Staff & Board

Darcie Howard, Executive Director

Darcie Howard has been managing environmental education facilities for 14 years. She was the first director of the Montana Audubon Center in Billings, responsible for directing strategy, raising funds and implementing programs involved in the restoration of that facility. Her experience includes grant writing, donor development, capital campaigns, volunteer involvement, and community partnerships.

She holds an MS in Conservation and Biodiversity Biology from the University of Leeds and a BS from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in Wildife Conservation.  She has spent her career connecting people with place.  Passionate about conservation, sustainability and environmnetal education.  She lives in Wausau with her family and loves to explore WI every chance she gets.  Email Darcie at dhoward@monkgardens.org.

Darcie Howard, Executive Director


Darrell Fritzel, Bookkeeper

Email Darrell at dfritzel@monkgardens.org.

Darrell grew up in Wausau until he attended North Central University in Minneapolis, MN where he recieved an Education degree.  After graduating from NCU, he worked for the  Mayo Clinic.  In 2005, he decided to spread his wings and taught English for one year in South Korea, only to return for two more years in 2007.  It was there he met his wife.  He returned to MN to attend school to get a degree in Accounting from Saint Mary's University.  He returned to Wausau in 2015 where he lives happily with his wife, 5 year old daughter and a 3 year old son.

Darrell Fritzel, Bookkeeper


Elise Schuler, Education Coordinator

Elise grew up in Illinois and attended school at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she earned a degree in Wildlife Ecology with a focus in environmental education. After graduation Elise spent a summer in Jackson, WY at the Teton Science Schools as a field instructor, spent a year as the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association's Volunteer Coordinator, and most recently was the Director of Education at the Raptor Education Group Inc. Elise loves being able to connect people to nature in new and inspiring ways through environmental education. 

 Elise lives near Wausau and enjoys camping and canoeing with her husband and dog, running, and knitting.


Luke Perez, Horticulture Intern

Luke grew up in Wisconsin, on the Menominee Indian Reservation. He is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where he is majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.

Luke enjoys fishing, hunting, and hiking in his free time. He has a great appreciation for the outdoors. He is eager to gain experience as well as assist the gardens and community.


Wesley Ebert, Grounds Supervisor

Wes is a retired high school science teacher who continues to teach as a substitute for the Wausau district, providing after-school science programs, and educating the community at Monk Botanical Gardens.

He has a BS in Botany from the University of California, Davis where he developed his love for plants working at the campus arboretum. His also hold two masters degrees, one in Botany from UW Madison and the second in Education from Northwestern University.

Wes has been a volunteer and a staff member for many years using his life experiences to be a wonderful asset to the Gardens.  Email Wes at webert@monkgardens.org

Wesley Ebert, Horticulturist Supervisor


The Monk Botanical Gardens Board of Directors

PresidentRobert Reinertson
Vice PresidentShar Soto
SecretaryChelsea Trinkner
TreasurerJen Powers

Members: Brian Barringer, Nancy Cedar, Sandi Cihlar,  Tom Monk, Vickie Richmond-Hawkins, Sheila Rossmiller, Shelley Wells,  Paul Whitaker, Hooshang Zeyghami

Monk Botanical Gardens Committees

ExecutiveBob Reinertson, Chair
FinanceJen Powers, Chair
DevelopmentVickie Richmond-Hawkins, Chair
MarketingOpen, Chair
ProgramShelley Wells and Barb Parlier, Co-Chairs
EducationShar Soto, Chair
GroundsPaul Whitaker, Chair
FacilitiesKris Weirauch, Chair
GovernanceShar Soto, Chair

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