NWS Organization

2019-2020 Executive Committee

All operating committees are charged with working with Park personnel to achieve committee goals.

NWS Annual Report – 2019

The Current NWS Board of Directors

  • Carol Ash
  • Jim Black
  • Mary Hansen
  • Terry Heidenreiter
  • Sheryl Honig
  • Julia Keepper
  • Gene Kenny
  • Jeanne Rabel
  • Brian Schimp
  • Karen Studebaker
  • Dave Vermillion
  • Greg Wilde
  • Michelle Hefty, Park Manager, Ex Officio

Membership and Fund Raising Committee – Promote ways to retain current NWS members, recruit new members and track membership information. Develop short-term and long-term fund raising strategies and other special activities as approved by the Board.

  • Greg Wilde, Chair

Nature Interpretive and Stewardship Committee -Develop DNR approved displays in the Hotz Nature Center, develop plans for enhancing program interpretive hikes and activities by training NWS volunteers, determine funding and materials that are needed for nature interpretive activities (i.e., LTE naturalist help and purchasing of equipment, supplies), see to the completion of the Park nature booklets, inventory the rare and invasive (e.g. garlic mustard) species and their location as found in Newport Park, develop plans to protect the rare species and remove as many of the invasive species as feasible and make contacts with the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) for additional help.

  • Brian Schimp, Chair

Volunteer Services Committee – Develop a calendar for work days and other activities which NWS is assisting or hosting (i.e., clearing trails, pulling garlic mustard, preparing for candle light ski, annual meeting, etc.), develop a call list of NWS members that can be used to recruit help for NWS sponsored work days and related activities in the park, make contacts with the Door County Invasive Species Team (DCIST) for additional help and work with the Publicity Committee to develop press releases that publicize these events.

  • Karen Studebaker, Chair

Communications Committee – Publish and distribute the annual NWS newsletter “The Trillium” and the monthly “North Star News” to members and others in print and electronic versions on a quarterly basis.  Create, print and distribute NWS brochures and other publications as directed by the Board. Work with the Publicity Committee as appropriate.

  • Carol Ash, Chair

Publicity Committee – Develop and disseminate information about NWS to local and regional media outlets. Work with the Communications Committee as appropriate.

  • Dave Vermillion, Chair

Merchandising Committee – Identify and purchase for resale in the Park office merchandise that is consistent with the NWS mission and which enhances the experience of Park visitors.  Account for product purchases, inventory and sales.

  • Terry Heidenreiter, Chair
  • Beth Bartoli

Nominating Committee – Evaluate the need for new Board members and officers. Develop a list of potential Board members and officers. Submit the list to the Board for final decisions.

  • (Open), Chair

Other Support Personnel

If you would like to serve on an NWS committee or the Board, please inform the Vice President via the email link at the top of this page.