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, Project Assistant

kristin @ swwtwater.org

Kristin is the Project Assistant for Sweet Water. She has a B.A. in Geography from Augustana College. Working for Sweet Water is part of her year of service through Lutheran Volunteer Corps. Kristin is excited to be helping out with Respect Our Waters events and communications, the monthly Watershed Watch newsletter, event planning, and research regarding watershed health issues.


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