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Advisory Council

The council is appointed by the UW-Madison chancellor. Consisting of state leaders from academia, state and local government, industry and the public, the council brings a wide variety of viewpoints to the program and helps ensure the program’s accountability to Sea Grant constituencies. The council meets two to three times a year. Council members are also always invited to attend pre-proposal and proposal review panel meetings.

Members include:

James P. Hurley (ex-officio), director, UW Sea Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Todd Ambs, deputy secretary, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, Wis.

Thomas J. Blewett, retired, program director, Community, Natural Resource and Economic Development, University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension, Madison, Wis.

Sharon Cook, owner of Sharon D. Cook, LLC, Milwaukee, Wis.

Deb DeLuca, executive director, Duluth Seaway Port Authority, Duluth, Minn.

Michael Friis, program manager, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program, Madison, Wis.

H. J. (Bud) Harris, professor emeritus, Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Al House, former president, Apostle Islands Sport Fisherman’s Association, Washburn, Wis.

J. Val Klump, senior director and associate dean of research, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Madelyn Leopold, private landowner and retired attorney, Madison, Wis. 

Larry J. MacDonald, former mayor, Bayfield, Wis.

Becky Sapper, director, Wisconsin Master Naturalist Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension, Ashland, Wis.

Lori Tate, section chief, Fisheries Management Bureau, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, Wis. 

Dreux Watermolen, section chief, Analysis Services, Bureau of Environmental Analysis and Sustainability,Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Madison, Wis.

Larry Wawronowicz (chair), natural resource director, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Lac du Flambeau, Wis.