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NEWIP Steering Committee

The NEWIP Steering Committee makes decisions for the group. They provide guidance to the NEWIP coordinator and help prioritize NEWIP activities to reach goals. 

Steering Committee Members

Mike Mushinski

Brown County 

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Mike works in the Brown County Land & Water Conservation Department as the County Conservationist. The Land & Water Conservation Department is involved in a number of activities directed at water quality improvement, soil erosion control, wildlife damage, and public awareness.

Contact Mike at or 920-391-4620

Chris Acy

Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance

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Chris is an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Coordinator with the Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance. He assists local groups with AIS monitoring, outreach, and education activities while also coordinating the Clean Boats Clean Waters activities in the Winnebago Waterways. Chris graduated from Lawrence University in 2015 with degrees in Biology and Music before getting his Masters in 2017 at the University of Oklahoma.

Contact Chris at or 920-460-3674

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Mike Arce

Oneida Nation

Mike Arce is an Environmental Specialist with Oneida Nation Environmental Health & Safety, where he works to preserve and restore the environment and natural resources. Some of this work involves controlling invasive species including phragmites. Mike graduated from UW-Green Bay with a degree in Environmental Policy & Planning.

Contact Mike at

or 920-869-4552

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Luke Hickey

Outagamie County

Luke is an Engineering Technician for the Outagamie County Land Conservation Department where he works with farmers, landowners, and NEW Water to address conservation issues and meet goals. He graduated from UW River Falls in 2018 with a degree in Agricultural Engineering Technologies.

Contact Luke at

or 920-832-6077

Hannah Butkiewicz

Golden Sands RC&D (Fiscal Agent)

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Hannah is the Executive Director of Golden Sands Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. Golden Sands RC&D manages the financial and administrative aspects of NEWIP. Hannah graduated from UW Madison in 2016 with a degree in Forest and Wildlife Ecology and is working towards a graduate degree in Wildlife from UW Stevens Point.

Contact Hannah at

or 715-343-6215 ext. 701

Matt Giese

Individual/Someday Farms


Matt is a graduate of UW Green Bay with a degree in Environmental Science. Matt is a rancher and owns Midwest Chemical and Equipment, a company that supplies wastewater treatment chemicals. He uses goats to control invasive and nuisance plants and improve water quality.

Contact Matt at 

Brian Haase

Waupaca County

Brian is the County Conservationist and Department Head of the Waupaca County Land & Water Conservation Department. He graduated from UW Platteville in 1996 with a degree in Land Reclamation. Brian has worked for Waupaca County LWCD for over 20 years and has been the County Conservationist for 10 years.

Contact Brian at

or 715-258-6482

Mike Haase

Winnebago County

Mike works for the Winnebago County Land and Water Conservation Department as a Conservation Technician. He has been working in the conservation field for over 30 years and has been with Winnebago County for 9 years.

Contact Mike at

or 920-232-1954

Shannon Davis-Foust

Individual/Wild Ones Fox Valley

Shannon has experience conducting field research and outreach projects in the Fox Valley/Winnebago area having worked as a technician for the Wisconsin DNR for 12 years. She has been a Lecturer for the Biology and Environmental Studies program at UW Oshkosh since 2006. She has 8 years experience coordinating the Clean Boats Clean Waters outreach program for the Winnebago system.  She has been serving on the Board of Directors for the Wild Ones Fox Valley Chapter since 2010.  

Contact Shannon at 

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