About Us

The Waukesha County Green Team is a voluntary organization of Waukesha County residents who care about the environment in which we live and raise our families. We are concerned about the quality of our water, our food, the air we breath, and preserving the phenomenal natural resources, abundant in our County. We believe that Waukesha County will continue to be a great place to live for years in the future if we continue to educate ourselves on the wise use of our resources and take action to preserve those resources for today and future generations.
 
The Waukesha County Green Team is not affiliated with Waukesha County government.   

Waukesha County Green Team Mission Statement
 

Green Team Directors 




Stacey Balsley
[President]
Since college I have worked and volunteered for environmental organizations.  I have provided stewardship to remote preserves in NC, worked in and explored Yellowstone and Denali National Parks.  Experiencing undisturbed back country wilderness in WY, TX, MT, MN, MI and WI inspires me to pay it back by doing whatever I can here in Waukesha County to preserve what's left of our natural beauty, flora, fauna and resources.  My husband and I planted the majority of our residence in prairie.  We made prairie propagation choices based on lots of research and volunteering for other prairie restoration projects.  Together, we have spent over 50 years building and maintaining the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in WI, are avid composters and outdoor enthusiasts.
 



Nathaniel Giannini [Treasurer]
Nate is a recent graduate from Carroll University with a BS in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology of Sustainability. He is currently on the job search in the law enforcement field but his goal is to become a Conservation Warden in Wisconsin or the surrounding Midwest in the future. He currently works as a Firefighter/Paramedic with the City of New Berlin Fire Department and has worked as a Firefighter/EMT and treasurer with the Tichigan Volunteer Fire Company in the past. He is also a US Army Veteran. Nate is a recent hunter and a lifelong outdoorsman. Nate is someone that really appreciates and enjoys the environment that has been provided to us and strives to promote sustainability and good environmental practices locally and around the world. Being a part of the Green Team is one of Nate’s first steps to a hopeful long career in protecting the environment so future generations can enjoy it as much as he does.


Joanna Salinas [Outreach Coordinator]  is a life-long resident of Waukesha County, currently residing in Mukwonago. Passionate about environmental issues since childhood, Joanna was thrilled to find the Waukesha County Green Team in 2014 while completing her Bachelor of Science degree in Sustainable Management from UW-Stout. As a Board member, Joanna is currently serving as Outreach Coordinator and is excited to raise public awareness on environmental issues in the greater Waukesha community.


Robert Molthen is a founding member of the Waukesha County Green Team (WCGT) with a passion for environmental issues. Dr. Molthen is a biomedical engineer with expertise in medical imaging and computer applications, serving as a faculty member at Marquette University and whose vocation is developing magnetic resonance imaging systems at General Electric. He is a long-time member of a number of professional engineering, scientific, and environmental organizations, including the Environmental Defense Fund, Union of Concerned Scientists, League of Conservation voters, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. He envisions necessary partnerships between the environmental community, local businesses, educational institutions, and governments in order to address sustainability, social equity, and economic development.  He strives to provide guidance on health, transportation, education, energy, water, and food to influence tong-term environmental policies and management. 




In Memoriam



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Debra Schneider
[Vice President] Debra is a community advocate and mentor with a focus on spirituality and integral ecology including issues of poverty, peace and the environment. Her emphasis is community education and cultural transition. Debra’s background is in marketing and program consulting. She has a certificate in permaculture design, is a Southeastern Wisconsin Master Gardner, and has masters in Theology from Marquette. She and her husband Paul, enjoy the outdoors, community gardening, and organically growing their own food including raising chickens and keeping bees.


Erica Schueller [Secretary]
    A resident of Waukesha County since 2013, I share a lifelong interest of helping to maintain a world that can be shared with and preserved for future generations.
    The Waukesha County Green Team has helped me understand more about sustainable actions I can take and promote to make the community I live in a better place. I encourage others; if you want to see change, get involved!
    An avid composter and rain barrel enthusiast, I enjoy maintaining my (small) vegetable garden and learning about new methods I can adopt as a homeowner and community member to lessen my impact on the environment.
    I live in Pewaukee with my husband and son. 


Brian Walsh [President Emeritus ] is a founding member of the Waukesha County Green Team and a life long resident of Waukesha County, currently residing in Wales.  He also owns a small scientific equipment manufacturing business in Hartland.   Brian has a B.S. degree in bacteriology from UW-Madison and an M.B.A. in marketing from UW-Whitewater.  He has many years of experience as an R&D molecular biologist, marketer, and executive in Wisconsin-based life science companies.   Brian considers himself to be an average resident when it comes to environmental awareness and habits but is proactively learning and worki ng to make incremental improvements in his impact. His environmental interests include restoring prairie and other natural habitats, using fresh local ingredients to prepare stellar meals, finding new ways to penny pinch on utility expenses, redefining “progress” in our communities, and dreaming about a vast network of interconnected bike trails in Waukesha County. 


David Wolken
has a life-long interest in preserving the environment and teaching others how to enjoy nature in a responsible manner. He is an Outdoors Skills Instructor and Leave No Trace trainer and has organized and led multiple hiking and backpacking events in the Mid-West and the West. David has been a gardener since childhood and is a Master Gardener. He has worked extensively with non-profits, particularly those serving the homeless and disadvantaged. He was a founding member of NW Waukesha County’s largest volunteer organization, helped establish a community garden supporting local food pantries and meal sites, and envisioned and created a Children’s Free Library at the Hope Center which provides over a thousand books monthly to Waukesha County youth. As a member of the Waukesha County Green team he is a coordinator, along with Debra Schneider, of the Permaculture and Gardening Group, which presents six monthly gardening-related programs each year. David has a BS in Mass Communications and a MS in Advertising from the University of Illinois. He established advertising, marketing, graphics and publishing firms. A past local elected official, he has extensive experience integrating private, non-profit and governmental activities and programs.
 
Subpages (1): WCGT Mission Statement