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Outdoor skills trainers

Outdoor skills trainers (OST) oversee the safety programs taught in their area. The OST Team are non-law enforcement safety specialists responsible for coordinating a recreational safety and educational program within their assigned area. Our OSTs recruit, train and monitor the services of volunteer safety program instructors and assist in the development of recreational safety course content. The OST is your first point of contact regarding any request or concerns about a safety education programs.

The Wisconsin DNR outdoor skills trainers administrative areas map is separated by color according to the OST providing coverage for those counties.

Linda Xiong - Eau Claire (WCR)

Linda Xiong

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Linda Xiong was born in Eau Claire, Wis. and spent the majority of her childhood growing up in Stevens Point, Wis. Linda graduated from UW - Eau Claire in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. She began her career with the DNR in 2013 as an office associate and natural resource educator. Linda and her husband Kee have two children. In her free time, she enjoys hunting, gardening, reading and photography.

In her first year, Linda looks forward to developing and strengthening relationships with various internal staff and external partners (clubs, customers, volunteer instructors, schools, etc.) within the west-central region. Linda would like to interact and collaborate through workshops, public engagement events, social media outreach and more.

Mike Watt - Fitchburg (SCR)

Mike Watt

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Mike Watt is originally from Norman, Okla. and got his bachelors of science and master's from the Forest and Wildlife Ecology Department at UW Madison. Mike has been working for the Wisconsin DNR since 2005 and has worked in five different programs over the years. He just finished up helping with the Southwest Wisconsin CWD, Deer and Predator Project as a project coordinator. Mike has been involved with hunter recruitment for over 20 years and is a certified hunter education instructor. In his spare time, Mike is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys spending his free time with his wife Ann and son.

Mike said his number one goal the first year being an outdoor skills trainer is to get to know all the great recreational safety instructors in his region and make sure he is meeting their needs while working to streamline and simplify the learning process for our customers so they can have a safe recreational experience wherever they may go.

Kimberly Cooley - Green Bay (NER)

Kimberly Cooley

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Kimberly Cooley is originally from Grant County Wisconsin. Kimberly went to college at UW Stevens Point where she received her bachelors of science in wildlife management, with minors in biology, conservation biology and captive wildlife management. She has completed several internships including spending a summer in Texas bottle raising white-tail fawns, two summers at Wildwood Wildlife Park in Minocqua and a summer/fall at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary in Green Bay. Kimberly served as the recreational safety warden program assistant and natural resources educator before starting her current position. She has two four-legged children, three-year old Duke who is a yellow lab mix and two-year old Nova who is a Pyrenees border collie. In her spare time, she reads, does some crafting, volunteers at Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, participates and assists with dog agility classes at a local kennel club and turkey hunts every spring.

Kimberly's goal in the first year is to increase the number of hunter internet field days and ATV-snowmobile combo courses offered to the public in the northeast region.

Michelle Frazier - Waukesha (SER)

Michelle Frazier

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Michelle Frazier graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in December 2015 with degrees in wildlife ecology and GIS. She has previously worked for US Fish and Wildlife Service in New Mexico and Minnesota. Michelle has also worked for the DNR as an intern stationed at Navarino Wildlife Area and as a wildlife technician in Dodge and Waukesha counties. For the past year, she has been working on the Wisconsin Wingshooting program and she looks forward to expanding her role in the R3 community.

In her first year as an Outdoor Skills Trainer, her goal is to bring the energy and enthusiasm needed to overcome the challenges that come with developing a new program. She hopes the team will be able to establish buy-in and add momentum to Wisconsin's movement to recruit, retain and reactivate hunters and outdoor enthusiasts.

Kate Juza - Spooner (NOR)

Kate Juza

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Kate Juza (YOU-ZA) was born and raised in Rice Lake, Wis. She received her associates degree from University of Wisconsin Barron County and later went on to study mortuary science at Worsham College near Chicago, Ill. She has been working with the Wisconsin DNR as the recreational safety program assistant and natural resources educator in the northern region since 2012 and currently serves as a volunteer with Shell Lake Fire Department and director of marketing and outreach at her husband's architectural woodworking firm, DP Juza Woods and Fixtures. Kate is a seasoned musician and has performed with orchestras and organizations throughout the U.S. and Europe for nearly 25 years, but her true passions are weight lifting, nutrition coaching, hunting and most of all - fishing.

Within the next year, Kate's goal is to introduce new ideas, develop new relationships and help create a strong program within R3 that fulfills the vision of the team and Bureau of Law Enforcement.

Last revised: Friday August 17 2018