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Hannah Butkiewicz is the Executive Director of Golden Sands RC&D. She graduated from UW-Madison in 2016 with a degree in Forest and Wildlife Ecology and is now working towards a M.S. from UW-Stevens Point in Wildlife. Hannah loves hiking with her hounds, camping, studying wildlife, banding birds and working with trail cameras. More about Hannah

Email Phone: (715) 343-6215 Ext. 701

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Amy Thorstenson is Golden Sands RC&D's Advising Director and helps coordinate operations in a part-time capacity. She holds a B.S. in Water Resources and an M.S. in Natural Resources from UW-Stevens Point. Her thesis work on native milfoil weevils can be found in the Journal of Aquatic Plant Management. 

Email Phone: (715) 346-1264 Ext. 702 


Denise Hilgart is the Admin Manager / Finance Director and Sustainable Ag Coord of Golden Sands RC&D. She owns & operates an Organic certified beef farm that implements grazing, nutrient management, and conservation stewardship programs. She enjoys working with small businesses to resolve business challenges and is passionate about caring for farm animals, land and water. 

Email Phone: (715) 343-6217 Ext. 703 


Chris Hamerla is the Regional Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Coordinator with Golden Sands RC&D. Chris received his B.S. in English from UW-Stevens Point. He has been working with AIS since 2008 and was one of the first Water Guard Deputy Conserv Wardens, a law enforcement position that focused on public outreach, education, and enforcement regarding WI AIS laws. 

Email Phone: (715) 343-6215 Ext. 704 

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Amanda Burzynski is the Environmental Education and Outreach Coordinator/Administrative Assist. Amanda graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in Environmental Education and Interpretation. Her passion for the outdoors comes from her childhood experiences of fishing, camping, hiking, and gardening. She wants to use that passion to inspire others through her work at Golden Sands.

Email Phone: (715) 343-6215 Ext. 710


Kevin Munkwitz is an Administrative Assistant at Golden Sands RC&D. Kevin graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 2020 with a degree in Communication, and is working on his Master's degree in Healthcare Administration at UW-Stevens Point. In addition to working for Golden Sands RC&D, he helps conserve wildlife and land resources through hunting, fishing, camping, and exploring nature. 

Email Phone: (715) 343-6215 Ext. 712 

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Kendra Kundinger is a Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator with Golden Sands RC&D. Kendra grew up in Central Wisconsin and earned her B.S. in Natural Science from UW-Stevens Point in 2019 and her P.S.M. degree in Conservation Biology from UW-Stout in 2021. She loves to participate in any outdoor activity such as hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking, and exploring nature.

Email Phone: (715) 343-6215 Ext. 705 

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Robert Bauer is in the Prairie du Chien NRCS Service Center as our full-time Grazing Specialist/Soil Conservationist. He graduated with a Master's degree in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences from Virginia Tech. Robert worked at Southwest Badger RC&D and the Tennessee NRCS. He loves livestock grazing management, gardening, biking, and traveling abroad in Latin America. 

Email Phone: (608) 326-7179 Ext. 103 


Jacob Fluur is a Terrestrial Invasive Species and Cooperative Woodlands Assistant with Golden Sands RC&D. Jacob graduated from UWSP with a B.S. in Natural Resources Planning in 2019 and has worked with land trusts on invasive species and restoration. It is his goal to do this as a career in the future. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys fishing, camping and foraging. 

Email Phone: (715) 343-6215 Ext. 713 


Amalia Priest is a Grazing Specialist with Golden Sands RC&D. Amalia graduated from UW-Platteville in 2021 with a degree in Animal Science, focusing on sustainable agriculture and environmental horticulture. She has worked with all animal kinds but she especially appreciates grazing cattle and raising poultry. She and her husband are working toward running their own small farm to raise good food for their family and others. 

Email Phone: (715) 343-6215 Ext. 714 

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Brian Zalay joins us after five years as a water resources management specialist at the Wisconsin DNR. Brian received his B.S. in Integrative Biology and M.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois. His thesis was on the zooplankton response to Asian carp harvesting in Illinois River backwaters. Brian enjoys fishing, wakeboarding, and scuba diving. Along with diving for Golden Sands RC&D, Brian is one of our Terrestrial Invasive Species Specialists.


Bryce Kohler is currently a senior at UW-Oshkosh finishing his Biology and Environmental Science majors. He enjoys hiking and just about anything else that gets him outside. Bryce hopes to have a future career in habitat restoration and invasive species work as he enjoys working out in the field. Bryce is joining our organization as a Terrestrial Invasive Species Specialist.


Lindsey Laskowski is the Soil Conservationist at the Green Lake County NRCS office. Lindsey graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 2019 with a B.S. in Soil and Land Management. Lindsey's interests include fishing, hiking, playing video games, and Dungeon & Dragons. Lindsey also enjoys training her dog and volunteering to walk dogs at the Wisconsin Humane Society - Milwaukee Campus.



Brooke Sperberg is a Grazing Specialist with Golden Sands RC&D. She grew up on a dairy farm in Shawano, WI and graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in Animal Science with a meat animal emphasis. For five years Brooke worked as a program technician for the Farm Service Agency in Waupaca County. In her free time Brooke enjoys camping, sewing, and spending time outside. She hopes to make a difference in the farming community by helping promote sustainable agriculture and conserving our natural resources.