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About the DNR Secretary and Executive Team

Secretary Cathy Stepp

Secretary Cathy Stepp
Secretary Cathy Stepp

Secretary Cathy Stepp served as Racine's State Senator from 2002 to 2006, but most of her professional experience has been in the private sector. As a former homebuilder, she became aware of Wisconsin's regulatory climate and how it affected small business owners. In 1998, Governor-Tommy Thompson asked her to bring this perspective to the Natural Resources Board, and she served on the Board for three years. That experience led her to run for the Wisconsin State Legislature where she was chairman of the Senate Job Creation Committee and co-chair of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee. She chose not to seek re-election and returned home at the end of the four year term to rejoin her husband in her family business.

Stepp notes her administration is concentrating on improving DNR's customer relations and streamlining and simplifying permitting to accomplish Gov. Scott Walker's goals to create jobs in Wisconsin. She believes job creation and environmental protection are mutually supportive.

Stepp enjoys Wisconsin's snowmobile trails each winter. She has also hunted turkeys in western Wisconsin and is proud of the tremendous hunting opportunities our state offers to residents and tourists. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Paul, and two children.

Deputy Secretary Matt Moroney

Matt Moroney
Matt Moroney

Deputy Secretary Matt Moroney was raised on a small family farm outside of Masonville, Iowa, where he fished and was a trapper. He graduated from Loras College in 1991 with a major in Political Science and Economics. He graduated the University of Iowa College of Law in 1994. He has been attorney at DeWitt Ross and Stevens the past two years, and was previously the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Builders Association of Greater Milwaukee.

As Deputy, Moroney oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency. He enjoys playing basketball, fishing and spending time with family and friends. He lives in Waukesha with his wife, Linda, and their two children.

Executive Assistant Scott Gunderson

Scott Gunderson
Scott Gunderson

Executive Assistant Scott Gunderson grew up on a farm in Racine County. He owned and operated a hunting and fishing store in Wind Lake for 27 years. For the past 16 years, he represented the 83rd District in the Wisconsin State Assembly. He served on the Assembly Natural Resources Committee all 8 legislative sessions, serving as vice chairman and for four years as chairman. He authored the state's constitutional amendment protecting the right to hunt, fish and trap, and negotiated legislative approval of the Great Lakes Water Resources Compact to protect the interests of Wisconsin's residents and industries.

As executive assistant, Gunderson is the internal lead in fishing and wildlife-related issues and is working to build DNR's relationship with the Legislature. He lives in Waterford with his wife, Lisa, and is the father of three adult children.

Office of Business Support and Sustainability Director: Al Shea

Al Shea

Al Shea

Al started with the state in 1980, working with the Department of Administration's Bureau of Coastal Management. He joined the DNR in 1984 as a water quality planner and became the department's lead budget analyst in the Bureau of Management and Budget in 1990. He became director of the Bureau of Watershed Management in 1997, and became administrator of the Air and Waste Division in September 2003, a post he held until August of 2010. Al served as the deputy secretary of the DNR from August through December 2010.

Al is a native of upstate New York and holds a B.S. in geography from SUNY-Brockport and an M.S. in water resources management from UW-Madison. He is an avid walleye angler, bowhunter and amateur ornithologist and lives in Sun Prairie with his wife, three children, and Newfoundland dog.

Last revised: Thursday February 27 2014