The Council


Heather Hasenstein
SCIP Coordinator

Heather has been the graphic designer for the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association (USRWA) for many years, and is now adding to that the title of Communications/Membership Coordinator for them, as well as SCIP’s Coordinator. Heather’s passion for nature led her to do graphic design work primarily for local environmental non-profits. She couldn’t bring herself to design for groups that she wasn’t passionate about, or groups that were actively polluting the environment, and was thrilled to find there was a need for her skills in the environmental arena. Her past experience as a Membership Coordinator has also proved very helpful. She combines these skills to keep information flowing between groups in an attractive and easily digestible way, and to get volunteers interested and motivated. She loves informing people about the plants and animals around them, and helping people to identify invasive species and eliminate or control them. If you bump into Heather in the field you will probably find her bent over studying a plant or insect, or with her eyes straining skyward to identify a bird overhead.


Matt Wallrath
SCIP Council Member

Matt is happy to continue his career as a conservationist with the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association. A Milwaukee born and Wisconsin educated ecologist, he started working in the environmental field in the Pacific Northwest when he served two terms as an AmeriCorps member doing wetland habitat restoration with the Washington Conservation Corps. After time as a Crew Supervisor with the Washington State Department of Ecology he moved to Orcas Island in the Salish Sea to teach outdoor education. On Orcas, he owned and operated his own landscape contractor company, Wallrath Fruit and Forest. Matt is proud to have helped found the Orcas Island Youth Conservation Corps, and to have served as an appointed Commissioner for the San Juan County Land Bank.

Matt returned to Wisconsin in 2016 to be closer to family and to pursue higher education. He completed a professional M.S. in Environmental Conservation in August 2018 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nelson Institute. He most recently worked as the statewide Organisms in Trade Outreach Coordinator / Regulation Specialist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. When not at work you will find Matt teaching modern board games, on the ultimate Frisbee field, hiking, canoeing, and playing the tuba.

Ron French

SCIP Council Member

Mark Horn

SCIP Council Member

Jason Neton

SCIP Council Member

Jason moved to New Glarus with his family in 2014 seeking a home rooted in the countryside and opportunities to volunteer and participate with organizations dedicated to the environment and ecological issues.   Jason has a degree in Microbiology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has worked in genetic research and professional brewing during his career.   He has been a member of the Town of New Glarus Parks Commission since 2018 and is an avid member of the Prairie Enthusiasts.