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Cooperative Extension Natural Resource Institute Director final interviews

The following message was sent from Becky Sapper, Director of the Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program on March 26.

The Search and Screen Committee forwarded four candidates to the finalist stage for the Natural Resources Institute Director position; April 9th and 10th are the dates for final interviews. The finalists will each provide a 20 minute presentation and take questions for 20 minutes (see schedule below).  The position description is also attached for your reference.

Presentation Topic: Cooperative Extension is in a state of transition at multiple levels, which brings both opportunities and challenges. What is your strategic vision for the Natural Resources Institute and how would you approach establishing valued programming while fostering an environment that is inclusive and collegial? Please identify potential short and medium term priorities, while highlighting a topic critical to Wisconsin that could be addressed by the Natural Resources Institute.

The presentations will be open to everyone in the organization and will be followed by a feedback period for anyone who would like to submit comments through an online survey.  Colleagues are welcome to participate in-person for the interviews in the Pyle Center; there is also an option to view and ask questions via the livestream links below. All presentations will be recorded for later viewing.  Final links and feedback surveys will be sent out following the presentations.

Finalist Presentation Schedule, Location, and Biographies:

Monday, April 9, 2018
Sabrina Drill
8:15 am – 9:00 am
Pyle Center Room DE335

Sabrina Drill has served for sixteen years as the Natural Resources Advisor for University of California Cooperative Extension in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. She is also the Associate Director of California Naturalist, the state’s Master Naturalist program, where she is especially interested in ways to engage with underserved communities who may enter the field through conservation corps. Her current areas of research and extension include restoration of urban streams, terrestrial and aquatic invasive species, and public participation in science. Dr. Drill has conducted research in Southern California, the Colorado River, the Hudson River, Cape Cod, and the East African Great Lakes. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from UCLA.

Joseph (Joe) Van Rossum
9:30 am – 10:15 am
Pyle Center Room DE335

Joe Van Rossum is currently the Manager of the Waste and Materials Management Program at Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Previously, he was Chief of the Recycling and Solid Waste Section at Wisconsin DNR. Mr. Van Rossum also has twelve years of experience with UW-Extension, including eleven years as a Recycling Specialist and five years (concurrently) as Director of the Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center. He has experience developing and delivering education and technical assistance programming, and  in conducting strategic planning for extension programs. Mr. Van Rossum has a Master of Science degree in Environment and Resources from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Tricia Gorby
8:15 am – 9:00 am
Pyle Center Room DE335

Tricia Gorby is the Implementation Manager for the nEXT Generation project at UW-Extension. She previously was Chief of the Forest Sciences Section at Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. There, she led a highly talented and engaged staff of research scientists and specialists that focused on reforestation, forest health, silviculture, hydrology, and forest economics. Dr. Gorby’s other experience includes four years as Research Sociologist/Economist for Wisconsin DNR, and post-doctoral research positions at Iowa State University and UW-Madison. Ms. Gorby holds a Ph.D. in Forestry from Iowa State University.

Chad Cook
9:30 am – 10:15 am
Pyle Center Room DE335

Chad Cook has been a Natural Resources Educator with UW-Extension for over 10 years, and is currently the interim Co-Director of the Environmental Resources Center.  With a background in water resources, he has focused on a variety of water quality issues in Northeast Wisconsin, specifically in the Fox and Wolf River watersheds.  Mr. Cook’s current and recent work has centered on helping citizens, communities, counties and state and federal partners with ongoing efforts to reduce pollution and restore watershed health.  Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs), Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and other watershed-based phosphorus reduction efforts, both in Northeast Wisconsin and across Wisconsin, have all been part of his recent work. Mr. Cook has a Master of Science degree in Water Resources Management from University of Wisconsin-Madison.