C.R.A.N.E.S., Inc.
POB 3413
Madison, WI 53704 USA

Incorporated 13 January 2009
A Wisconsin Non-profit
Federal EIN 26-4056421

Fiscal Agent:
Madison Area Bus Advocates
A Tax-exempt 501(c)3 Non-profit

Capital Region Advocacy Network for Environmental Sustainability

CRANES Co-founders & Interim Steering Group

CRANES Co-founders
(current directors/officers/advisors)

Gary Werner (President)
Jon Becker (Vice-President)
Caryl Terrell (Secretary/Treasurer)
Harry Read (Director)
Connie Threinen (Director)
Robbie Webber (Advisor)

John Hendrick
Don Hammes
Libby Lewis
Peter McKeever
Phyllis Hasbrouck

Gary Werner is employed as the national coordinator of the Partnership for the National Trails System in which capacity he advocates trail policy and budget with federal and state agencies and lawmakers. Gary is a life member of the Sierra Club and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the John Muir Chapter of the Sierra Club. He has represented the Sierra Club on a variety of environmental issues in Dane County, in
particular with respect to protection and acquisition of parks and open space. He has worked for many years on land acquisition and development of the Ice Age Park & Trail in Dane County and throughout the state. Gary was a leader in initiating the 1997 ballot referendum that led to the 10-year, $30 million Dane County Conservation Fund. He participated in the Dane County Smart Growth planning process and serves on the Geological Resources technical advisory subcommittee to the East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning
Commission and the technical advisory committee to the WI Geological and Natural History Society.
[Return to top]

Phyllis Hasbrouck is the Chair of the West Waubesa Preservation Coalition, whose mission is to protect the region west of Lake Waubesa from harmful development. She is also the Chair of Fitchburg Fields, which promotes sustainable living, especially regionally-based food systems. She has been involved in organizing for peace, justice, labor, the environment, and Central American solidarity since 1974.

Her first organizing experience was at Swarthmore College as a freshman, where she helped a campaign to bring union-harvested lettuce and grapes to the dining hall. She went on to join the United Farm Workers full time for a year, doing a house meeting campaign in North Philadelphia, campaigning for a California referendum, and organizing Mexican farmworkers for union representation elections in California's Imperial and Coachella Valleys.

After moving to Chicago she spent the next 8 years working in factories, organizing for trade unions, and helping to lead Chicago CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador). She was then the co-founder and director of Terra, an environmental group that worked on issues of the pesticide "circle of poison" and GATT.

Phyllis, her husband and two sons moved to the Madison area in 1992. After homeschooling her sons for 8 years,she got involved in local politics and chaired the Progressive Dane Environmental Task Force. She is also a cofounder and leader of DOERS, a non-profit that helps displaced people and works against the causes of their displacement, e.g. deforestation, global climate change, and war.
[Return to top]

Caryl Terrell holds degrees in Economics (Oberlin College), and Public Policy & Administration and Urban & Regional Planning (University of Wisconsin-Madison).
Ms. Terrell was employed for 33 years, until her retirement in 2006 as a public policy analyst, lobbyist and executive director by the Wisconsin Sierra Club. She served for nine years on the Madison Plan Commission in the late 1980’s-early 1990’s and since October 1993 as Commissioner, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD).

Ms. Terrell has researched, reviewed and developed public policy since 1969 that impacts Dane County land use patterns and natural resources. She has served on advisory committees to the Town of Fitchburg, City of Madison, Dane County, Dane County Regional Planning Commission, Dane County Metropolitan Planning Organization,
Capitol Area Regional Planning Commission and Dane County Executives Phelps and Falk. Topics included Water Quality Section 208 planning, area-wide transportation, rail line preservation/freight use, bus system, solid waste management, on-site residential and centralized wastewater treatment, land use and energy, among others.

Ms. Terrell was an active leader of the League of Women Voters of Dane County in the 1970’s-1983 and again since retirement.  Since 1981, Ms. Terrell has been a member of the Legislative Committee of the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin with the portfolios of Land Use/Transportation, Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Energy/Global Warming.  She has received numerous awards including: Outstanding Achievement Award (Sierra Club, 1992); Environmentalist of the Year (Madison Audubon Society, 1992); Wisconsin Idea Award in Natural Resource Policy (UW-Madison School of Natural Resources, 1997); Award for Outstanding Leadership and Commitment to Conservation, (The Nature Conservancy, 2006); Citation of Appreciation, Wisconsin State Assembly (2006).
[Return to top]


Peter McKeever is an attorney and conservation professional with 34 years of experience, including 10 years (1989 – 1998) as Vice-President/State Director of the Wisconsin Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.

Since 1999 Peter has been associated with the law firm of Garvey, McNeil & McGillivray S.C.  in an “Of Counsel” capacity, working on a variety of environmental and land use issues.  He practices extensively in the area of real estate protection for conservation purposes, drafting conservation easements and negotiating land acquisitions for conservation and representing land trusts and land owners. In addition, he represents community groups on zoning and land use issues in their efforts to protect their communities from unwanted developments such as gravel pits, communications towers, big box developments, rural subdivisions, factory farms, highways, and power lines.  He has worked broadly as a land and water conservation consultant, assisting landowners, land trusts, non-profit organizations, municipalities and businesses address land and water conservation issues.

 Peter has extensive experience in a wide range of natural resource public policy issues, as a lobbyist, and in negotiating real estate transactions for conservation purposes, fundraising and grantwriting; planning and implementation of on-the-ground conservation. He has frequently been engaged as a consultant in the development of site-specific conservation strategies and the consideration of the legal, political, cultural, and community issues involved.

Peter served on the Monona, Wisconsin City Council from 2002 to 2008. From 1977 to 1989 he was a staff attorney and managing attorney at Legal Services of Northeastern Wisconsin, representing low-income clients. Educated at Dartmouth College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he has graduate degrees in public policy administration and law.
[Return to top]


Jon Becker has been a citizen advocate for the environment ever since the first Earth Day, 22 April 1977, when he helped fellow high school students clean up the Milwaukee River, serving on conservation panels, plan commissions, and campaigns, in all four states where he’s lived and worked.  Most recently, Jon was co-founder and past-president of the Friends of Cherokee Marsh, a crucial wetlands area in Dane County (WI); the Friends instigated purchase by the City of Madison’s of over 260 wetland acres for addition to the Marsh’s conservation park. Jon is also past-president of the Friends of Lake View Hill Park (Dane County) and a member of many environmental groups, from local to international.

While teaching music and presenting cultural events over his 35-year career in education and the arts, Jon led the commissioning of over a dozen new Nature-inspired artworks. Having co-founded the Watershed Suite Project, Jon also was lead designer for its innovative arts/environmental education curriculum; the Project inspired over 10,000 Michigan and Wisconsin students, earning recognition by the Smithsonian and the Kennedy Art Center. Jon launched the multi-county, multi-art festival Earth/Art Traverse! that, in just three years, grew to involve over 90 environmental and cultural groups. Jon helped weave a cultural dimension across the 2004 North American Prairie Conference in Madison (WI). Two resulting sculptures were installed at the UW Arboretum in Madison and at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo (WI).

Jon founded Earth/Art® Resources, a non-profit working “at the intersection of nature and art toward a sustainable culture.” Earth Day founder Sen. Gaylord Nelson endorsed Jon's idea of 100 annual commissions celebrating the values of Earth Day through art. The Earth/Art® Resources 21st Century Commission Series has resulted in everything from symphonic works to cartoons.
[Return to top]


John Hendrick is first vice chair of the Dane County Board.  In fifteen years on the board, he has served eleven years on the Zoning Committee (including election as Chair of that committee) and six years on the Dane County Regional Planning Commission.  He convened the first meeting of Dane County’s Environment Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and served on the steering committee during creation of Dane County’s first comprehensive plan. 

John  has authored numerous resolutions and ordinance amendments related to land use and resource conservation issues.  He pursues his concern for water resource protection as a commissioner of the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District.  He is employed as an attorney at the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups and has been a resident of Dane County since 1971.

Prior to joining the county board, John was president of his neighborhood association, a director of his neighborhood development corporation, a member of the Greenbelt Network, a spokesman for People for Downtown Development and chair of the Yahara-Monona Priority Watershed Steering Committee. 
[Return to top]


Don Hammes has been active for 30+ years in a number of conservation organizations in Dane County and beyond. He is currently Director of District 7 of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, and chairs the Wetlands Committee.  He serves on the Dane County Conservation Fund Grant Advisory Committee and is a member of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant Oversight Management Commission, and of the Steering Committee for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. 

He also chairs the Habitat Protection committee for the Dane County Conservation League where he previously served as president, chair of the Pheasant Farm committee and editor of the newsletter for that organization. Don acts as advisor to the board of the Friends of Cherokee Marsh, is a former board member of the Friends of Pheasant Branch and is a founding member of the both organizations. 

In the past, Don served as Publications Editor for the Wisconsin Conservation Corps; was a member of the Board of Directors for the Madison Fishing Expo and the Yahara Fishing Club.  He was President of Middleton Outreach Ministry where he currently volunteers at their Food Distribution Center.  He also serves on the Board Training Committee for United Way of Dane County.
[Return to top]


Elizabeth (Libby) Lewis holds a B.A. in Biochemical sciences (Radcliffe College-Harvard University) and an M.S. in Botany-plant ecology, University of Wisconsin.  She served for 26 years on the Dane County Parks Commission; was on the board and is as an officer of both the Friends of the Dane County Parks and the Marshall Erdman Academy of Sustainable Design, (soon to be the Phil Lewis Academy); is a long-time (over 50 years) active member of the League of Women Voters, serving in the Observer Corps monitoring and reporting on governmental meetings, budgets, etc, and as Action chair.  She continues to be involved in activities related to land use and natural resources.

Libby was editor for her husband Phil Lewis's book, Tomorrow by Design, and views her family as an on-going discussion group on landscape architecture, planning, and social issues.   She currently serves on the Parks Committee, Village of Shorewood Hills.  She has been employed as an ecologist, contributed studies to organizations as a volunteer and worked in the mycology laboratory at the USDA Forest Products Research Laboratory.  Volunteer activities with school classes, Girl and Boy Scouts, etc.
[Return to top]


Harry Read holds BA (Biology, Hunter College) and PhD (Environmental Toxicology, University of Wisconsin-Madison) degrees. He has conducted scientific research toward development of an in vitro bioassay for evaluating toxicants; pesticide contamination of groundwater; photocatalytic degradation of organic contaminants in air and water; and use of lipid biomarkers to characterize soil microbial community structure and biomass.  He has written many scientific publications based on this work.  He has been employed by the UW-Madison since 1992 in the Water Resources Center (1992-1999) and the Department of Soil Science (2000-present). 

Harry served for 12 years on the Conservation Committee for Madison Audubon Society, chairing the committee from 1996-2004.  He continues to represent MAS on conservation matters.  He served as chair of the Lake Mendota Priority Watershed Project Citizens Advisory Committee, and authored Bike Tours of the Lake Mendota Watershed as an educational tool, which was published as part of the Priority Watershed Project.  He served on an advisory county committee to develop a guide to Dane County’s Construction Site Erosion ordinance and was involved in initiating the Dane County referendum on the $30 million Conservation Fund for parkland acquisition.
[Return to top]


Constance (Connie) Threinen holds a BA in Economics (UW-Madison) and worked for UW-Extension for 27 years developing innovative programs around the state in continuing education for women, retiring in 1989. She has been active in the League of Women Voters for over 50 years, having founded the local League in Middleton, Wisconsin. She served two terms on the Board of Directors of the State League, and continues to hold the taxation portfolio.   Since 1997, she has chaired the Land-use and Transportation Committee for the League of Women Voters of Dane County. 

Ms. Threinen has served on the Grants Committee of the Dane County Parks Commission since 2000.  She was the first woman elected to the Board of Education in the Middleton-Cross Plains School District serving (1966-72).  She is a founder of the Wisconsin Women’s Political Caucus in 1971, serving on its Policy Council until 1978. She is also a founder of the Wisconsin Women’s Network in 1978, acting as Chair in 1988-90 and1997-99. Connie has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Madison Institute since 1998 and has been its Chair from 2001 to the present.

Her interest in the environment began with her father’s activities with the Audubon Society and subsequently with her husband’s career in resource management at the Department of Natural Resources. Ms. Threinen, now a widow, has three grown children.  They own 120 acres in the Baraboo Hills, but have sold a conservation easement to the State.
[Return to top]


Robbie Webber is a bicycle transportation, public transit and pedestrian advocate.  She was employed for many years by Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, until 2008.  She  served two terms as Alder for District 5, City of Madison.  She is currently founding a new organization, Bike Walk Madison, a non-profit with a mission to create a community that provides universally safe and inviting access for bicyclists and pedestrians.
[Return to top]