Board of Directors
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Tom Boldt (chair)
Leverett Nelson (vice chair)
Buddy Huffaker (president)
Anthony Anella (secretary)
Jerry Smith (treasurer)
J. Drew Lanham
Estella B. Leopold
Anthony Anella was born and raised in Albuquerque and spent his early summers working on farms and ranches in New Mexico. First and foremost he considers himself a conservationist. As principal of Anthony Anella Architecture, an award-winning architecture and planning practice, the professional accomplishment he is most proud of is the protection from development of 30,828 acres of the Montosa Ranch with a conservation easement. This project is profiled in SAVING THE RANCH: Conservation Easement Design in the American West, Island Press (2004), which he co-authored with John B. Wright. In 2008, to diversify his architecture practice, he founded LUMANELLA, a product design company committed to using minimal resources and environmentally sensible materials. Educated at Dartmouth College (Bachelor of Arts in History, 1979) and the University of Colorado (Master of Architecture, 1986), he served as a board member of the New Mexico Land Conservancy from 2004-2012, and currently serves as board secretary of the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Wisconsin.
Joe Arington the Founder and Chairman of Shared Medical Services, a leading supplier of specialized imaging solutions. A native of Nebraska, Joe and his family lived in northern Minnesota before the expanding business brought them to Madison, Wisconsin. Joe’s love of the land inspired him to begin Arington Tree Farm, a 500-acre family adventure near Cambridge, WI. In addition to ALF, Joe is active with the American Forest Foundation, Seno Woodland Education Center, Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association, Wisconsin Tree Farm Committee and Walnut Council. Joe was named the 2009 Wisconsin Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year and the 2013 North Central Region Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year.
Tom Boldt is chief executive officer of The Boldt Company, a national construction services firm founded in 1889. Headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, the Boldt organization is a leader in sustainable, green building processes and practices as well as renewable energy production. Boldt earned his B.A. from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.
Sharon Dunwoody is Evjue-Bascom Professor Emerita in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her long association with the Gaylord Nelson Institute of Environmental Studies at the university has given her the opportunity to work with both students and faculty on a variety of environmental issues. As a scholar, she studies the ways in which individuals use messages to make judgments about science and environmental issues and has both written and co-edited a number of books, including Scientists and Journalists (Free Press, 1986) and Communicating Uncertainty (Earlbaum, 1999) as well as many book chapters and articles. She has served two stints as head of the section on General Interest in Science and Engineering of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is past president of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR) and of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. (AEJMC). She is a Fellow of AAAS, MAPOR, and the Society for Risk Analysis and is the recipient of the Paul J. Deutschmann Award for research excellence from AEJMC, as well as the Hilldale Award for “distinguished professional accomplishments” at UW-Madison.
Dr. Susan Flader is professor emerita at the University of Missouri-Columbia where she taught courses in U.S. Western and environmental history, world environmental history, and the history of Missouri. She has written extensively about Aldo Leopold. In addition to numerous articles she has authored or edited six books, among them Thinking Like a Mountain: Aldo Leopold and the Evolution of an Ecological Attitude Towards Deer, Wolves, and Forests (1974; 1994), The Great Lakes Forest: An Environmental and Social History (1983); The River of the Mother of God and Other Essays by Aldo Leopold with J.B. Callicott (1991); and Exploring Missouri's Legacy: State Parks and Historic Sites (1992). She is past president of the American Society for Environmental History and serves on many other professional and environmental boards and committees.
Wellington "Buddy" Huffaker, IV, joined the Aldo Leopold Foundation over fifteen years ago. As the President and Executive Director, his work ranges from giving talks to fundraising to reviewing financial statements, sometimes all in the same day. Buddy began his work with the organization as an intern in 1996. His academic background is in landscape architecture and plant ecology but more recently his professional development has focused on management and finance. He headed the $7.5 million campaign to construct and endow the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center and, most recently, served as Executive Producer for Green Fire, a documentary film about Aldo Leopold’s life and legacy. Buddy has also been recognized as an Executive Scholar in Not‐for‐Profit Management by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, has participated in the White House Conference on Cooperative Conservation, and was elected to represent the Northeast Region at the US Forest Service’s Centennial Congress. He has contributed to two books, a foreword with Nina Leopold Bradley in Aldo Leopold and the Ecological Conscience, and a chapter in The Farm as a Natural Habitat on assisting private landowners interested in implementing Leopold's 'Land Ethic.' He serves as a leading voice for the role of ethics in the relationships between humans and nature and has addressed audiences across North America on why and how society must develop an ecological conscience.
J. Drew Lanham is a Distinguished Alumni Professor and Certified Wildlife Biologist in the School of Agriculture, Forestry and Environmental Sciences at Clemson University in South Carolina. Drew is an avid birder and hunter and an advocate for all things wild in his home state. He is also a longtime fan of Aldo Leopold and writes about Leopold's influence on his thinking regularly in his blog, Wild and in Color.
Dr. Estella Leopold, youngest daughter of Aldo Leopold, is Emeritus Professor of Botany and past director of the Quaternary Research Center at the University of Washington. Dr. Leopold was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society. Her research interests and publications focus on paleobotany, forest history, restoration ecology, and environmental quality. She studies fossil pollen and spores of the Cenozoic interval with an interest in plant biogeography. Currently she chairs a nonprofit group, Farming and the Environment in Washington state. Most recently, Dr. Leopold was awarded the prestigious Cosmos Prize for her life work in conservation.
Dr. Gene E. Likens, Distinguished Senior Scientist, Ecologist, Founding Director and President Emeritus of the Institute of Ecosystem Studies* (institutional name change in 2007 to Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies), Ph.D., 1962, University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Likens' research focuses on the ecology and biogeochemistry of forest and aquatic ecosystems, primarily through long-term studies at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He was the co-founder of the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in 1963, which has shed light on critical links between ecosystem function and land-use practices. He and his colleagues were the first scientists to discover acid rain in North America and to document the link between the combustion of fossil fuels and an increase in the acidity of precipitation in North America. His findings have influenced politicians and policy makers, guided and motivated scientific studies, and increased public awareness of human-accelerated environmental change. On 29 April 2006, Dr. Likens was elected to be a member of the American Philosophical Society, having previously been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1981) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1979). On 11 June 2003, the Asahi Glass Foundation announced that Dr. Likens was a co-recipient of the 2003 Blue Planet Prize for outstanding scientific research that helps to solve global environmental problems. Dr. Likens was awarded the distinction along with Dr. F. H. Bormann, his long-term collaborator in the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study in New Hampshire. The Asahi Glass Foundation aspires for the Blue Planet Prize to be recognized as the environmental equivalent of the Nobel Prize. In 2002 he was awarded the 2001 National Medal of Science, the nation's highest science honor, for his contributions to the field of ecology.
Jed Meunier is a research scientist within the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in collaboration with the University of Minnesota studying forest and fire ecology. He attributes the origins of his interest in fire ecology in part to his experiences helping conduct prescribed burns with the Aldo Leopold Foundation as an intern in 2000-2001. Jed has not lacked sources for inspiration however; his mentors and role models include his grandmother, Nina Leopold Bradley, and her siblings. Jed returned to Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters after having completed his dissertation at Colorado State University. His dissertation research was on fire ecology in northern Mexico aimed at guiding forest management and restoration in northern Mexico and the U.S. southwest, very much in line with what Aldo Leopold had himself promoted seven decades prior. Thus Jed's course, both personally and academically, is very much entwined with the mission and legacy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.
Robert Morrison is the chairman of Community First Bank, based in Boscobol, Wisconsin. He began his career with Continental Bank in Chicago, including six years of management in Europe, and has been involved with financial services in Southwest Wisconsin through Community First Bank for the last twenty years. Bob has also been involved with the Chicago Economic Development Corporation, Conill Bank in Vienna, and Urban Gateways in Chicago. His interests include aviation, travel, skiing, and biking.
Leverett (Rett) Nelson currently teaches environmental law at Loyola University in Chicago, and is a past Adjunct Professor of Environmental Law at the DePaul University College of Law. He is a member of the Bar in both Colorado and Illinois, having obtained his law degree from the University of Colorado. He is also a supervising attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Regional Counsel, Region 5 in Chicago. His office represents EPA in numerous civil and criminal enforcement matters under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, Superfund, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and other legal authorities. Rett credits his step-father Luna Leopold (Aldo's second son) with his deep interest in environmental issues.
George S. Nolte, Jr. is president & CEO of Nolte and Associates, Inc., a 450-person full-service engineering firm that provides engineering, planning, surveying, and program management services. Nolte Associates is headquartered in Sacramento, California and has 13 offices within California, Colorado, Utah, and Mexico. George first began working for (at the time) George S. Nolte Consulting Civil Engineer and Land Surveyor in the mid-fifties for summer employment as a blue print operator supporting the office design staff. After completing his Bachelors of Science degree in Civil Engineering, he continued working as a field surveyor and eventually in the office in a design and planning capacity. His current role and responsibility as president of Nolte and Associates is a position he has held since 1982 when the firm had less than 100 employees. Mr. Nolte’s professional affiliations and public service participation include the World Presidents Organization, Chief Executive Organization, Water Education Foundation, and the Urban Land Institute. He has served on the ULI board since 1970 at held the following position: Chair Development Infrastructure and Services Council; Assistant Chair Environmental Task Force; Chair Sacramento Region District Council. As an avid outdoorsman Mr. Nolte has served on the Delta Waterfowl Foundation board since 1997 and enjoys hiking, kayaking, fly fishing, and skiing.
Jerry Smith is Chairman and Founder of First Business Financial Services, Inc. Founded in 1990, First Business Financial Services has assets in excess of $1.1 billion as of December 31, 2009. First Business Financial Services has subsidiary companies specializing in business banking, equipment finance, asset-based commercial finance, trust and investment services. He serves on numerous boards of directors and committees including SECURA Insurance and CTI Paper Company.
Trish Stevenson knew when she was 12 years old that she wanted to be a metalsmith. As a child, her nearest neighbor was a classically trained English metalsmith, and from her, Stevenson learned the true value of craftsmanship. Today, her jewelry designs subtly and almost unconsciously evoke, but do not overstate, botanical and geologic forms. Stevenson considers herself a collector of techniques and has acquired mastery of many of them: raising, forging, stone setting, and construction. Her work is defined by the evocative nature of her designs and an abiding insistence on impeccable craftsmanship.
John Wright worked professionally in the area of water conservation and efficiency via a national web based information exchange program. In addition, he has been actively involved with numerous conservation issues and environmental organizations within Colorado for more years than he cares to admit. John has been involved with ALF for many years prior to his appointment to the Board.