Badger Boys State program leadership

Board of Directors

MemberPositionHometown
Robert BattyChairmanCedarburg
Fred BernsDirector/MemberWhitehall
Bob KaczmarekFirst Assistant Director/MemberKenosha
Lloyd WagenerTreasurerHoricon
Ted DuckworthAssistant Treasurer/MemberNew Lisbon
David A. KurtzExecutive Secretary/Dept. Adjutant/MemberPortage
Bill CoshAssistant Executive Secretary/MemberAthens
Russell HanseterChairman EmeritusSeymour
Erik W. BrownMemberVienna
Robert L. ShappellMemberCedarburg
Norm BednarekMemberPortage
John CumicekMemberSeymour
Mike FeirerMemberMarshfield
Bud MautzMemberMadison
Steve Sorenson, J.D.MemberRipon
Dale OatmanPast Department CommanderAntigo
Daniel J. SeehaferDepartment CommanderBeaver Dam
Karl StuvengenAmericanism ChairmanOrfordville

Assistant Directors

MemberPositionHometown
Bob Kaczmarek1st Assistant DirectorVienna
Jason MarshallBandLodi
John CumicekBank and PostalSeymour
Erik BrownCommunications and Technology / HistorianVienna
George MaurerChoralMinneapolis, MN
Patrick BraatzElectionsMesa, AZ
Eric Weiss, JDLegal and LegislativeSeattle, WA
Logan EnkeMedicalGreen Bay
Bud MautzMessage and Distribution CenterMadison
Bill CoshOrientationsAthens
Robert BattyPress and Copy RoomCedarburg
Paul WilliamsProgramAppleton
Chad PlengePublic RelationsMonroe
Charles CooneyRegistration and Special EventsFranklin
Mark Matosian, PhDCounselor Recruitment and RetentionMadison
Derrick CollinsCounselor Recruitment and RetentionSan Antonio, TX
Andrew Peterman, JDCounselor Recruitment and RetentionMilwaukee, WI
Steve DuBoisRetail StoreBalsam Lake
Kendel FeilenSecurityPort Washington
Gary WilliamsSports and RecreationSpringfield, OH
Mike FeirerSupplyMarshfield

Administrative Staff

MemberPositionHometown
Angie ChappellProgram Coordinator

Badger Boys State memorials

Val Ove, the man who started Badger Boys State

Val W. Ove

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Val W. Ove was the founder and first director of Badger Boys State in 1939. He strongly believed that our nation’s strength could be measured by its citizens. He thought that a person became a good citizen by understanding government and recognizing an individual’s duties, responsibilities, and obligations.