WCGT Speakers Bureau

A number of speakers covering various topics are available for appearance in connection with the Waukesha County Green Team. If you are interested in having one of the following speakers appear at or participate in an event, please contact us at: info@waukeshacountygreenteam.org. 

Bailey Brown & Erika Noble
Topics - Alternative fuels (biodiesel, hydrogen, ethanol, electricity, natural gas, and propane), alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, alternative fuel stations, Eco-driving, and idle reduction and efficiency. 

Bio -
Bailey & Erika are the Program Associates for Wisconsin Clean Cities (WCC) whose primary duties are to plan and attend outreach and education events on alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicles across the state. They also promote the Wisconsin Smart Fleet Program, the Eco-Driving Training Course for Over-the-Road Class 8 Trucks, and the EV Task Force. Bailey graduated from Carroll University with a BA in Business Administration with an Emphasis on Management and a Minor in Accounting. Erika graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BA in Conservation and Environmental Studies and a BA in Sociology.​

Lisa Geason-Bauer
Topics - Green marketing/environmental communication, green printing, local food, what constitutes a "sustainable business", free programs available in WI for businesses engaging in sustainability actions

Bio - Lisa Geason-Bauer is President of Evolution Marketing, llc an Oconomowoc based green marketing and environmental communication firm. Evolution Marketing was founded in 2008, over the last five years the firm has worked with a diversity of businesses and organizations across several different genres of “green.” Fields of "green" which Evolution Marketing has worked within include; renewable energy, alternative vehicles, green buildings, alternative health and wellness, local food, environmentally responsible products for landscaping, resource management/resource diversion (recycling and composting). To learn more about Evolution Marketing go to www.evmkting.com .
 
Brian Gifford
Topics - Water resources, organic gardening, and educational gardens

Bio - For seven years, Brian worked in the field of environmental education for children and youth, including two years as Education Director at Nature’s Classroom Institute of Wisconsin.  He uses games, hands-on activities, and nature interpretation to educate small and large groups on biology, ecology, agriculture, and natural resource management.  Brian has also managed three educational organic gardens, from one quarter to three acres in size.  Each of the gardens grew food for institutional kitchens.  Additionally, Brian spent three years of his career in the field of advocacy, lobbying, and government relations, focusing on issues related to water resources, environmental quality, agriculture, and land use planning.  Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Watershed Management from Pennsylvania State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree.    


Rebecca Mattano
Topics: Materials Recycling Facility Tours & Presentations (program variations for everyone): 
Learn more the 3R’s (and the 4th) through a tour (or meeting the Wise Tree of Recycling) and talk at the Waukesha County Materials Recycling Facility. Find out interesting facts and statistics as well as the where your recyclables go. **Tours are for 6th grade-adult**
Vermicomposting (program variations for everyone): Children’s Program: Learn another great method of recycling – composting! We will talk about nature’s ultimate recyclers, worms, and vermicomposting. Children will be able to touch, learn about, and feed our worms as well as find cool “decomposer” bugs.  As part of the program children will make a recycled, biodegradable seed pot that they will plant to take home! We will challenge children to learn about all items that can be recycled and actions everyone can take to become more environmentally-friendly at home!
Adult Program: Learn another great method of recycling – composting!  This program will offer all the basics to get your started vermicomposting.  There will be step by step instructions for building a bin, feeding, and harvesting as well as how to avoiding issues.   There will be handouts provided to take home as well as a demonstration on building and harvest bins.

Bio -
Rebecca Mattano holds a Master’s of Science in Natural Resources and is the Solid Waste Supervisor with Waukesha County. She has also been teaching Environmental Science part-time at Carroll University since 2005 and was the Community Garden Coordinator. Rebecca brings a diverse realm of experience with her to all presentations through her teaching, business, and volunteer experiences. Her goal is to provide education on ways to reduce waste and increase recycling rates as she views recycling as a way to solve problems and create opportunities. Rebecca is an active member of the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin and acts as a liaison for community organizations and municipalities in Waukesha County.


Jerry Medinger
Topics - Air quality, Air emission sources & controls, Air Monitoring, Alternative fuels, Vehicle technologies, Clean Air Choices.

Bio - Jerry is currently the manager of the clean fuels & vehicle technologies program for the American Lung Association Wisconsin.  He has many years of experience in vehicle emissions, alternative fuel programs and air quality monitoring.  He has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation as a Program and Policy Analyst in the Wisconsin Vehicle Inspection Program.  That work began in 1984.  He later worked at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as the Manager of the Clean Fuel Fleet Program where he was responsible for implementation of that low emission and alternative fuel vehicle federal program.  Most recently, Jerry was the regional supervisor at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources responsible for a variety of programs including the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air, Stage 2 Vapor Recovery.


Cindy Rasmussen
Topics - Composting, Raising Poultry, Poultry Health and Disease

Bio - Cindy is an agricultural research scientist with a deep interest in sustainable living. She participates in the research of healthy microbial communities from within the soil to within the animal. This research includes the use of microbes as a natural replacement for antibiotics and pesticides used in many areas of agriculture today. Cindy’s interests include organic gardening, permaculture, food preservation, hiking, and distance running. However, her deepest love is raising chickens. She raises rare, heritage breeds of poultry and has volunteered as a 4-H poultry leader for over 10 years. Cindy strives to teach the public the benefits of composting and is working on her master composter certification with a focus on vermiculture. As a board member of the Waukesha Country Green Team, she holds the position of secretary. Cindy has a BS in animal physiology and is currently applying to graduate school to obtain a MS in environmental engineering.


Debra Schneider
Topics - permaculture, community gardening, organic gardening, environmental justice related to communities/food and water, and facilitator for group dynamics and process change.

Bio - Debra’s environmental interests include sustainable living/ permaculture, and spirituality and the environment.  Debra provides interactive youth programs on various aspects of gardening She initiated awareness for and the development of a local community garden to serve food pantries and actively incorporates permaculture principles into her rural suburban landscape - including keeping chickens and bees.  Her background is in business, organization, consulting, and social advocacy. Debra is a Master Gardener has a design certificate in Permaculture from Midwest Permaculture, a BBA in marketing from UW Whitewater, and a M.A. in theology from Marquette University.
 



Meribeth Sullivan
Topics:
Recycling presentation
The 3 R’s: Not Just for Elementary School Anymore!  Expect to be amazed by recycling factoids, national numbers, neighborhood “how-tos” and more on the local, state and national level! See a video of our recycling facility in action! Go home understanding the system and having all your questions answered.

Composting:  
Rot is Hot!  Learn how to compost, or how to improve your current composting efforts!  Find out the hows, whys, advantages, uses and more in a fun & entertaining fashion.

Organic Lawn Care
Can you have a good looking lawn without pesticides and herbicides?  YES!  The latest approaches are all about feeding the soil and creating the best growing medium for the biggest crop in America: the LAWN.

Green Cleaning:  
What smells “clean”?  Bleach?  Ammonia?  We strive to keep our homes & workplaces healthy by using chemicals that are toxic. Is THAT healthy? Is there another way?  Find out what common household ingredients—nontoxic—can be used to keep your home healthy, clean and safe.  Find out what really works and has been approved for cleaning public places as well. Find out which products on the market pass the “green” mark.  (presentation or workshop with “Make & Take” cleaning products-would probably need more than 45 min. to make them, however.)

Bio - Meribeth Sullivan has been a Recycling Specialist for Waukesha County for over 10 years doing education and outreach, school and business recycling assistance and compost education.  She uses her environmental education background and teaching degree, along with Master Gardener training, to educate residents about best practices for natural and organic lawn care and composting to reduce waste and conserve clean water and healthy soil.
Meribeth has served on the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) Board of Directors, is an active member and former co-chair of the AROW Organics & Composting Committee and currently co-chairs the AROW Education Committee.  In 2010, she completed training & passed the written examination at the Midwest Extension Composting School at the UW-Madison Agricultural Field Station.


David Wolken
Topics - Community Gardens, small space urban gardens, creating and maintaining local initiatives in a non-profit environment, teaching leadership to adults and youth through hands-on outdoor activities, publicity and marketing for non-profits.

Bio - David 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.

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