Board Leadership

Cedar lake conservation foundation
board of directors

Mike Nast | President
Mike joined CLCF’s Board in 2018. Mike grew up on Big Cedar Lake where he developed a great appreciation for the local watershed and the beauty of the Kettle Moraine region. Mike has a BS from UW La Crosse and an MBA from UW Milwaukee. His professional career includes leadership positions in manufacturing businesses and service on several boards. Mike, his wife Michelle, and their two daughters live in the Town of West Bend where they enjoy sailing on Big Cedar Lake, alpine skiing and bicycling.



Denise Goergen | Vice-President
Denise joined CLCF’s Board in 2018. Denise retired after 30+ years of practicing law and has served in numerous professional and nonprofit leadership roles. She has a long-term dedication to conservation and has had a home on Big Cedar Lake since 1997.




John Bonnell | Treasurer
John joined CLCF’s Board in 2023. Since 2017, John has been the Director of Business Development at Campbell Newman Asset Management, Inc. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in Institutional Sales at Artisan Partners. He has been in the investment business for over 20 years. John also serves on the Board of Trustees at the University School of Milwaukee. He and his family enjoy spending time on Big Cedar Lake.


John Harmon | Secretary
John joined CLCF’s Board in 2017. He has lived in the West Bend area since 2006 and is an avid user of CLCF’s properties. John is a firm believer in CLCF’s mission of preserving land and maintaining buffers for wildlife. He has a BS from UW-Eau Claire and is currently the Senior Manager of Applications at Broan in Hartford, WI.



Mary Beth Carr
Mary Beth joined CLCF’s Board in 2019 and has been a CLCF volunteer and committee chair since 2017. She brings with her 30+ years of event management experience with the Milwaukee County Zoo and the Wisconsin State Fair Park. She is an active community volunteer and has had a family home on Big Cedar Lake since 1963 and has seen the positive impact CLCF has had on BCL. Mary Beth and her husband, Frank, love the Town of West Bend and Big Cedar Lake.



Meg Jansky
Meg joined the CLCF Board in 2020.   She grew up on Big Cedar and Gilbert lakes and has treasured their beauty.  Meg has worked with the CLCF to protect over 60 acres of family-owned property in CLCF’s mission area.  Meg holds an undergraduate degree from UW-Milwaukee and an MBA from Marquette University.  Meg recently retired after a 30+ year career in Financial Services and has served on several nonprofit boards.  Since early 2020, Meg and her husband, Joe, have served as the Volunteer Coordinators for CLCF’s Stew Crew.



Bob Phelps
Bob joined CLCF’s Board in 2020.  Bob and his dog Purna have been taking advantage of the beauty of the Cedar Lakes area since 2001 when he purchased a home on Big Cedar Lake.   Now living on Little Cedar Lake, they can both be found on the hiking and skiing trails of the Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation land, and almost as often, rowing and paddling the pristine waters.  Bob is President of Oarsman Capital, an investment advisory firm based in Milwaukee with offices in Brookfield and in Prairie du Sac.


Didi Atwood Reilly
Didi joined CLCF’s Board in 2009. She is motivated by her belief that these lands around us will benefit future generations, and wants to help preserve and protect them. Didi has a BA from Harvard College, a M. of Architecture from Princeton University and currently serves as a Trustee of the University of Chicago Medical Center. Didi and her husband Paul live in Chicago and at Big Cedar Lake.



Cindy Rusher
Cindy has spent her summers on Big Cedar Lake all of her life – and is now a full-time resident. She served as Commodore of the Cedar Lake Yacht Club during 2017-1028. Cindy has previously also held leadership positions at a number of service organizations. She is a 1988 Olympian and a 1992 Olympic Silver Medalist in Rowing and graduated from UW-Madison with a BS degree in physical therapy. Cindy loves all water activities including sailing, rowing, kayaking, swimming and boating. She treasurers the Cedar Lakes region and enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing on CLCF’s trails.



Kevin Steiner
Kevin joined CLCF’s Board in 2023. Kevin Steiner has worked at West Bend Mutual since 1994 and has been President since 2008 and CEO since 2009. He’s been in the insurance industry for 31 years.  He also serves on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Washington County and Kettle Moraine YMCA, among other organizations. 



Jynine Strand
Jynine joined CLCF’s Board in 2019. Jynine is a real estate lawyer with a practice in Washington County and has served on numerous professional and nonprofit boards. Jynine grew-up in rural Waupaca County and believes it is important to preserve and protect the lands around us to benefit future generations. Jynine, her husband Greg, and their three daughters enjoy many outdoor activities such as hiking, boating and snow skiing.



Peter T. Ziegler:  Peter joined CLCF’s Board in May 2020. Peter grew up sailing and spending summers on Big Cedar Lake where through his family he developed an appreciation for the lake.  Peter owns Habitat Restoration Partners, an ecological restoration business, and is the Project Director for Wisconsin Waterfowl Association’s statewide habitat program.  He has extensively worked for and with nonprofits around the state where he is able to put his passion to work restoring and managing natural areas.