- This is the peak of the "Aster Show" at Crossroads. Just how many shades of purple are there?
Crossroads at Big Creek inspires environmental stewardship thanks to the passion, dedication, leadership and wisdom of our professional staff and board of directors.
In addition to board and staff, Crossroads benefits greatly from our volunteers who do everything from planting trees to grooming ski trails to leading hikes and greeting guests.
Executive Director Laurel Hauser (she/her)
Laurel Hauser joined the Crossroads staff in 2019 and became the executive director in 2020 after working for many years as the director of charitable giving for the Door County Land Trust. She also served as the managing editor of the Washington Island Observer, was an alderperson for the City of Sturgeon Bay and co-founded the Sturgeon Bay Skatepark.
Program Director Corey Batson (they/them)
Corey Batson joined Crossroads at Big Creek as the Program Director in July of 2022. Originally from Texas, Corey earned a bachelor's degree in recreation, parks and tourism sciences at Texas A&M University and later a Master of Natural Resources in environmental education and science communications. They spent 6 years as the director of The
Interpretive Naturalist Coggin Herringa (she/her)
Now serving as interpretive naturalist, Coggin was the executive director of Crossroads from 2001 to 2021 and was involved with the initial concept development of Crossroads as a member of the Sturgeon Bay Education Foundation. She graduated from the University of Nebraska and earned an M.S. in Environmental Studies from Western Illinois University.
Land and Facilities Manager Nick Lutzke (he/him)
Nick Lutzke joined Crossroads at Big Creek as the Land and Facilities Manager in May of 2019. Nick is originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin. He received his bachelor of science degree from UW-Stout and spent some time working in the industrial manufacturing world. A lifelong passion for nature, land stewardship and ecological restoration brought him to Crossroads.
Office Administrator Lynn Michelsen (she/her)
Lynn Michelsen joined Crossroads as part-time office administrator in April of 2021, bringing with her a passion for the outdoors and over 25 years of office experience. Lynn’s responsibilities include marketing, volunteer coordination and assisting with events.
Office Manager Brian Baumgart (he/him)
Brian Baumgart joined the Crossroads team as the part-time Office Manager in October 2022. His responsibilities include day-to-day accounting, financial statement preparation, operating budget creation, and general office. He is a retired financial executive and CPA. He and his wife Lori always
Summer Naturalist Joan Wilkie (she/her)
Crossroads’ Summer Naturalist, Joan Wilkie, has been an interpretive naturalist at Whitefish Dunes State Park and Newport State Park in Door County and at the Schlitz Audubon Center in Mequon, Wisconsin. She has been presenting the summer Family Naturalist Programs at Crossroads since 2008. She is an ardent reader, gardener, teacher and conservationist.
Summer Intern Ben Kielar (he/him)
Ben Kielar has a degree in Environmental Science and Recreational Leadership from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also an alumnus of the Land Restoration School’s inaugural immersion training program held at Crossroads at Big Creek in 2022.
Summer Intern Claire Wisniewski (she/they)
Born in Wisconsin, Claire Wisniewski is a graduate of Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois. She has a major in Creative Writing and minors in Environmental Studies and ANSO (Anthropology and Sociology). On long drives when she was young, her family stopped every time they saw a park so she could get out and re-set herself in nature.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Robert (Bob) Desotelle
Gretchen Recupero Schmelzer
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