Board of Directors - Officers

President - Bill Zager, Amery, WI
 Bill Zager was born and raised on a dairy farm in central Minnesota and received an Associate’s Degree in Electronics in 1971.   Bill worked 13 years as a communications field technician with Motorola and held various field and office jobs in Wisconsin and Minnesota in his 26 years with Excel Energy.   He lives in a rural residence near Amery, WI.  He has been very active in the development and construction of the newest trail in the WI State Parks (WSP) system, the Stower Seven Lakes State Trail. He is one of the founders and currently serves as President for Friends of Stower Seven Lakes State Trail.



Jan Primus, V. President
Jan Primus is currently the President of the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park. She has been camping at Mirror Lake State Park since the early 1980s and has been part of the Friends group for the past 5 years. Jan is a tax consultant at Suby VanHaden & Associates in Madison and has worked there for the past 15 years.  Before that, she was the Director of Operations for the Graduate School of Banking at UW-Madison for 18 years. Jan is very active at Bethel Area Lutheran Church in Madison and is currently the Secretary for the Bethel Community Foundation.






Barbara Miller, Secretary

Sailing and canoeing the waters of northern Wisconsin were Barbara’s first and lifelong experiences with Wisconsin state parks. Prior to joining FWSP in 2015, she worked as a home economist and marketing manager then later enjoyed the privilege of being an at-home mom. Barbara is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Heritage Hill Foundation, the Friends group for Heritage Hill State Park in Green Bay. She sees her role in FWSP as assisting in developing the sustainability of the state and local friends groups in their efforts to support state parks. “The state parks of northeastern Wisconsin have played a memorable role in my life since childhood. From sailing to hiking to enjoying a beach or historic site, their beauty is awe-inspiring and should be treasured and protected.”


Jon Beadell, Treasurer
Jon has enjoyed the out-of-doors all of his life. As a kid, Jon grew up playing in Peninsula and Newport State Parks. Later, as a biologist working on human and wildlife disease epidemiology, he conducted extensive fieldwork in natural areas across the globe, while simultaneously indulging a severe bird-watching habit. Jon is currently an analyst and portfolio manager at A. D. Beadell Investment Counsel in Mequon. He looks forward to helping FWSP achieve greater financial sustainability and working to ensure that Wisconsin’s natural treasures remain protected and accessible in perpetuity.