Sweet Water Staff
Dave Libert is the Interim-Executive Director for Sweet Water. He has more than 20 years experience in the K-12 education and nonprofit sectors, including the past 3 years of consulting with nonprofit organizations to improve their operations and programmatic outcomes. He has a Bachelor's in Sociology and Afro-American Studies from UW-Madison and a Master's in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware.
Director of Watershed Programs & Policy Coordinator
Janet joined Sweet Water as the organization’s Policy Coordinator in June 2017. Janet earned her law degree from the New York University School of Law in 1996, where she served as Editor-In-Chief for the Review of Law and Social Change and received the Law School’s top graduation prize. An environmental lawyer who has worked on climate change and global deforestation cutting across European, African, and Chinese contexts, she is delighted to return to her home state of Wisconsin to work on local watershed issues. Janet looks forward to bringing her legal analysis, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement skills to the complex landscape of watershed protection in Wisconsin.
Stormwater Program Manager
Jake manages Sweet Water’s stormwater program, Respect Our Waters, which includes several initiatives to inform and educate community members about stormwater pollution prevention. He holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Integrated Science/Business, with an emphasis on water. He is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to combine his career and a passion for the outdoors.
Mini-Grant Program Manager
Joan is the manager of Sweet Water’s Mini-Grant Program. Prior to working at Sweet Water, Joan worked at We Energies in project support in energy efficiency and renewable energy. On her own time, she initiated the Wisconsin chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism – a non-profit that advocates sustainable urban development.
Joan graduated from Alverno College with a B.A. in Community Leadership & Development and a minor in Humanities. She has been active volunteering over the years with several organizations doing river clean-ups and planting trees, shrubs, and native grasses to curb stormwater runoff.
Jen Linse, MPA
finance & operations adminstrator
Jen Linse is the Finance and Operations Adminstrator for Sweet Water. She has a B.S. in Geography with an Urban Planning emphasis and a Master of Public Administration and Policy degree. Jen has spent her entire career working for nonprofits whose missions have focused on improving water quality in both rural and urban communities. She has extensive experience in water policy, community engagement, and organizational development.
Samantha is a Project Manager at Sweet Water. She has a M.S. in Freshwater Sciences and Technology from UW-Milwaukee’s School of Freshwater Sciences and a BS in Biology and Environmental Studies from UW-La Crosse. Samantha’s work entails strategic project development, intensive public engagement, education, and outreach, and collaborating with public, private, and government stakeholders to develop and implement environmental management plans.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sweet Water's work is guided by our Board of Directors. Members of the Board represent diverse stakeholders and include leaders of municipalities, businesses, utilities, and nongovernmental organizations. Board members serve three-year terms and meet on a bi-monthly basis.
2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Neil Palmer (Chair), Village of Elm Grove
- Todd Ambs (Vice Chair - Secretary), Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition
- Nathan S. Brenn, (Vice Chair - Treasurer), Brady Corporation
- Benjamin Benninghoff (non-voting advisor), Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
- Jennifer Bolger Breceda, Milwaukee Riverkeeper
- Brian Depies, Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.
- Joan Giuliani, MillerCoors
- Elizabeth Hellman, We Energies
- Laura Herrick (non-voting advisor), Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
- Matthew Howard, Alliance for Water Stewardship - North America
- Maureen McBroom, Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.
- Karen Sands, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District
- Alyssa Schmitt, Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC
- Marian Singer, Wellntell, Inc.
- Andrew Struck, Ozaukee County