National Office Staff
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.
Rachel Checolinski, 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. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and hopes to graduate with her Bachelor’s and a Master’s in Social Work by the end of 2022.
Katie Huebner, Mission Manager
Katie is responsible for advancing Wild Ones’ mission related communications and programs for both members and the public. Katie has over 9 years of non-profit experience and has worked for over 13 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.
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.