Badger Boys State program leadership

Board of Directors

Robert L. ShappellChairman/Past Department CommanderCedarburg
Robert BattyPresident/MemberCedarburg
Fred BernsDirector/MemberWhitehall
Erik W. BrownFirst Assistant Director/MemberVienna
Lloyd WagenerTreasurerHoricon
Ted DuckworthAssistant Treasurer/MemberNew Lisbon
David A. KurtzExecutive Secretary/Dept. Adjutant/MemberPortage
Bill CoshAssistant Executive Secretary/MemberAthens
Russell HanseterVice President/Director EmeritusSeymour
Norm BednarekMemberPortage
John CumicekMemberSeymour
Mike FeirerMemberMarshfield
Bob KaczmarekMemberKenosha
Bud MautzMemberMadison
Steve Sorenson, J.D.MemberRipon
Dale OatmanDepartment CommanderAntigo
Jerry LaubyAmericanism ChairmanFond du Lac

Assistant Directors

Erik Brown1st 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
Brenda Krupa, RNMedicalNecedah
Bud MautzMessage and Distribution CenterMadison
Bill CoshOrientationsAthens
Robert BattyPress and Copy RoomCedarburg
Paul WilliamsProgramAppleton
Chad PlengePublic RelationsMonroe
Zach DayPublic RelationsWest Allis
Charles CooneyRegistration and Special EventsFranklin
Gary Williams, Ph.D.Counselor Recruitment and RetentionSpringfield, OH
Mark Matosian, PhDCounselor Recruitment and RetentionMadison
Derrick CollinsCounselor Recruitment and RetentionSan Antonio, TX
Steve DuBoisRetail StoreBalsam Lake
Kendel FeilenSecurityPort Washington
Tim ThielSports and RecreationMadison
Mike FeirerSupplyMarshfield

Administrative Staff

Angie ChappellProgram Coordinator

Badger Boys State memorials

Val Ove, the man who started Badger Boys State

Val W. Ove

To view information on individuals who have been key contributors or tireless volunteers to our program but have passed away, please click here.

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.