The Boulder Junction Community Foundation consists of the following board members.
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John Altschwager, President
John Altschwager and his wife Sue own and manage White Birch Village Resort. They have 3 grown children and recently welcomed their first grandchild.
John is a Wisconsin native with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management from the University of Wisconsin Stout. He was employed with the Radisson Hotel Corporation in Chicago, IL, Scottsdale, AZ, Minneapolis, MN and La Crosse, WI. He left the hotel business to manage private country clubs in Rockford, IL (3 years) and Madison, WI (18 years). Achieved Certified Club Manager (CCM) and National Honor Society of the Club Managers Association of America. He is a past president of CMAA Wisconsin Chapter and served on the National CMAA Education Committee. Current board member of the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce, served on Finance, Stewardship and Staff Relations committees for United Methodist Church of the Pines in Minocqua, WI. John loves all outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing.
John is proud and thankful to participate on the Boulder Junction Community Foundation board and looks forward to continuing the hard work for the foundation.
Barbara Douglas Johnson, Vice President
By the time they had been married a year and graduated from Marquette University, Barbara and her husband, Eric, had saved enough for a tent, two sleeping bags, and a weekend in Boulder Junction, the town he loved since he was a small boy vacationing with his parents and grandparents. Barbara discovered she hated almost everything about camping except spending time in the Northwoods. Vacations got longer and more civilized until the Johnsons moved here in 2007. She considers this the best camping trip ever. In 2010, Eric became the Editor-Publisher of FYI Northwoods News. They have a daughter, Evelyn, now in college, and a son, Andrew, a student at Lakeland Union High School. Besides chocolate, coffee, electricity, and running water, Barbara enjoys reading, writing, road trips, Cleveland Indians’ baseball, family dinners, card games, the company of friends and the opportunity to make new ones. Barbara recently completed two terms on the North Lakeland School Board. By serving on the Foundation, she hopes to help the Boulder Junction community develop resources to enhance life for visitors and residents of all ages.
Mary Van Grinsven, Secretary
Mary and her husband, Greg have been coming to the Boulder Junction area since the 70’s. In 2011 they retired, bought the family home and became permanent residents. Professionally, Mary was an international gymnastic judge & clinician for 16 years and served on their National Board of Directors 12 years. A teacher by degree and always active in the school systems wherever they lived, Mary was a PTA President 5 years in 3 different cities in 2 countries. Volunteering and helping others has always been a passion for Mary! The friendliness of the Boulder Junction community made it easy to join in and make new friends. Mary also serves as the Secretary of the Fundraising Committee and member of the Color Workgroup for the new Community Center & Library and a member of the new Boulder Junction Visionary Action Team. In her free time, you can find Mary in her kayak, sewing studio, skiing, helping at church, outdoors enjoying nature or cooking up something tasty in the kitchen. Their sons, Marc & Matt and families consider Boulder Junction their “second home” and being a Grandma is the best!
Gary Plouff, Treasurer
Gary and his wife, Barbara, purchased land in the Boulder Junction area in 1995 because they fell in love with the area and wanted to eventually retire here. Their dream came true after building their home here in 2012 and then retiring. They have lived here on a permanent basis since October, 2013. Prior to retirement, Gary managed the statistical modeling team at AT&T. Gary is a member of the Boulder Junction Lions Club and St. Anne Catholic Church. Gary enjoys snow shoeing, kayaking, fishing, bike riding and spending time in Boulder Junction.
Michelle and her husband Joe moved to Boulder Junction from the Chicago area in 1988. They both enjoyed vacationing in the north woods while growing up and quickly realized that this is where they wanted to spend their lives. Michelle and Joe have twin daughters, Stephanie and Riley. They are very busy freshmen at LUHS in Minocqua. They are active in volleyball, cross country, basketball, Nordic ski and track. Michelle has been the branch manager at FirstMerit Bank in Boulder Junction since 2004. She started at the bank in 1988. She’s worked various positions before settling in as manager in beautiful Boulder Junction. She enjoys the friendly “home town” feel at the branch, where everyone knows your name! Michelle has served on the North Lakeland Education Foundation board, as well as the Boulder Junction Chamber of Commerce board. She continues volunteering for both whenever she can as giving back and making people happy is a high priority. When not busy with her girls, Michelle enjoys camping, biking and reading.
Living in Boulder Junction was initially never on the radar for Adam, his wife Jamie, and their three boys – Nathanael, Benjamin, and Micah. However after many years of vacationing at local resorts, they grew incredibly fond of this great little town, and were eventually lucky enough find a cottage to suit their “Up North” desires in the fall of 2015. After six months of spending significantly more time in Boulder on weekends, and a genuine leading in their hearts, they decided to make this great place their new home. After all, this is the “Musky Capital of the World!” Great news! Because fishing, hunting, or nearly anything surrounded by natural beauty, are their favorite hobbies.
Adam is passionate about his role in people’s lives as a Welding Instructor at Northcentral Technical College. Seeing the profound effect of pouring yourself into a person, project, or anything with living potential, has helped shape his life goal: “To have a positive impact in someone’s life, every day!” This vision fuels him and his family to give every effort they have to each other, their families, friends, strangers they have yet to meet, and now of course…this wonderful town of Boulder Junction.
Its’ Mission Statement proclaims: “The mission of the Boulder Junction Community Foundation Inc. is to preserve and enhance Boulder Junction for present and future generations.” Although they have just moved here, Adam and his family can clearly see how important this town is to everyone they have been privileged to meet. He and his young family are excited and hopeful that the love we all have for this town, will continue to grow…ensuring even greater memories to be made and cherished by all who live or visit.
Grant Herman, Immediate Past President
Grant is the overall director of program delivery at Camp Manito-wish. He chairs the program team comprised of the Summer Program Director, the Leadership Program Director, the Wilderness Program director, the Executive Chef and the Property Manager. In addition Grant sits on the marketing, recruiting and management teams and collaborates with all staff to insure overall risk management and camp systems function. He also plays the role of sustainability advisor for the camp. Grant previously coordinated, over a range of years, the Outdoor Education and Environmental Studies Departments and directed the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute for Northland College in Ashland WI. He co-owns Living Adventure Inc. a sea kayak outfitting and adventure travel business near the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Bayfield, WI with his wife, Gail Green.
Constultants: Irene Gravelle, Tom Basting and Mark Hilgendorf