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Professional Improvement Committee

The Professional Improvement Committee's (PIC's) main function is to develop and implement an annual conference. This includes selecting the site, developing agendas, scheduling presenters, advertising the event, and all other activities associated with carrying out a successful conference. The PIC also promotes and judges the Conservation Awards.  View our Guiding Principles.  Our most recent meeting was a conference call on October 5. View the agenda.

Members include:

Dale Konkol, Door County SWCD, Chair
Lisa Burns, Washburn County LWCD, Vice Chair
Patty Benedict, Portage County LCD, Secretary
Greg Cleereman, Marinette County LWCD
Karsen Gosh, Sheboygan County Planning & Conservation Dept. 

Kelly Maginnis, Columbia County LWCD
Chris Murphy, Rock County LCD
Tony Reali, Calumet County LWCD
Kerrie Wheeler, Juneau County LWRD

Dan O'Connell, Portage County LCD, Technical Committee Representative, Paul Sebo, Washington County (alternate)
Geoff Schramm, Ozaukee County LWMD
Chris Schlutt, WI Land+Water Staff
Jim VandenBrook, WI Land+Water Staff
Kim Warkentin, WI Land+Water Staff

Agency Advisors:  Corinne Johnson, DNR; John Exo, UW-Extension; Lori Van Hulle, NRCS; and Coreen Fallat, DATCP

The PIC also coordinates a Member Scholarship program. Training scholarships are designed to help cover the expenses of WI Land+Water members who would otherwise be unable to afford a particular professional improvement or leadership training program. Click here to view scholarship information; this is also available as a Word document.

Please send scholarship applications to:
Patty Benedict, Administrative Secretary 
WI Land+Water Scholarship Coordinator 
Portage County LCD, 1462 Strongs Avenue 
Stevens Point WI 54481 
715-346-1334 / benedictpj@co.portage.wi.us 

Please contact the PIC Chair if you would like more information or are interested in serving on this committee.

Past meeting minutes:

January 20, 2015
April 6, 2015
July 22, 2015
September 30, 2015
December 1, 2015
April 27, 2016
August 9, 2016
October 19, 2016 
January 27, 2017
April 25, 2017
August 15, 2017