Waukesha County Green Team Mission Statement
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.
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]
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.