The Friends Board

The Board of the Friends of Hartman Creek State Park
as elected September 2017

Board meetings are held the 3rd Tuesdays of the month are are open to anyone - contact the Friends or the park for the location of the meeting (some changes due to weather or facility availability).

Ken Karth, President    I joined Friends of Hartman Creek State Park in 2014 and am currently president of the board. That year I also happily retired from my job as a water and wastewater operator after almost 40 years working to keep our environment clean. I live about one mile from the park entrance and I am here almost every day. I love being outdoors, hiking, biking, kayaking. I also believe that if we want to hang onto our parks, citizens need to get involved. In addition to board duties I like volunteering to help with park maintenance like painting and mowing trails. It has been a pleasure to work with other Friends members and the park staff these past few years.

George Porto, Vice President  I retired 2002 after 32 years as law enforcement officer, then worked part-time for a year for a pharmacy picking up money and drugs from their stores.  I traveled throughout WI photographing landscapes for about 8 years with my wife, Barby.  I assisted Barby selling some of them as original oil paintings along with other people’s art (but I mostly was in the way).  Now I enjoy buying and listening to old LPs and volunteering some time with the FHCSP. Recently I have helped Cathy Yurk to  streamline the inventory process for FHCSP merchandise and am very interested in continuing a visioning/planning process for the group to carry us into the future.

Bill Herrbold, Treasurer  Currently, I am serving as treasurer of the Friends and am the most recent past president. I have been a member of the Friends since approximately 2011. Born and raised in Menasha, WI I am a graduate of Menasha High School and UW-Madison (B.S. Botany). After graduating from college, I spent the next 5 years in the Air Force as an aircrew member. The next 30 plus years were spent in the property/casualty insurance claim business retiring in late 2002. My main interests are hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing, wilderness camping, the environment and politics. I joined the Friends because the park is like a second home for me and I wanted to help maintain the facilities and beautiful woodlands and prairies.

Alice Williams, Secretary   The enjoyment Hartman Creek State Park provides me includes cross country skiing, hiking the Ice Age Trail, and enjoying the wild flowers and wild life from the back of a horse. Spending time in nature restores me and the Friends of Hartman Creek State Park Board is a perfect fit for volunteering.  Filling the role of Secretary last year made it clear the substantial number of projects the Friends group supports. Since retiring from nursing 5 years ago, I now have time to enjoy and give back to the Park.

Jimmy Boshers      My wife Sue and I retired to the area almost 4 years ago to be closer to family. I was employed by the State of Wisconsin for 32 years. Our home is just 75 yards from the western edge of the park (Portage County). We could not ask for a better place to live, surrounded by wildlife, beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities.

Debbie Gross  I have a background in printing, publishing and technical writing. I graduated from UW Oshkosh in spring of 2016 with a bachlor degree in Environmental Studies and Geography. In fall of 2016 I earned my "Masters" (Wisconsin Master Naturalist) at Hartman Creek SP. I have been an active FHC member since. I would like to work on expanding the membership and trying to engage members, help support the newsletter and website.

Alice Hallin  Married to Ingmar, have a daughter Katie, who is a horticulturist and a son Eric who is a carpenter's apprentice. Moved from Rockford, ILL a year ago. Was a 4H leader for 17 years, very involved in church and youth groups and event planning for our club, church and county. I am looking forward to helping FHC " make the best better". I would like to use my experience to help plan events to draw in visitors, to help with invasive plants and find ways to make the park more user friendly with trail markers and information boards.

Megan Karth      We live just a mile down the road from the park, but for too many years let work and other activities get in the way of enjoying and supporting the park. I took the first Master Naturalist training held at the park in 2014 and then joined Friends with husband Ken & have been involved since. I co-edit the Hartman Harrier, help with PR  and try to reach out to help other folks discover the park, Friends and the Master Naturalist program. After a rewarding career in nursing, I am glad that many are discovering nature may be the cure for a lot of what ails us.

Matt Kolinski     I love being out with nature and exploring it with my family.  Prior to moving to Waupaca, I worked for a medical software company in Madison for 10 years after graduating from UW-Madison.  Now I'm a stay at home dad for 3 kids (9, 7 & 3) and we love the trails, beach and other areas that Hartman Creek has to offer.   I work on the Friends website and social media, as well as other print media & newsletters.

Darrin Mann   I live next to HCSP with my wife and dog.  I truly enjoy riding bicycles.  In order to expand local riding opportunities, I have assisted with designing, constructing, and maintaining 10 miles of mountain bike trail in the park.  We ( Cronies Trail Crew) also groom the trail in the winter for Fat Biking.  I have been a Friends Board Member for approximately 10 years.  My objective as a board member is to represent the biking community and assist with countless other items.  In real life, I work for Waupaca County Parks and Recreation Department as a Parks Manager.

Diane Montgomery     I live in New London. I enjoy gardening . In the spring, I work at Rice's Greenhouse. My husband and I enjoy hiking, biking (we ride recumbents), and snowshoeing. I have RA which can limit my activity.  We found Hartman Creek shortly after moving to New London 15 years ago and have enjoyed it ever since.

Cathy Yurk      As a retired School Counselor, I have always found nature to be therapeutic for me, and I enjoy helping others learn about nature's healing powers.   I spend as much time as I can in nature and love to hike, camp, bike, snowshoe and visit our wonderful National and State Parks.   When I am not outdoors I like to quilt, sew, cook, grow flowers, play my dulcimer and read.   I also volunteer my time with Hospice and Mosquito Hill Nature Center.

I have enjoyed Hartman Creek State Park since coming to the Park many years ago with my parents.    Now I love being involved with a group of other "nature-lovers."    At the meetings I have learned a lot about what it takes to run a State Park,  and I am happy to be part of helping others protect and enjoy our natural resources. (Cathy is in charge of our merchandise).

Sheri Van Epps Married to Bruce with a dog named Winston. Hobbies include: mountain biking, hiking, camping, recreational water sports and scrapbooking. Have lived in Waupaca most of my life. Took the Master Naturalist training last year. Have been part of Cronie's Trail Crew helping to build and maintain the bike trails at the park. I have volunteered at the park doing stewardship and research. This December I will graduate from the Administrative Professional program at FVTC. I am organized, dependable and encouraging. I hope to find work in a small business or organization. If it is related to the outdoors that would be a plus. And I hope to help FHC in whatever capacity is needed.

 

HONORARY (NON-VOTING) BOARD MEMBERS: Jerry and Murnell Olsen. Thanks for your years of service.