Shawn Graff - Executive Director
Shawn 7-29-08

Shawn came to OWLT in 2003 after serving as President of Graff & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in non-profit management, historic preservation and fundraising. He has extensive experience in consulting local governments and non-profit organizations on fundraising, site planning, historic preservation and long-range planning.

In addition to directing the Land Trust’s preservation programs, Shawn is responsible for all aspects of organizational development including fund development, membership, education and outreach, land stewardship and conservation. Shawn holds a Masters of Art degree in Art History from UW-Milwaukee, where he focused much of his research on historic preservation and city planning.

Steve Henkel - Land Protection Director

steve_henkel_staff_pageSteve began his career with OWLT in the spring of 2008 by volunteering at stewardship work days and assisting with preserve acquisition projects, and was hired later that year. Steve’s primary focus is working with landowners on conservation easement and land acquisition projects, and managing the easement stewardship program.

He earned a B.S. degree in Water Resources/Water Chemistry and a M.S. degree in Natural Resources from UW-Stevens Point. Following graduation, Steve spent nearly 20 years in the environmental consulting field investigating and remediating soil and groundwater contamination. He holds Professional Hydrologist and Professional Soil Scientist licenses in Wisconsin.

Marilyn Schlotfeldt - Operations Manager

Marilyn grew up on a farm in NW Iowa. She attended college in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated with a degree in education, drama, and English. After teaching for three years, Marilyn and her husband moved to West Bend she started a career with St. Joseph’s Community Hospital. For the next twenty-six years, Marilyn worked in personnel, accounts payable and managed the IT/Communications Department.

Marilyn enjoys working with volunteers - especially her son Mike who didn't know he was a volunteer until Marilyn started working here. She's also a card shark at canasta.

Mike Hoffer - Stewardship/Restoration Director


Mike came to OWLT from North Carolina, where he was the managing editor and publisher of several local magazines. In this role, Mike provided a strong voice in local government and worked with multiple nonprofit groups. His public policy knowledge, engineering background and nonprofit experience serve him well in his role with OWLT. He manages our land stewardship program and cares for each of our 22 nature preserves. 

Mike has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland Baltimore County. Mike enjoys snowboarding, hiking, coaching lacrosse and playing disc golf.

Katie Weber - Conservation SpecialistKatie 2014

Katie started with OWLT in the summer of 2011 directing work crews and soon moved into the office working on grant proposals, land management plans, easement monitoring and plant research. 

Katie equally comfortable behind a wood chipper, in front of a computer or inside a tent. She's a true environmental renaissance woman! 

Cody MacDonald - Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Coordinator 

CodyCody came to OWLT in the summer of 2013 after graduating from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where he majored in Natural Resources Management and Land Use Planning. Cody's main role is coordinating partnerships throughout southeastern Wisconsin in the fight against aquatic invasive species, but he's also very involved in our day-to-day stewardship activities.

He enjoys skiing, reading, anything outdoors and spending quality time with his cat.

Elaine Gauthier - Accountant

Elaine brings a wide variety of accounting experiences to her position.  She has been working accounting jobs, in manufacturing, accounting firms, golf courses and in her own business for most of her adult life.  Elaine graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a B.B.A. degree in accounting.

Her joys in life come from running a standard poodle in agility competitions and showing her Appaloosa in ranch horse shows.

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