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

Darcie Howard, Executive Director

Darrell Fritzel, Bookkeeper

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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.

Eva Cler, AmeriCorps Intern

Eva comes to us from Univerisity of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as a Geoscience major. With a passion for people, plants, and animals, the garden is the right place for her. ISome of Eva's favorite things to do are rock climbing, playing piano, and thrift shopping!

Grant Grywalsky, AmeriCorps Intern

Grant comes to us from Ripon College as a junior. He is a member of the Ripon Men's Soccer Team and the Epsilon Lambda Chapter of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is set to graduate with a double major in Environmental Studies and Economics. He is excited to learn how a garden works and apply his environmental studies knowledge to his work.  

Hannah Klopotek, AmeriCorps Intern

Hannah is a returning horticulture intern from the previous year. She was born in Wausau and graduated from Wausau East High School. She then attended UW Marathon County for one year. This year she is transferring to UW Stevens Point for a major in wildlife ecology and a minor in soil science. She enjoys working outside and learning about nature. She also likes to hike, fish, camp, read, and hang out with her two Labrador retrievers.

Molly Huntington, AmeriCorps Intern

Molly Huntington is a first year horticulture intern and a long time visitor of the gardens. She was born and raised in Wausau, graduated from Wausau East in 2014 and attended UWMC,  studying elementary education. This summer Molly will be teaching the College for Kids class “From Seed To Salad”, where she will be teaching kids about gardening at home and what it takes to grow the fruits and vegetables we eat.  Molly loves spending time outside and spending time with her family. She also enjoys kayaking, fishing, adventuring, gardening and drawing.

Wesley Ebert, Horticulturist 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

Wesley Ebert, Horticulturist Supervisor

The Monk Botanical Gardens Board of Directors

PresidentKris Weirauch
Vice PresidentRobert Reinertson
SecretaryChelsea Trinkner
TreasurerCarolyn Wilde

Members: Sandi Cihlar, Jim McCluskey, Steve Monk, Vickie Richmond-Hawkins, Marcus Narvaez, Shar Soto, Shelley Wells, Chelsea Trinker, Paul Whitaker

Ex-officio: Keith Montgomery, Lori Weyers

Monk Botanical Gardens Committees

ExecutiveKris Weirauch, Chair
FinanceMarcus Narvaez, Chair
Fund DevelopmentVickie Richmond-Hawkins, Chair
MarketingOpen, Chair
Public ProgramsShelley Wells and Barb Parlier, Co-Chairs
Private ProgramsShar Soto, Chair
PersonnelKris Weirauch, Chair
GroundsPaul Whitaker, Chair
FacilitiesKris Weirauch, Chair
GovernanceRobert Reinertson, Chair

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