WI Land+Water Staff

We have seven staff members in our Madison office, but the entire organization includes the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, eight committees & area associations, advisors, and many volunteers who all collaborate together to progress towards our mission.

Matt Krueger, Executive Director

Matt Krueger has led WI Land+Water since 2018, and considers it a privilege to do so. He lives in Madison with his wife, daughter, and dog. He spends as much time as possible fishing, hunting, paddling, birding, and hiking in the woods and waters of the great state of Wisconsin. He is a proud Badger twice over, holding a B.S. in Communications and a M.S. in Water Resources Management, both from UW-Madison.

matt [at] wisconsinlandwater [dot] org

Christina Anderson, Program Manager

Christina Anderson helps the association explore new initiatives and assists with event planning. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UW – Eau Claire in Geology and a Master’s degree from UW – Madison in Water Resources Management. In her free time, Christina enjoys traveling, camping, paddling, and hiking with her husband, two kids, and dog.

christina [at] wisconsinlandwater [dot] org

Kate Brunner, Standards Oversight Council Program Manager

Kate comes to us with 20 years of private sector environmental consulting experience, working on soil and groundwater contamination issues. She started her career in the Milwaukee area, took a 14-year detour to New York and is now back in Wisconsin with her husband and 2 energetic boys to be closer to family and nature. She has now pivoted her career toward conservation advocacy. Kate initially worked with WI Land+Water in 2017 on the Food, Land and Water Project and has returned to the association full-time as Program Manager for the Standards Oversight Council. For fun, Kate enjoys cooking, reading, biking, running, hiking, and spending time with her family.

kate [at] wisconsinlandwater [dot] org

Isabelle Paulsen, Communications Intern

Isabelle works to curate several biweekly e-newsletters that are distributed to our members in addition to assisting Youth Education Program outreach efforts and supporting WI Land+Water Staff. She is currently in her final year earning a Bachelor's degree from UW-Madison in Anthropology and Environmental Studies. She has always appreciated being outside and loves taking the opportunity to walk, hike, camp, and scuba dive whenever possible.

intern [at] wisconsinlandwater [dot] org

Penny Pohle, Conservation Training & Membership Services Manager

Penny Pohle joined WI Land+Water to coordinate membership services, work with the state area associations, maintain statewide directory of county staff and land conservation committees, and coordinate training for conservation staff and officials. Prior to her position at WI Land+Water, Penny worked for nearly 20 years at the Sauk County Conservation, Planning, and Zoning Department (formerly Land Conservation Department), with primary duties in education/event planning and coordinating recycling programs. In her free time, Penny enjoys Badger football and basketball games, biking, boating, disc golfing, and family activities.

penny [at] wisconsinlandwater [dot] org

Chris Schlutt, Training & Events Manager

Chris has been with the association since 2000 and assists in the development and implementation of its training program, which includes planning and executing the annual conference and working with the Statewide Interagency Training Committee. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Western Michigan University and a Master's of Arts degree in Environmental Planning from the University of Toledo. Chris enjoys spending her time reading, biking, home food preserving, working at Heartland Farm Sanctuary, and spending time outdoors with her husband and dog.

chris [at] wisconsinlandwater [dot] org

Kristin Teston, Communications Manager

Kristin manages communication and outreach efforts for WI Land+Water. She comes to us from the University of Mississippi, where she did doctoral work in environmental humanities and oversaw publications and event planning for a university research center. Kristin earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the University of Southern Mississippi. Hailing from rural Mississippi, the conservation of natural resources has always been important to Kristin, and she’s excited to tell the stories of the innovative work happening in Wisconsin. She enjoys exploring the state parks and kayaking with her fiancé and their dog. They also have three cats who prefer to enjoy the outdoors from the comfort of a windowsill.

kristin [at] wisconsinlandwater [dot] org

Kim Warkentin, Operations Manager/Youth Education Director

Kim manages the operations of the organization and directs the Youth & Education Committee focusing on programs geared toward educating youth on conservation through the Wisconsin Envirothon, Conservation Poster & Speaking contest, and Youth Conservation Camps. Kim has a diverse background in managing issue advocacy campaigns working on issues such as parks, schools, and the Tillamook Rainforest to name a few and has managed numerous non-profit organizations, grassroots coalitions, and campaigns. Kim has a degree in Journalism from the University of Iowa. Kim has served on the Fitchburg Resource Conservation Commission since 2015 where she focuses on conservation, sustainably and recycling issues for the City of Fitchburg. Outside of the office, Kim enjoys organic gardening, canning, and making organic skin care products. She enjoys spending time attending her son's many sporting events, exploring parks, hiking and canoeing with her husband, son, and dog.

kim [at] wisconsinlandwater [dot] org