2019 YLA Board Member Nominees

YLA is led by a group of up to 18 Board of Directors elected by our membership.  Each year, 6 board members are elected to serve 3 year terms. The following is a list of nominees (and their bios) for the upcoming 3 year term of 2019-2021.  You may print the 2019-2021 Board of Directors Ballot and mail to the address on the form.  All ballots must be RECEIVED on or before Saturday, December 15, 2018.

Get to know your board member nominees:

Dick Adler (Lake Monona) joined American Family Insurance Company right out of college and had a 43 year career there. He held several management positions with the last 18 years as Sales Promotion Director. He and his wife have lived on Squaw Bay of Lake Monona for over 15 years. Two of their three children also have homes on L enjoys racing their sailboat, a Flying Scot, with her husband and kayaking on the lake.


Annette headshotAnnette Hellmer (Lake Monona) is relatively new to the Yahara Lakes, moving to the shores of Lake Monona in 2015 with her husband, Brian.  Annette is an investment management professional with Johnson Bank and is active in the local investment community.  She served two terms on the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Madison Board, including serving as president of the society, new member chair, and programming chair.  Annette has also been involved with other not-for-profit boards over the years, currently serving as past president of the Friends of the Waisman Center Board of Directors.

Annette and her husband have 2 grown daughters and look forward to enjoying many years of lake living.  She is interested in water quality issues and making our lakes more enjoyable for all.

Jenny Kuehn (Lake Mendota) was a nominee but upon reviewing her other commitments has now withdrawn as a YLA board member candidate.  We wish Jenny well and hope that when her commitments and schedule allow, she considers joining our team on the YLA board.

Dave Silverberg (Lake Waubesa) is a nominee

Eric Vieth (Lake Kegonsa) is a nominee

Also, former Board Members – Mike Jensen (Lake Mendota) and Debbie Waite (Lake Monona) whose terms ended 12/31/17 – were replaced by the Board appointed candidates listed below.  YLA members are asked to vote to approve or nominate other candidates to serve the 3 year term (already in progress) from 2018 – 2020:

Eric Olson (Lake Kegonsa) has a long history with Stoughton and Lake Kegonsa. When growing up in Stoughton, he and his family spent many hours in their motorboat on the lake. After living in Colorado for a number of years, Eric moved back to Stoughton to work with his father’s business, Olson Builders.  In 2007, he became a realtor, and currently manages the Stoughton Office of Bunbury & Associates, Realtors.

Eric is very active in the Stoughton community.  He is a Supervisor on the Town of Pleasant Springs Board and is also on the Friends of Lake Kegonsa Society’s (FOLKS) Board where he also runs FOLKS’ Facebook and Twitter sites.

After deciding they wanted to live on Lake Kegonsa, Eric and his family looked for 2 years for the perfect location.  In 2000, they purchased lake property and built an important building, a boathouse. A couple of years later, their current home was finished and since then they have enjoyed living on the lake.  Both Eric and his son are avid water skiers and swimmers and they are in or out on the lake as much as possible.

Eric’s dedication to improving the area lakes led him to join the Yahara Lakes Association Board.  When asked what he would like focus on to improve the lakes, Eric said he is interested in improving the lake level management practices of the Yahara lakes and dealing with aquatic plants.

Nancy Peckham (Lake Waubesa) is CEO and owner of Valicom, a technology expense management company, located in Fitchburg for the past 27 years. Nancy and her husband Paul have two adult children.  After 30 years residing in the town of Oregon, they fulfilled a life-long dream of living on the water and moved to Lake Waubesa in late 2016.  Nancy and Paul enjoy many activities including boating, paddle boarding, fishing, snowshoeing, kayaking, biking and golfing.

Nancy feels the lakes are a huge factor in the quality of life in Madison but feels there are many issues that need to be addressed. Lake levels, clean water and beaches are high on her list. Nancy wants to be involved in making a difference for the benefit of the waterfront property owners and all who use our Yahara lakes.

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