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Our Team

Bill Heth



My focus is on wise land use and quality ground water.  This is sustainable by involving all the interested parties, and is ongoing.

I enjoy every day.


Jim Erikson

Past President

I am an old man who started fly fishing five years ago a testament that the 70’s are the new 50’s.

In my spare time, I manage the Clear Waters website and the banquet chairperson.

Jim Embke



Tom Sather

Secretary /Director of Social Media

I’m a speech therapist and assistant professor at UWEC by day (and Monday night class), and a mediocre fly fisher and fly tyer on the weekends. I got involved in the WCWTU Board to support cold, clean water and all that the resource has provided to many of us who love to get out in the water.

Matt Wysocki

Matt grew up in central Wisconsin. Raised as a warm water spin fisherman, he gradually added stream fishing for trout to his skill set. He has an undergraduate degree from UW Eau Claire in Philosophy and Political Science and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Indiana University. He has worked in a variety of public and nonprofit sector jobs in local government, nonprofits and education. Interests other than fishing include prairie and native plant restoration, full-contact gardening and jazz piano. 

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Steve Gausman

As my retirement draws near, I am excited at the prospect of actively working with TU again, and I thank the TU Board for the opportunity to serve on the board.

I grew up on the prairie of western MN, received my architectural degrees from NDSU, and promptly fled to Idaho for three years. There I discovered and developed a lifelong love of fly fishing. Luck brought me to Eau Claire in 1983, where I have resided since.

My wife Kris and I are empty nesters…at least for now. We have lived on a small farmstead south of Eau Claire for the twenty years, where restoring native grasses and remodeling projects with no end in sight keep me occupied. A repurposed dairy barn serves as a great clubhouse for my passions of woodworking and boatbuilding.

Damien Budzinski

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