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!”
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 in Lone Rock, Wisconsin.
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 a summer job working for a 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 Inoapps, he will be learning the river’s secrets and rhythms, tending to his family and playing guitar.