Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin welcomes two new board members

New trustees join Foundation as ambassadors for state’s natural resources

Tom and Tim

Two new board members have joined the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin this year: Tim Eisele, freelance outdoor writer and photographer; and Tom Dott, vice president of commercial banking at First Business Bank, both from Madison. That brings the total number of trustees to 21 this year, with expertise ranging from zoology, botany and ecology to finance, public relations and leadership.

“The enthusiasm on our board for the Foundation’s mission continues to be a source of inspiration for our staff, for members and for partners,” said Ruth Oppedahl, executive director of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. “Our new trustees will help us reach new audiences and inspire the next generation of conservationists. As we celebrate the Foundation’s 30th anniversary this year, we feel fortunate to be led by a board that is full of so many incredible allies, both to the Foundation and to Wisconsin’s public lands, waters and wildlife.”

Tim Eisele is a full-time freelance outdoor writer and photographer. His stories have appeared in Wisconsin Outdoor News, the Capital Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal. He edited Woodland Management magazine for 12 years. He previously worked in information and education for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Eisele enjoys fishing, cross-country skiing, hiking and hunting and says that his love of hunting has driven his career and continues to drive his love for the outdoors and for land management. He said he hopes to help the Foundation expand its network and its communications efforts. (Learn more about Eisele)

“The Foundation is very unique because it raises money for public lands, which are accessible to everyone, whether it’s for cross-country skiing, hiking, hunting or fishing,” Eisele said. “This means that everyone—no matter their income—can enjoy these special places. This is so important and I’m committed to helping the Foundation let people know what’s going on with our state’s natural resources.”

Tom Dott has more than 20 years of commercial banking experience. Dott served on the Board of Directors of the Henry Vilas Park Zoological Society and serves in several leadership roles for the United Way of Dane County. He enjoys fishing, spending time on the farmland he and his family bought a year ago and is an avid cyclist. Dott said he is interested in connecting people to nature, especially the Gen. X generations and younger. (Learn more about Dott)

“Organizations need to be cultivating the next generation and carrying that stewardship forward,” Dott said. “It all comes back to awareness not only of the conservation challenges, but also of the unique features that we have in the state—the flora, fauna, geography,

geology and history. I want to be able to really roll up my sleeves and be an ambassador.”

The board’s officers this year are: Board Chair Diane Humphrey Lueck (from Friendship), professor at UW-Stevens Point; Board Vice Chair Martin Henert (from DeForest), retired executive assistant at the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; Board Treasurer Mark LaBarbera (from Hazel Green), CEO of ML& Associates; and Board Secretary Linda Bochert (from Madison), attorney in the Land Resources Practice Area of Michael Best & Friedrich.

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Left photo: Tom Dott (Courtesy of Tom Dott)
Right photo: Tim Eisele (Photo by Bill Arthur)

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin provides sustainable funding for Wisconsin’s most imperiled species and public lands, while helping citizens connect with our state’s unique natural places. Learn more at

Lindsay Renick Mayer
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
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608-266-3138 (office)
202-422-4671 (cell)