In February 2014, when Sr. Janet Weyker announced her intention to step aside as director, the Board formed a Succession Committee to begin searching for a special individual who possessed the unique set of skills required to run the Eco-Justice Center. They searched all over the Midwest to find someone with the experience, expertise, and passion to lead this unique organization. After months of searching, questioning, and interviewing, the Board of Directors and the Racine Dominican leadership team voted to offer Thielen the position.
“I am very impressed with Allison's commitment to environmental education, as demonstrated by her work in Racine's non-profit community for the past ten years. We expect big things from her once she gets her feet on the ground,” said Charlie Tennessen, president of the Board.
A Racine native, graduate of Walden III High School, Allison earned a degree in ecology and field biology from UW-Whitewater. For over two years, Allison has been the program director for Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network (Root-Pike WIN). Over the course of her time with Root-Pike WIN, Allison has led the development of the Wind Point Watershed Restoration Plan, a nine element watershed plan scheduled to be introduced to the public this summer. She has reached well over a million people in southeastern Wisconsin while managing the Respect Our Waters program, a media and outreach campaign designed to educate residents on stormwater runoff pollution and actions we can all take to help keep our waters clean.
“We look forward to the new dynamic and energetic leadership that Allison will bring to the Eco-Justice Center,” said S. Janet.