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Board of Directors

Dr. Barry Hartup, President

Barry recently retired from the International Crane Foundation after serving as the Director of Conservation Medicine since 2000. 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.

Amy Workman

Amy Workman is a lifelong learner and educator dedicated to connecting youth and adults with science and the natural world. She has 20 years of experience as a public school teacher and environmental educator in formal and non-formal settings, including nature centers, parks, and schools.  She is Director for Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center and has worked summers as a naturalist at Devils Lake State Park and served on the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education Board of Directors. She and her husband enjoy trail running, fat tire biking, rock climbing, canoeing, morel mushroom hunting, and bird watching in the Baraboo Range. 

Dr. Robert Rolley Treasurer

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 15 years ago and since his retirement in 2017 has enjoyed kayaking, photography and assisting local NGOs with land management activities. 

Dr. 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. He has been teaching Biology courses at the UW-Baraboo campus.  He and his students are important partners with BRPA in our efforts to restore the campus oak woodland site while also caring for the outdoor classroom that they helped build. Recently David was elected as a City of Baraboo Alderman, interested in promoting a sustainable community of balanced growth combined with energy conservation.

Jill Ellinwood

Jill has lived on the edge of Devil’s Lake State Park property in the heart of the Baraboo Range for the past 30 years, developing a great love for walking the woods and fields. It is a reliable source of solace and wellbeing for her. She is a mental health professional but a naturalist at heart. The experience of wandering the same lands over and over again falling in love with the geological formations, the history both recent and long past, the flora and fauna, the spring ephemerals, the moths, the frogs, the fungi and so on. She endeavors to grasp the embodiment of how it all fits together "since this treasured land needs our respect and stewardship in this moment and for our planet’s future."

Marlys Greenhalgh

Marlys retired from working as a Visual Arts Instructor quite motivated to devote time to producing fine art. I have realized this dream with expres­sionist woodcut printmaking and impressionist oil paintings that reflect my passion for life and nature. She and her husband Bill have lived at their home surrounded by fourteen acres in the Baraboo Range for 29 years where they raised four sons. She finds inspiration for life and creating art locally in the outdoors often painting ‘en plein air’, hiking, biking and kayaking with a camera, to return with my easel and paints. She strives to enjoy life to the fullest, creating an inviting home for my family and friends. 

Jerome Mercer

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.  Jerome recently "retired" in 2023, but remains are invaluable legal advisor on conservation easement law. 

Ralph Middlecamp

Third 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 the keeper of our history on the happy hill as our longest serving board member.

Larry Phelps

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 Master of the Bluffs a.k.a. 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.

Jane Hawley Stevens

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. She was named the 2020 Organic Farmer of the Year.

Arnie Utzinger

Arnie grew up on a farm just south of Baraboo, and spent many summer days biking over to Devil's Lake with a gang of his country grade school classmates for lots of swimming plus play along the close-by trails.  After dental school at Marquette University he then happily returned to his hometown for a 42 year stint at Dental Associates of Baraboo.  His retirement years now include countless hours of hikes at Devil's Lake and the surrounding bluffs of the Baraboo Range.  Yes, even an occasional swim to rekindle those childhood memories.  

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