After growing up in Janesville, WI, Sam moved to Northfield, MN, and graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Economics in 1965. He then went to the Luther Seminary in St. Paul in 1974. Between college and seminary, Sam served in the United States Army in Germany and Vietnam. He is an active member of the Rice Lake Lions. He is a Past Council Chair and served on the WLF Board. For many winters, Sam and his wife Carolyn have participated in eyeglass distribution missions in Mexico and Nicaragua. He is also a tissue transporter for the Wisconsin Lions Eye Bank. Beyond his service in Lions, Sam has managed annual budgets for congregations for 35 years and has served on multiple non-profit boards often holding the office of Treasurer.
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.
Bill is early-retired/on sabbatical following 22+ years in the financial services industry. His most recent position was Managing Director – BMO Private Bank where he led a 40-member team of portfolio managers, private bankers, trust officers, financial planners, matrixed regional directors, and admin staff catering to BMO’s wealthiest individual/institutional clients in the Northern Wisconsin Region. He has a bachelor of science in Engineering Mechanics from University of Missouri-Rolla (now Missouri University of Science & Technology) and an MBA from Georgia College. He holds the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner®) designation and is a former Captain in the United States Air Force.
Charlie Kolb was employed by the Cleveland State Bank from 1971 to 2001. He held multiple positions including Vice President and retired as President/CEO in 2001. He continues to serve on the Board of Directors of Cleveland State Bank. He holds a BA degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Charlie served as President of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce; Board member of Wisconsin Bankers Association Insurance Trust, Board member of TDS Telephone Co., Manitowoc County Family Service Association Board, and Lakeland College Church Relations Board. He is a Charter Member of the Cleveland Lions with 52 years of service, holding every office at one time or another. He believes strongly in supporting the LPEF through both club and personal financial contributions.
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.
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.
Darrell graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineer with a BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He recently retired from Gilman USA, a machine tool component manufacturing company. In 31 years with the company, Darrell held various positions within the Engineering and Sales departments, including the position of Business Manager. Darrell's service to the community includes having served on the board of Habitat for Humanity of Ozaukee County, currently serving as the Treasurer of the newly formed Grafton Historical Society, and being a Grafton Lion. He has held numerous positions within Lions including Club President, District Elections Chair, LCIF Chair, Global Membership Team Chair and a Lions Eye Bank Tissue Transporter.
Fred Gebhart is a retired union carpenter of 41 years in bridge and commercial construction. He served in the Army as a Combat Engineer for two years and nine months with a Vietnam tour of one year and five days. Fred is the VFW Post Quartermaster and a member of the Funeral Honor Guard. He teaches grade school religion and schedules ushers for his Parish. As a member of the Stockbridge Lions for 41 years, he has served ten Club President Terms and is the certified Vision Screening Trainer for his district. He has served as Zone Chairman for seven years and is in his sixth year as WLF Director and Chairman of the Sight/Hearing Committee for five years. Fred has provided two Ray Hempel Awards and other donations to the Lions Pride Endowment Fund. He has received the Birch-Sturm Fellowship, Knight of Sight, Helmer Lacy Sight Service, Lions University Bachelor & Master, and three International President’s Awards. His passion in Lions is the Lions Camp and vision screening for the children, our future.