Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Assn.

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Members 

Here you will find listed in alphabetical order the names of the members, a little background information about them, and some basic contact information.  If any member would like to add a bio similar to the one posted below just E-mail the information to Bob Haase at [email protected] and it will be posted on this page.  This is a good way to let people know about you and the services you can provide.


To download a PDF file of the Membership Application Form click HERE.


To download a PDF file of the Bylaws click HERE.



2016 Membership List

Name: Ken Anderson

Address: P.O. Box 294, Eagle River, WI 54521

Phone: 715-479-2394

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Arthur Barlow

Address: 4766 Landing Road, Rhinelander, WI 54501

Phone: 

E-Mail: [email protected]


Name: Sarah Barlow

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Jim Baumgart

Address: 

E-Mail: [email protected]

Name: Dean Bortz

Address: P.O. Box 2180, Woodruff, WI  54568

Phone (work): 715-358-8899   or   800-535-5191

Phone (Home): 715-358-5716

Phone (Mobile): 612-210-0136

E-mail: [email protected]

Note: Wisconsin Outdoor News

Name: Sawyer Briel

Address:  

Phone (Mobile): 608-282-5334

Phone (Work): 608-261-0751

Name: Dave Carlson

Address: 3044 Saturn Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54703

Phone (Home): 705-834-3699

Phone (Mobile): 715-271-7954

Name: Dave Clausen

Address: Amery

Phone (work): 715-268-8131

Phone (Mobile): 715-554-3289

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Gene Cooper

Address:

Phone:

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Ed Culhane

Address: Appleton, WI

Phone (Work): 715-781-1683

Phone (Mobile): 715-892-1921

E-mail (Work): [email protected]

E-mail (Home): [email protected]

Note: DNR Public Affairs Manager NE Wisconsin

Background: Ed Culhane of Appleton, Wisconsin is a communications specialist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  In addition to assisting communication strategies, he helps news reporters on deadline, does on-camera or taped interviews and produces news releases.  He takes photographs and shoots video for DNR Facebook posts and other online venues.  He also contributes  photographs and feature length stories for  Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine. 


Culhane is a FEMA-certified public information officer and serves on both DNR and Wisconsin incident management teams. 


Prior to joining the DNR in 2008, Culhane spent 26 years as a newpaper reeporter, including 22 years with the Post-Crescent in Appleton.  From 1992 through May of 2006, Culhane was the newspaper's environmental reporter and outdoor writer. His Sunday outdoor column won five first-place finishes in the Wisconsin Newspaper Association's annual competition (1993, 1998, 2000, 2003, and 2005) and six second or third place honor in (1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2004, and 2006).


In February 2006, Culhane was named Communicator of the Year by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.  He was named Outstanding Conservation Journalist for 2005 by the Wisconsin State Council of Trout Unlimited.  Among other honors, he received a Scripps Howard Foundation Environmental Reporting Award in 2004 and a WNA first place for enterprise reporting in 1995.  He is frequently asked to speak to student groups and twice led seminars at UW-Madison's annual Writers Institute.


Name: Jerry Davis

Address: 7970 Lake View Rd, Barneveld, WI 53507-9355

Phone: (Home): 608-924-1112

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Rob Drieslein

Address:  

Phone (Work): 763-546-4251

Phone (Home): 763-398-3450

Phone (Mobile): 612-345-1676

E-mail: [email protected]

Background: Editor


Name: Patrick Durkin  (Editor/Writer)
Address: 721 Wesley St., Waupaca, WI 54981
Phone: 715-256-1684 (office and fax)
Phone (Mobile): 715-590-4096
E-mail: [email protected]
E-mail: [email protected]  (ata)
E-mail: [email protected]    (Zebra Publishing)
Background:  Patrick Durkin of Waupaca, Wis., is an award-winning outdoor writer, free-lance newspaper columnist, and general outdoors reporter. He also provides free-lance editing services for books and magazines. He was named “Contributing Editor” of the Archery Trade Association in September 2001, and writes frequently for national archery and hunting magazines.

Durkin has written a weekly outdoors column for Wisconsin newspapers since 1984. His column appears in the Wisconsin Outdoor News, the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Oshkosh Northwestern, Barron News-Shield, Chetek Alert, Ladysmith News, Bloomer Advance, Watertown Daily Times, and Kewaunee County Times.

After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1975 through 1980, Durkin pursued a journalism degree at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and graduated magna cum laude in December 1983. He spent the next eight years working as a sports reporter, education reporter, weekend editor and outdoors editor at the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern newspaper before beginning his career in hunting magazines. He edited Deer & Deer Hunting magazine from 1991 through 2001, and he also edited Whitetail Hunting Strategies from 2002 through 2003, and National Whitetail Hunter’s Journal from 2003 to 2006.



Name: Tim Eisele
Address: 129 S. Segoe Road, Madison, WI  53705-4936
Phone: 608-233-2904
E-Mail: [email protected]
Background: Tim Eisele is a full time freelance outdoor writer and photographer.  He covers natural resources, the Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board for Wisconsin Outdoor News.  His articles have appeared in many other publications, including The Capital Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Wisconsin State Journal.  His work has been recognized by awards from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Conservation Congress, State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Madison Audubon Society, and others.

He and his wife own and manage 100 acres in Crawford County and they were named Wild Turkey Woodland Owners of the year by the State Chapter of National Wild Turkey Federation in 2005.  The Crawford County Land Conservation Department recognized their work on their woodland with the Forestry Award in 2011 when they also received the District Tree Farmer of the Year Award.

Tim was invited by the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to judge the 1995 Federal Duck Stamp competition, he served a six-year term on the board of The Friends of the Arboretum and a two-year term on board of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association.  He is a founding member and honorary lifetime member and two-time past president of the Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association.  He serves on the Board of Governors of the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame, and the Board of Visitors of Trees For Tomorrow in Eagle River.  He is an instructor in the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow program to help preserve the future of hunting.

Tim has two Power Point presentations that are available to organizations:  “Ding’s Darling,” about Ding Darling and the Federal Duck Stamp, and “From Weeds to Wild Flowers on Gobbler Ridge,” about his attempt to increase biodiversity and incorporate a prairie on land in Crawford County.

 

Name: Dick Ellis

Address: 20240 W. Rustic Ridge Dr., New Berlin, WI 53146

Phone (Home): 262-549-5550

E-mail (Work): [email protected]

Name: Gary Engberg

Address: 

Phone (Home): 608-795-4208

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: garyengbergoutdoors.com

Name: Jim Evrard

Address:

Phone:

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Lee Farney

Address: 7860 McKenna Rd, Hollandale, WI 53544

Phone: 608-967-2208

E-mail: [email protected]

Note: Executive Council

Name: Tyler Florczak

Address (Work): P.O. Box 5, Chetek, WI 54728

Address (Home): 1074 24-3/4 St, Cameron, WI 54728

Phone (Work): 715-924-4118

Phone ( Mobile): 715-225-8937

E-mail: [email protected] 

Name: Candice Gaukel Andrews

Address: 

Phone:

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Lisa Gaumnitz

Address: 1147 Rutledge St., Madison, WI 537203

Phone (Home): 608-256-2583

Phone (Mobile): 608-235-2201

E-mail: [email protected]


Lisa Gaumnitz has been writing about Wisconsin's Natural Resources for nearly 20 years, mostly as a public information officer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She recently resumed freelance writing and editing and often writes for the "Wisconsin Natural Resources" magazine.  Gaumnitz lives in Madison with her family and enjoys traveling the state to fish, camp, bike,and ski.  



Name:  Gary The Shooter N-ski

Phone: 608-445-9452

E-mail: [email protected]

Websites: www.garynski.com

www.greatwildradioshow.com

www.hardwaterwarriors.com

www.lodivalleynews.com


Gary "The $hooter" N-ski

Good Ideas Company LLC

Studio/Gallery 141 Lodi Street Studio B, W10255 State Rd. 60, Lodi, WI 53555

Co-Host, Co-Producer, & Owner - The Great Wild Radio Show

Member - AGLOW, Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers

Member - WOCA, Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association

Award Winning Gary N-ski Photography Studios

National Board Member - Fishing Has No Boundaries

Hobie Kayak Fishing Pro Team Member

Exclusive Distributor & Owner of Project Lures LLC

Wisconsin Licensed Hunting and Fishing Guide





Background: Gary N-ski is an award winning outdoors photojournalist/communicator for over 40 years.  His work has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, The Missoulian, Montana Trails Magazine, Anchorage Times, Pheasants Forever, Country Magazine and Hometown Newsgroup, Wisconsin Academy of Arts & Science, and Lodi Valley New.com ... to name a few. 


He was the Photography Coordinator for UW-LaCrosse, Mass Communications Dept.

Photography Instructor for the University of Alaska, Madison Area Technical College, and the Glacier Conservatory of Music and Fine Arts-Whitefish, Montana.


Gary and his wife Deb of 32 years, own the Good Ideas Company LLC.

Gary was co-founder of Ultimate Outdoors Radio Show

Gary was co-founder and director of marketing for The Big Wild Radio Show

Gary is found, co-host & owner of the Great Wild Radio Show 

Since 1975 Gary has won dozens of State and National photojournalism awards.


Gary is also a founding member of the Arts Tribe.  A visual arts collective based in Madison, Wisconsin.  He recently exhibited at the Commonwealth Gallery, Pyle Center and the Overture Center in Madison.


He has been a member of the National Press Photographers Association, the American Society of Media Photographers, and currently the Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers-AGLOW, and the Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association - WOCA.


AGLOW 2014 President's Award Winner, AGLOW 2015 Chevy Trucks Best of Show - The Pet Czura Award

 

Name: Robert A. Haase
Address: W7949 Treptow Ln, Eldorado, WI 54932
Phone: 920-922-8003
E-Mail: [email protected]
Background: Bob is a writer and outdoor photographer.  He was the host of "Outdoor Thursdays" radio program on KFIZ radio in Fond du Lac for many years and also wrote a news commentary for the KFIZ news department.  He is a frequent contributor to Wisconsin Trout publication with articles on fly tying tips and fly patterns. He serves as a Fond du Lac County delegate to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and is on the Trout Study Committee and the Outreach and Public Relations Committee. He is also serves on the WDNR Fisheries Advisory Council and the Trout Management Team. Bob is also active in a number of sporting clubs such as the Central Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Winnebagoland Musky Club, Walleyes for Tomorrow, and the Winnebagoland Conservation Alliance. You can check out some of Bob's photography work at:

     www.flickr.com/photos/bob_haase  or  www.capturewisconsin.com/users/insightimage


Author: "Bob's Fly Tying Tips and Techniques" which is available at bobsflybox.com or Amazon.com


Name: Dan Hansen

Address: 

Phone: 715-752-3532

E-mail: [email protected]

Note: Writer-Photographer

Name: Thomas Heberlein

Address: 118 Breese Terrace, Apt. A,  Madison, WI 53726

Phone (Work): 608-262-1510

Phone (Work2): 608-262-9531

Phone (Mobile): 608-260-5618

E-mail: [email protected]

Note: Professor Emeritus, UW Madison Dept of Community and Environmental Sociology

Name: Glenn Helgeland

Address: 10459 N. Wauwatosa Rd, Mequon, WI 53097

Phone (Work): 262-402-7668

Phone (Home): 262-242-3530

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Steve Henry

Address:

Phone:

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Steve Hill

Address: 1625 Clark St., Stevens Point, WI 54481

Phone (Home): 715-342-6878

Phone (Work): 715-346-3887

E-mail: [email protected] 

Name: Dana Kampa

Address: 

Phone: 

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Jeff Kelm

Address: 

Phone: (Work): 920-627-3312

E-mail: [email protected]

E-mail: (Work): [email protected]


Name: Jerry Kiesow

Address: 1690 Dellwood Ct.,Grafton, WI 53024

Phone: 262-375-1476 (home)

Phone: 262-339-2432 (cell)

E-mail: [email protected]

Background: I bill myself as an Outdoor Communicator. I guess that’s right. I am a freelance photographer/writer, with over 10,000 outdoor images in my stock file; write for a variety of publications - local and national; teach fly fishing and fly tying; and can be convinced to do workshops on all of the above, plus how I wrote my two books - Tales of The Peshtigo Putzer and Photos, Poems, and a Little Bit of Prose and how each presented different situations when publishing. I also do workshops on other outdoor subjects: point and shoot cameras come to mind. I guess that qualifies me as an outdoor communicator. I belong to three organizations connected with my crafts: Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), Wisconsin Writers’ Association (WWA), and Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association (WOCA), of which I am, currently, on the board of directors. I am also vice-president of Friends of Gov. Thompson State Park, Crivitz, Wisconsin. Look for me wading streams, paddling lakes, walking, skiing or snowshoeing woods and fields, anytime of the year. Just look for a funny looking, grey bearded guy carrying a rod or gun, or gathering berries or morels or nuts, carrying a camera. Always carrying a camera.

Keep a good thought!

Name: Gloriann Klein

Address:

Phone: 414-421-8111

E-mail (Work): [email protected]

E-mail (Other): [email protected]

Name: Joe Knight

Address:

Phone: 715-832-8358 

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Mark Labarbera

Address: 2955 Kennedy Rd., Hazel Green, WI 53811

Phone (Mobile): 520-730-9252

E-mail (Work): [email protected]

E-mail (Home): [email protected]

Name: Tom Luba

Address: 

Phone:

E-mail: [email protected]

Background: Tom writes freelance articles about open-water fishing. He worked 25 years at Krause Publications in Iola as a production manager. 









Name: Dan Lyksett

Address:  

Phone (Work): 715-830-5926

E-mail: [email protected]

Online News Editor/Special Sections Editor

Name: Curtis D McAllister (TMS)

Address: 1155 Brewery Park, Suite 260, Detroit, MI 48207-2643

Phone: (Work): 313-259-4598

Phone: (Mobile): 313-318-3906

E-mail: [email protected]

Regional Manager, Midwest Corporate Communications, Toyota Motor Sales, USA

Name: Bill McCrary

Address: 333 Country Clover Drive, DeForest, WI  53532

Phone (Home): 608-846-7615

E-mail: billmccrary27yahoo.com

Name: Howard Mead

Address:

Phone:

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Larry Meiller

Address: 

Phone:

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Steven Meurett

Address:

Phone:

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Eugene Tom Muench

Address: 917 N. Glendale, Tomah, WI 54660

Phone: 608-372-2640

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Keven Naze

Address: E5912 Hwy 54, Box 233, Algoma, WI 54201-0233

Phone (Home): 920-487-2006

Phone (Mobile): 920-883-9792

E-mail (Work): [email protected]

E-mail (Other): [email protected]

Name: Judy Nugent

Address: 3168 N. Hamposhire Ln, Waukegan, IL 60087

Phone: 

E-mail: [email protected]

Background:  Judy Nugent has been writing for several years.  Her work can be found in Wisconsin Outdoor News, Wisconsin Outdoor Journal, Wisconsin Sportsman, Midwest Outdoors, Fly Fisherman Magazine, and Snowshoe Magazine among others.  She is also on the TV show Outdoor Wisconsin.  She has a Mater's Degree in Education. 

 

Name: Bill Pivar

Address: 

Phone:

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Roger Sabota

Address: 

Phone: 715-369-2283

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Jennifer Sereno

Address: 101 S. Webster St.

Phone (Work): 608-770-8084

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Greg Seubert

Address: 

Phone:

E-mail (Work) : [email protected]

E-mail (Other): [email protected]


Name: Dan Small

Address:

Phone (Home): 608-634-4082

Phone (Mobile): 414-588-4082

E-mail (Work): [email protected]

Background: Dan Small has been host/producer of Milwaukee Public Television's "Outdoor Wisconsin"  since its premiere in November 1984. He also produces and hosts a weekly radio show, Outdoors RADIO with Dan Small, which airs on broadcast stations throughout Wisconsin and on numerous websites.

He is also contributing editor of Wisconsin Outdoor News, a bi-weekly newspaper that covers outdoor activities, environmental concerns and other items of interest to Wisconsin's sportsmen and women. Dan is the author of Fish Wisconsin and co-author of The Official Outdoor Wisconsin Cookbook and Wild Harvest Cookbook. He also hosted the Field To Feast series of instructional hunting, fishing, and cooking series.


He is past president of the Wisconsin Outdoor Communicators Association and past board member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the Association Great Lakes Outdoor Writers.  He has served on the boards of the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation, Friends of Milwaukee River's and the Milwaukee Revitalization Council.

  

He is an avid outdoorsman and a widely published writer/photographer with credits in national and regional magazines. His writing and broadcast efforts have won more than 100 awards in his regional and national competition.  He was named Conservation Communicator of the year in 1986 by the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, and in 1990 received the Gordon MacQuarrie Award for excellence in environmental communications from the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters.  He holds a PhD from Rice University.

Name: Paul Smith

Address (Work): 333 W. State St., Milwaukee, WI 53201

Address (Home): 1613 Upper Parkway South, Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Phone (Work): 414-224-2313

Phone (Home): 414-476-4745

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Laurel F. Steffes

Address: 33 Stacy Lane, Madison, WI 53716

Phone (Work): 608-234-8952

Phone (Home): 608-222-9738

E-mail: [email protected] 

Director Office of Communications

Name: John Sullivan

Address:  

Phone: 

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Steve Suman

Address: P.O. Box 746, Hayward, WI 54843-0746

Phone: 

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Leslie Sundahl   (Traditions Media) 

Address: 5115 Excelsior Blvd, P.O. Box 440, St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Phone (Work): 612-839-4322

E-mail (Work): [email protected]

Background: Traditions Media is a progressive-public-relations, media communications, influencer marketing and social media group exclusively serving the outdoors industry.  Our unique team is built of professional writers and communicators who also have understandings of the business-of-the-business.  Our partners include Humminbird, Ocean Kayak, Old Town Canoe Kayak, St. Croix Rod, Frabill, Plano, Tactical, Tenzing, Avian-X, Ameristep, Evovled Habitats, Flextone, Ground EFX, Halo, Wildgame INnovations, ZINK, Aqua-Vu, Custom Jigs & Spins, Rippin Lips and Fin-Wing.

Name: Adam Thompson

Address:  

Phone (Work): 920-453-5156

Phone (Home): 920-431-8331

E-mail (Work): [email protected]

E-mail (Home): [email protected]

Background: Local sports editor (Content Coach) Press-Gazette and Post Crescent Media

Name: Jake Van Camp

Address:

Phone:

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Jeffrey Vander Logt

Address:

Phone (Mobile): 217-898-6369

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Roger Vander Logt

Address: 617 Oak St., Mishicot, WI 54228-9756

Phone (Home): 920-323-4882

E-mail: [email protected]

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Eric Verbeten

Address: 

Phone (Work): 608-267-9517

E-mail (Work): [email protected]

E-mail (Home): [email protected]

Name: Ron Weber

Address: Weyerhaeuser, WI

Phone: 715-353-2993

E-mail: [email protected]

Background: Ron Weber is a former high school science teacher turned forester with the WDNR who has always been a writer at heart. He has degrees in Forestry and Biology with a minor in Resource Management from UW-Stevens Point. Ron has written many guest commentaries for several newspapers including the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, Madison Capital Times, and the Wisconsin Outdoor News.  He frequently writes articles for Wisconsin Natural Resources and Badger Sportsman magazines. 


A self confessed disciple of Aldo Leopold, Weber is a Land Ethic Leader who puts on events in local communities near his home in Weyerhaeuser to spread the message of Leopold. He can also be heard reading selections of his writings on Wisconsin Life segments on Wisconsin Public Radio. 


Name: David B. Whitehurst

Address:

Phone: 

E-mail: [email protected]

Note: Author of "Trestand Murders"

Name: Bob Wibershcheid

Address: 

Phone: 

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Mike Whilhite

Address:

Phone (Work): 715-445-2540

Phone (Mobile): 715-340-7163

E-mail (Work): [email protected]

E-mail (Home): [email protected]

Website: www.trapperspost.com

Note: Associate Editor

Name: Mike Yurk

Address: Hudson

Phone: 

E-mail: [email protected]


Name: David Zeug

Address: 911 South Lake Drive, Shell Lake, WI 54871

Phone (Work): 715-468-7432

Phone (Mobile): 715-271-1911

E-mail: [email protected]

Background: Although Dave Zeug calls Shell Lake, WI home, he and his wife spend much of their time at the cabin and short term rental property on the Brule River.  Zeug was a Wisconsin Conservation Warden for 26 years, beginning his career as a Field Warden in 1974, before becoming a Warden Supervisor in Horizon and Black River Falls.  He retired as the DNR's 18 county Northern Region's Enforcement and Science Leader fro the Northern Region Office in Spooner.


After retirement, Zeug worked as an Investigator for a law firm, them become Mayor of the City of Shell Lake while continuing with his writing career.  He's done work for Outdoor Life, Fur-Fish-Game, Wildfowl, Predator Nation, Trout Unlimited and Wisconsin Outdoor News, publications and Outdoor Life On-Line also.  He's also been a presenter at various outdoor events dedicated to the protection of Wisconsin's lakes and rivers. 


Zeug enjoys many outdoor activities, but finds waterfowl hunting and trout fishing, especially on the Brule River most captivating. 


Name: Kyle Zeug

Address:

Phone:

E-mail: [email protected]

Name: Carrie Zylka

Address:

Phone:

E-mail: [email protected]

Website: www.TheWildWorldof CarrieZ.com