Wall of Success


BADGER HIGH SCHOOL WALL OF SUCCESS


The “Wall of Success” program honors outstanding graduates of Badger High School, as well as Genoa City High School and Lake Geneva High School.

The committee solicits nominations from the community.  If you have someone you would like to nominate for the Wall of Success, please contact Badger High School at 262-348-2000 or click here

FEATURED RECIPIENTS

Neal Aspinall
Badger High School Graduate – 1982

During his years at Badger High School, Neal Aspinall was an active participant in student life.  He was on the golf team for four years, and after three years he lettered as a member of the diving team.  In addition, he was active in the local Junior Achievement Chapter for three years.  As a budding artist, Mr. Aspinall began to accrue honors, being chosen to do the title slide for “Project 82” and also receiving the Walworth County Fair Grand Prize for artwork.

After graduating from BHS, Mr. Aspinall attended the Art Institute of Colorado and was subsequently inducted into their hall of fame in 2007.  While in Colorado, Mr. Aspinall was chosen to do illustrations by the Coors Brewing Company, and in the early years of his career went on to work for all of the major breweries.  Some of early clients included companies such as Kimberly Clark, Kohler, Miller Brewing Company, Wisconsin State Fair, and Harley Davidson.  His work has appeared in several professional graphic design publications.  In 1994 Mr. Aspinall began freelance illustrating, and his list of national clients includes such prestigious names as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Coca Cola, "USA Today", Ford Motor Company, IBM, John Deere, Facebook, and the National Park Service.  Mr. Aspinall’s roots in the Lake Geneva area are especially evident in his work, as he has designed logos and posters for Black Point Historic Preserve, Water Safety Patrol, Lake Geneva Antique and Classic Boat Show, Lake Geneva Library, The Abbey Resort, Yunker Industries, Geneva Lake Conservancy, Chuck’s Lakeshore Inn, and the annual Lake Geneva Visitor’s Guide.  Mr. Aspinall's artistic works are known nationwide. We are proud to honor him on the Wall of Success.

Inducted, April 2012


John “Ike” Bailey
Bader High School Graduate – 1973

John “Ike” Bailey treasures his fond memories of attending Badger High School where he established “that forever special bond” with his classmates.  In high school as a member of the Badger Golf Team, he was already pursuing what would be a lifelong passion for the game of golf.  After graduating in 1973, Ike attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he played on the men’s golf team.  Upon graduating from college, Ike set out determined to fulfill a dream of working in the golf industry for a living.  He successfully completed the PGA business school program, and in 1980 he was elected to membership in the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.  By 1992 Ike had established himself as a golf professional and returned to his home of Lake Geneva to assume the position of head golf professional at Big Foot Country Club where he oversees all golf and tennis operations.  He also oversees the management of the junior golf program and the historic Big Foot Country Club caddy program.  In 2009 Ike received the honor of being elected president of the Wisconsin PGA and subsequently was a key figure at the 2010 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits Golf Club.  Ike Baily considers himself extraordinarily fortunate to have been able to remain in the golf industry for thirty-five years and to serve in a professional capacity and as a volunteer with the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.

Inducted, April 2011



Anne Brunk Barrow
Badger High School Graduate - 1973

Anne Peterson-Barrow’s search for excellence is exemplified by her accomplished broadcasting career.  Anne graduated from Northwestern University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech.  In 1978, Anne began reporting for WNDU-TV, the NBC affiliate in South Bend, Indiana.  In 1979, Anne moved to Kansas City where she has since worked for KCTV5, a CBS affiliate, first as a co-anchor for the 6 and 10 0’clock news and for the past five and a half years as an anchor for the 5 o’clock news.  Anne was the first anchor/reporter in Kansas City to focus on family/health reporting.  Her community service activities include spearheading in the 1993 “City of Peace Rally” in the Kansas City metropolitan area focusing on the need to calm gang unrest.  Anne initiated a program to increase the awareness of self-breast exams in the fight against breast cancer.  This effort has been adopted by television stations across the nation.  Currently, Anne is involved with the Mid-American Heart Institute to have automated external defibrillators in all public places in the Kansas City Metro area.  An avid triathlete, Anne carried the Olympic Torch in Kansas City prior to the 1984 Summer Olympic Games.  She passed the torch to the oldest torchbearer in the country – 100 years old – who passed it on to the youngest who was 6 years old.  Anne Peterson-Barrow’s career has been one of passing onto others the lifetime gifts of service to her community.

Inducted, May 2002


Stanley F. Bence
Lake Geneva High School Graduate – 1937

Stanley F. Bence grew up in Lake Geneva and never considered leaving the community that he loved.   Always a devoted family man, Stan also has given back to the community.  He served as an alderman in Lake Geneva for twenty-four years and was a member of the Lions Club, the Water Commission, the Library Board, the St. Francis De Sales Parish Board and Trustee, and a volunteer for the American Red Cross.  Upon retiring from his career as a life insurance consultant, Stan began volunteering for the Walworth County Dept. of Transportation, driving his own car to transport those in need to appointments throughout Southern Wisconsin.  Over the last 20 years he has provided this service to thousands of people who have benefited from this caring endeavor.  Community service awards include the Stu Herzog Outstanding Citizen Award and The President’s Volunteer Service Award.  In Dr. Britton Kolar's words: "(Stan) is the glue that holds our society together and is in my estimation truly a great American - a common man of uncommon commitment and virtue."

Inducted, April 2007


Greg Biging
Badger High School Graduate - 1970

Dr. Biging has experienced an outstanding twenty-four year career in teaching and research at the University of California-Berkeley.  Currently, he is the Vice Chair of the Environmental Science, Policy and Management Department.  Dr. Biging has earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, a master’s degree in Forest Biometrics, and two Ph. D’s in Forest Biometrics and Statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Some recent research accomplished by Dr. Biging was his work with 20 other scientists on a new satellite project for NASA called EO-1.  This experimental satellite will help NASA decide if a commercial version can be built and made available to the public.  This project took Dr. Biging to Argentina to conduct research on this satellite’s usefulness in identifying and monitoring conifer forests.  Other scientists have been examining the satellite’s usefulness in geology, agriculture, viticulture, ecology, as well as other disciplines.  The Society of American Foresters Award for outstanding Service was presented to Dr. Biging based on his work from 1989-1992 as associate editor of Forest Science.  Dr. Biging’s professional interests include: Econometrics, using high-resolution digital imagery, and 3D morphology; Forest and natural resource assessment and monitoring; statistical accuracy assessment methodology of thematic resource maps; and Fuzzy logic and neural net applications to remote sensing of natural resources.

Inducted, May 2003


Linda (Bailey) Boilini
Badger High School Graduate - 1969 

Christa McAuliff said, “I teach; I touch the future.”  This is a wonderful way to describe the life and career of Mrs. Linda Boilini.  Upon high school graduation, Mrs. Boilini entered the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  At U.W.-Oshkosh, she studied speech and English with the desire to become a teacher.  In 1974, Mrs. Boilini joined the Lake Geneva Schools as a substitute.  The following year, Mrs. Boilini began her full-time career as a Grades 7 & 8 teacher at Denison Middle School.  And what an outstanding career she has had!  Mrs. Boilini has taught nearly 4,000 children during her 29 year teaching career and many of her students would say they remember the impact she has made on their life.  Enthusiasm, love of learning, and caring for each student are just a few of the ways Mrs. Boilini has made a difference as a professional educator.  In addition, Mrs. Boilini is very active in the community volunteering her time and expertise to her church, numerous civic organizations, the YMCA, and many other groups that make the area a better place for all of us to live.  This unforgettable quote by an unknown author best summarizes Mrs. Boilini’s life, “Some people come into our lives, and quickly go.  Some stay for awhile, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.”  Linda Boilini mirrors this quote perfectly.

Inducted, May 2004


Barbara C. Braden
Lake Geneva High School Graduate - 1946

Barb Braden is best described by one word – involvement.  Throughout her entire life, Mrs. Braden has immersed herself in various community activities.  Never one to sit on the sideline, Mrs. Braden has taken active roles in school, civic, and community sponsored events.  As a high school student, Mrs. Braden was president of the Girl’s Athletic Association and was selected as the senior drum majorette.  At Milwaukee Downer College, Mrs. Braden was the only freshman to receive three major sports letters in field hockey, basketball, and bowling.  Mrs. Braden was named “Miss Lake Geneva” representing the Lake Geneva Lions Club at the State Convention.  She was the second highest recruiter in the nation, signing up 331 new members for the Young Republicans in 1964.  Utilizing her boundless energies, Mrs. Braden was appointed Lake Geneva Chairperson for Wisconsin’s Sesquicentennial celebration in May 1998.  Mrs. Braden organized an all-school reunion that saw hundreds of alumni from Lake Geneva, Genoa City, and Badger High Schools return to the area to be reunited with relatives, friends, and memories.  Mrs. Braden has most recently served as the chairperson for Badger’s “WALL OF SUCCESS” program.  Barb’s favorite hobbies include family, baking, candy making, gardening, and not being able to say “no.”

Inducted, May 2003


Mark T. Braden, D.D.S.
Bader High School Graduate – 1970

Dr. Mark Braden has pursued both his professional and personal goals with passion.  Dr. Braden earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1980 from Marquette University.  Since establishing his dental practice in Lake Geneva in 1980, Dr. Braden has served his patients with utmost care.  Besides his practice, Dr. Braden has been actively involved in a number of professional organizations, serving in positions of leadership.  Dr. Braden shared his energy serving as chairperson for the Badger High School remodeling project that in 1987 successfully passed a $3 million referendum.  Dr. Braden was also one of the founders and first president of the Badger Booster Club.  Dr. Braden’s passion for sports is demonstrated by his involvement in officiating.  Dr. Braden has officiated four high school state football games, the last being the 1999 WIAA Division I state championship finals.  Also, Dr. Braden officiated the 1999 NCAA Division III Football Tournament.  Dr. Braden is well known for his expertise in officiating Women’s College Basketball, which he has done for the past 12 years.  He also officiated the 1998 NCAA Division III Women’s Final Four in Portland Maine.  Dr. Braden is as sought after to share his knowledge and passion as a dental surgeon as he is for this knowledge as an official on the playing field.  In 1999, Dr. Braden was the recipient of the prestigious “Award of Honor” from the Wisconsin Dental Association. 

Inducted, May 2000

Dr. Braden continues to be a huge supporter of Badger High School.  Braden Dental Center sponsors the homecoming fireworks display and has been a generous donor for our Bucky’s Scholarship Gala.  His continued support for the students at Badger is truly appreciated.


Lyle L. Clayton
Badger High School Graduate - 1964

Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Clayton attended Spenserian College in Milwaukee graduating in 1968 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  From 1968 to 1974, Mr. Clayton served in the United States Army earning a Bronze Star and Air Medal for meritorious service while on assignment in Vietnam.  Mr. Clayton’s corporate career began with the Carnation Company where he excelled in the Management Development Program.  He furthered his sales career as a Sales Representative for National Starch and Chemical Corporation where his diligence in pursuing his career goals led him to assume significantly larger responsibilities.  In 1976, Mr. Clayton joined Marion Labs, Inc., a growing organization that dominated the pharmaceutical industry.  Eventually, Mr. Clayton assumed responsibilities as Vice President of Sales at Marion Scientific, a division of Marion Labs, managing an annual budget of $6.2 million.  In 1987, Mr. Clayton acquired Webco Manufacturers; a privately held custom metal fabricator and in 12 years drove sales from $3 million to $12 million.  In 1999, Mr. Clayton began his current responsibilities with Medi-Flex, Inc., a privately held manufacturer of ampoulized antiseptic products.  In 2002, Mr. Clayton was named President and Chief Operating Officer of the company.  Mr. Clayton’s community involvement include State Line Optimist Club, Boys Scouts of America, Ronald McDonald House, and is a Founding Board Member of the Heart to Heart International Charity.  With his wife and three sons, Mr. Clayton’s hobbies include fly fishing, fly tying, golf, hunting, sailing, and reading.  Mr. Clayton credits his four years at Badger, where he cites his classmates and staff as playing an important role in his personal and professional life.  It is said of Mr. Clayton that, “He is the epitome of what hard work and perseverance are about.  He has worked for everything he has achieved.”

Inducted, May 2004


John P. Edl
Badger High School Graduate - 1960

“Jack” Edl’s life has been exciting and challenging.  Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Chemistry, Jack began an outstanding career with Armstrong World Industries, Wickes Companies, and Oak Industries.  Since 1982, Mr. Edl has worked for the Elkay Manufacturing Company, headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois.  Mr. Edl has served this Forbes 500 company as Vice President for Marking and President of the Cabinetry Group.  Elkay is the world’s largest manufacturer of stainless steel sinks and drinking fountains, plus one of the nation’s largest producers of kitchen and bath cabinetry.  In 1999, Mr. Edl was named President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of Elkay.  Mr. Edl’s community service includes being Co-Chairman “Spirit of Wisconsin” Endowment Campaign and assisting the University of Wisconsin Marching Band Endowment Campaign.  Mr. Edl credits the encouragement of his parents, both of whom were teachers, for his strong belief that education and learning can be exciting and life-long activities.

Inducted, May 2002



Matt Englar-Carlson
Badger High School Graduate – 1989

 After graduating from Badger High School in 1989, Matt Englar-Carlson moved to Santa Cruz, California to pursue his dream of attending college in California. There he attended the University of California at Santa Cruz, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology and Sociology in 1993. From there, he went on to receive his Master of Arts in Health Psychology Education in 1994 from Stanford University, a Master of Education in Counselor Education in 1995, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology in 2001, both from the Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Englar-Carlson is currently a professor in the Department of Counseling at California State University-Fullerton (CSUF). His scholarly activities include an active research program investigating health and wellness questions related to men and masculinity, multicultural issues, and counseling theory. He also researches preventative structures amongst professional male athletes that support clean-sporting behavior. At CSUF, he is a former Department Chair and the co-founder of the Center for Boys and Men, which is housed in the College of Health and Human Development. The Center focuses on community outreach and training local professionals about effective means to improve the health of boys, men, and those around them. In addition, he serves as the Chair of the CSUF Institutional Review Board, which monitors and reviews the ethical standards of university research efforts. He facilitates the CSUF Faculty-Student Mentoring Program that supports efforts for helping historically under-represented groups and first-generation college students. He received the CSUF Outstanding Scholarly and Creativity Award in 2007, 2010, and 2013. He received the Researcher of the Year Award, the Outstanding Faculty Recognition Award for being a teacher-scholar, the Outstanding Teacher Award, and the honor of being the 2015 Faculty Marshall for the College of Health and Human Development.

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Englar-Carlson has over 40 publications and has given 65 national and international presentations which focus on men and masculinity, social justice, and diversity issues. He has written or co-edited eight books, served on multiple editorial boards, has been on the advisory board for the Men and Masculinity Series, and was selected multiple task forces for the American Counseling Association Task and the American Psychological Association. He has also consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Endowment about preventative health measures for adolescent males. His interest in positively impacting anti-doping behavior in sport has resulted in multiple grants to both the World Anti-doping Association and the International Olympic Committee.

Although Dr. Englar-Carlson has had an impactful career as a researcher and advocate for the health needs of boys and men, the most important aspect of his career is his impact as a teacher and mentor. He holds his role as a teacher above all others and is motivated most by seeing his students’ hard work, sacrifices, and successes. He has seen his former students graduate, become licensed, and make their own impact in their local communities, demonstrating the positive ripple effect his own love of teaching has had on those around him.

Inducted, April 2015


Harold A. Fritz
Badger High School Graduate - 1962

Harold Fritz was a member of the first graduating class at Badger High School.  Harold Fritz has had an illustrious military career, first serving his country for 27 years as a member of United States Army until his retirement in 1993.  In 1998, Harold Fritz was appointed Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Arm for Illinois (South).  He entered active duty in 1966 and the following year was commissioned Second Lieutenant, Armor.  Harold Fritz’s career includes combat service in Vietnam, and peacetime service in the United States, German, Korea, and Panama.  On January 11, 1969, while serving with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment near Quan Loi, Binh Long Province, Republic of Vietnam, a wounded First Lieutenant Fritz displayed extraordinary courage and selflessness.  On March 2, 1971, President Nixon cited Captain Fritz for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty.  The President of the United States presented the CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR to Harold A. Fritz, United States Army.  The Medal of Honor is our nation’s highest award for combat valor.  There are 153 living Medal of Honor Recipients.  Since 1863, there have been 3,400 Medal of Honor Recipients.  Harold Fritz has led a distinguished life.  In high school, Harold Fritz was known as a quiet leader and he credits many of his teachers for providing a positive impact on his life.

Inducted, May 2000


Dr. Gregory Gerber
Badger High School Graduate – 1971

After graduating as the valedictorian of the Badger High School class of 1971, Dr. Greg Gerber attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  While attending Whitewater, Dr. Gerber played for the Warhawk football team and was named Most Valuable Player both by the University and by the Wisconsin State University Conference in 1974.  Additionally, he was co-captain of the 1974 conference championship team.  After obtaining his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, Dr. Gerber attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, graduating with his Medical Doctor degree in 1979.  In 1982 he completed his internship and residency in Family Medicine at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. He then returned to Lake Geneva and was instrumental in forming Geneva Family Practice, which became Aurora Health Care, where he has continued to serve his community as a Family Physician.  Dr. Gerber’s success can be measured by his lifelong commitment to the well being of his community on many levels.  He is the medical advisor for the Walworth County Public Health Department and serves as the medical director for the Wisconsin School for the Deaf.  Over the years he has contributed in multiple administrative capacities at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center and currently serves as the Chief of Staff.  Since 1982, Dr. Gerber has provided continuous care to countless patients in the highest tradition of quality family practice. In his own words, when asked to list the honors he has received over the years, he named just one: “Being able to practice family medicine in the community I love for the past twenty-seven years.”

Inducted, April 2009


Richard J. Gray
Badger High School Graduate - 1965

By his own admission, Richard Gray has had two careers.  After high school, Mr. Gray attended Air Force Academy Prep School and then graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1970 with a major in geology and a minor in philosophy.  That same year, Mr. Gray received a commission in the United States Navy.  During his 22 year career, he flew anti-submarine warfare helicopters from aircraft carriers and made deployments to Europe and the Mediterranean Sea.  Also, Mr. Gray served as a Strategic Planner and Logistics Coordinator on major Navy staffs.  Finally, Mr. Gray served as the Commanding Officer of Naval/Marine Corps Reserve Centers in San Antonio, Austin, and Laredo, Texas.  Yet, it is his second career that Mr. Gray has truly made a difference.  Currently, he is the Director of Naval Training for the Sequin Independent School District in Sequin, Texas.  In 1993, Mr. Gray established a Naval Junior ROTC program for high school students.  Enrollment has increased from 73 to over 250 cadets and the program is recognized for performance in the top 20% of such programs in the United States.  Mr. Gray’s two careers, spanning over 30 years in the military and in teaching, have been very successful.  Besides family, Mr. Gray enjoys hunting, fishing, golf, woodworking, gardening, and reading.

Inducted, May 2004


Joyce Grever
Lake Geneva High School Graduate – 1954

Joyce Grever graduated from Lake Geneva High School in 1954.  Following high school, Joyce pursued a career in education, obtaining her two year teaching certificate from Racine-Kenosha Teachers College.  After teaching 1st -8th graders for two years at Wortman School, a one-room school house, Joyce stayed home for twelve years to raise five children.  Before returning to teaching, Joyce attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education.  She went on to spend the next 28 years teaching 2nd and 3rd graders at Brookwood Elementary School in Genoa City, Wisconsin.  Joyce Grever has distinguished herself by living a life devoted to helping children grow.  She spent 35 years actively involved in Girl Scouts of America, directing Oakwood Knoll Camp in East Troy, Wisconsin for 15 years.  She has been honored by the Girl Scouts with numerous certificates and pins, receiving the Rowbotham Award for outstanding leadership as well as receiving the two highest awards in scouting, the Thanks Badges.  She has received the God and Country Award through her church, in conjunction with the Girl Scouts. After retiring from teaching, Joyce moved to Chetek, Wisconsin where she continues to have a tremendous impact on the lives of local school children, volunteering her time to participate in innumerable school programs. Her avid participation in reading programs has gained her the nickname “Grandma Joyce” among the children whose lives she touches.  Joyce Grever’s life and career have been characterized by service and devotion to her community, and everyone knows her as “someone who will lend a hand at any time for any task, usually without being asked.”

Inducted, April 2010


Frank Guske, Jr.
Ba
dger High School Graduate – 1979

After graduating from high school, Mr. Guske attended the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater where he earned a major in Sociology and a minor in Business Administration. He is a Master Certified Automotive Technician for which his training actually began at Badger High School. Mr. Guske is a member of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. He makes a living as the manager of Wells Automotive Service (auto repair and towing) in Chicago and as manager of Lake Geneva Lanes. However, it is what he does for and with his family and the community that has earned him such titles as our “go-to-guy,” a “straight shooter” and “exemplary family man.” Mr. Guske has been a Scoutmaster for over 10 years where his passion and commitment to scouting is legendary. He serves as a role model for hundreds of boys as he teaches and demonstrates the values that are the foundation of our nation. Many Eagle Scouts have been mentored under his watchful eye. Whether teaching outdoor skills through camping or directing them in community service projects, he serves with dedication and inspiration. This man with endless energy, intelligence, and a grand desire to make a difference is responsible for engineering what has become the WC Family Resource Center, a wonderful food pantry that feeds thousands of people each month. He recruits volunteers and spends endless hours filling grocery bags, organizing food drives, cleaning, mopping floors, plowing, and doing whatever it takes to provide what is necessary to help those in need in Walworth County. Mr. Guske recently made headlines after rescuing a young man from a burning car on the Eden’s Expressway in Skokie, IL. Using his hands to unbolt a guardrail and smash the car window he was able to reach in and pull the victim to safety. The Village of Skokie honored Mr. Guske with the Citizen Lifesaving Award.  The Boy Scouts of America bestowed him with the Medal of Honor with Crossed Palms, and the Janesville Gazette recognized him in 2011 with the People That Matter award. Mr. Guske was instrumental in preserving a valuable part of Lake Geneva ecology with the Moelter Conservation Project for which he received the Geneva Lakes Conservancy Stewardship Award. Whether it be supporting people in his church, providing a home for international exchange students or local students in need, organizing a bowl-a-thon for MDA, or coming to the rescue of a local family in need, he can be counted on. Frank Guske does what he does because he believes it is the right thing to do!

Inducted, April 2013


Karl E. Gustavson
Badger High School Graduate - 1990

Dr. Karl Gustavson’s outstanding career is filled with environmental accomplishments.  Upon graduation from Badger in 1990, Dr. Gustavson entered the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he graduated with high honors in 1994.  In 2001, Dr. Gustavson earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Throughout his career, Dr. Gustavson has authored several publications, participated in numerous symposia and conferences, plus he has been invited to lecture at various colleges, universities, and environmental industries.  His honors and awards include: Forest Stearns Outstanding Platform Presentation (1994), Promising Young Scientist Award (Pretoria, South Africa, 1999), Best Student Platform Presentation (2000), and the Dean John A. Krauss Marine Policy Fellowship (2003).  The latter fellowship allowed Dr. Gustavson to work within the United States House of Representatives for one year researching marine life.  Presently, Dr. Gustavson is a staff officer with the National Academy of Sciences, which is a non-governmental, independent body that was chartered in 1863 by President Lincoln to provide the government with credible, non-biased, scientific advice.  Dr. Gustavson’s interests include hunting, fishing, camping, and non-motorized outdoor sports.  Dr. Gustavson credits the education he received at Badger as being instrumental in accomplishing all that he has thus far achieved.

 Inducted, May 2004


Dr. Neal A. Halsey
Badger High School Graduate - 1963

 Dr. Neal Halsey is a pediatrician, specializing in infectious diseases.  After earning his undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1967, Dr. Halsey received his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1971 from the same institution.  Continuing his desire to excellence, Dr. Halsey received an advanced degree in Preventive Medicine from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 1978.  Although trained to treat sick children hospitalized with serious infections, Dr. Halsey has spent most of his career studying methods to prevent infectious diseases, primarily through the use of vaccines.  Currently, Dr. Halsey is the Director of the Division of Disease Control in the Department of International Health at John Hopkins University School of Public Health.  Research focuses on the control of diseases in underserved populations, mostly in developing countries.  Dr. Halsey also directs the Institute of Vaccine Safety which is dedicated to making vaccines as safe as possible.  An avid writer, Dr. Halsey has had over 200 professional articles published.  Yet, he finds time to serve his community in numerous ways, plus enjoys his hobbies of bird watching and photography.

Inducted, May 2001


James P. Hanny

Badger High School Graduate – 1964

 

After high school, Mr. Hanny entered Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  In 1968, Mr. Hanny was the first student in academic history to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in aviation and certification by the FAA as a flight engineer.  Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, he flew 77 combat missions during the Vietnam War.  In 1990, Mr. Hanny was selected as Commanding Officer of the 64th Airlift Squadron Air Force Reserve headquartered at O’Hare Field.  Mr. Hanny volunteered as one of the first Air Force Squadrons deployed to the Persian Gulf in Operation Desert Shield.  In 1991, Mr. Hanny was promoted to Colonel, ASAF Reserve.  In 1993, Colonel Hanny retired with Aeronautical Rating of Command Pilot and Qualification as Formation Lead Aircraft Commander, Instructor Pilot, and Flight Examiners.  Mr. Hanny has an excellent career since 1973 as a pilot for American Airlines.  Currently, he flies Captain on Boeing 777 non-stop flights from Chicago to Tokyo.  Mr. Hanny is a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Air Force Association, Reserve Officers Association and served as president of the Southeastern Oklahoma State University from 2002-2004.  Mr. Hanny’s community service includes the Geneva Lakes Association, Inc. Board of Directors, Geneva Lakes Association Environmental Education Foundation, Water Safety Patrol, Geneva Lakes Area Museum of History, Aurora University “Music by the Lake” and member of the Lake Geneva Chapter of the Chicago Lyric Opera.  Mr. Hanny enjoys reading, tennis, hiking, biking, swimming, recreational flying, and family.

 

Inducted, April 2005


Allen C. Hermansen
Lake Geneva High School Graduate – 1950

Allen C. Hermansen attained the position of vice president for Hilton Hotels Corp. in 1987. A native of Chicago, Hermansen grew up in his family-owned summer resorts in Lake Geneva and graduated from Lake Geneva High School in 1950. He credits receiving his education in the hospitality industry from then family owned Hotel Geneva (designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright), which served as a springboard for Hermansen to Hilton Hotels Corp., where he would have a remarkable 40 year career. He began his career in Chicago with Hilton in 1956 as a room clerk and soon advanced to other front office assignments at the Conrad Hilton Hotel. In 1960, he was appointed convention services coordinator and then sales representative at that same property. In 1963 Hermansen joined the Hilton national sales office in Chicago as national sales representative, advancing to the newly constructed Milwaukee Hilton Inn the following year as director of sales. Hermansen joined Hilton Inns, Inc. (the franchise arm of Hilton Hotels Corp.) at its inception in 1965, supervising development and operations of nine southeastern states. Three years later he was appointed director of sales and administration. He was named vice president of operations in 1972 and senior vice president of operations in 1981. As a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Assoc., Hermansen was Chairman of the Membership Committee, served on the Association’s Industry Advisory Council and the Hotel Sales & Marketing Committee. He also served on the committees of the International Franchise Assoc. and the International Platform Assoc. Mr. Hermansen retired in 1996 from Hilton’s World Headquarters in Beverly Hills, California. He spends his summer and fall in the Lake Geneva area. He has been actively involved in numerous charities and charitable foundations, both locally and nationally, including the Geneva Lake Conservancy to which he donated a 15-acre tract of wooded land located off South Como Road in Geneva Township. He has funded two Badger High School Scholarships and continues to generously support scholarship fundraising efforts here. Additionally, Hermansen supports Viking Children’s Charities of Los Angeles, Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy, the Geneva Lake Water Safety Patrol and the Time Is Now.

Inducted, April 2014


Elizabeth “Libby” A. Hoff

Badger High School Graduate – 1983

 

After high school, Libby Hoff attended Rice University in Houston, Texas where she double-majored in Managerial Studies and Psychology.  After college she began her career as a sales and marketing representative for IBM in San Antonio where she won numerous sales awards.  In 1990, Libby moved to the medical device field where she has remained.  She has held multiple roles in large medical device companies including Global Marketing Leader for W. L. Gore & Associates.  Libby has managed businesses and traveled to over 30 countries in addition to fulfilling a 3-year work assignment living in Brussels, Belgium.  Libby has been invited as an industry speaker to present business perspectives at large international physician and surgeon conferences.  One such speech was given in the Netherlands, where she outlined the global forces put upon the industry including onerous FDA clinical trials and the impact of frivolous lawsuits on businesses that manufacture medical products.  She was part of winning an award for successfully launching the largest revenue-producing product in the history of the company.  Libby has won other awards including 100% Club Qualifier in 1988 & 1989, Branch Manager’s Award in 1990, Vice President – IBM Training Program, First in National Sales in 1991 and Frost & Sullivan Award for Global Excellence in the Medical Device Industry in 1994.  Libby also works hard in her community to promote heart health and early detection of vascular disease.  Her hobbies include golf, sporting events, physical fitness, cooking, entertaining, and the making and selling of semi-precious beaded jewelry.

 

Inducted, April 2006



Helen Jacobson
Lake Geneva High School Graduate - 1943

Helen Jacobson is a lifelong resident of Lake Geneva who has distinguished herself throughout her life.  Besides raising her family along with her devoted husband, Mrs. Jacobson worked for nearly 40 years for local businesses.  Committed to giving back to her community whatever and whenever she could, Mrs. Jacobson has lived a life of service.  Involvement in her parish, St. Francis de Sales, as a lector and eucharistic minister, Walworth County Blood Board, Meals on Wheels, Car and Bike Rallies to raise monies to fight cancer, are just a sampling of Mrs. Jacobson’s longstanding service efforts.  Most noteworthy is her being a member of the Badger School Board for over 20 years.  Presently, Mrs. Jacobson serves as president.  Her leadership was very evident in the successful passage of the $18 million referendum in 1997 that saw a major addition completed at Badger High School in January 1999 that doubled its size.  Mrs. Jacobson’s vision for excellence for students, parents, and educators is why she is recognized as a leader and example for others to emulate.

Inducted, May 2001


Richard J. Kahn
Badger High School Graduate - 1960

Mr. Kahn was the Class of 1960 Valedictorian.  Upon graduation, Mr. Kahn studied engineering at the Geneva Motors Institute before graduating with honors from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1965 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree.  In 1972, Mr. Kahn graduated from Northwestern University with a Masters in Business Administration.  While at the Merchant Marine Academy, he played football and started on the varsity basketball team.  During his outstanding career, Mr. Kahn has worked for seven different companies in six different industries.  Mr. Kahn was the Chief Operating Officer/Vice President for Rollins Protective Services where he successfully led the company on a 10-year growth and expansion program in the electronic security system business.  At Rollins, Mr. Kahn introduced the first interactive wireless security system to the security industry.  Mr. Kahn joined American Protective Services (APS) in 1994 and started with Pinkerton when it acquired APS in 1999.  In 2003, Mr. Kahn was named president of the Northern California Region of Securitas Corporation which is the world’s largest security company.  Memberships include the American Society of Industrial Security, National Burglar Fire Alarm Association, Building Operators and Managers Association, American Management Association, and Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.  Mr. Kahn’s community involvement includes Jaycees, Rotary International, United Way, and Chamber of Commerce.  Mr. Kahn’s hobbies include family, tennis, racquetball, skiing, and travel.

Inducted, May 2004


Deb Harris Krezel

Badger High School Graduate 1976

 

A mom, grandma, business owner and martial artist, Deb’s journey since her Badger graduation has been both challenging and exciting. She received her bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay where she was a member of Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society and recipient of the Chancellor’s Leadership Award.

Deb is an avid competitor who received her 1st Degree Black Belt when there were no women’s divisions. She competed in the men’s divisions for three years before women’s black belt divisions were established in the state of Wisconsin. She holds the ranks of 1st degree black belt in both Inayan Eskrima and Jui Jitsu-Pankration, 4th Degree Yamashita Kobudo-Traditional Weaponry and 8th degree in Karate. Deb also holds a Master Certification in Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki and External Qi Therapies. In 2007, she competed in Portugal at the World Championships as a member of Team USA bringing home two gold, one silver and one bronze medal. One of 20 of the first Americans invited to train in a new facility in Okinawa, Japan, she trained under top weapons artists in the world. Deb was one of twelve Americans who performed at a memorial tribute in Okinawa in 1997 and competed in the first ever tournament to be held there. She is the highest ranking woman in Wisconsin and says she is not done training.

“Things do not always follow the plan we think they should. We cannot always figure out why plans change but that is o.k. Embrace the challenge.”

Inducted April 2019


Daniel G. Kaye

Badger High School Graduate – 1972

 

After high school, Daniel Kaye attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he competed in varsity gymnastics and was a UW varsity cheerleader.  He was accepted into the School of Business in 1974 and elected president of his fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, in 1975.  In 1977, Daniel graduated cum laude and received a letter of distinction for high scores on the national CPA exam.  Upon graduation from UW, Daniel accepted a position with Ernst & Young in Chicago.  Later, he transferred to Milwaukee to help build the firm’s Wisconsin insurance practice.  He was promoted to partner in 1987.  In 1996, he moved to Minneapolis to assume leadership of financial services for the Midwest area.  In 2002, he became managing partner of audit for a seven-state area, and in 2003, he became the managing partner for the New England area.  In 2004, Daniel received the Distinguished Accounting Alumnus Award from the UW Madison Department of Accounting and Information Systems.  Mr. Kaye’s community service includes serving on the board of directors for the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable and Advisory Council for Junior Achievement.  He co-chaired a committee for the 2004 United Way of Massachusetts Bay campaign.  Mr. Kaye enjoys spectator sports and is an avid UW Badger football fan as well as a   Green Bay Packer fan.

 

Inducted, April 2006



Jeanine Kopecky

Badger High School Graduate – 1970

After graduating from Badger High School in 1970, Jeanine Kopecky attended Carthage College where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and political science.  In 1979 she graduated cum laude with a Master of Arts degree in French Literature and Language from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1988 Jeanine would begin her long and influential career as a French teacher with Lake Geneva Schools.  For over twenty years Jeanine taught French at Lake Geneva Middle School, and she continues to teach French today at Woods Elementary.  Throughout her career, Jeanine has had a positive impact in the area of the study of World Languages, serving in several leadership positions.  She has served as the Conference Program Chair for Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers, as the Wisconsin Coordinator for American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages, on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers, and as President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Association for Teachers of French.  Among other honors she has received, Jeanine was recognized for her service by the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers and the American Association for Teachers of French, was named a State of Wisconsin Distinguished Language Educator, and has received the Wisconsin Association for Language Teachers Professional Service Award.  One of her proudest accomplishments was her establishing the Wisconsin-France Partnership between Lake Geneva Middle School and College Jules Ferry-Terrasson, France, a five year project in which LGMS was the only middle school to participate. As a result, Jeanine has coordinated and accompanied over thirty student exchanges between students and host families in France and Lake Geneva.  As a member of the Lake Geneva community, Jeanine Kopecky has made innumerable contributions by participating in such activities as Safety Town, Venetian Festival and Meals on Wheels.  She has been a Sunday school and religious education teacher and has been involved in 4H.  Most importantly, Jeanine Kopecky’s dedication can be seen in the lasting legacy she has left in the community by providing a positive role model and inspiring her students.

 

Inducted, April 2014



A. Lawrie Kull

Badger High School Graduate – 1961

 

Mr. Kull attended Lake Geneva High School for one year and as a result of consolidation completed his high school career at the new Badger High School.  Mr. Kull earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Education from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1965.  Mr. Kull’s illustrious career has included tremendous involvement in agribusiness, particularly in Wisconsin and Minnesota, as well throughout the nation.  Among his many achievements, implementing the successful merger of Lake to Lake Dairy Cooperative into Land O’ Lakes is one of his most important.  Land O’ Lakes is owned by 5,000 dairy farmers and 1200 local supply cooperatives.  Mr. Kull’s community involvement includes the Jaycees and First Evangelical Lutheran Church, both in Lake Geneva.  Mr. Kull received the Cooperative Builder Award in 2001 and Honorary Recognition from the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences at U.W. Madison in 2004 where it was stated:  “His insight and leadership have helped not only our agricultural business grow, but he has extended his contributions to the UW and all Wisconsin farmers, never seeking recognition for himself.”  Mr. Kull’s hobbies include fishing, deer hunting, sailing, sports and family.

 

Inducted, April 2005


R. Dale Liechty
Lake Geneva High School Graduate – 1944

Dr. Dale Liechty earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1950.  Then, Dr. Liechty attended Northwestern University where he received his medical degree.  During his college years, Dr. Liechty distinguished himself by earning three letters for football at Yale, as well as being elected class president of the Northwestern Medical School in 1954.  Dr. Liechty’s taught and practiced medicine at the University of Iowa Hospital and the University of Colorado Health Services Center, where he is professor emeritus-surgery.  Dr. Liechty has written over 100 scientific papers and chapters for medical books.  He also is the editor of Synopsis of Surgery, which is in its sixth edition, having been translated into four different languages.  Dr. Liechty also practiced and provided service on the ship Hope in Ecuador and Columbia.  Dr. Liechty fondly remembers his high school years and appreciates the sound foundation for learning he received at Lake Geneva High School.

Inducted, May 2000



James. R. Meister
Badger High School Graduate – 1973

After graduating as Valedictorian from Badger High School, James Meister attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he graduated in 1978 with a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering.  James graduated number one in his class in the Nuclear Engineering Department.  After graduating college, James took a position at Sargent & Lundy Engineers during the years of 1978 – 1994.  While with Sargent & Lundy, he was the project manager for the Byron and Braidwood Nuclear Stations.  In 1994, James accepted a position at Exelon Nuclear and ComEd.  He has held many positions including Plant Manager, Engineering Director, and Restart Engineering Manager at LaSalle Nuclear Power Station, and Engineering Manager at Braidwood Nuclear Station.  In 2004, James was promoted to Vice President of Nuclear Services for Exelon Nuclear.  In this position, he is the Executive Sponsor for the steam generator replacement projects at the Three Mile Island Unit I and Salem Unit 2 nuclear power plants.  Each replacement project is a four year project with a budget of greater than $250 million dollars.  Mr. Meister’s community service includes the Delnor Community Hospital Foundation, Tri-Cities Family Services, Fox Valley Hospice, The University of Wisconsin Foundation, CASA, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walks.  His hobbies include music, golf and water sports as well as supporting the University of Wisconsin athletic teams and the marching band.

Inducted, April 2006



Harry C. “Buddy” Melges
Lake Geneva High School Graduate – 1948

Harry “Buddy” Melges is chairman of Melges Boat Works, Inc. located in Zenda, Wisconsin.  “Buddy” Melges is an internationally known and respected yachtsman who is perhaps best known as the winning helmsman on the America’s Cup yacht “America3” which successfully defended the America’s Cup in 1992.  The America’s Cup is the world’s most famous sailboat competition and the oldest trophy in international sports.  “Buddy” Melges also experienced success as a Bronze Medal winner in the 1964 Olympic Games held in Tokyo, Japan in the Flying Dutchman sailboat class, as well as winning a Gold Medal in the 1972 Olympic Games held in Munich, Germany in the Soling Class.  “Buddy” Melges has won over 60 major national and international championships and ice boating titles.  “Buddy” Melges is a member of several yacht clubs throughout the United States, as well as the Lake Geneva Yacht Club.  “Buddy” Melges is currently lecturing and teaching at clinics and regattas throughout the world.  He is an avid outdoorsman, environmentalist, and conservationist.  “Buddy” Melges also served in the United States Army during the Korean War, earning the Bronze Star for heroic and meritorious achievement during military operations.

Inducted, May 2000


Patricia Davis Mitchell
Badger High School Graduate - 1979

Patty Davis Mitchell is an outstanding example of someone who can attribute much of her desire and determination to succeed to her years in high school.  She was introduced to the world of electronic journalism during a field trip to a Milwaukee television news station by her teacher, Mr. William Hintz.  Patty Davis Mitchell studied speech and competed on the Badger forensics team.  Through these experiences, she embarked on a broadcast journalism career.  Upon graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1983, Patty Davis Mitchell began her life’s work at WMIR Radio in Lake Geneva.  Moving to New York, she worked many long hours on WOR Radio, RKO Radio Networks and a fledgling cable television network called CNN.  The rest is history.  After 16 years working for CNN, Patty Davis Mitchell worked herself up to general news correspondent in Chicago and eventually to her present position as correspondent in CNN’s Washington Bureau.  Traveling all over the world covering numerous news stories involving the Pentagon during the war in Kosovo, the 2000 presidential race, as well as news stories relating to the Midwest, Patty Davis Mitchell has followed the motto: “Push yourself to your limits and take risks.”  It is also a wonderful motto for others to emulate.

Inducted, May 2001


Judge Daniel C. Moreno
Badger High School Graduate – 1982

After high school, Judge Daniel Moreno attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he received his BA in History.  Upon completion of his undergraduate degree he was accepted to the University of Minnesota Law School and graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1990.  In 1991, Judge Moreno began his law career as a trial lawyer with the Office of the Public Defender for Hennepin County where he served until 2006.  Daniel became a Judge for Hennepin County District Court and presided over Criminal and Civil Courts. From 2007 to the present Judge Moreno has presided over Family Court proceedings.  Judge Moreno has been an active member of several professional organizations, most notably the Minnesota District Judges Association, Minnesota State Bar Association, and the Minnesota Hispanic Bar Association.  Judge Moreno’s community service includes serving on the board of directors for Centro Cultural Chicano, Mayor’s Latino Advisory Committee in Minneapolis, President’s Latino Advisory Committee for the University of Minnesota and the President’s Intercultural Advisory Committee.  In his free time Judge Moreno enjoys spending time with his family.

 Inducted, October 2008



Ann (Meyerhofer) Murphy
Badger High School Graduate - 1972

Ann Murphy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Welfare/Criminal Justice.  In 1979, Ms. Murphy earned her Juris Doctor Degree from U.W. Madison.  Since graduation, Ms. Murphy has worked with Quarles & Brady LLP, a national law firm with over 440 lawyers and over 1,100 employees with offices in seven cities, as the Milwaukee Office Managing Partner.  Ms. Murphy is the first woman elected to the firm’s Executive Committee, the ten-person board of directors of the law firm.  Currently, Ms. Murphy is a member of Professional Dimensions and serves on the President’s Council of the Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Ms. Murphy has also served on the Board of Directors of the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as being Vice President of MYSO.  Fundraising for United Way, the United Performing Arts Fund, and the Milwaukee Boys and Girls Clubs have also utilized the special talents of Ms. Murphy.  Her professional memberships include: The American Bar Association, the Milwaukee Bar Association, and the National Association of Bond Lawyers.  While at Badger, Ann Murphy was a stellar student, earning co-valedictorian honors.  Ann’s hobbies include reading, movies and travel.  Finally, Ms. Murphy credits her education at Badger for helping to develop a sound foundation that continues to serve her well.  Ms. Murphy cites as one of her heroes Mr. Gary Allenstein who taught her science and “to think outside the box.”  Mr. Allenstein’s frequent statement “No Guts, No Glory” has been a constant reminder for Ann Murphy to always do her very best.

 Inducted, May 2003


Gregg A. Ostrander
Badger High School Graduate – 1971

After high school, Gregg Ostrander attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with distinction in Marketing in 1975.  Gregg began his career in Product Management/Marketing for Swiss Miss Brands, a division of Beatrice Foods from 1975-1984.  From 1984-1987, Gregg was the Executive Vice President of Marketing for Armour-Swift-Eckrich and served as a Divisional Company President from 1987-1993.  In 1993, Gregg became President and COO and then Chairman/President/CEO of Michael Foods, a $1.7 billion company, a position he held until December of 2007.  As of January 2008, Gregg serves as Chairman of the Board of Michael Foods and is semi-retired.  Gregg also serves on numerous boards of director and advisory committees.  During his career Gregg has been active in civic organizations, including fundraising for the Red Cross, the Minnesota Business Partnership, and serving as a youth mentor and coach. In April of 2007 Gregg added a pilot’s license to his accomplishments.  In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, flying and skiing. 

Inducted, October 2008


Carole Ann Parsons

Lake Geneva High School Graduate - 1957

 

Carole Ann Parsons’ achievements are both numerous and noteworthy.  Ms. Parsons was stricken with polio in 1952.  After graduating from high school through a special home schooling program, Carole Parsons earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1970, majoring in psychology.  In 1972, she earned a master’s degree in social work, also from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Caroler Parson’s life is a continuing success story.  She has consistently shown courage, determination, and spirit.  Carole Parsons is a published poet, writing Beyond a Tear.   She also is an exhibiting watercolor artist, does volunteer work for others with physical disabilities, and always maintains a cheerful, upbeat attitude.  Carole Parsons has been an advocate, always working tirelessly to assure appropriate medical care and treatment, as well as providing quality of life, for people with disabilities.  She is well known by policy makers as someone who can provide expert testimony on behalf of health care legislation.  Throughout her educational career, Carole Parsons worked diligently to succeed.  At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she graduated with honors while being inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Sorority.

 

Inducted, May 2000


James H. Pendergast
Lake Geneva High School Graduate - 1946

James Pendergast enjoyed an illustrious career working 32 years for the Dow Chemical Company, retiring in 1987.  James Pendergast earned his Bachelor’s of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Political Geography.  Before joining Dow Chemical, he served 3 ½ years in the United States Air Force stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany as an intelligence non-commissioned officer.  James Pendergast’s career with Dow Chemical took him to may foreign countries including Hong Kong, Germany, and Switzerland.  As general manager for Dow Chemical USA, he occupied one of the top managerial positions in a company that employed 60,000 people.  James Pendergast has served in a variety of civic and service organizations including American Red Cross, Martin County (Florida) Taxpayers Association, and the Knights of Columbus.  Besides a successful career in business and volunteering, James Pendergast enjoys his family, sailing, skiing, tennis, golf, and travel.

Inducted, May 2001


Charlotte B. Peterson
Lake Geneva High School Graduate - 1946

Charlotte Best Peterson has lived a life dedicated to community service.  Upon receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Lawrence University with majors in Art History and French, Ms. Peterson began a long career of service that included being elected to the Lake Geneva Joint #1School District Board of Education where Ms. Peterson served six of her twelve years as President.  Her proudest achievement was the saving of the Central-Denison School complex.  Ms. Peterson has also served as a Town of Geneva Supervisor, as well as a member of the Plan Commission for both the City of Lake Geneva and Township.  Ms. Peterson’s teaching activities include elementary through high school art, French and humanities, plus adult education courses at Gateway Technical College.  She has also been a lecturer of local history for elder hostels, organizations and schools.  Ms. Peterson also taught homebound students.  One of her greatest accomplishments was assisting Carole Ann Parsons receive her high school degree.  Ms. Parsons herself is a 2000 “WALL OF SUCCESS” recipient.  Charlotte Peterson has devoted her entire life to the service of others, particularly young people.

Inducted, May 2002


John T. Powers
Badger High School Graduate - 1970

John Powers graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1974 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Finance focus.  Initially, Mr. Powers developed a successful career in real estate in Wisconsin specializing in property, insurance, and financial services.  Moving to the State of Washington, Mr. Powers earned his law degree from Gonzaga University in 1984.  He was selected by Best Lawyers in America from 1993-2000.  In November, 2000, Mr. Powers was elected Mayor of Spokane, Washington, a regional city of 200,000 people.  He serves as Spokane’s first full time chief elected in over 40 years.  Mr. Power’s administration has focused on and achieved success in reforming the city’s financial and organizational accountability, as well as improving the financial condition of Spokane.  Also, he has worked to rebuild and expand vital public infrastructures including public utilities, roads, and convention facilities.  Mr. Powers’ ONE SPOKANE campaign is a community-wide program to raise household income and abate poverty.  In June, 2002, Mr. Powers was appointed co-chair of the United States Conference of Mayors Task Force on Energy Restructuring.  While in high school, John was elected Student Council President, was captain of the 1969 Badger Football Team, and was selected as a Badger Boys State Delegate.  Also, Mr. Powers was a talented thespian, participating in One-Act Plays and the comedy “The Odd Couple.”  He also received First Place Honors in the State Forensics Competition.  John Powers is married to his wife, Bonnie, for 27 years and they have four children.

Inducted, May 2003


Tyson Ray
Badger High School Graduate – 1993

After graduating from Badger High School with honors in 1993, Tyson Ray began a long and impactful career as a financial advisor and philanthropist.  Ray entered the honors program at the University of West Florida and graduated in 1997 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Social Sciences and Business.  While there he was elected as the National Undergraduate Chairman of the State of Florida for Kappa Alpha Fraternity.  He was twice elected as president of the University’s student government association. While in college, he also worked as a lieutenant of the dive team of the Escambia County Search and Rescue.  In 2012, he was named a University of West Florida Outstanding Young Alumnus.

After college, Tyson Ray began a successful career as a financial advisor where his area of expertise is in advising those who are transitioning into retirement.  He became the youngest branch manager ever at the 5th largest financial firm in the United States, A.G. Edwards.  In his first two years he received the Albert Gallatin Award as a top financial advisor.  He found and facilitated the opening of the Elkhorn branch of A.G. Edwards, achieved President Council Level as an advisor, and began presenting motivational sessions with A.G Edwards from the home office in New York.  He went on to become a vice president of A.G. Edwards.  In 2005, he established the FORM Wealth Management Group.  He was twice named Barron’s “Top 1000 Advisors in USA,” named Milwaukee 2010 FIVE STAR Wealth Manager, awarded the “Shared Success Award” from Wells Fargo for community service, and volunteered his time to teach and mentor over 200 Wells Fargo financial advisors.  In 2014, he was named one of the Top 50 Financial Advisors under the age of 40 in the U.S. by Registered REP Magazine.

Mr. Ray has translated his remarkable success into numerous charitable activities, including founding the Ray Foundation which has donated funds for the adoption of inner city Chicago orphans, funded humanitarian work in a handicapped orphanage in Turkey, and raised $100,000 for the Agape House for teenage girls. In addition, his foundation has funded medical care for 100 orphans at the House of Hope in Haiti and continued their medical care.  He has organized hundreds of volunteers to provide thousands of meals.  In 2011 the Ray Foundation became the Children’s World Impact, raising funds to build a school in Haiti, helping to build playgrounds, and training teachers. Kids Around the World estimated that Tyson Ray and his wife’s efforts have impacted in excess of 321,000 children in Haiti.  Ray has twice led medical teams to a Haitian hospital, raising medical and pharmaceutical supply funds.  In 2012, he completed his first book, Your World Impact as a Financial Advisor and donated the proceeds to Children’s World Impact.  In 2014, he was awarded the Invest in Others Global Community Impact Award bringing him national recognition for philanthropic excellence.  Since starting the nonprofit in 2007, Tyson Ray has raised over one million dollars for Children’s World Impact, while personally covering all operating expenses himself.  Clearly, Tyson has made a significant positive impact on the world since his graduation from Badger High School, and we are proud to claim him as an alumnus from BHS.

Inducted, April 2015


Richard A. Reinert
Lake Geneva High School Graduate - 1953

Dr. Richard Reinert has made substantial contributions throughout his university research and teaching career.  Besides receiving his undergraduate degree in horticulture in 1958 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he earned his Ph.D. from the same university in 1962 majoring in plant pathology/horticulture, as well as minoring in botany.  Dr. Reinert has published over 75 scientific research papers in various educational journals.  He has traveled to 47 of the fifty states lecturing on plant science, as well as sharing his expertise outside the United States in countries such as the Soviet Union (Russia), Estonia, Lithuania, Belarus, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, and Taiwan.  Dr. Reinert furnished and evaluated research regarding the effects of ozone, sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide on plant growth and development.  His scientific data helped the Environmental Protection Agency develop criteria and standards for protecting plants and pollutants.  Dr. Reinert’s illustrious career included 36 years as a member of the North Carolina State University’s Graduate School Faculty, retiring in 1998.  In high school, Dr. Reinert served as FFA president and credits his Lake Geneva High School teachers for their help in establishing his educational foundation.

Inducted, May 2000



Clark Reinke
Badger High School Graduate – 1970

After graduating from Badger High School in 1970, Clark Reinke attended Northwest Oklahoma State University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Education.  This began a lifelong career as a teacher, coach, principal, superintendent of schools, and educational leader.  In 1974 Mr. Reinke began his career in education as a teacher in Dorrance, Kansas. In 1982, Mr. Reinke obtained his Master of Science degree in School Administration and went on in 1984 to become an elementary school principal in Manhattan, Kansas.  He continued to challenge himself and achieved his Educational Doctorate degree in School Administration in 1997, and in 2000 he became the superintendent of the Plymouth School District in Plymouth, Wisconsin.  Mr. Reinke’s career has been marked by many achievements, including several national and state accolades and grants awarded to the schools which were under his leadership.  Mr. Reinke is an avid participant in community activities such as the Plymouth Arts Foundation, the Plymouth Historical Society, his local Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, Rotary Club and much more.  His hobbies include participating in cross country ski marathons, bicycling, hiking, hunting, and fishing.  Clark Reinke has had a very satisfying career in education, where he has enabled students and adults under his care and tutelage to find success in their life’s endeavors.

Inducted, April 2009


Michael J. Roffler
Badger High School Graduate – 1989

Michael J. Roffler was the salutatorian of the Badger High School graduating class of 1989.  After graduation, he attended Marquette University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.  Mr. Roffler then took a position as a certified public accountant with KPMG, LLP, where he worked for 16 years, including several years as a senior manager and five years as an audit partner. While with KPMG, Mr. Roffler served financial services companies including banks, mortgage companies, broker dealers, hedge funds, and venture funds.  He oversaw the management of client service expectations and undertook responsibility for SEC filings.  Additionally, he served in a mentorship capacity at KPMG, helping to create professional opportunities for his colleagues.  In 2009 Mr. Roffler was recruited by and took a position with First Republic Bank where he serves as the Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Financial Officer.  Mr. Roffler has spoken at national conferences regarding accounting issues and has been a guest speaker for accounting classes at Badger.  Mr. Roffler participates in community service, and he and his wife continue to sponsor the Michael J. and Corinne Roffler Scholarship for Marquette University for students pursuing a career in accounting.

Inducted, April 2010


James W. Sandberg, M.D.
Badger High School Graduate - 1978

Dr. Sandberg earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1982.  He received his medical degree in 1987 from the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Throughout his career, Dr. Sandberg has been recognized by his peers for this outstanding work in the medical field.  He has also published several articles and conducted projects that have contributed to research on gastrointestinal dysfunctions.  Currently, Dr. Sandberg is an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Chapel Hill School of Medicine located at the University of North Carolina.  Dr. Sandberg’s community service activities include participating in a Public Broadcasting System call-in show for pediatric education for families in the Charlotte, North Carolina area.  Dr. Sandberg has spoken to families and groups through the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, as well as assisted in fundraising activities associated with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Charlotte.  Dr. Sandberg’s hobbies include fly fishing, boating, water skiing, and camping with his family.

Inducted, May 2002



Robert H. Schroeder
Lake Geneva High School Graduate - 1950

Robert Schroeder’s career has been punctuated with many years of service to people of all ages, particularly the young.  Although a military career interrupted his post-secondary education, Robert Schroder served his country during the Korean War being accepted into the U.S. Army’s Officer Candidate’s School.  Upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, Robert Schroeder began his career at Traver School where he had student taught.  After a short time in the business world, he returned to teaching, first in Delavan and then again at Traver.  Eventually, Robert Schoeder was appointed principal at Traver, a position he held until his retirement in 1990.  Several jobs outside of education provided Robert Schroeder with an even greater awareness of the world around him: 13 years working as a part-time patrol officer with the Lake Geneva Police Department and as a fishing guide on Geneva Lake.  Mr. Schroeder was instrumental in implementing at Traver School the Individually Prescribed Instruction math program, the first such program in Wisconsin.  His involvement in various civic activities included service on the Lake Geneva City Council, as well as the City’s finance and environmental committees.  Robert Schroeder’s interest in youth remains as strong as ever as he spearheads a drive for the city to create a skate park.

Inducted, May 2001

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