Meet Our Staff

Debra McRae – Director

Deb joined the WNC as Director in 1998 and also works as an Associate Professor with UW Coop Extension, which promotes environmental education.  Before that, Deb was a Secondary Science Teacher in Illinois and a Naturalist for Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation.  Creating experiential learning opportunities for all ages, promoting living lightly on the earth, and training science teachers are Deb’s passions.  She has been involved in many areas of environmental education around Wisconsin and country.

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Patricia Fojut – Director of Nature in the Parks

Pat has over 20 years of experience working as the Director of Nature in the Parks for Milwaukee County, an outreach partnership between Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee County Parks and UW-Extension. She is also a true nature enthusiast with over 27 years as a Naturalist.  Pat enjoys working with people of all ages in the county parks, to help them make lasting connections to nature and foster  respect for the land.


Volunteer Coordinator

Congratulations Jo Williams on your retirement! Thank you for your many years of service to the Wehr Volunteer Program! Emily Brown will be managing Volunteers until a new coordinator is hired. Call 414-425-8550 or email with questions.

Judy Faja – Office Manager


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Emily Brown
Beverly Bryant

Naturalists, Outreach Staff

Mary Gaub
Carol Howard
Karen Kerans
Holly Walz
Barb Lukaszewski

Office Staff

Breeann Behrendt
Jeanne Gibas


Yetta Wade