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 about the board members

Sally Murwin - President

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 a massage therapist living in Eau Claire WI and John a social worker living in Santa Cruz CA.  

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.

I retired in 2011 from a 30 career in an organization that provided transaction processing systems to banks and large businesses around the US and other parts of the world.  I held positions in sales and marketing and management, plus held an ownership interest and served on the company board of directors for over 20 years. 

I have served on the MKLPA Board for over 10 years and am passionate about what this organization can achieve with the backing and support of an informed group of lake owners, the Town of Minocqua, State of WI DNR and recreational users.  100 years ago, our lakes were hidden gems, but no more.  Now they are a mecca of activity, known by nature lovers across the country.  We need to come together as a community to insure quality conditions exist on our lakes for years to come.   

Mary Taylor  - Secretary

Mary joined the board in 2019 after retiring as director of the Minocqua Public Library. She and her husband, Rob Johnson, who is a retired LUHS educator, have lived on Lake Kawaguesaga since 1984 when they moved to the cottage built by the Johnson family in the late 1960s. Rob’s mother, a Minocqua native, loved the the spectacular sunset views over Lake Kawaga.

Both Mary and Rob are also UW Madison graduates, and they have two grown children – Elizabeth who lives in Chicago and Pete in Denver. Mary is looking forward to working with the association membership to protect and preserve our incredible natural resource.

Charles (Sandy) Kreps  - Treasurer

Charles (Sandy) Kreps joined the MKLPA board in October 2018 and has served as treasurer for the past couple of years. Sandy and his wife, Kathy, have been vacationing in the Minocqua area for nearly 46 years and purchased a summer home on Lake Minocqua in 2007.  They have two married sons and welcomed their first grandchild, Nathan, this past September.

Sandy is a retired bank executive, serving some 26 years as the Director of Internal Audit for MidAmerica Bank in the western suburbs of Chicago before retiring in 2008.  He is CPA and holds a BS, Commerce degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

He enjoys fishing, boating, good food, family outings and working around the summer home property.  He is looking forward to many years of service on the board improving the lakes for the good of the Minocqua community.

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 since 1996.

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.

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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.

Christy Steinle

Christy and her husband, Dave, are local business owners living on Lake Kawaguesaga in the summer for the past 8 years. She and Dave are the parents of two teenage girls. She holds a degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.  She has been a social worker for many years and own a corporate guardianship company.  Christy is responsible for MKLPA membership activities including the group’s social events.

Al Luke 

Al joined our board in 2019 after assisting with membership focus events in 2019. He and his wife Bettie got to Minocqua as fast as they could, acquiring stewardship of one of Casel Lambert’s last haunts on the lake, the original guest house of the old Lambert estate down the street from the Little Brown Jug. Al is a retired energy executive and Bettie a former real estate firm owner and executive. They have fallen in love with Minocqua, our lakes, the entire neighboring areas and all the wonderful individuals there in. Al continues to shepard the board’s communications efforts in addition to assisting with Walleyes For Tomorrow. They have three chidren, a host of grandchildren and grand dogs, all who are loving their northern home just as much if not more.