Board of Directors

Mike Samsa
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 competitive 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.

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 wildland 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 firefighter.  Terry and Peg enjoy visiting their 2 sons and their families as well as motorcycling, travel, and snowmobiling.

Mike McFadzen
Michael, wife Karen and dog Woody live in the heart of the Kettle Moraine State Forest near Greenbush Wisconsin. Mike enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities including cross-country skiing, biking, running, hiking, and paddle sports. He loves to travel when his day job as an obstetrical sonographer at Aurora Health Care doesn't interfere.
Mike has been involved in recreational and natural resource issues for over 20 years. Currently, Mike is the FWSP Policy chairperson which follows legislative and other issues that affect state parks, trails and other state properties. Mike is also the “Sounding the Alarm” columnist for Midwest Silent Sports and editor of Pro-Resource Alert, an online webzine.
Mike is President of the Friends of the Kettle Moraine State Forest and a member of the State Stewardship Council which provides input on the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship program. Mike served on the State Trails Council where he was chairman for 4 years and held other officer positions. Mike is a founding member and officer of Wisconsin Nordic Network (WINN). WINN represents cross-country skiing and ski clubs across Wisconsin. He has authored numerous articles on natural resources, recreation, and travel.
Contact Mike on legislative issues that affect your Friends Group.
Home Phone 920-207- 9833
E-Mail Home mcfadzen@msn.com

Tim Lovett, Oconomowoc 

paske
Randall Paske, Prairie du Chien has been visiting and camping in Wisconsin State Parks since the age of 11. Paske has tented, camped in a pop-up camper, and a 27-foot travel trailer.  He has also backpacked in the lower part of the Ice Age Trail and traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, and Alaska. Randall was a sixth-grade teacher in Wisconsin from 1968, until he retired in 2002. He was born and raised in the south-central area of the state and then went on to live and work in the urban southeastern part of Wisconsin. He and his wife are enjoying the bluffs of the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien where they now live. Randall and his wife have served as Camp hosts at Wyalusing State Park from 2002 -2009. They have also been camp hosts at Pike Lake State Park, Roche-A-Cri State Park and state parks in Michigan. The have been members of the Friends of Wyalusing State Park for more than five years and Randall has been the vice president of the group for the last three years. He also has managed the concession stand at Wyalusing State Park for two years and enjoys visiting with other campers and park visitors. He is the author of the Friends of Wyalusing Blog which contains over 110 entries and over 500 photographs of the park. This site has videos of events that he created, trail videos and virtual tours of the park. The park uses QR codes for the latest trail announcements and guides. He also is involved in promoting Facebook and Twitter. Randall attended the 2011 FWSP workshops. His photographs have won Annual Awards. Contact Information: rpaske@fwsp.org, Phone 608 622 7855 .

Jonathan Ringdahl, La Crosse
Jonathan Ringdahl developed a deep passion for state parks as a kid with trips to Perrot State Park and Wyalusing State Park. Jonathan got involved with the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks after completing his 2012 goal of visiting every Wisconsin state park, forest, and recreation area in one year. At the time, the system contained 65 properties. There are 73 properties now. He joined the board in 2015. He serves on the outreach committee and assists in fundraising.
Jonathan works with kids with autism and is a certified kayak instructor in La Crosse. He is also a photographer who has won several state park photography contests including back-to-back years in the FWSP calendar before joining the board. Jonathan also likes to backpack, kayak camp, and geocache in the parks. He is also a Wisconsin master naturalist. You can frequently find him roaming or camping in the parks. You can follow his adventures at Wisconsin State Park Adventures on Facebook and @livingthedreamadventures on Instagram. He also welcomes email contact atjringdahl@fwsp.org.

Waldo Peterson, Madison

Jerry Leiterman, Mercer
Jerry Leiterman joined the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks (FWSP) Board of Directors in November 2017. He grew up in a small rural community outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin. As a teenager, he was introduced to natural resources and outdoor recreation through scouting and visiting state parks which influenced him to pursue a career in park and recreation administration and resource management. Recently retired, Jerry worked for more than 36 years for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources at numerous state parks and forests in frontline and management positions ending his career as the Northeast District Parks, Forests and Trails Supervisor. As a board member of FWSP, Jerry will advocate for the Wisconsin State Park System to continue to provide meaningful outdoor recreation experiences for individuals, families, and groups at affordable prices. He values providing opportunities for a wide range of recreational pursuits on public lands using a balanced approach to minimize user conflicts and to protect our natural resources for present and future generations.
Jerry and his wife, Sharon, live in Mercer, Wisconsin and have two grown sons. In retirement, he enjoys biking, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, hunting, traveling and the on-going training of their two golden retrievers. He is on the Board of Directors for the Mercer Cross-Country Skiing Association and a volunteer for Historicorp, a non-profit organization who partners with state and federal agencies to preserve historical structures on public lands. Jerry can be contacted at jeromeleiterman@gmail.com

Carley Windorf, Green Bay