Faculty and Staff

Job title
Contact Information
Brenda Lackey
Brenda Lackey, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Interpretation

A native of Illinois, Brenda worked as a park ranger for eight years on the upper Mississippi river, then returned to graduate school, attained a M.S. at Stephen F. Austin in Texas, then her Ph.D. at the University of Idaho. Her research efforts focused on assessing communication and interpretive efforts as a way to alleviate human/black bear conflicts in Yosemite National Park. Prior to coming to UWSP, Brenda worked as Manager of Research and Program Evaluation for Cleveland Metroparks, conducting assessments of visitor satisfaction and program evaluation in an urban park system. Her research interests include environmental interpretation and communication, program evaluation, visitor studies, and human/wildlife conflicts.
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Charles "Corky" McReynolds

Director of Treehaven Environmental Learning Center;
Professor of Environmental Education

Charles "Corky" McReynolds earned his Master of Science in Environmental Education from Michigan State University and his Doctor of Philosophy in Continuing Education/Leadership from UW-Madison. He has been the first director of two environmental centers, developed Treehaven (a residential natural resources education and conference facility), and created and implemented LeadTeam.

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Daniel Sivek
Daniel Sivek, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Education;
Chair – Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

Dan Sivek earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He has taught and led environmental seminars in China, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Nicaragua. He has served as an educator for the WI Department of Natural Resources and was a consultant for the International Crane Foundation, North American Association for Environmental Education, and the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board.​

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Jessica Tomaszewski

Environmental Education Outreach Specialist

​Jessica has been promoting and facilitating registration for the Master's programs since 2008. Prior to her work with the degree programs, Jessica worked for LEAF, a K-12 Forestry Education program. She has a B.S. in forestry from UW-SP and is currently pursuing her M.S. in environmental education from UW-SP.
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Lyn Fleming
Lyn Fleming, Ph.D.

Adjunct UWSP Faculty;
CEO/COO for independent consulting business doing evaluation,
research, professional development and program development in
science and environmental education.

Lyn Fleming operates a consulting business, evaluating several programs, including the Children and Nature Network, EETAP, and serving on the North American Association for Environmental Education Certification Accreditation Board. Her B.S. and M.S. are from Pennsylvania State University and her Ph.D. is from the University of Colorado. She has spent more than 30 years designing, facilitating, and evaluating programs and materials for educators.    

Richard Wilke
Richard Wilke, Ph.D.

Emeritus University of Wisconsin System Distinguished Professor of Environmental Education

Rick Wilke earned his B.S. and M.S. at UW-Stevens Point. He earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Education from Southern Illinois University. He was the first director of the Central Wisconsin Environmental Station, the former Associate Dean for the UW-SP College of Natural Resources, and the Past President of the North American Association for Environmental Education. He is the recipient of over 20 state and national awards including the Walter Jeske Award from the North American Association for Environmental Education for a lifetime of distinguished service to the field of EE.

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Susan Toth
Susan Toth

Director of Education, Pine Jog Environmental Education Center;
UWSP Adjunct Faculty

Susan has worked in the field of Environmental Education for over 20 years at the Pine Jog EE Center, part of Florida Atlantic University. She originally served as Pine Jog's Director of Education for 15 years, which included providing leadership for program development, writing and monitoring grants, develeping and teaching courses for the FAU masters degree program, and developing and teaching professional development workshops and symposia for classroom teachers and other educators.

Timothy Byers

Outreach Program Manager

Tim has been the Outreach Program Manager at UW-SP since 1998. Tim earned his B.S. and M.S. from UW-Stevens Point in environmental studies and environmental education. He coordinates the online and face-to-face courses through UWSP Continuing Education. ​

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Jim Buchholz

​Assistant Director, Schmeeckle Reserve

Jim graduated with a Master's degree in Environmental Education/Interpretation from UW-Stevens Point. He became the first Assistant Director of Schmeeckle Reserve in 2002. Jim served as a volunteer naturalist at Kohler-Andrae State Park for many years, and was an outdoor educator at the Outdoor Skills and Education Center in Plymouth. He developed the Interpretive Technology Lab in Schmeeckle Reserve and helps teach environmental interpretation courses at UW-Stevens Point.

Kristin Floress

​Assistant Professor

Kristin Floress received her Ph.D. in August 2008 from Purdue University. Her dissertation research addressed issues of social capital and leadership in Midwestern watershed groups. Kristin teaches courses in natural resources communication, leadership and administration, and integrated resource management.

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Becca Franzen

​Assistant Professor of environmental education

Becca enjoys the outdoors and building relationships with others to support sustainability.  She earned her B.S. and M.S. from UWSP.  Becca earned her doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Science Social Studies, and Environmental Education Integration from Northern Illinois University.  At UWSP, Becca teaches courses in foundations of environmental education, environmental education methods, environmental issues and investigations, and graduate seminar.​

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