Governance Board

Last Updated: 4/27/2021 1:45 PM

The Governance Board is made up of 7 local volunteer or appointed community members and meets the third Monday of September, October, January, February, March, April, and May.  Additional meetings are scheduled as needed, and all meetings are posted on our home webpage calendar. They are open to the public.  If you are interested in serving as a board director, please complete the application located on this page.

2016-17 Governance Board Minutes
September 19, 2016
October 17, 2016
​December 19, 2016
January 16th, 2017
February 2017 - No Meeting Held
March 21, 2017
May 1, 2017 (April Meeting)


Stephanie Tapplin Judy Reas - Treasurer Frank Busalacchi - President

Stephanie is a parent of a Class ACT student who also volunteers with the Lion's Club. Her hobbies include spending time with her kids, gardening, and fixing up her home. She works at Associated bank and is interested in Civic/Community service.

Stephanie can be reached at

Judy currently works as an EMT and has experience working in accounting, banking, law office, teaching EMT class, and management. My hobbies include gardening, raising goats, bees, and chickens, and knitting.

Judy is passionate about educating our youth and providing safe, effective tools for success.

Judy can be reached at:

Frank is a Class ACT alumni who wanted to give back to the school.

Frank's hobbies include video production and photography.


Frank can be contacted at:


Kristin Palecek - Secretary Deb Richter - Vice President Megan Mader

Kristin Palecek works as the environmental manager at Flambeau Rivers Papers.  She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, who enjoys cross-country skiing and gardening.  She is also a former Jaycee member and a current Park Falls Chamber Board member.  Kristin says “there are many kids who would benefit from this program.  It would also be great to keep some homegrown talent in Park Falls.”  

​Kristin can be contacted at


Deb is a business owner in Park Falls who utilized alternative methods of education in her own life. She believes in giving back to the community and see Class ACT as an opportunity to support the education that made her successful.

You can contact Deb Richter at:

I will be finishing my Master's degree in Aquatic Biology in April, 2021, and as graduation grows nearer, I have been reflecting on how I began this journey of being so passionate about natural resources and the environment.  I realized that my time as a student at Chequamegon High School did not present me with much information and very little idea about natural resources as a career -- especially as a woman.  Spending 6 years immersed in learning everything I could about aquatic ecology has made me appreciate my roots in one of the most natural resource-rich areas in the Great Lakes region, and I want to be able to give other young students exposure to what a career in this field might look like.  There is place for everyone in natural resources -- computer science enthusiasts, business-minded folks, aspiring communication aficionados, and those just passionate about nature.  I have experience and connections in fisheries, forestry, outdoor education, geology, etc., and the desire to share these interests with students in the hopes that they may realize an interest in natural resources as a career.  My goal is to be able to personally mentor students, help them build connections in the field, and give them experience in working out of doors and out of the box.  

You can contact Megan Mader at

Paul Kemper    

Paul enjoys fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and is a retired building contractor and business owner. He is a former school board member in Minnesota and enjoys helping with youth.

You can contact Paul at




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