Timm Zumm is a resident of the Town of Spring Green, Wisconsin. He works to protect the river from degradation by pollutants and development. His goal is to preserve this treasure for future generations. Timm is a tireless advocate for the river’s health. He works with local and state elected officials to help them understand the river’s value. He helps to train and lead citizen efforts to monitor the quality of the water in the Lower Wisconsin Riverway.
“One of the best things about summer on this river,” said Timm Zumm, “is how you can paddle out and camp on a sandbar. You don’t need a reservation and when conditions are right you don’t even need a tent. There are many places where don’t hear traffic and you can’t see any houses or buildings. Just trees, bluffs, sandbars, and flowing water. It’s a peaceful place to recharge.”
Chuck Rathmann moved in the summer of 2018 to the Lower Wisconsin River at Muscoda when his wife Carla accepted a position at Land’s End. As a serious fisherman, he has been immersed in many Wisconsin rivers including the Waupaca-Tomorrow chain, the Embarrass, the Fox River and various Great Lakes tributaries. He first experienced the Lower Wisconsin during came through a summer job working for camp that took groups of disabled children and adults on canoe trips down the river. He brings to the board marketing and journalism skills in industries including civil and environmental engineering. When he is not working in marketing for IFS, he will be learning the river’s secrets and rhythms, tending to his son and daughter and playing guitar.
Jennie Lanzendorf’s love of the outdoors began at an early age, camping and canoeing in the forests and lakes of central New York state where she grew up. She moved to Wisconsin from Colorado in 2002 to further her career as an accountant, after a decade spent hiking and backpacking the Rocky Mountains. After canoeing the Lower Wisconin River in segments all the way from Sauk Praire to the Mississippi River, she and her wife Charity, along with their two dogs, moved to Spring Green in 2013 in order to be closer to the river, where they spend a lot of time kayaking and canoeing every summer. She is an avid birder, taking an active role in the River Valley Birders, and most recently becoming the coordinator for the Lone Rock roost site of the Ferry Bluff Eagle Council’s annual Bald Eagle roost counts. She has enjoyed participating in FLOW events over the past few years and looks forward to taking a more integral role as a FLOW board member, working to protect and preserve the beautiful Lower Wisconsin River.
Jennifer has been involved with FLOW for several years: enjoying the opportunities to clean out steel debris from the Mazo beach, cut invasives at Blue River, do River Safety programs at the schools, and participate in River activities, bonfires, and paddles. It seemed time to contribute more by being on the board. The Lower Wisconsin River was part of what drew her and her then young family here 20 years ago when her father took them on a paddle from Peck's Landing to Lone Rock. Now it is the place she goes to bring balance to her life. She hopes to work with FLOW to share the beauty, peace, and power of the river with as many others as possible. And to spend more time paddling and absorbing those characteristics for herself, too!
Ned (legally Edwin) was born and raised on a farm near Mazomanie, Wisconsin, and graduated from Wisconsin Heights High School. He is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has worked in the home construction industry, as well as third party independent testing laboratories. In year 2000, Ned left the testing venue to start a cottage business with his former wife at their home near Mazomanie. Sylvan Hollow Stable was a horse boarding/training facility, and N.C. Hodgson made wood products from trees grown on the property. This entailed harvesting, sawing, drying in a self-built solar kiln, and creating the final products. Ned is now retired and lives near Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Don and Irene moved to the banks of the Lower Wisconsin River in Spring Green in 2005 driven by their love of water. An avid paddler and fly fisherman, Don always looks for water-based recreational opportunities. Being supportive of environmental protections, Don has been a member of Trout Unlimited and the Smallmouth Bass Alliance. Both organizations work to maintain a healthy water environment, as does FLOW to benefit everyone. “While fly fishing for wild trout has been my passion for many years, feisty smallmouth bass on a limber fly rod is a blast!” says Don. Being mostly retired means Don can dedicate more time to water-based hobbies and environmental concerns. “Travelling by canoe is still my favorite way to get from one place to another!”
John Jensen is a forth generation painter. He likes to wear many hats when it comes to the trades and came to Wisconsin to wear many hats working on the Preservation Crew at Frank Lloyd Wright's personal home and studio named Taliesin in Spring Green Wisconsin. John was asked by FLOW to help out building the first Kid's Don't Float life jacket kiosk. There was an opening on the FLOW board and he fit right in. In his spare time he likes to build cedar strip canoes and kayaks, other woodworking crafts as well as hiking and paddling with his wife and four children.
Dave Rozelle lives in retirement on 35 Driftless acres in Wyoming Township, where his home is just a ridge or two from the Wisconsin River. A four-year member of Flow, he’s especially proud of his involvement in the erection of the “Kids Don’t Float” life-vest kiosks that now dot the length of the Lower Wisconsin. Following his boyhood in a children’s home and rural foster home, he earned an undergraduate degree in Wisconsin and did graduate work at universities in both Colorado and California. Rozelle's accomplishments as a young University of Wisconsin System faculty member won him a Fulbright grant in 1971-72. Posted to Denmark, he taught American literature, including, of course, readings of Henry David Thoreau, at five Danish colleges. Since 1973, his resume has included positions as associate director of an antipoverty agency, community services director of a large rural mental health center, and assignments as freelance writer and creative consultant for a number of public education programs, often in the field of preventive mental health. A published poet, essayist, memoirst and former guest political columnist, Rozelle has found his membership in FLOW proof of what citizens can accomplish when joined in a monumental cause, such as the preservation of the Lower Wisconsin River.