Ruth Oppedahl

Ruth Oppedahl

Executive Director

(608) 261-4384
[email protected]

With staff and board, Ruth helps build an inspiring vision to create a vibrant and durable Foundation which financially supports Wisconsin’s lands, wildlife and waters. Ruth is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and impact of the Foundation.

Lauren Koshere

Lauren Koshere

Donor Relations Coordinator

(608) 261-4381
[email protected]

Lauren supports the Foundation’s development efforts by contributing to donor communications and by connecting personally with our members across the state. Before coming to the Foundation, she held fundraising and marketing roles at Minnesota Public Radio, Island Press in Washington, DC, and American Prairie Reserve in Montana.

John Kraniak

John Kraniak

Membership Director

(608) 264-9240
[email protected]

John Kraniak has served as membership director of the Foundation for the past 10 years. He maintains the Foundation’s database, handles membership renewals and mailings to members.

Matthew Wallrath

Matthew Wallrath

Interim Outreach Coordinator

(608) 261-4392
[email protected]

Matt helps coordinate Field Trips and the Wayfarers program while conducting diversity, equity, and inclusion outreach to Madison community organizations. His time with the Foundation is part of independent graduate course work at the UW-Madison Nelson Institute, where he will be completing his M.S. in Environmental Conservation in August 2018.

Michelle Milford

Michelle Milford

Outreach Coordinator

(608) 261-4392
[email protected]

Michelle’s role with the Foundation is to assist Christine Tanzer with Field Trip program coordination, plan our domestic and international travel, manage Foundation events, and help connect members with the Foundation.

Diane Packett

Diane Packett

Birdathon Coordinator

(920) 219-2587
[email protected]

Diane coordinates activities for the Bird Protection Fund, including the Great Wisconsin Birdathon, our Birding Tours, and composes the Bird News You Can Use electronic newsletter.

Nora Simmons

Nora Simmons

Communications Director

(608) 266-3138
[email protected]

Nora manages the Foundation’s strategy and implementation for all communications, branding, marketing, and media relations.

Christine Tanzer

Christine Tanzer

Field Trip Coordinator

(608) 264-8548
[email protected]

Christine coordinates the many facets of the Foundation’s vibrant Field Trip Program. Passionate about showcasing Wisconsin’s amazing natural treasures, she has organized well over 2,000 Field Trips since joining NRF in 1997.

Caitlin Williamson

Caitlin Williamson

Director of Conservation Programs

(608) 266-1430
[email protected]

Cait oversees the Foundation’s grantmaking programs focused on Wisconsin’s public lands and waters, wildlife, and education. Cait’s work encompasses conservation science and planning, partnership development, and capacity building.

Camille Zanoni

Camille Zanoni

Development Director

(608) 264-8922
[email protected]

Camille leads the Foundation’s development efforts and helps raise support for Wisconsin’s priority conservation needs through annual, endowed, and planned giving.