Board of Directors

Kristen Bouska – Board Chair

kristenKristen is an ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey ecology. Over the past ten years, she has worked for Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, American Rivers, U.S. Forest Service, Lower Brule Community College, and South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin of La Crosse, a Master of Science degree in Biology from Kansas State University, and a Doctoral degree in Environmental Resources and Policy at Southern Illinois University.

After living in many places across the country, Kristen and her family are happy to settle in the beautiful La Crosse area. She and her husband spend most of their free time actively encouraging the development of a land ethic in their two young sons through gardening, hunting, fishing, and exploring the outdoors every chance we can.

Buzz Bocher – Treasurer


Buzz is a founding member of the Board of Directors of WisCorps.  He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from UW-La Crosse in Recreation Management, with an Outdoor Leadership emphasis. Buzz taught in UW-La Crosse’s Recreation Department for a few years and then was an instructor in UW-La Crosse’s Environmental Studies program for the last 16 years, and has very recently retired.

Buzz is also owner and president of the Institute for Experiential Education, a business specializing in using the environment and adventure programming for therapeutic, teambuilding, self esteem enhancing and related issues.

Buzz is married and has a 24 year old son, and participates in all sorts of outdoor activities, including bicycling, fishing, kayaking, camping, gardening, and skiing.

Brenda Haug


Brenda is a founding member of the Board of Directors of WisCorps.  She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from UW-La Crosse in Recreation Administration, and has spent most of her career with non-profit organizations in the La Crosse area.  Along with 14 years with the La Crosse YWCA and 14 years as Executive Director at the Hixon Forest Nature Center in La Crosse, Brenda has served on many Boards and committees.  She is currently a Realtor with Cindy Gerke & Associates and in her 21st year as an Ambassador for the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce.

Brenda has her children and grandchildren close by, so is able to spend time with them – putting them to work in her gardens and other DIY projects, which are endless, and also loves adventurous travel.  She and her siblings are working together to keep the family farm sustainable for future generations.

Kate Evans

KateKate Evans is a faculty member in the Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Prior to moving into higher education, she worked for seven years in YMCA camping and conferencing with a focus on outdoor and experiential education and youth development. Kate’s research focuses on issues of social justice, youth development, outdoor adventure recreation, and women’s physically active leisure.

Kate earned both her Masters and PhD from Clemson University where she was involved in youth development through the creation and implementation of youth camps intended to create greater access to the outdoors for girls. In addition, Kate worked alongside Clemson Faculty members as a consultant for city and county parks and recreation departments interested in refining and improving operations and more effectively serving their constituents.

Kate moved with her family to La Crosse in 2014 to begin work at UWL. She and her husband are avid triathletes and water-sport enthusiasts and spend as much time as possible with their two children exploring the outdoors.

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