Board of Directors

Lions Pride Board of Directors

Lions Pride Board of Directors

Wayne Heiman

President

Wayne grew up on a dairy farm in Waupaca County. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana University of Sioux Falls, SD in 1976. He became a Lion in 1986 and served as a District Governor, a Council Chair, one term as a WLF Director, Multiple District Membership Chair, & the Multiple District LCIF Coordinator for 10 years. He served as International Director (2005-07). He is a Human Resources Manager by career and serves on his employer’s 401(k) Investment Committee. Wayne is a past member of the Manawa City Council.

David Carl

Vice-President

David Carl earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. After a brief professional football career, he worked in the health club/fitness industry. He then transitioned into helping high school student-athletes with their athletic and college recruiting. After serving on the Board of Trustees of his high school alma mater – St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, WI – David returned to the school as its Alumni Director. He is currently the Assistant to the President and is helping with fundraising and development. David is the son of past Pride Chairman, Dewey Carl as well as the grandson of Past International President Clarence Sturm. He has volunteered on a Wisconsin Lions Eye Glass Mission to Mexico; Oconomowoc Lions Gus Macker Basketball Tournaments; the Lions Pride Sporting Clays Fundraisers; assisted with numerous positions at the Manawa Lions Rodeo; as well as various projects at Lions Camp.

Art Marson

Secretary

Art Marson is recently retired from Western Technical College after 38 years. He spent the past 25 years as a member of the College’s Senior Leadership Team. His primary responsibilities were managing Auxiliary Services, Research, Planning and Development. He holds an MBA Degree in Finance from UW-La Crosse. Art has served on several boards including the Lions International Board of Directors in 2008-10. He is a past chair of the La Crosse International Relations Committee and is actively involved in their seven sister city programs. Art grew up in a family grocery business and currently is a partner in a gas and convenience store business. He also does consulting with HR Business Solutions in La Crosse.

Renee Peterson

Treasurer

Renee Peterson has worked at Horicon Bank for over 22 years, serving in positions as Teller, Personal Banker, Branch Manager, and most recently in a Human Resources capacity, as Talent Acquisition and Employee Engagement Officer, AVP. Renee manages the talent acquisition of employees for all areas of Horicon Bank, along with working with current employees to grow and development their career within the organization. Having worked in multiple areas of the bank allows for a more diverse skillset of the banking industry. Along with volunteering for the Lions Pride, Renee is also a member of the Horicon Lions Club, the Horicon Helping Hands Project, Dodge County and National SHRM and Treasurer of the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Jay Nesseth

Board Member

Jay is currently employed by Pierce Pepin Electric Cooperative in Ellsworth, WI as a Member Relations Manager. His primary responsibility is working with the membership on high usage concerns and helping them understand how to be more energy efficient. He also serves as a Board of Director for Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce. Jay is an active member at his church serving on the worship team running sound equipment. Jay has been an active member of the Ellsworth Lions Club for 14 years serving as Club President for 2 terms and Club Treasurer. He has served as Zone Chair and is a Past District Governor from MD27-E2. He was also the Council Representative to WLF his year as Governor and is a Past President to the Birch-Sturm Memorial Fund Board. He has received the Birch-Sturm Fellowship, Knight of Sight and is a Melvin Jones Fellow. His passion & commitment to the Lions Camp is rooted from his daughter Tiffany having diabetes & what the Lions of Wisconsin have done for her. Lions Pride looks forward to working with PDG Jay as he represents the E Districts on the LPEF Board.

Dennis Christianson

Board Member

Lion Dennis joined the LPEF Board as the C1 & C2 representative. He retired from Medford Public Works. He also served his community as an EMT and retired from the Medford Fires Department.

He joined Lions in 1989 he has been very dedicated to service. He has served on the C2 District Cabinet since 1989. Serving as Election Chair, Bowling Chair and Curling Chair. He served as a WLF Director for 6 years on the Camp Operations and Sight/Hearing Committees. He resides in Medford with his wife, Patricia.

Gregory Pryor

PDG, At Large

Greg was employed in the lumber industry for 17 years and retired from Alexander Lumber Co. as General Manager in August 2017. Previously, he worked in the transportation industry for over 30 years and was the owner of a cross-country trucking business for 20 years. Over the years, Greg has continued his education in various business management areas. He has been active in his community and served on the Variance Board for the Village of Twin Lakes. Greg has been a Lion for 35 years and has been very active at the local, district and state levels. He served as the 2013-2014 District Governor of 27-A1, and then MD-27 GLT Chair during 2014-2017. He served on the WLF Board of Directors for 6 years. Greg is currently the MD-27 GST Coordinator

James Schiferl

PDG, At Large

Jim Schiferl is a Wisconsin licensed real estate broker and founder of Schiferl Realty. He has been active in the real estate and auction business for almost 56 years. Jim is founder and president of the Schiferl Family Charitable Foundation, Inc. He is past president and a 51-year member of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and served for 12 years on the Abbotsford City Council. Jim now serves as a member of the local planning commission. Jim and his wife Pauline have logged over 20 Wisconsin Lions Eye Glass missions to Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua and are tissue transporters and dispatchers for the Lions Eye Bank of Wisconsin. Jim is a Past District Governor of District 27-C1 and completed served six years of service as a director of the Wisconsin Lions Foundation, Inc. Board.

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John F. Suby

Board Member

John Suby is a shareholder and president of John F. Suby & Associates, S.C. accounting firm. John was Co-Founder and former Chairman of the Board Emeritus at Suby, Von Haden & Associates, S.C., a Madison accounting firm he started more than 35 years ago. During his tenure, the business grew into a group of nine companies, 450 employees, with annual billings of $47 million and seven offices in three states. John is a member of both the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. John has also served as the Vice Chair of the Lutheran Social Services Foundation.

David Abstetar

WLF Representative

Gary Johnston

Council of Governors Representative