Board of Directors
YLA is led by a group of up to 18 Board of Directors elected by our membership. Our directors are all lake property owners who share the common goal of improving our lake experience. They actively serve on a variety of lake-oriented committees and boards to represent our membership.
President – Sal Troia
President Elect – Eric Olson
Secretary – Annette Hellmer
Treasurer – Dan Schultz
Past President – Dan Schultz
2019 Board Members
James Tye, Executive Director of Clean Lakes Alliance
Bill Fitzpatrick, Former YLA Board Member
Get to Know Your Board Members…
Dick joined American Family Insurance Company right out of college and had a 43 year career there. He held several management positions with the last 18 years as Sales Promotion Director. He and his wife have lived on Squaw Bay of Lake Monona for over 15 years. Two of their three children also have homes on Lake Monona.
Stuart has lived on Lake Waubesa in McFarland since ’91 and has been a member of YLA since ‘92. Stuart enjoys gardening with his wife Bonnie, hiking, fishing, SCUBA, photography, sailing out of Point Loma with his daughter Gaylin and son-in-law Michael. H received his BS from UW-Platteville in 1968 and a MS from UW-Madison in Behavioral Disabilities, 1969. He served in the United States Marine Corps 1962–1966, as a teacher -1970-2001 and the State of Wisconsin DOA ’04-‘14. He is an active member of American Legion, Marines’ Memorial Association, WIAA Master’s Swim Official, Southwest Swim Officials Association, Wisconsin Master Gardeners’ Olbrich Gardens.
Roy has lived 58 of his 64 years along the shores of the Yahara Lakes. He has a lifelong interest in the quality and continued improvement of the Yahara chain of lakes. His goal is that his grandchildren and their grandchildren will be able to enjoy a wonderful life along the shores of these beautiful urban lakes. Roy served as an advisor to the YLA board in 2013.
Eric and Jane Englund are very long time users of Lake Mendota who have the privilege to also live on the lake. Eric is retired from a career in law, association management and lobbying and seeks to use his skills and contacts to further the goals of YLA.
Caroline and her husband have owned property on Lake Monona since 1992, and when she lived in Madison previously (1970s) always lived on the Yahara chain. She was an attorney (retired) and worked in Madison for the state and public interest firms, then spent 19 years at Sentry Insurance as legal counsel and in executive positions. She has served on many nonprofit boards in the Madison area and in Stevens Point.
She and her husband and Eddie the dog love living on the water and boating, but they are concerned about various lake issues such as lake levels and water quality. She works with other YLA members to improve everyone’s experiences in, on and near our precious water resources.
Carol worked at UW Health for 30 years as a speech pathologist and retired in 2008. She, her husband Bill, and their different dogs have lived on Lake Monona since 1979. Carol is a member of the Lake Monona Sailing Club. She enjoys racing their sailboat, a Flying Scot, with her husband and kayaking on the lake.
Annette is new to the Yahara Lakes, moving to the shores of Lake Monona in 2015 with her husband, Brian. Annette is an investment management professional with Johnson Bank and is active in the local investment community. She served two terms on the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Madison Board, including serving as president of the society, new member chair, and programming chair. Annette has also been involved with other not-for-profit boards over the years, currently serving as past president of the Friends of the Waisman Center Board of Directors.
Annette and her husband have 2 grown daughters and look forward to enjoying many years of lake living. She is interested in water quality issues and making our lakes more enjoyable for all.
Allan came to Madison in 1969 after 13 years in Chicago attending Northwestern University, medical school and residency training. He also served in the Navy for two years during the Viet Nam war. Allan was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin and retired as a Professor of Neurological Surgery. He began sailing on Lake Mendota soon after arriving in Madison, first in an Oday Mariner. In 1978 he purchased a Hunter 27. In 2013 this boat was donated to Wisconsin Hoofers as he downsized to a Hunter 22, which he sails with his son Jeremy. He also sails and races on another son’s boat in Chicago. During the winter, when conditions allow, Allan enjoys sailing his Iceboat.
Eric has a long history with Stoughton and Lake Kegonsa. When growing up in Stoughton, he and his family spent many hours in their motorboat on the lake. After living in Colorado for a number of years, Eric moved back to Stoughton to work with his father’s business, Olson Builders. In 2007, he became a realtor, and currently manages the Stoughton Office of Bunbury & Associates, Realtors.
Eric is very active in the Stoughton community. He is a Supervisor on the Town of Pleasant Springs Board and is also on the Friends of Lake Kegonsa Society’s (FOLKS) Board where he also runs FOLKS’ Facebook and Twitter sites.
After deciding they wanted to live on Lake Kegonsa, Eric and his family looked for 2 years for the perfect location. In 2000, they purchased lake property and built an important building, a boathouse. A couple of years later, their current home was finished and since then they have enjoyed living on the lake. Both Eric and his son are avid water skiers and swimmers and they are in or out on the lake as much as possible.
Eric’s dedication to improving the area lakes led him to join the Yahara Lakes Association Board. When asked what he would like focus on to improve the lakes, Eric said he is interested in improving the lake level management practices of the Yahara lakes and dealing with aquatic plants.
Richard is the fourth generation of Pearsons on the same Lake Mendota lakeshore property, dating back to his great-grandfather’s 1853 dairy farm. Dick and his wife Noel replaced the home he grew up in with a Wright-inspired home designed for them to live out their years there. Dick and his family have always made extensive use of the lakes—sailing, water-skiing, fishing on both water and ice. Dick’s son Rick was a barefooter on the Mad-City Ski Team and a member of the University of Southern California water ski team.
Dick remembers his father’s sadness in the last years of his life in the late 50’s and early 60’s as he witnessed increasing weed and algae growth. Dick and his family are excited at the distinct possibility that the disappointing trend will actually be reversed. “My father would be thrilled to experience electric trolling motors, quiet outboards, and cleaner water,” says Dick. “The 2012 drought showed us that reduced runoff resulted in less algae in the same year. This proves to me that runoff control may actually produce better results that we think”, he says. After 25 years as Principal of Pearson Engineering, Dick is now a partially retired HVAC engineer, and enjoying more use of the lakes, as well as more time to devote to many community activities, including Yahara Lakes (BOD), Clean Lakes, Downtown Rotary (BOD), Wisconsin Foundation for School Music (BOD), and as a boating volunteer at the Iron Man competition. Dick has sailed over 5000 miles of ocean crossings with a good friend who has circumnavigated the globe, but he always enjoys returning to his home on the lake.
“I am pleased the Yahara Lakes Association is able to pool resources with Clean Lakes Associates for the greater good of the lakes and the community.”
Nancy is CEO and owner of Valicom, a technology expense management company, located in Fitchburg for the past 27 years. Nancy and her husband Paul have two adult children. After 30 years residing in the town of Oregon, they fulfilled a life-long dream of living on the water and moved to Lake Waubesa in late 2016. Nancy and Paul enjoy many activities including boating, paddle boarding, fishing, snowshoeing, kayaking, biking and golfing.
Nancy feels the lakes are a huge factor in the quality of life in Madison but feels there are many issues that need to be addressed. Lake levels, clean water and beaches are high on her list. Nancy wants to be involved in making a difference for the benefit of the waterfront property owners and all who use our Yahara lakes.
Jerry is an executive at American Family Insurance and has been employed there for the past 40 years. He and his wife live on Colladay Point on Lake Kegonsa. The lake has been enjoyed for the past 17 years. He has been a member of FOLK for the past several years. He has served on a number of other Boards such as Wisconsin FFA and Olbrich Gardens.
He is concerned with water quality issues and feels an obligation to leave the lakes in better shape for our children and grandchildren. And for relaxation there is nothing better than floating around on a pontoon boat.
Dan retired as President of American Family Insurance Group in 2014. He has lived on Lake Monona since 1986. Dan and his wife, Patty, have a son and all family members enjoy living near the water. Dan is a member of the Lake Monona Sailing Club. Dan was a YLA Board member in 2004 – 2011 but needed to step down as work travel and responsibilities increased. He’s happy to once again join the YLA board now that he’s retired and hopes to make improvements to our area lakes. He enjoys many lake-related activities such as sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding and ice boating.
Dave was born in Madison WI and grew up on the Madison chain of lakes. His Grandparents lived on Lake Mendota. He began sailing with his father Joe as a toddler. Dave waterskied in high school on friends’ powerboats (his dad calls them Stinkpots as only a true sailor will). Dave began windsurfing on Lakes Waubesa and Mendota in the 80s. In 1992 he purchased a Ski Nautique as his first power boat. In 2005, Dave and his family bought a house on Lake Waubesa, which they still own. Dave just sold his MC scow and currently owns a ski boat, fishing boat, Jet Ski, kayak, SUP and several windsurfers, most of which he uses regularly. It is safe to say that Dave loves the Yahara chain of lakes.
Dave graduated from Madison West High School and the University of Wisconsin, Madison School of Business with BBA in Finance and Management. He purchased QualiTemps from his dad in 1985. He has worked at QualiTemps and The QTI Group in various sales and management positions from 1980 to the present. Dave remains a partner in the QTI group. His board experience includes the Wisconsin Association of Staffing Services, TempNet, and the Jewish Federation of Madison. He is married to Betsy Huebel and has two children; Hailey (31) who lives in Manhattan and Sam (22) who attends the UW Madison.
Joe and his wife Kay have three children and five grandchildren. He has lived on Lake Mendota since 1987 and near the lake his entire life. Joe, a former Senior Vice President, retired from American Family Insurance after 39 years of service. His only other place of full-time employment after college was a Madison Police Officer for 8-1/2 years before joining American Family. He has always loved the Madison lakes and the city of Madison area.
Sal spent 29 years in the banking business with 3 different banks and went through 2 mergers as President of Valley BankSevice Corporation and then M&I Service Corporation. His main interests are now the environment and bicycle racing. Sal is currently a member of the University of WI Nelson Institute Board of Visitors and also is active on several boards of organizations working to improve the environment for future generations.
Originally from Marinette, WI, Eric has been living in the Madison area since 1999. He graduated from UW Madison in 2004 with a degree in Civil Engineering. Over the last 14 years of his career, he has been working at the engineering firm Strand Associates Inc., with a focus on storm water management. Eric’s firm was instrumental in helping Clean Lakes Alliance’s develop their Yahara CLEAN strategic action plan. For 7 years, the Vieth family lived near Springers on Lake Kegonsa. After keeping a boat at the Springers pier, they decided they wanted to live on the lake. They purchased a lake property, built a home and boathouse, and in November, 2017 were in their new home. Eric and his wife Lauren have two children, (son Brooks and daughter Ryan) that love ice-skating, ice-fishing, and summer boating/fishing. Eric is also member of FOLKS and is interested in improving lake level management, flow, and water quality in the Yahara chain.