Board of Directors
Carol Fleishauer, President
Carol is now in her second year of steering our land trust. The Baraboo native has a bachelor’s degree in English from UW-La Crosse and a master’s degree in Library Science from UW-Madison. She spent her career working at university libraries in Wisconsin, Vermont, California and Massachusetts. An avid hiker, Carol was drawn back to the area in 2007 by the beauty of the hills and the predominance of environmental organizations. She joined the BRPA Board in 2014.
Dr. Barry Hartup, Treasurer
Barry joined the International Crane Foundation in 2000 as the Director of Conservation Medicine. He has a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Health from Cornell University. Building upon fond memories of time spent at Devils Lake State Park on college field trips, Barry can often be found bicycling throughout the Range while enjoying its wildlife, beautiful vistas, and welcoming communities.
Jennell is a retired Madison Public librarian who, along with her husband Mark, spends many weekends at their property in Freedom Township. They have a small cabin there where they enjoy the scenery while watching birds during the day and wait for the bats to appear in the evening. Living part time in the country has given them the opportunity to engage in natural history study and land conservation management, including converting a brome field into tall grass prairie and reviving oaks in our woods by thinning trees and conducting woodland burns
Second year President of the National Society for St. Vincent de Paul and retired Executive Director of St. Vincent de Paul Madison, Ralph frequently retreats to the Baraboo Bluffs to recharge and relax on the landscape, where he spends time managing his forested property. Ralph is our longest serving board member.
Larry Phelps, Vice President
Larry moved to the Baraboo Hills with his wife Jan in 1972 after finishing a graduate degree at UW-Madison. He is a biology professor emeritus of the UW-Baraboo where he taught for 33 years. Along with Ken Lange, Larry has been involved with evaluating and establishing "baseline" data for the flora and fauna on many of BRPA's conservation easement properties. He enjoys gardening and cooking maple syrup on the farm.
David Olson, Secretary
David grew up in Minneapolis and moved to Wisconsin in 1991 to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison where his degree work involved Zoology and Conservation. Most recently he has been teaching Introductory Biology courses with the UW-Colleges, David is now at UW-Baraboo where he had the honor of teaching the first class in the new science building. He and his students are important partners with BRPA in our efforts to restore the campus white oak woodland site.
Retired naturalist at Devil's Lake State Park, Ken is the author of many definitive books that encompass his years of exploring, documenting and interpreting this amazing landscape and the people who live here. His latest work, Song of Place, is a "must have" for anyone wishing to learn about the natural history of the Baraboo Hills. Ken still enjoys wandering the bluffs with kindred spirits, often joining us on our Friday Night Hikes.
Jerome has lived in Wisconsin since 1969 when he arrived from Tallahassee, Florida, to attend graduate school at UW-Madison. Since 1975 He has practiced law in the Baraboo firm now known as Cross, Jenks, Mercer & Maffei LLP. Jerome and his wife Karen, a recently retired RN, enjoy kayaking the Baraboo River, biking the Baraboo Bluffs, and when there is snow, cross country skiing at Mirror Lake State Park.
Robert grew up in southern California. He obtained his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of California-Davis, his M.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from Oklahoma State University-Stillwater. He worked 9 years with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and 25 years with the Wisconsin DNR. Robert moved to the Baraboo area about 10 years ago and since his retirement in 2017 has enjoyed kayaking, photography and assisting local NGOs with land management activities.
Jane Hawley Stevens
Jane recently re-joined the board having served from 1994- 2012. Jane moved to the bluffs in 1991 to continue to grow her herbal wellness line, Four Elements Organic Herbals, on a 130 acre certified organic hilltop farm. Her mission is to connect people to their well-being through Nature. She teaches on this subject locally and nationally and is happy to incorporate this BRPA service into her mission.
Terrence stepped down as our President in 2016 after a distinguished six year term. For twenty-one years he and his wife practiced as McCormick + McCormick, architecture / interior design in Rockford, Illinois. In 2005 Terrence and Barbara moved full-time to their property on Durward’s Glen Road and in 2007 entered into a protective conservation easement with BRPA. The majority of the property is managed forest, with a small amount of agricultural and restored prairie land. His family connection to the area dates back to the very early 1900s. He now enjoys emeritus status and a well earned rest in which to brush up on bird identification.