Meet the Leaders of CWAC

Dean Hoegger, President & Executive 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.


Richard Kloes, Board Member

Richard Kloes

Richard, a retired army veteran, truck driver, and farmer, joined the Board in May, 2017. He and his wife Dorothy live in the town of Little River in Oconto County where they maintain a hobby farm. Richard is passionate about protecting the water quality of his area. With 20 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, he is concerned about the struggles they will face if the depletion of water quality continues. He advocates for sustainable farms and farming methods in his community by being a grassroots organizer against expansion of industrial agricultural operations.


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.


Jim Wagner, Board Member

Jim Wagner

Born and raised in West De Pere, I’ve spent the past 21 years in the military serving in many overseas locations throughout the world.  I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science from Lakeland College and am completing a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Management from UW-Extension in Summer 2014.  During my travels, I saw first-hand the effects created by non-existent or poorly-enforced environmental policies to human and ecosystem health, especially freshwater resources.   Before Wisconsin turns into the same – as recent evidence of hypoxia in Green Bay has indicated and continued PCB presence in the Lower Fox River demonstrate - citizens, businesses and the government need to work together find a solution that returns our pristine waterways to something our children and theirs can enjoy for years to come.  I look forward to the challenge and opportunity this presents and am honored by the chance to serve with CWAC in this endeavor.


Carol Pearson, Board Member

Carol Pearson

Carol recently retired as the Curriculum Director for The Einstein Project. In the past, she taught basic and Bio-organic chemistry at NWTC and LTC in Sheboygan. Prior to that, she was a water quality chemist at Donahue in Sheboygan and a brewing chemist for the Schlitz Brewery. She has a passion for engaging young people in science and potential careers in science. Another passion is caring for and preserving our natural resources and the environment.

Serving on the board of CWAC helps focus this passion in a very productive way. Carol is also the chair of the "Water, Whine and Wine" social justice group with the Green Bay Area AAUW branch. The group shares a glass of wine while writing letters to representatives concerning current issues focusing on water. Carol lives in Allouez with her husband Dale, a mechanical engineer. They have a son and daughter and three grandchildren.


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.


Andy Wallander, Board Member

Andy Wallander

Andy retired from the Kewaunee County Land and Water Conservation Department in October of 2014, where he served 25 years as County Conservationist. . Andy has been involved in locally administering various county and state agricultural nonpoint source pollution prevention programs. While working in northeastern Wisconsin, where shallow fractured carbonate bedrock, or “karst”, is a predominant landscape type, protection of the area’s groundwater quality has been a major focus of his career. He has also been involved in farm conservation planning, design of agricultural conservation best management practices, youth conservation education and activities, and advocating for sound state and local conservation legislation. Andy enjoys hiking, kayaking, fishing and cycling. He and his wife, Kim, live in Kewaunee County. They have two children, Ben and Emma.


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