Honorary National Directors

Honorary National Directors

Wild Ones believes in the importance of recognizing those who have contributed greatly to our mission either through their personal contributions in healing the earth or through advocating for Wild Ones. One way to recognize these special people is to award them the title of Honorary Director.

Wild Ones has named only three Lifetime Honorary Directors:

  • Lorrie Otto, founding inspiration of Wild Ones and our first Lifetime Honorary Director. (Deceased)
  • Neil Diboll, Prairie Ecologist, Consulting Ecologist, Landscape Designer, Wisconsin, Lifetime. Neil joined Lorrie Otto as only our second Lifetime Honorary Director.
  • Doug Tallamy, Entomologist, Behavioral Ecologist, Professor, University of Delaware. In 2018, Doug joined Lorrie and Neil as only our third Lifetime Honorary Director.

Other Honorary Directors have accepted four-year terms:

  • Glenn Dreyer, Director Connecticut College Arboretum, Connecticut (2016-2019).
  • Karen Oberhauser, Director, University of Wisconsin – Madison  Arboretum (2016-2019).
  • Stephen Packard, Ecologist, Conservationist, Illinois (2016-2019).
  • Chip Taylor, Professor, Ecologist, Founder and Director of Monarch Watch, Kansas (2016-2019).
  • Donna VanBuecken, former Wild Ones Executive Director, blogger and President, Accent on Natural Landscapes Inc, Wisconsin (2018-2021).
  • Catherine Zimmerman, Videographer, Certified Horticulturist, Landscape Designer, Ohio (2016-2019).

See our past honorary directors