Mike Samsa was born and has lived lifelong in the greater Milwaukee area. He has been happily married to Carol since 1984. Together they have enjoyed the great outdoors; camping, hiking and sightseeing, not only in Wisconsin but throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Bahamas and Central America. He and Carol have also busied themselves by volunteering at Richard Bong State Recreation Area (8 years) and the Metropolitan Builders’ Association of Greater Milwaukee (20+ years).
Mike and Carol reside in the Town of Raymond, Racine County, where they have owned their home for more than 25 years. They also own vacation timeshares in Minocqua, WI and Orlando, FL., and a 5th. wheel travel trailer. Presently they have just four pets, two dogs and two cats, all rescues.
Spectator-sports (auto racing, baseball, and football), woodworking, yard work, camping, and hiking are Mike’s favorite hobbies. He also likes to tinker with anything mechanical, watch classic TV shows and listen to hard rock music.
Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. He is one course short of a certificate in Product Management from the Center for Professional & Executive Development, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Mike recently retired from MSB, a purveyor of building cost information and cost estimating systems, primarily to the insurance, assessment, appraisal and real estate industries. He had been with them since 1975 (38+ years), at their headquarters located in the Milwaukee area. At the time of his retirement, Mike was assigned to the Business Operations – Industry Services Group, where he served as an Industry Specialist. His primary responsibility was addressing unique and/or problematic issues regarding client needs, and providing feasible solutions that were within the capabilities of the MSB organization. He was also heavily involved in competition intelligence, analytics, product improvement initiatives, new product and prototype development, and product management. Because of his high level of industry experience and insight, he was a valuable and reliable resource to all departments in the company.
Mike is an active member of Bong Naturalist Association (Friends group at Richard Bong State Recreation Area) and Past Board Vice President. He is currently Board Member-at-Large and Chairman of the Firewood Committee.
Bob Gosse, Milwaukee
Bob Gose is a founding member and currently the President of the Friends of Lakeshore State Park. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Studies as well as a Master of Architecture and a Master of Urban Planning Degrees all from the University of WI- Milwaukee, School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Bob is currently employed with Milwaukee World Festival, Inc as the Director of Design and Construction where, since 1996, he has been planning, setting up, and building new construction projects and setting up events within the Summerfest grounds on Milwaukee’s lakefront. He and his wife, Carol, have two children together, and enjoy spending time outdoors- camping, biking, fishing, hunting and exploring all that Wisconsin and its vast array of park systems has to offer.
Terry Jensen, Nekoosa
Terry Jensen retired in 2011 as Forest Superintendent at Kettle Moraine State Forest Pike Lake/Loew Lake Units after nearly 32 years of service with Wisconsin State Parks, Forests and Trails. Terry began his career in 1979 as a law enforcement ranger at Interstate State Park at St. Croix Falls prior to being appointed to assistant park superintendent at Pike Lake near Hartford in 1984. He served 25 years as the Department of Natural Resources Southeast District wild land fire training coordinator overseeing fire training requirements for district personnel. Terry and his wife Peggy currently reside near Nekoosa where he and his wife are involved with the local Feeding America program as well as the Southern Wood County Food Pantry. He currently works seasonally as a limited term employee for the Wisconsin Division of Forestry as a wildland fire fighter. Terry and Peg enjoy visiting their 2 sons and their families as well as motorcycling, travel, and snowmobiling.
- Member State Trails Council (STC), representing Cross-country skiing.
- Served in various capacities including chairman. The STC is advisory to State and DNR on acquisition, development, and management of State Trails.
- Board Member Statewide Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
- Vice-chairman Sheboygan County $25M Non-motorized Pilot Program
- Member Wisconsin Stewardship Access Advisory Committee
- Member Joint Legislative Committee: State Trails Study Group
- Testified as a recreational representative/expert at numerous Senate, Assembly & Natural Resources Board Hearings
- Co-chairman Kettle Moraine State Forest 10-Year Master Plan. Chairman, Northern Unit Kettle Moraine State Forest
- Founding member and officer of Wisconsin Nordic Network (WINN). WIN represents cross-country skiing and ski clubs across Wisconsin.
- Founding member and board member of Northern Kettle Moraine Nordic Ski Club.
- President, Friends of the Kettle Moraine State Forest
- Author, numerous articles on natural resources, recreation, and travel
- Held officer positions including President and Vice-President
Tim Lovett, Oconomowoc
Jonathon Ringdahl, La Crosse
Waldo Peterson, Madison
Jon Warren retired in 2000 after decades of employment at the DNR. He was a State Park Manager for 10 years at High Cliff State Park and then moved on to a position as a DNR Area Director for the Madison area, where he managed parks and other areas in Dane, Jefferson, and Rock County for 10 years. Most recently, before retiring Jon was the Administrative Section Chief of the Bureau of Forestry, where he worked with topics ranging from personnel to IT to budget issues to training. He has lived in Fitchburg with his wife since 1978 and has 3 children and 3 adult grandchildren.