Baileys Harbor, Wis. (May 1, 2023) – As part of a planned leadership succession process, the Ridges SanctuaryBoard of Directors today announced that Katie Krouse will become the next Executive Director of the organization, while Andy Gill will transition from Executive Director into a supporting leadership role of master plan implementation and fundraising.
“Katie is the first woman to lead The Ridges in its 86-year history,” said Dave Zuhlke, Ridges Board President. “With her in-depth knowledge of the Ridges and ability to connect with others, combined with Andy’s steady transition into master planning and fundraising initiatives, we are well-positioned for continued growth. It’s an exciting time for The Ridges and the future of the organization.”
”I could not be more honored to serve as Executive Director,” said Katie. “I promise to continue to lead with passion and a true belief in our mission of preservation, education and research. I’m excited to continue both my story — and the story of The Ridges with our mission-driven volunteers and staff, our members and our community.”
Katie Krouse joined The Ridges in 2015, and in her tenure, she has directed operations of the Sanctuary, supported the development of the master plan, developed and led programs for visitors and volunteers, directed marketing and communications, and created procedures that allowed visitors to safely experience The Ridges during the Pandemic. Katie currently serves as vice president for the Board of Directors for the Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership and represents the Climate Change Coalition of Door County.
Andy Gill has served as Executive Director of The Ridges since 2021 and served as Ridges Board member in 2019. He is also currently president of the Board of Directors of the Baileys Harbor Community Association. Andy moved to Door County from Austin in 2018 from Austin, Texas, where as Executive Director of Pease Park Conservancy, led a successful capital campaign and directed the growth of the organization.
“As my family transitions back to Milwaukee, I feel very fortunate to continue to support The Ridges and work alongside Katie and our team to implement the master plan and vision for the future,” said Andy. “I am proud to be part of this community and owe a huge debt of gratitude to this organization,” he added.