. Public Service was always a part of her family’s vernacular. She attended college at The University of Colorado - Boulder and The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. She has a B.S. degree in Secondary Education and a minor in Political Science.
She has been active in LSRWA on their Education and Outreach Team, is the Seasons of the Sugar River art show coordinator, active with stream sampling and participates in numerous LSRWA’s educational outreaches. She enjoys spending time with her family, photographing nature, learning about great art and knitting.
G. David Mullen
David began his best educational experiences as a young boy in the woods and rivers, in particular the Sugar River, fishing, camping and hunting. He has always enjoyed and cherished the outdoors. His formal educational training is in the natural sciences, management and leadership. David is a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. He has just completed 35 years of employment with the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County protecting and managing local natural resources. In retirement David and his wife, Elizabeth farm, hunt, fish, camp and enjoy driving back roads looking for the largest elm, cherry or bur oak tree. David coaches baseball in Brodhead and still plays a mean shortstop on local softball teams. He is a natural teacher and a great cook.