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Black Earth Creek Watershed Association

PO BOX 164

Cross Plains, WI 53528

Board of Directors

Resident of the Town of Cross Plains, Honorary Fellow at UW-Madison Integrative Biology Department, and a joint appointment as an adjunct faculty member in Entomology, specialty is aquatic entomology and stream ecology.


Kate Beardmore - Vice Chair

Originally from Green Bay, Kate moved to Southern Wisconsin in 2017 after receiving her Master in Public Health from St. George’s University. Kate currently works as a Student Advisor and Program Coordinator at the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, advising students and creating public health and social justice education. It was through her public health education that Kate became interested in environmental preservation, and the influence an individual can have as well as the influence of organizations and policy. As a lover of the outdoors, Kate enjoys mountain biking, hiking, camping, canoeing and birding.

Barbara Borns - Secretary 

Emerita staff member of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison.

32 year resident of the Town of Vermont.  Avid restorer of prairies, and interested in American Indian history in northwest Dane County.

Mary Devitt - Treasurer

I have called the Black Earth Creek Watershed home since 1986 when my husband Terry and I first moved to the Town of Cross Plains from Madison. We raised our two sons here, and have a strong attachment to, and a special appreciation of this area. Much of my professional life was in interdisciplinary outreach and research and public service, at UW Madison and the Biodiversity Project. Fifteen years ago, I opened Crossroads Coffeehouse in Cross Plains, where I could continue an outreach mission: bringing people together over good coffee, and sharing my love of the natural assets of our area. Recently retired, I have joined the Board of BECWA in hope to focus energy on protecting the place we call home.

Pam Allen Bio coming soon! 

Johnny Armstrong - Webmaster 

Johnny grew up in the Bay View area of Milwaukee, and spent just under a decade in Chicago where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Sustainability from DePaul University. Major focus area was water resource management, specifically non-point source pollution. Johnny moved to Madison in 2014. Day to day he works as a Contract Specialist in the Office of Great Waters at the Wisconsin DNR working on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative projects in addition to the Beach Monitoring program. Away from work, he is a Mazomanie Volunteer Firefighter, avid outdoorsman and manages our website & social media pages.


Steve Born
Professor Emeritus of Environmental Planning, former volunteer Chair National TU, former state agency official (State Planning Director, State Energy Director), water resources professional expert, and trout fishing addict! 

Michelle Harris 

Bio coming soon! 

Andy Morton

Retired Wisconsin DNR regional supervisor in the water program where he was responsible for managing several water programs including groundwater, nonpoint, wastewater, water quality, fisheries, and nonpoint. Retiring in 2018 after 36 years with the agency, he now has more time to devote to trout fishing on Black Earth Creek.

Past Presidents

Greg Hyer, Steve Born, Ron Ahner, James Van Duerzen, Barbara Borns

Past Board Members

Vern Wendt, Tim Grizwold, Robert Boehnen, Del Esser, Tim Mattix, Walter Haack, Lee Swanson, Bud Sather, Jeff Rettenmund, Jim Festge, Wendy Sterne, Jim Troupis, Tom Ehlert, Kenneth Zander, John Mulligan, Porter Martin, Carl Jones Jr., Wayne Round, Jeff Postle, Pam Bosben, Briana Burns, Dan Buckland, Richard Anderson, Greg Hyer, Kathy Haig, Christopher Long, Dave Lucey, Deb Weitzel

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