Meet the Leaders of CWAC

Marcus Rufledt, Executive Director

Marcus Rufledt

I joined the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin (CWAC) in September 2022 as the Executive Director. I have a passion to preserve and protect the environment, so that our future generations can enjoy everything it has to offer.

I served in the U.S. Navy as an analyst with a reserve unit based out of Chicago, this service facilitated my education at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. I studied political science, environmental policy and planning, and environmental sustainability while in school; I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Spring of 2020.

Nowadays, I reside a few miles from campus on the East side of Green Bay with my wife and two cats. In addition to my work with CWAC, I also currently serve as a Title Officer with Dominion Title and Exchange Services in Allouez. Majority of my hobbies take place outdoors, from diving for shipwrecks and enjoying the farmers’ markets in the Spring and Summer, to bowhunting and trail hiking in the Fall and Winter.

Dean Hoegger, President & Education Director

Dean Hoegger

Dean has been on the board since 2008, first as Membership Chair-person, then as President beginning in 2010. He retired from 30 years of public school teaching and earned a paralegal degree in order to pursue his interest in environmental issues. Dean also serves as CWAC’s Executive Director and is working to make the organization a powerful force for protecting human health and the environment in northeast Wisconsin. He lives in Southern Door County with his wife, Julie, where they enjoy organic gardening, country living, and the waters of Green Bay.

Charlie Frisk, Vice President

Charlie Frisk

I attended the inaugural meeting of C.W.A.C. which was held after the Greenpeace ship visited Green Bay. At that time our organization was called S.T.O.P., which I think stood for Stop Toxics Organizing Project. I have been on the board throughout many of the years since then. I am a teacher in biology and environmental science at Luxem- burg-Casco School District. I am also on the board of N.E.W. Audubon, the Brown County Conservation Alliance, and the Baird Creek Preservation Foundation.

John Hermanson, Treasurer

John Hermanson

As a long time Board Member and treasurer, my life experiences include the following. Co-owner Life Tools Adventure Outfitters an outdoor speciality store promoting 'silent sports' in northeast Wisconsin. I have a degree in Regional Analysis from UWGB and a minor in Environmental Studies, UWSP. Currently I am pursing interests as a gardener and working part time as an intern at Brown County Extension, Plant Diagnostician. Our greatest challenge in these times is to learn to live in a place and to grace it.

Rebecka Eichorn, Secretary

Rebecka Eichhorn is a graduate from UW-Green Bay. Originally from Upper Michigan, her first two years of college were spent at Bay De Noc Community College in Escanaba, MI before she transferred to UW-Green Bay in 2014. Rebecka interned with the Clean Water Action Council during the spring semester of 2016. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics in August of 2016. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and traveling to the UP.

David Verhagen, Board Member

David Verhagen

Dave is a recently retired businessman who lives just south of De Pere. He and his wife Sher have been members of CWAC for several years. David’s career has included working in non-profit organizations before running an import business. The past 26 years, he operated a Hardware Hank store in Little Chute. David has also worked registering voters and chairs a committee working to engage students in voting across the region. His interests include bicycling, gardening, writing, travel and music, although seldom in that order.

Lauren Felder, Board Member

Caitlin Cravillion

Lauren's passion for environmental advocacy began at a young age with prairie and woodland conservation in Southern Wisconsin and has only grown from there. While completing her undergraduate degree in environmental policy and planning and political science at UW-Green Bay, she had the opportunity to intern with CWAC in the spring of 2019. She is excited to continue working with the organization and building her passion for sustainability and conservation. She is currently a law student at the University of Wisconsin Law School, working toward a J.D. with a focus on environmental law and resource management. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and horseback riding.

Carla Martin, Board Member

Karla Martin

Carla Martin is a returning board member. She was CWAC’s first intern and has been a member since 2012, serving on the board from 2012 to 2016. She is passionate about the natural environment, enjoys all outdoor activities and spending time with her grandchildren. Carla is a graduate of UW-Green Bay with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning. She also earned the Environmental Sustainability and Business Certificate from the Environmental Management and Business Institute at UWGB.

Kari Fehling, Board Member

Kari Fehling

Kari interned with CWAC during the fall semester of 2014 while she was at UW-Green Bay obtaining a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science with minors in Geoscience and Environmental Policy and Planning. She also earned the Environmental Sustainability and Business Certificate from the Environmental Management and Business Institute while at UWGB. Kari grew up on a farm in Northeastern Wisconsin and has now combined her agriculture background with her environmental science passion. Her free time is spent mostly outdoors with her husband and their daughter.

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