Wild Ones Staff

Jen Ainsworth, Executive Director

Jen Ainsworth, Executive Director

Jen is responsible for accomplishing Wild Ones’ mission through management of staff, national programs, fundraising, chapter and membership development, and partnerships with other organizations. Jen has over 10 years of non-profit management experience in business operations, project management and continuous improvement. Jen graduated from Fox Valley Technical College with an associate’s degree in business management with a specialty and green belt certification in Lean and Six Sigma.

Katie Huebner, Brand & Communications Manager

Katie is responsible for advancing Wild Ones’ mission related communications and programs for both members and the public. Katie has over 10 years of non-profit experience and has worked for over 15 years in the marketing and communications field. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in technical communication with a minor in journalism.

Rachel Checolinski, Administrative Assistant

Rachel Jaschob, Membership Coordinator

The Membership Coordinator is responsible for supporting Wild Ones Members and Donors by maintaining membership records, renewal systems, membership communications, membership benefits and membership program activities. Rachel has over 7 years of administrative assistant experience in a wide range of fields. Rachel has provided mentorship to students and women in volunteer roles in agencies in her local community.

David Kryzaniak, IT Manager

David is responsible for all things technology from computers and email support for the national staff to the many Wild Ones websites. David is a WordPress Core Contributor and WordCamp Presenter and has +15 years experience building websites with WordPress. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from UWGB in Information Science.

Cara Nagy, Administrative Assistant

Cara is responsible for supporting Wild Ones by performing a wide range of clerical and administrative tasks and projects. Cara has a background in office operations with 13 years work experience as the Office Manager at a family-owned business. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from UWSP in Business Administration. Subsequently, she holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Lakeland University serving the community in the mental health field for 6 years. Cara has also been involved in a variety of organizations in a volunteer capacity. 

Lisa Olsen, Chapter Liaison

Lisa is responsible for the development and operations of Wild Ones chapters in service to Wild Ones’ members, mission and the broader community. Lisa has over 25 years of customer service experience and has volunteered for several conservation organizations, with a focus on environmental education and engagement. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Santa Cruz in literature and is a Colorado Native Plant Master and Certified Nursery Professional.