Meet the Board

Elkhart Lake Improvement Association (ELIA) is a volunteer-run, member-based 501(c)(3) non-profit. We are lead by a sitting president and 15 board member seats that both guide the direction of the association and it’s special projects through a voting forum as well through active roles on working committees. Our articles and bylaws govern our work. Board meetings take place 5-6 times per year and there is an annual meeting in June of every year.

John Schott (President)

John, President of ELIA, is a permanent resident of Sheboygan Bay and an Elkhart Village trustee. His attachment to the lake spans many decades. John is a retired global marketing manager for Kohler Co. He’s married to Martha. Their three daughters and their grandchildren enjoy the Elkhart Lake experience.

Chris Strigenz (Vice President)

Chris grew up summering on Elkhart at her Linnehan family cottage. She now enjoys Elkhart with her husband, Mark and daughter, Catie. Chris’s 37 year technology sales career, spanned across industries while at IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Apple. Currently loving retirement, focusing on her top priorities; family, friends and KEB!

Kim Elias (Secretary)

Kim is a hydrogeologist with 30 years of environmental consulting experience.  Her passion for lake life and knowledge of the environment inspires her contributions to our lake.  Kim has lived on Elkhart Lake for over 25 years, loves paddle boarding, and her daughter Maggi attends school in the Village.

Randy Boeldt (Treasurer)

Randy has been a Sheboygan County resident his entire life. He spent his entire career serving the public through various positions he held in the law enforcement profession. Randy ended his working career in 2012, retiring after serving over 22 years as the Chief of Police for Elkhart Lake.

Tom Nelson (Lifetime Director)

Tom is a retired AT&T general manager, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UW-Madison, trustee of both the city of Brookfield and the Village of Elkhart Lake, supervisory counter intelligence agent, US Army officer, and lifetime ELIA director.

Bill Easom

Bill was raised in Milwaukee, Wi. and has been coming to Elkhart Lake since 1973. He is a longtime member of the Elkhart Lake Sailing Club and enjoys outdoor activities. Bill lives in Chicago with his wife, two college aged kids and his dog Lambeau. He is currently a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley since 1983.

Peter Gunther

Growing up, Peter learned “It never rains at Elkhart.” He is a third generation Elkhart sailor, who swam at Big Blue and trained  for cross-country on the path.  He is a semi-retired lawyer.  Elkhart’s seasons, blue water, and beauty bless him, his wife Mary, and children, Christena and Travis.

Mike Froh

Mike and his wife, Susie White, are both lifelong residents of Sheboygan County. Mike was one of the owners of a large independent insurance agency in Sheboygan, retiring in 2018. He has been racing cars at Road America since 1971, is an avid Lake Michigan boater, and occasionally cruises Elkhart Lake in his Amphicar.

Nancy Hanlon

Nancy enjoyed many summer days on Elkhart Lake with her husband and children while living in Plymouth and working as a Spanish teacher. Now retired, she is very interested in controlling the spread of invasive aquatic species through education and sound environmental practices.

Joe Majerus

Joe is a landscape designer and project manager at Landmark Landscapes. For over a decade, Joe has built hundreds of gardens and outdoor living spaces for residential, municipal and corporate clients across eastern Wisconsin. Joe and his family enjoy being outdoors in the Elkhart Lake area.

Dee Sheehan

Dee has wonderful memories of summers at the lake as a youngster, mother, and grandmother. Moving from Texas, Dee and her husband, Mike retired at the lake home her parents built. They treasure the beauty and purity of Elkhart Lake and feel a duty to preserve these qualities for future generations.

Awais Siddique

Awais is an Endovascular Radiologist, living permanently on Elkhart lake. Awais is Chief of staff elect at a local hospital, Chair of the credentialing committee, Previous Chair of quality committee and Chair of radiology, executive committee and vascular member. He is a proud member of the Elkhart lake community.

Sue Staum

Sue’s Elkhart Lake roots go back a long way. Her grandfather was the valedictorian of the Elkhart Lake graduating class of 1910. She swam in the lake from the time she was a baby. Now that Sue is retired from teaching, one of her greatest joys is watching her grandchildren grow up on the shores of beautiful Elkhart Lake.

Kevin Sofen

Kevin grew up spending summers in Elkhart Lake, but his love for water has grown beyond Sheboygan. He now works in Chicago for a water treatment company that brings safe water solutions to those in need.  Kevin hopes to educate and provide clean water solutions to everyone he meets.

Mary Jo Vollrath

Mary Jo, her husband Walter, and thier five children have enjoyed making memories along the beautiful shores of Elkhart Lake where she has lived for over 30 years. Mary Jo is a retired school teacher, active community member, and is returning for a second time to the ELIA board.