above: the Village of Mount Pleasant's restoration of the North Branch of the Pike River



Passion for these Rivers


Dave Giordano

Executive Director

Dave has been committed to the watersheds of Southeastern Wisconsin since his Board involvement in 2011. He has also been a marketing leader for a number of organizations in a variety of industries including construction management, events and environments, insurance, infrastructure and software. He has held a variety of director-level roles, which focused on strategic planning, sales operations and marketing communications, including the area organizations CG Schmidt and Derse. He has also been involved with non-profit organizations such as the Trout Unlimited, Safe & Sound, Kenosha Sport Fishing and Conservation Association, UW-Milwaukee Minority Mentor program, Ovation Awards and the Pike River Revival. Giordano grew up a frequent visitor to the Pike River as a biker, hiker, runner, canoe paddler, and fly-fisherman.

The Root-Pike WIN driven, EPA-approved Watershed Restoration Plans are the roadmap for success, and my main goal is to find public/private partnerships to make these comprehensive plans happen. The Pike River, Pike Creek, Root River, Oak Creek and Wind Point watersheds define our home, history and heritage. It’s time to restore them.”
A Kenosha native, Giordano graduated from Bradford High School and earned a BA in graphic design from The Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA), Dave also earned a MS in technology management from American Intercontinental University (Atlanta, GA), and attended UW-Parkside and Georgia Tech briefly. Dave and his wife have five children and reside in Somers on the South Branch of the Pike River.

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Allison Thielen

Program Manager

Allison has been committed to environmental leadership in Southeastern Wisconsin for a number of years, first serving two years as Program Manager for Root-Pike WIN and subsequently as executive director of the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center. Over the course of her time with Root-Pike WIN, she led the development of the Wind Point Watershed Restoration Plan, a nine element watershed plan currently in the review process with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She has a proven community outreach record while managing the Respect Our Waters program, a media and outreach campaign designed to educate residents on stormwater runoff pollution and actions we can all take to help keep our waters clean. Thielen has written and been awarded numerous grants for both Root-Pike WIN and the Eco-Justice Center, and has been praised for her ability to streamline and maintain both organizations’ accounting systems. She also coordinated the watershed-based grants and rain garden monitoring programs for Root-Pike WIN and helped expand both organizations’ partnerships and donor base. 

A Racine native, Thielen graduated from Walden III High School and earned a BS in ecology and field biology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Allison has also completed the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and recently attended Gateway Technical College for three semesters of Graphic Communications courses. She enjoys running, hiking, native plant gardening, arts of all kinds, and has two young children. She resides in Racine just three blocks from the Root River.