Tracy Hames
Executive Director

Tracy became Executive Director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association in November 2011. From 1989 to 2011 he was employed as a Waterfowl Biologist with the Yakama Nation Wildlife Resource Management Program and was the lead biologist in the Yakama Nation’s Wetlands and Riparian Restoration Project in Washington state. He received a BA in Biology and Environmental Studies from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN in 1984 and a MS in Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 1990.


Katie Beilfuss
Outreach Programs Director 

Katie joined our staff in 2003. She currently coordinates our outreach programs, working on our annual Wetland Science Conference, Private Landowner Outreach Program, and Ramsar initiative and overseeing the organization’s communications. Katie has a Master’s degree in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. She has more than twenty years of nonprofit and environmental experience with organizations including the Gorongosa Restoration Project (Mozambique, Africa), the International Crane Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy.

Chelsea Johnson
Communications Manager

Chelsea joined our staff in March 2015. She coordinates our public communications, including social media, web management, and newsletters. She has a degree in English and Environmental Studies from Lawrence University.



Jake Lakowske
Office Manager

Jake became our Office Manager in August 2015. He has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship from UW-Whitewater. He also has years of accounting experience in the non-profit sector. Jake enjoys hiking and camping with his family and friends. He just won’t do these activities if the Packers are playing.


Kyle Magyera
Local Government Outreach Specialist 

Kyle primarily coordinates WWA’s Local Government Outreach Program and provides technical assistance to professional staff, local officials, citizens and other groups with interest in, or questions and concerns regarding wetland protection, restoration, and management. He is the co-author of WWA’s Land Use and Wetlands Publication Series, including a new Model Wetland Conservation Ordinance, and also plans and delivers wetland trainings for county, tribal, and municipal staff and other community members. He has a double Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning and Water Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and ten years of experience working on wetland conservation and water policy issues with the WWA and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Erin O’Brien
Policy Programs Director 
Erin joined our staff in February 2004. She originally served as our Wetland Policy and Conservation Specialist, and has helped expand our policy programs significantly. Her work focuses on strengthening state rules and regulations governing wetland management and providing support to individuals and communities interested in protecting local wetlands. This work was recognized in 2010 when Community Shares of Wisconsin selected Erin to receive their Linda Sundberg Civil Rights Defender Award. Erin has a Master’s degree in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin-Madison and more than twenty years of experience managing projects for non-profit organizations. Since moving to Wisconsin in 2001, she has also worked on water policy and advocacy projects for the River Alliance of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Association of Lakes.