Fishing Has No Boundaries®’ goal is to provide national recreational fishing opportunities for all persons with disabilities regardless of age, race, gender, or disability.
Howard Morgan is a retired electrical contractor who has lived most of his years in Hayward, Wisconsin.
In 1986, he was a part of the first meetings of FHNB when they set a start date for the first event in 1988. With 75 participants that first year, they held the event at the Chippewa Campground where it continues to this day. He has served in just about all capacities over the years including the role of President for 10 years. Some of his other interests include being the Chapter Director of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, serving 20 years as a supervisor on the Sawyer County Board, and active involvement in church functions.
Raymond “Rex” Schultz
Rex Schultz became involved in the establishment of FHNB in 1986-87 with a group of people. He is now retired and resides in the Hayward area during summer and, during the cold Wisconsin winters, is a part-time Texan. He has served in different capacities with local chapters as well as on the National Board of Directors. Rex has attended just about all of the events and looks forward continuing volunteering with FHNB.
Josette Buehlman has been volunteering with Fishing has No Boundaries for many years, starting with the first event in Hayward. She has served in various capacities for the FHNB organization including coordinating the volunteers for one of the chapter boards, traveling to chapters throughout the U.S. to help with initial startup, and for the past 15 years, as a member of the National Board.
Besides her affiliation with FHNB, she serves on the Juneau County Aging and Disability Board (ADRC), she is President of the Mauston Lioness Club, Vice President of the SEA of Change (a coalition to assist the homeless of Juneau County), and is a volunteer guardian for the Coalition of the Elderly in Dane County. She also enjoys being a workshop teacher for the Juneau County Health Department and the ADRC. Josette says, “I love all the opportunities afforded me by volunteering; my life has been, and continues to be, made fuller by these experiences.”
Josette retired early from the telecommunications industry where she worked in customer service and troubleshooting for 27 years. A few years later, she was employed by a large Catholic Parish to coordinate their outreach in addition to managing their charitable programs and donations. She is currently retired and living with her husband and two dogs in rural Mauston, Wisconsin.
Vance Balstad, who recently retired after 35 plus years of employment with Bemidji State University’s athletic department, first got involved with FHNB in 1995. He and his wife became involved with the Paul Bunyan Chapter by helping coordinate food for the event. Since that time, he has served the organization in various capacities including co-chairman. Vance is not only a proud member of the FHNB Inc. board but is also on the board of the Bemidji Lions Club.
When he is out promoting FHNB, there are two things he wants to share with people. First, for many of our anglers, a FHNB fishing event is like the Super Bowl or the World Series: it is their one big chance each year to get on the water for a great fishing experience. Second, he tells them that if we can get them to volunteer just one time, they too, like a fish, will be hooked and will want to come back year after year.
Ivan Uttech has been an FHNB volunteer since 2005, starting as a guide at the Hayward Event and eventually joining FHNB, Inc. as a board member. He has said that as a volunteer, it becomes very apparent you are truly giving back a bit for being so fortunate living a normal life. Since retiring in 1999 as an executive with an insurance brokerage firm in Chicago, IL, he has been an active volunteer with the Northwood’s Humane society and Muskies, Inc. He and his wife divide their time between Hayward, WI, and the Florida Keys, where saltwater fishing has become a passion of his.
Tammy Grage graduated from Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College with an associate degree in accounting and has been in the finance/accounting field since participating in a summer youth work program while in high school. Employed as a Fiscal and Human Resource Manager since 1998, in 1999, she became involved with Fishing Has No Boundaries as a volunteer for the Chippewa Valley Chapter. Since then, she has become the Co-Chair for FHNB-CV, Treasurer for the National FHNB, and a Director of the Board. Other service organizations Tammy has been involved with include: Wisconsin Personal Services Association and Chippewa Valley Fundraising Professionals; in addition, she has served as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 1002 in Osseo, and as an United Way Company Representative.
David Koch is a ten year Air Force Veteran and former Department of Defense contractor. In 1998 David was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, and was medically retired. While attending UW Stout and completing his Bachelor of Science in Vocational Rehabilitation, he learned about FHNB from a Hayward volunteer. He became involved in FHNB as a participant in 2003, at the Hayward event, and has been hooked ever since. When needed, David assists other participants at the Hayward event. After starting at the Center for Independent Living in 2007 as an assistive technology specialist, David began as equipment manager for the Chippewa Valley FHNB chapter. Since 2012 has been assisting the St Croix Valley FHNB chapter with adapted fishing requirements and driving a participant boat. While serving as a State of Wisconsin assistive technology council member and National Council on Independent Living Veterans subcommittee, David also became a FHNB Inc board member.
I was raised in Batavia, IL and after marrying Doris in 1970, we moved to Elburn, IL. We lived there until 1990 when we moved to Tennessee. I spent 3 years in the Marine Corps, from there spent a few years in printing, then worked 20 years as a travel agent, retiring when we got to Tennessee. Doris and I first attended the Hayward event in 1990 and Doris was a participant until she passed away in 2010, I was her attendant. Now I attend as a volunteer and was appointed to the National Board in 2013.
In 2012 was the beginning for the Doris Ekstrom Scholarship through the National Organization, the committee continues to move forward in support of the program to help those that come to be part of the FHNB. Education is important and we need to show that we are more than just an event for disabilities we are part of society and what better way then helping someone to go to school and share their experiences with others
Aaron Ruhde lives in New Richmond WI with his wife Jennifer and daughter Charlotte. He is a Project Manager for a commercial construction company in the Twin Cities. Aaron became involved with FHNB in 2011 after reading an article about the organization and attending the Hayward Event. In 2012, with the help of Jennifer and some good friends, he started the St. Croix Valley Chapter. Their annual event is held at Lakefront Park on the St. Croix River in Hudson WI on the 3rd Saturday of September. Aaron still attends the Hayward event every year and has also volunteered at the Chippewa Valley Event several times.
Lisle Suzawith has been an Independent Insurance Agent since 1985, and is licensed in both Wisconsin and Michigan. He attended his first Fishing Has No Boundaries event in 1995 and was immediately “hooked.” Since that first event, he has attended several more in Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, and South Dakota. Lisle has been Treasurer for the Town of Amberg since 1985, a member of the Amberg Community Association, and serves on the Board of Directors for Wausaukee Enterprise, a sheltered workshop for adults with varying disabilities. He was elected to the Board of Directors of FHNB, Inc. in 2001 and has served as Secretary for the Board since 2004.