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David Wernecke


David recently retired from his work as the executive director and sole staff member for the Baraboo Range Preservation Association from 2002-2013. He helped build the organization from a small-budget nonprofit to a well-regarded land trust protecting over 3,600 acres in and around the ecologically important Baraboo Hills.

He carried out the various duties necessary to run a non-profit including financial reporting, grantwriting, communications, and fundraising. Previous work included serving as teacher, grant writer, financial manager, and co-director of Omega School from 1980-1994. He helped build Omega’s adult basic education programming, staff levels, and stable local funding to enable services to some 600 local residents a year.

David currently serves on the Baraboo Public Library Board, Sauk County Library Board and serves as alternate on the Sauk County Board of Adjustment. From 1994 - 2009, he helped develop the Town of Greenfield’s comprehensive plan and related ordinances, and served as member and chair of its Plan Commission. Previous volunteer work included serving as a board member with the Sauk County Institute of Leadership and as national seminar co-chair of the Wisconsin Rural Leadership Program to plan and implement three, week-long workshops on energy and climate change in Washington, DC.

David earned a BA in History at Grinnell College and Masters-level coursework in Curriculum and Instruction at UW-Madison School of Education. He enjoys gardening, stonework, cooking, miscellaneous projects, and servitude to an elderly dog.

David currently serves as treasurer for the MEA board of directors.