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The Board is composed of 4 officers, at-large members, and the Park Superintendent.  Board members serve staggered terms as shown below. 

The Board meets at least 3 times a year, with the annual meeting held at Rock Island State Park in the summer months, when feasible.


F.O.R.I. Board Members

Tina Jacoby

Tina Jacoby 2020-2023 (3-year term)

Tina was elected as President at our July 5th, 2020 election.  Tina joined the Board in 2014 as a member at large and served as Acting President in 2017 and again in early 2020 as well as serving as Acting Vice President in 2019. Along with her husband, Gary, Tina has volunteered at summer picnics and helps at Spring Cleanup Weekend, as well as assisting the Merchandise committee with inventorying and organizing merchandise at the park. She is also a member a of our Docent Selection Committee. She and Gary have volunteered as docents at the Lighthouse, on our Annual Picnic weekends many times, helped with our woodlot concession work and does weekend park coverage as needed.  She resides in Random Lake, Wisconsin.


Greg Koelpien

Greg Koelpien 2020-2022 (2-year term)

Greg was elected Vice President at our July 5th, 2020 Annual Meeting.  He joined the Board in 2017 as a member at large.  He has volunteered as camp host, weekend park coverage, as a Lighthouse docent and helped at many Spring Cleanup Weekends  and summer picnics along with his son, Will and his wife, Deanna.  He is currently serving as our Newsletter Editor.  Greg resides in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.


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Colleen Andrews  2019-2021 (2-year term)

Colleen was elected Secretary in 1997 and continues in that role.  She was appointed as Acting Vice President until the July 5th, 2020 election because Tina became Acting President.  She previously served as Board Vice President from 1995 - 1997 and as newsletter editor for a few years.  She also edits our web site and Facebook page as well as coordinates the Silent Auction at our annual Summer Picnic. Colleen and her husband, Rick Simmons, have served as volunteer docents at the Lighthouse many times, worked at Spring Cleanup Weekends every year and offered weekend park coverage as needed.  She lives in Almond, Wisconsin.


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Jeanell Dailey  2019-2021 (2-year term)

Jeanell has served on the Board since 1994 and is our longest serving Board member.  She was elected Treasurer in 1997 and continues in that role. Jeanell serves on our Docent Selection Committee, volunteers at summer picnics and serves as a docent at the Lighthouse each summer.  She is from Madison, Wisconsin.


Eric Hyde, Park Superintendent

Eric Hyde  2021 Park Superintendent, FORI Advisor

Eric took over management of Rock Island State Park in January, 2021 following Michelle Hefty's retirement. Eric manages Newport and Pottawatomi State Parks as well as Rock Island. He last worked for  Washington County where he managed all 14 of their country parks.  We are looking forward to a long and beneficial relationship with Eric.


Margie O'Connor

Margie O'Connor  2020-2021 (1-year term)

Margie joined the board in 2015 as a member at large and continues to serve in that role. She organizes our merchandise sales at the Lighthouse, at the contact station on Rock Island, at the Jackson Harbor Park Office, at the Island Dairy giftshop on Washington Island and at all of our special events each year. Margie resides on Washington Island.

Jim Johnston

Jim Johnston  2020-2021 (1-year term)

Jim joined the board in 2005 as a member at large and continues in that role.  Jim serves on our Merchandise Committee with Margie and provides weekend park coverage as needed.  He served as FORI Newsletter editor from 2013-2015.  He has raised thousands of dollars in donations and brought lots of volunteer workers from his clubs for FORI projects and events.  Jim lives in Milwaukee, WI.

 

Vicki Auble-Simpson

Vicki Auble-Simpson 2020-2021 (1-year term)

Vicki was elected to the Board in 2012 as a Member at Large, and continues in that role. She serves as the docent coordinator on the Docent Committee and has served as a docent at the lighthouse for the last 10 consecutive years. Vicki also assists with park clean up weekends, the summer picnics, and other special projects. She lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

 

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Salim Zerhouni 2020-2021 (1-year term)

Salim joined the Board in October, 2017 as a member at large and continues to serve in that role.  He has volunteered at park cleanup weekends, at summer picnics, provided weekend park coverage as needed and served as a Lighthouse docent with his wife, Sabrina. He volunteered in cutting and splitting wood during winter 2017 and spring 2018. Salim lives in DePere, Wisconsin.


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Randy Spevacek 2020-2021 (1-year term)

Randy joined the Board in 2009 as a member at large and is currently serving in that role after previously, being Vice President and Acting President as Board officers changed.  He has volunteered at summer picnics, provided weekend park coverage as needed, served as camp host and served as a Lighthouse docent for many years. Randy lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.


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Michelle Blink 2020-2021 (1-year term)

Michelle joined the FORI Board at the 2020 Annual meeting.  She has attended Board Meetings, helped FORI prepare our tax return and volunteered as a docent at the Lighthouse Museum for 5 years. She has loved to backpack to site C for at least 20 years.  Michelle lives in Lake Geneva,Wisconsin.


Jim Hickey at Rock Island

Jim Hickey 2020-2021 (1-year term)

Jim joined the FORI Board at the 2020 Annual meeting.  He has attended Board Meetings and volunteered, along with his wife and daughter, at our 2019 spring park cleanup event.  Jim and his family have also served as Lighthouse docents for many years.  Jim lives in McFarland, Wisconsin.


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Dan Jaeger 2020-2021 (1-year term)

Dan joined the FORI Board at the 2020 Annual meeting.  He has attended Board Meetings and plans to help make new information signs for the park.  He resides on Washington Island, Wisconsin.

 

Tim Sweet  Member Emeritus

Tim is a founding member of the Friends of Rock Island who served as Secretary since 1994 until he was elected President in 1997. In 2008, he stepped down as he had taken on the role of the President of the new Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands (FOPPI) organization.  He has served as FORI docent coordinator from 2004-2014 and as a docent at the Lighthouse many summers. He resides in Appleton, Wisconsin.



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