Board of Directors

Lake Minocqua and Lake Kawaguesaga Protection Association Minocqua, WI

Your Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Minocqua/Kawaguesaga Lakes Protection Association is a group of individuals who share a passion for effective stewardship of the lakes.  

Here are short bios for board members

Bob Madsen

Bob was born in Racine, Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Army (Honor Guard, Washington, D.C.). He attended the University of Mississippi and the U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He retired as Owner/President of Madsen-Barr Corporation, a Trenchless Technology Construction Co. specializing in lining pipes for the Water & Wastewater Industry. Madsen-Barr Corp. had offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Clearwater, all in the State of Florida. Bob served as president of Underground Contractors Assoc. of South Florida and on the board of National Utility Contractors Assoc. in Washington D.C. Bob and Julie have 4 children and 10 grand children.

Dave Riebe

Dave and his wife Sue moved to Lake Kawaguesaga in 2015.  Prior to that they lived in West Bend, WI.  Dave worked for Quad Graphics for 30 years and retired as President of Logistics in 2014.  Dave and Sue have one daughter, Samantha.  Both Dave and Sue want to help preserve the natural beauty of the lakes for future generations.


Dick Garrett

Dick has been coming "up north" since he was 8 years old and has a fond affection for the lakes and forests. He has both a bachelors' and masters degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Northwestern University. He had a 27 year career in management at Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis and upon retirement in 1993, served six and one-half years as a Professor of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. He has served on the Board for the last nine years.


Jim Russler

Jim was born in Ann Arbor, MI and primarily raised in Appleton, WI. He graduated from Valparaiso University with a BA in Chemistry and Theology, then he received his MBA from Rockhurst College in Kansas City. Jim was in the plastics business his entire career primarily with the Bemis Company. His family has been vacationing in Minocqua since 1959 and now Cindy, his lovely wife, and Jim are full-time residents. Jim's interest in serving on the MKLPA Board is to lend time to the cause of preserving our beautiful lakes for his generation and those following.

Lance Krolcyzk

I am a native of Minocqua, learning how to swim at Torpy Park in the 1960s and a long time member of the Min-Aqua Bats which helped me soak in a love for our lakes. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, am an active member of the Minocqua Volunteer Fire Department, an Oneida County Supervisor and a local realtor at First Weber Group. I am honored to be on this board and to help maintain our great water way.


Mark Clarke

Mark was born and raised in Neenah, WI.  He grew up doing a lot of camping in Northern WI.  Mark graduated with a degree in Retail and Marketing, then worked with RadioShack for 33 years.  After 20 years as Regional Manager, Mark retired in August 2008.  Mark and his wife Joan live on Lake Kawaguesaga.  They both have a love and desire to keep our lakes pristine.


Pat Abraham


Sally Murwin

My husband Tom and I purchased property on Lake Minocqua in 1990 and built our retirement home in 1995.  Prior to retirement, I was employed as a Medical Technologist in the clinical, environmental, and public health fields. I received a B.S. Degree in Medical Technology from UW-Madison '64. I joined  the Minocqua Area Lakes Improvement Assoc.(the original Association) in 1995.  I am very concerned  with the issues we face on the beautiful Minocqua Chain and have devoted much time working to make the Minocqua/Kawaguesaga Lakes Protection Association a success.  It has been a privilege to chair the MKLPA and very rewarding to see the effort put forth by many knowledgeable board members and volunteers.


Mark Pitman
Vice President

My wife Cheryl and I became year around residents, living on Minocqua Lake, in 2006, after spending the past 25 plus years living in Wausau, WI.  We have two children, Andrea (age 26) and John (age 24).

I attended the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where I graduated with a BS degree in Wildlife Management and Biology.  I also attended Knox College in Galensburg, IL and earned a teaching certificate for high school biology.

After 30 years with Wausau Financial Systems, I retired as of 12/31/2011.  Between 1981 and 2005, I held a variety of positions focused on sales and marketing of transactional processing systems for financial institutions around the US and the world.  I ultimately held the role of Executive Vice President for Sales for 19 years and became one of three owners of the company.  We sold WFS in 2005, and I stayed on with the new owners, where I was responsible for managing our Partner   was made up of various companies, who resold WFS software solutions under their own private labels.  During my tenure with WFS, I was on the Board of  Directors for nearly 20 years.

I currently serve on the Board of Directors of the Howard Young Foundation and am excited about being a part of a very significant fund raising effort that will ensure the highest quality health care in the Lakeland area for many years to come.


Sally Kovacik

Sally grew up in Medford, WI and has always enjoyed being "up north". After receiving her degree in Social Studies and Education, she pursued her Master's Degree in Reading from Cardinal Stritch University. Sally also has certification in Administration and Curriculum and Instruction from UW Milwaukee. She and her husband, Tony, moved to Lake Minocqua 6 years ago.


Sue Meyer

Sue grew up in Western Springs, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. In the early 1970s, when she was in high school, her grandfather purchased the property on Lake Kawaga where she now resides. A graduate of Creighton University with a major in Marketing, Sue worked for IBM in sales and product development for 22 years. Now retired, Sue enjoys stamp collecting and working on her family history. She has one son, Michael, who is a civil engineer in Raleigh, NC.