The Boulder Junction Community Foundation consists of the following board members.
Click on a name to read their biographies.
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. 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.
Craig Mason, along with his wife, Jane, are co-owners of Peeplelures, a jewelry store on Main Street in Boulder Junction. Craig became acquainted with Boulder Junction on family vacations from the Milwaukee area beginning in the early 1960’s. Craig and Jane relocated to Boulder Junction from Madison in 1995. Peeplelures was established in 1997. Craig has been active in the community by serving on the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce and as a member of the Lion’s Club.
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.
Beth and her husband, Pete, moved to Boulder Junction in 2002 from the Minocqua area because they fell in love with the small town charm of the community, the wonderful people at the Community Church of Boulder Junction, and the excellent reputation of the local elementary school. They love to camp at the beautiful campgrounds in the area, hike, canoe, kayak, bike and cross-country ski. As the Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Engagement at Camp Manito-wish YMCA, Beth leads the Annual Fund Drive which raises $475,000 and nearly 12% of the annual operating budget. The campership (scholarship) program makes Camp Manito-wish possible for any child, regardless of financial circumstances, and that fuels her passion. Beth is honored to serve on the Boulder Junction Community Foundation Board of Directors.
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.
The following individuals are consultants of the Boulder Junction Community Foundation. Click on a name to read their biographies.
Tom Basting, Consultant
Thomas J. Basting Sr. Tom is a retired trial lawyer having practiced law in Janesville and then Madison for almost 50 years. Tom completed his undergraduate work at Marquette University and obtained his law degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He is Past President of the State Bar of Wisconsin; a past president of the Board of Camp Manito-wish. Tom served on the executive committee and Board of Directors of the UW Hospital in Madison and also was President of the Board of The Overture Center for the Arts in Madison.
Tom and his wife Sally have had a home on Wool Lake in Boulder Junction for over 20 years and after retirement have become residents of Boulder Junction spending their winters at their home in Saddlebrooke in Tucson Arizona.
Irene Gravelle, Consultant
Mark Hilgendorf, Consultant
Mark has been coming to the Boulder Junction area since the early 70’s. In 2004, Mark and his wife Lisa, along with his parents, purchased a vacation home in Boulder Junction. Their daughters Greta and Emma have grown up enjoying this beautiful part of God’s creation just like Mark was able to do. On many summer evenings you will find Mark and Emma musky fishing on Boulder Lake. Professionally, Mark has worked for Associated Bank in Green Bay for over 20 years and has 30 years of experience in the investment arena, specializing in the analysis of stocks. Mark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, having earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in finance. Mark is very active in various leadership and teaching roles at his church in Green Bay and attends Trinity Lutheran Church in Boulder Junction when in town.