Bill Scholten, Founder
Bill's family has been enjoying Potawatomi State Park since the mid 1960s. In the early 1990s they participated in Run Wild each fall. When the DNR cancelled Run Wild, Bill & others incorporated the new Friends Group in late 1995. They have supported the Park & staff in many projects and Run Wild has been a huge success every fall since then!!
Traci was born and raised in Sturgeon Bay. She spent many years at Potawatomi State Park camping, hiking, biking, and having picnics with her family growing up and continues that tradition now as an adult. Traci enjoys the outdoors and the tranquility of being in nature. She has been a volunteer of RunWild for many years along with many of her family members. Traci joined the Board in October of 2013 and serves as its secretary.
Mike & Lissa Wagner
Mike and Lissa are happily retired in Door County. Both originally from Manitowoc, they had their careers and raised their two children in Fort Atkinson. They made many trips to Potawatomi Park over the past 50 years, beginning with visiting Lissa’s great aunt and uncle who owned the big island in Sawyer Harbor. They enjoy being involved with the Friends Group and love spending time on projects in the park.
A long time user of the park and volunteer, avid skier, hiker and cyclist. He is a resident of Sturgeon Bay and Manager of Nor Door Sport and Cyclery In Sturgeon Bay.
Lee J Grota
Lee grew up in Sturgeon Bay, learned to ski in Potawatomi Park, camped in Daisy Field as a Boy Scout, and often hiked in the Park. Lee is Past President of the Friends, he enjoys cross-country skiing and hiking in Potawatomi Park, photography, and editing the Park Pals Newsletter.
Karl is a Door County native, having lived in Sturgeon Bay all his life. He is an active road biker and skier. Being a Friend of Potawatomi Park has furthered his interest in developing and improving cross country ski trails in Potawatomi Park.
Marian and her husband Rod and their 4 sons have lived within a mile of Potawatomi since the mid sixties and all have enjoyed biking, skiing, camping and hiking in this wonderful Park we all love. The Schlise’s, along with Elizabeth Walther, plant and tend the flower beds in the Park. Marian served as secretary of the Board for 5 years and more recently as Vice President. She also served as editor of Park Pals for three years and continues to assist with production.
As a Door County native, Kim enjoys Potawatomi Park during every season. She visits the park weekly and takes advantage of the limitless outdoor activities that the park has to offer. Some of Kim's favorite things to do are: geocaching, mountain biking, and XC skiing. She also actively participates in the maintenance of the park, especially the many trails all year long. Kim is the Vice President of the Friends of Potatatomi..
Tina has been a Board Member and treasurer of the Friends group since October 2009. As a Sturgeon Bay native, she spent a lot of time in Potawatomi State Park growing up – camping, hiking, running, biking and enjoying all the park has to offer. She became involved with the Friends group by being a participant in Run Wild for many years with her Dad and her family. Tina enjoys spending time outdoors and giving back to a community that has been a wonderful place to not only grow up, but raise a family. Tina serves the Board as its treasurer and helps out with Run Wild.
Peter developed an interest in environmental conservation following retirement and uses the park several times each week for hiking, wildflower watching, mushroom hunting, trail maintenance, ski trail grooming, skiing and skijoring. Peter conducts and organizes activities to control invasive plants at the park including garlic mustard, honeysuckle and phragmites. Anyone wanting to help, please contact Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Carol discovered the Park about twenty-five years ago and has been enjoying this hidden gem ever since, whether running trails, x-country skiing or biking. Carol joined the Friends Group to give back to the Park since she uses it almost every day. Carol has been a Board Member since October 2009 and is a co-director on the Run Wild committee.
Pat originally hails from the U.P. and first came to Door County as a member of the Coast Guard. He completed his tour at the Canal Station and later returned to open a business in Sturgeon Bay. An avid runner since high school, Pat discovered Run Wild in 1994 and has been a Run Wild committee volunteer since 1996. He now serves on the Friends Board of Directors and has been a member of the Board since 2011. He is the co-director for the Run Wild committee.