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What's New in 2019?

Member SinceNameYears of ServiceDiv/Bureau
JanuaryAndy Morton36Water

From: Cole, Preston D - DNR
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2019 2:31 PM
Subject: Leadership Announcement

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Greetings DNR colleagues,

As your Secretary, one of my first priorities is to fill Department Leadership Team positions so that your leaders can get to work for you and for the public. I am happy to announce the following appointments to the Department Leadership Team:

Elizabeth Kluesner
DNR Deputy Secretary

Elizabeth Kluesner has agreed to join me in serving DNR as part of the Executive Leadership Team, in the role of Deputy Secretary. Elizabeth is currently DNR’s liaison to local and federal government. She has held several positions at DNR, including Business Project Coordinator, 11 years as the agency’s Legislative Liaison, and one year as Executive Assistant to Secretary Scott Hassett. She served for 4 1/2 years as Kathleen Falk’s Director of Policy and Program Development for Dane County, where her primary duties focused on land acquisition, recreation, land use and transportation planning. Elizabeth has also served as President of the Junior League of Madison and as a board member of the Groundswell Conservancy Land Trust. Elizabeth is originally from Madison, Wisconsin, and holds a B. S. and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Cheryl Heilman
Chief Legal Counsel

Cheryl Heilman has accepted the position of Chief Legal Counsel. Cheryl has been with the department since 2011, and has been serving as a Deputy Chief Counsel in the Bureau of Legal Services. An experienced attorney, Cheryl previously worked for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, a federal court monitor, a criminal justice nonprofit, a private law firm and as a law clerk to US District Court and Court of Appeals judges. Cheryl is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Fred Souba
Forestry Division Administrator

I have asked Fred Souba to continue to serve as Administrator of the Division of Forestry and Wisconsin’s Chief Forester. Fred was originally appointed to this position in 2016. Prior to that he had an extensive career in the forest industry, including owner and Senior Consultant of ProVision Forestry LLC, Vice President of Wood Supply and Sustainability for NewPage Corporation and served as chair of the Wisconsin Council on Forestry for seven years. Fred graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Forest Management and Administration.

Doug Haag
Internal Services Division Administrator

Doug Haag has also agreed to continue serving as Administrator for the Division of Internal Services. Doug began working for DNR in 1986, served as Chief of the Real Estate Section and then Real Estate Director prior to his appointment as Division Administrator in 2016. He also worked for Dane County Parks Department from 1990 to 2000. Doug has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Geography.

I will announce additional appointments as they are made.

Please welcome these members of your Department Leadership Team.

Thank you,

Preston D. Cole
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S Webster Street, Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-267-7556

January 2019

Andy Morton retired in September of 2018 after a 36 year career with WDNR. He began working for WDNR in the Central office in the Acid Rain and Air Management Section, where he worked for six years until he moved to the Southern Region as the non-point Source Coordinator. Duties included serving as the Watershed Coordinator for the Region, as well as coordinating grants to counties, and serving as the Regions front line for dealing with non-point complaints from cities and farmers. For the last 17 years of his career, he served as the Region's Water Program Runoff Supervisor. Since retiring, Andy continues to enjoy playing his several acoustical mandolins, which he also builds as a hobby, and also enjoys flyfishing.