Meet Our Staff

Administrative Team

Photograph of Justin HoughamJustin Hougham, Ph.D. 
Director
Phone: (608) 254-6461
FAX: (608) 253-7140
Email: justin.hougham@wisc.edu

Assistant Professor, University Wisconsin-Extension
637 Extension Building
Madison, WI 53706

Responsibilities:

  • Provide educational leadership by planning, implementing and evaluating culturally relevant educational programs
  • Provide statewide leadership for 4-H Youth Development environmental education programs
  • Develop new sources of funding to support the growth of environmental educational programs throughout the state
  • Develop collaborative programming relationships with University of Wisconsin-Extension personnel and statewide agencies and organizations with interests in environmental education
  • Regularly teach and deliver 4-H Youth Development educational programs through a wide variety of teaching methods at sites throughout Wisconsin
  • Use appropriate means to critically review and integrate related research into community-based educational programs
  • Regularly prepare educational materials, program evaluations and reports using appropriate technology
  • Reach and engage diverse audiences in ways that are inclusive and do not discriminate to ensure full access to programs, facilities and educational services
  • Provide managerial leadership and oversight for continuing operation, maintenance, and development of grounds, and facilities, and educational programming in close collaboration with the Assistant    Director and Program Director
  • Develop and manage the Centers operational budget
  • Supervise full-time Center personnel
  • Serve as liaison to the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, Inc. and other entities raising funds on behalf of the Upham Woods 4-H Outdoor Learning Center
  • Foster positive relationships with the Upham Woods Advisory Committee and key stakeholders, including internal and external user groups, Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, donors, volunteers, and local community organizations and residents
  • Develop and communicate policies regarding use of the Center in conjunction with the State 4-H Youth Development Program Director and the Upham Woods Advisory Committee

 

John Celley
Facility & Operations Director 

Phone: (608) 254-6461
FAX: (608) 253-7140

Email: John.celley@wisc.edu

Responsibilities:

  • Provides leadership for all programs and activities conducted at Upham Woods
  • Provides leadership for Legacy Campaign efforts
  • Manages operation, maintenance and development of grounds and facilities
  • Supervises personnel and contractual services involved with operation of Upham Woods
  • Hire, train and supervise seasonal naturalists
  • Design, implement, and evaluate outpost education programming
  • Instruct environmental education classes as needed
  • Write grants to fund new environmental education initiatives

 

Greg Reynolds
Buildings and Grounds Supervisor
Phone: (608) 254-6461 ext. 203
FAX: (608) 253-7140

Responsibilities:

  • Provides safe learning environments for Upham Woods visitors
  • Maintains buildings for safe and efficient operation
  • Conducts preventative maintenance projects
  • Leads grounds maintenance projects including planting, mowing, and snow removal
  • Coordinates on site service learning projects
  • Keeps electrical, plumbing, heating, and septic systems maintained

 

Isabelle Herde Photo of Isabelle Herde, Research Naturalist Program Coordinator
Interim Program Director
Phone: (608) 254-6461
FAX: (608) 253-7140
Email: isabelle.herde@wisc.edu

Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate group programming at Upham Woods including serving as the primary communication contact/coordinator for client groups
  • Develop, coordinate, and provide overall leadership for community programming
  • Instruct environmental education classes
  • Develop and manage naturalist staff schedules
  • Develop, implement and evaluate environmental education programming
  • Assist in leading adventure education programming
  • Promote and coordinate outreach programs
  • Develop a system to regularly review, update, and improve the educational programs
  • Research and author grants to assist with program development

 

Jennifer Loveland
Office Operations Associate
Phone: (608) 254-6461
FAX: (608) 253-7140
jennifer.loveland@wisc.edu

 

 

 

Ariel Christian
Program Coordinator
Phone: (608) 254-6461
FAX: (608) 253-7140

Email: ariel.christian@wisc.edu

 

 

Corinne Schuh
Program Coordinator
Phone: (608) 254-6461
FAX: (608) 253-7140
Email: corinne.schuh@wisc.edu

 

 

 

 

Caroline Zimmerman
Conservation Program Coordinator
Phone: (608) 254-6461
FAX: (608) 253-7140
czimmerman6@wisc.edu

 

 

 

Taylor Drogemuller
Seasonal Program Coordinator

 

 

 

Pam Benedon
Office Support
Email: pamela.benedon@ces.uwex.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 


Research and Technology Support Staff

 

 

 


Teaching Naturalists

Levi Mauk
Teaching Naturalist

 

 

 

 

Alex Braiedy
Teaching Naturalist

 

 

 

 

 

Joel Harbury
Teaching Naturalist

 

 

 

 

 


Honorarium Naturalists

Photograph of Jon SteidingerJon Steidinger

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erik Rosholt

 

 

 

 

 

Ethan Plumier

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Lueders

 

 

 

 

 


Kitchen Staff

 

Rosemary Weinke
Food Service Director
CMCO36@consolidatedmgmt.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Maintenance / House Keeping

Photograph of Joel AveryJoel Avery
Maintenance

 

 

 

 

 

Pam Nawrot
Lead Custodian

 

 

Dale Stainbrookdale_opt
Custodian

 

 

 

 

Randy Grzybowski
Custodian

 

 

 

 


Program Animals

 

Stella
Barred Owl

 

 

 

Beauty
Red-Tailed Hawk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egor
Snapping Turtle

 

 

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