Sweet Water Staff & Board Members

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Jake Fincher, Acting Director

fincher @ swwtwater.org

Jake is the Acting Director of Sweet Water and has been with the organization since 2015. Jake oversees each of the organization’s programs. He holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in Integrated Science/Business, with an emphasis on water resources.  He is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to combine his career and a passion for the outdoors.

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Kristin Schoenecker, Watershed Coordination Manager

kristin @ swwtwater.org

Kristin began at Sweet Water in the summer of 2018 as a volunteer placed by Lutheran Volunteer Corps before becoming Watershed Coordination Manager in the summer 2019. She manages Sweet Water’s Water Quality Mini-Grant Program and the organization’s communications. She also assists with the development of the Water Quality Improvement Plan and the management of the Respect Our Waters campaign. She has a B.A. in Geography from Augustana College and loves looking at environmental and social challenges at multiple scales to find creative solutions.

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Ali Woodruff, Adopt-A-Storm Drain Volunteer Coordinator

woodruff@ swwtwater.org

Ali began at Sweet Water in September 2019 as an AmeriCorps member through the Marshfield Clinic Health System. Her focus is on the Adopt-A-Storm Drain program, which is part of Sweet Water’s Respect Our Waters campaign. She will be working on increasing the programs capacity and coordinating volunteer efforts. Ali holds a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis in Policy and Values and a minor in Political Science. She is eager to build upon the Adopt-A-Storm Drain program and she can’t wait share her love for the environment with the local community.


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. 


  • Joan Giuliani, (Co-Chair), MillerCoors

  • Alyssa Schmitt, (Co-Chair), Stormwater Solutions Engineering, LLC

  • Maureen McBroom, (Vice Chair - Secretary) Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

  • 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.

  • Elizabeth Hellman, WEC Energy Group

  • Laura Herrick (non-voting advisor), Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission

  • Karen Sands, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

  • Marian Singer, Wellntel, Inc.

  • Andrew Struck, Ozaukee County

  • Megan Jensen, The Welch Group

  • Nancy Frank, UWM-School of Architecture & Urban Planning