Jeff Guerard, Chapter Chair - Jeff grew up hunting and fishing in central and northern Wisconsin. Some of his earliest memories are of following his Dad on fishing and duck hunting trips. Jeff grew up in a very small town in central Wisconsin called Winneconne. He graduated from high school in 2000 and attended Marquette University. Jeff graduated from Marquette in 2004 with a degree in Business Administration and in 2007 with a law degree. Currently, he is a partner in a law practice in Milwaukee. Jeff is married to Anna and they have two wonderful daughters, Clara and Josie.
Even though school and work have cut down on his time in the wilderness, Jeff still very much enjoys hunting and fishing every chance he gets. In Wisconsin, he enjoys bowhunting for whitetail deer, hunting an assortment of small game and fishing as much as he can. Recently, Jeff had the privilege of taking an annual trip west to hunt Elk. Hunting and fishing are lifelong passions for him.
Jeff is committed to working to secure the future of our wild public lands. Wisconsin has very little wild lands left and those lands need to be conserved for the future.
Ryan C Williams, Board of Directors - Ryan grew up in Rock Island, Illinois between the Mississippi and Rock Rivers with Blackhawk State Park as his back yard
In his teen years and into his 20s the outdoors took a back seat to other pursuits but as his son and daughter became older he became determined to pass on the outdoors heritage that his father passed on to him.
Ryan is an avid fisherman, pheasant, and duck hunter but if it gets him in the woods he’s likely doing it. The majority of outdoors recreation Ryan takes part in is on public land whether it be state forest, marshes, or our many lakes and rivers here in Wisconsin.
Ryan served in the Marine Corps from 1996 - 2000 and volunteered to return to active duty in 2003 in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. In 2002 he graduated from Western Illinois University with a degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Adminstration.
After college his first job was with a small western Illinois law firm as a legal assistant. While there Ryan primarily worked with the firm's political activities. He currently works for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
John Rennpferd, Board of Directors - John is a native of Southeastern Wisconsin, with strong ties to Northern Minnesota. Johns entire family enjoys the outdoors; particularly his Grandparents fostered a strong appreciation for the outdoors, and sporting lifestyle. John spent his formative years living with his maternal Grandmother in Northern Minnesota where he was encouraged to fish, hunt, trap, hike, and adventure outdoors daily. John spent numerous summers with his paternal Grandparents in Northern Wisconsin swimming, fishing, and observing nature.
John has had a handful of careers in the past 20 years; most notably he spent 5 years in the US Army, with most of that time assigned to the 10th Mountain Division based in Northern New York. After returning to Wisconsin in 2004 John resumed college, and spent his spare time mountain biking, hiking, camping, and fishing. In 2011 while finishing his second degree he started a new career in the data industry.
John lives in South Milwaukee with his wife, children, and family pets. He is known for sneaking in an hour of fishing before, or after work. Weekends are spent getting his children outdoors to hike, fish, and observe wildlife. In 2015 John resumed hunting, shooting sports, and archery in anticipation of passing on that knowledge, and tradition to his children as they grow up.
Zach Scott, Board of Director - Zach grew up in the small south central Wisconsin town of Belleville and started hunting turkeys and whitetails at the age of 12, mentored by his father. He grew up around the hunting and fishing industry as his father is the owner and operator of a sporting goods store. A passion for the outdoors was instilled at a young age.
This love of the outdoors and wilderness lead him to obtain a degree in Geography and Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Zach currently works for the United States Geological Survey – Wisconsin Water Science Center as a Hydrologic Technician operating real-time river gaging stations throughout the southwestern corner of Wisconsin. He spends the majority of his days traveling the state to stand in rivers and wouldn’t have it any other way. Zach enjoys fly-fishing for trout, hunting whitetails and turkeys with his bow and has deep interests and intentions of hunting elk and mule deer in western states. He is also a devote husband and father to his wife, Kayla and his daughter, Finley. He looks forward to being involved with BHA to work to protect public land and access to those public lands.
Rob Moore, Treasurer - Rob grew up in northeast Wisconsin and has enjoyed all the outdoor activities the dairy state offers including hunting at his 5th generation cabin, fishing the Great Lakes and camping throughout the state.
Rob obtained his undergraduate degree in accounting from Saint Norbert College and went on to pursue his Masters of Business Administration degree, with an emphasis on finance, from Lakeland College. He is currently employed as a Portfolio Manager at a regional bank and trust company. Rob’s enthusiasm for the outdoors has guided him to BHA so he can do his part to ensure that access to public land and water is something that future generations have the opportunity to experience and enjoy.
Joe Steffen, Board of Directors - Joe grew up in the small Central Wisconsin town of Plover and started hunting whitetails in Northern Wisconsin at a young age. His father introduced him to the vast public acreage that Iron County WI had to offer. During High School he never had a problem finding any excuse to get outdoors and even managed to be accepted into a school sponsored program that allowed him to canoe through many of the major Wisconsin waterways for a summer.
After high school he attended College where he received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice and his Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Public Administration. Joe currently works as a Sergeant for a College Public Safety Department in Madison WI and works part time as a Police Officer for two local Police Departments.
Joe is an avid sportsman. When he is not working, you will likely find him in the field chasing Deer and Turkeys around Wisconsin and at least once a year a trip out west to hunt Antelope, Elk or Geese. During the summer, you can find Joe around a campfire, canoeing, kayaking and trying to catch dinner in the Boundary Waters and the Wisconsin River. Joe’s wife, Megan and their black lab, Buddy Lee, will often join in on the adventures.
Joe has also been a lead Hunter Safety instructor for the Wisconsin DNR for the last 5 years and volunteers his time for the Learn to Hunt program through the Wisconsin DNR. He is passionate about ensuring public land access for generations to come.
Lucas Olson, Board of Directors - A Wisconsin native, I grew up a student of the outdoors where hunting, trapping, and angling were everyday pursuits. I went to high school in a small town in the Wisconsin River Valley, Merrill, graduating in 2012. Following this, I went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison where I received a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology May of 2016. I am currently a M.S. candidate at UW-Madison studying spatial patterns of predation.
I have served as student chapter president and secretary for UW-Madison’s Wildlife Society. I am currently the vice president for the Badger Hunting Club which is a student org linking student-hunters to land, gear, and friendships. I am involved with instructing Learn to Hunt for Food courses and Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow workshops. When out of reach by cell phone, I’m most likely at my fishing camp in Northwestern Ontario juggling up lake trout from the depths.
Nick Kapral, Secretary - A Wisconsin native, Nick’s passion for the outdoors began early in life while camping and fishing with his father and brothers and tagging along on hunting trips every opportunity he had. While attending college at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, archery hunting whitetails and ice fishing became prime interests, though he never passed up an opportunity to get outdoors, no matter the activity.
Today, Nick continues to hunt and fish in his home state of Wisconsin while also making annual trips “out West” to explore wild, public lands in search of big game. In light of the opportunities he has been afforded and to ensure that those same opportunities continue to exist for generations to come, Nick is committed to working towards the preservation and conservation of our wildlife, and the public lands they call home.