OUR VISION

The Friends of Wehr believe that every person deserves to have access to nature year round. As the nonprofit partner of the Wehr Nature Center, the Friends of Wehr supports Wehr’s mission of inspiring current and future generations to explore and value the natural world.

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OUR HISTORY

THE IMPACT

Our over 1000 members help us provide financial support to every aspect of the Wehr Nature Center.

We Support

a volunteer corps that donates over 14,000 hours of service each year

building and trail enhancements

educational programming for all ages

education animals

exhibits and electronic and print media

natural areas stewardship

programming and infrastructure for access and inclusion

public events

scholarships for school field trips

summer interns

STAFF & BOARD

The board meets monthly to make decisions about the operations and projects of the Friends of Wehr.

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Greg Joers
President
Greg is retired and volunteers at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Greendale School system as a “reading buddy,” past volunteer at Discovery World, member of Suburban Singers Chorus and church choir. He enjoys golf, reading, cooking, among other things. He is widowed with two daughters and two granddaughters in college.
Ted Bosch
Ted Bosch
Vice President
After retiring in 2009 from the Department of Natural Resources, Ted began taking his grandson to the Little Wonders and NatureNauts classes at Wehr Nature Center and volunteered for the Wheel and Chip Society. Serving as a Friends of Wehr board member, he participates in the finance committee and helps make updates to the website. Ted has routinely worked to support the major fundraising events: Plant Day, Cider Sunday, Maple Sugar Days, and Halloween Haunts.
Jim W
Treasurer
Jim’s background is a combination of business and banking. Jim was an international and corporate banker with Bank One in Milwaukee as a vice president and division head of international banking. He also was a college instructor for 17 years. He retired from banking and teaching in 1995 and became president of two successful corporations. He finally retired in 2015. He volunteered at Wehr Nature Center in 2015 and became its Treasurer and a board member. He gave up the positions in 2018 when his wife passed away. Jim signed up again in 2021 as Treasurer, board member and manager of the Nature Store. His past awards include the Milwaukee Archdiocese Chancellor’s Award, Milwaukee County Family of the Year, Scouting awards, American Rental Association business of the year, Chamber of Commerce business of the year and twice received the Friends of Wehr Nature Center, Inc. volunteer of the year. Jim had been a longtime volunteer for Habitat. He has two sons with adult grandchildren. His interests include playing guitar and piano, camping, biking and dedicating time to the Friends of Wehr
Lori Muench
Lori Muench
Member
Lori is Director, Financial Planning & Analysis, Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin & Metro Chicago. She is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast and is excited to be a part of the vibrant community that is Wehr Nature Center. The Center is so accessible with its urban location that it easily allows her to share her love for the outdoors with her young children. “There is truly something for everyone at Wehr,” says Lori.
Lucas Arnell
Lucas Amell
Member
As a tax advisor/financial advisor at Focused Tax Solutions/Choice Advisors, Lucas helps families define and achieve their financial goals. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, he has developed a strong desire to give back to his community. As a graduate of Carroll University, Lucas values education, respect, integrity and involvement, which applies to both his practice and daily life. In his free time Lucas can be found hiking, camping, kayaking, reading, painting, playing piano, traveling, cooking, or doing yoga.
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Liz Terasek
Secretary
Has been supporting the Friends of Wehr Nature Center mission since November 2018 as Board Secretary. Currently, works for Goodwill Southeastern Wisconsin in Great Lakes, IL and has been with the organization since April 2012. Lived in Milwaukee County majority of life. Graduated from Franklin High School. Masters of Science, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Saint Joseph’s University M.B.A., Cardinal Stritch University B.A., Psychology, Alverno College
Paul Brings
Paul Brings
Member
Paul has served as a director on the Friends of Wehr Board for 13 years and president of the board for ten years, stepping down in 2019. He started as a naturalist at Wehr in 1974 and served as the University of Wisconsin Extension nature education agent at Wehr for 13 years. In addition, Paul served as the chairman of the Milwaukee County Extension Office and Southeast Wisconsin District Director before retiring in 2002. Since retiring, he has coached high school tennis for 12 years. Paul is married with two children and five grandsons.
Paul Kohlmann
Paul Kohlmann
Member
Paul is a project management and communications professional, working with organizations across diverse industries in enhancing operational mechanisms and growing their professional brands. He helps Friends of Wehr by creating communication strategies and quality promotional initiatives. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Project Management and an Associate of Science Degree in Visual Communications from ITT Technical Institution in Greenfield, Wisconsin.
Cindy Lorentzen
Cindy Lorentzen
Member
Cindy’s love of nature brought her to the Wehr Nature Center as a volunteer and board member. With diverse communications and marketing experience, she has worked in the corporate and non-profit industries. She holds an undergraduate degree from Alverno College and a master’s degree from Marquette University. Cindy currently lives in Franklin with her husband and energetic English setter dog.
Joe Schwark
Joe Schwark
Member
Joe has been a volunteer at Wehr Nature Center for over ten years. He is a retired lieutenant firefighter/paramedic for the City of Wauwatosa, and was a certified master mechanic for both automotive and heavy-duty trucks. Joe is currently a CPR instructor, coaches little league baseball and serves as vice president on the board of directors for Raymond Youth Baseball. Previously, he served for 20 years on a volunteer fire department. Joe has an associate’s degree in business management. He is divorced with three children.
Ronald Rebernick
Member
Ron has been a long-time volunteer at the Wehr Nature Center. He was the "owl man" taking care of "Otis” the screech owl at the Center in the 1980's. After a short absence and since retiring in 2001 from the City of Milwaukee, Ron has been a volunteer teaching naturalist, teaching school groups, involved in critter care, special events, and programs.
Lisa Gehrke
Member
Wehr Nature Center-Retired Director
Carol Howard
Friends of Wehr Liaison
Holly Schneider
FOW Membership Coordinator    Nature Store Manager
James Rieck
Board Member Emeritus

Annual Report

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