Wisconsin Conservation Voices is actively seeking passionate candidates who want to help shape the future of conservation in Wisconsin by joining our Board of Directors. We are looking for candidates from diverse backgrounds, from around the state, with a range of experience and varied skills and expertise. Apply below by March 15th!


Board of Directors


Joel Rivlin, president

Joel Rivlin, originally from the north of England, moved to Madison to study political science and research methodology at the UW in 2001. He now works as a partner at The Pivot Group, a consulting firm working with progressive candidates and organizations around the country including LCV, the AFL-CIO, Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List. Joel works on a range of political and civic engagement projects and his specialty is using data and analytics to target communications in the most effective and efficient ways. He lives in Madison with his wife Ann and children Abby and Toby.

I’m a conservation voter because the environment affects all aspects of our lives, from playing outside with our families, to the economy, to health, to war and peace.

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Liz Brodek,
Vice presiDent

Liz is a Wisconsin native who grew up along the shores of Lake Michigan in Racine, where her passion for environmental protection was ignited at 17. Liz carried her drive for environmental stewardship to Beloit College, from which she graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in Sociology. She worked for a short time in Madison at an environmental law firm, then attended Marquette University Law School where her internships included summers spent with the ACLU, Legal Aid Society, and Midwest Environmental Advocates. Upon graduation in 2012, she worked in nonprofit criminal defense in Milwaukee.

I am a conservation voter because we have nothing if we don't have a healthy and sustainable environment. Our planet is where all aspects of life – home, work, family, recreation, and industry – take place. Proper stewardship and reverence of our most basic need for its resources are paramount for our future.


Colleen R. Dodge

Colleen R. Dodge, originally from Wisconsin, was adopted and grew up in Pennsylvania.

She attended and graduated with an associate of fine arts degree from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She went on to Graduate from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where she received her bachelor of arts degree in art. She continues create artwork. She and her husband raised two children and now have three grandchildren. They live on the Menominee Reservation.

I am a conservation voter to protect our environment. As a First Nations native from the Menominee Tribe, I feel it is my responsibility to help save our homeland for our grandchildren – and for the next seven generations.


Ned Gatzke

Ned grew up on and in Lake Michigan and Sauk Creek in Port Washington, the son of a biology teacher and conservation activist of the time.

He continued his education at UW-Oshkosh receiving a bachelor’s degree in biology and natural science and later a master’s degree in outdoor teacher education from Northern Illinois University. After moving to Sparta, he found his way into county government, serving as solid waste manager and sanitation and zoning officer. In between the county positions, he provided services and consulting as a soil and site evaluator for Private Onsite Waste Treatment Systems (POWTS) before retiring in 2003. In addition to managing a prairie and woodland homestead, he and wife Carol have been exploring North America by foot, paddle, and bicycle and spending as much time as possible getting their three grandsons outside to explore the real world.

I’m a conservation voter because our natural resources – land, water and air – are essential to sustaining life on the planet. The quantity and quality of these resources are critical. These resources are part of the public trust and subject to public policy decisions made by elected representatives. The conservation values of these representatives matters if we are going to have positive conservation policy at all levels of government.

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Roger larson, secretary/treasurer

Roger Larson retired in December 2008 as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Watershed Management after 32 years of state service at the Department of Natural Resources. During his career, he wrote discharge and stormwater permits, reviewed plans for wastewater treatment facilities, supervised scientists and engineers, and developed requirements for Wisconsin’s Clean Water Fund program and other nationally recognized initiatives. He is a licensed professional engineer and received a bachelor’s degree in meteorology and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He and his wife Helen enjoy fishing, boating, and kayaking at their vacation home in Vilas County.

I’m a conservation voter because real people, not corporations and special interest groups, should determine what is best for Wisconsin and its environment. I believe that as an active and engaged conservation voter I can work best to restore, preserve, and protect Wisconsin for all its citizens.

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Allan Patek

Allan grew up on a farm near Francis Creek in Manitowoc County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. During his time in Eau Claire, he served on the county board. Working from Green Bay, Allan spent over 20 years working on health policy at one of the nation’s largest insurers. He is now the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Insurance Security Fund, which protects consumers when their insurer is insolvent. Allan lives in Madison with his wife Patty and sons Zebulon and Casimir. The family enjoys camping, canoeing, fishing, bicycling, and hiking.

I’m a conservation voter because we have been entrusted with responsibility to care for the natural world. Our water, air, and land resources are valuable and critical community assets. Each of us has a responsibility to act individually and as a community to protect our environment for future generations. We must expect our government leaders to support stewardship of our resources and the natural beauty.