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Ice Age Trail Alliance Award Winners

Without the dedication, hard work, and enthusiastic support of our volunteers, the Ice Age National Scenic Trail would be little more than a line on a map.

We celebrate our volunteers through our annual recognition of their outstanding contributions to our organization and the mission we hold dear.

Partnership Award Categories:

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ray Zillmer, Ray Zillmer Award, IATA Awards

Ray Zillmer Award Recipient(s):

  • 2020: David Phillips (Learn more about Mr. Phillips here.)
  • 2020: David Kinnamon (Learn more about Mr. Kinnamon here.)
  • 2001: David Obey
Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Henry Reuss Award, IATA Awards

Henry S. Reuss Award Recipients:

  • 2004: Tammy Baldwin
  • 2001: Kevin Shibilski
Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Public Partner Award, IATA Awards

Public Partner Award Recipients:

  • 2020: Jake Walciak, County Forest Administrator
  • 2020: Melessa Johnson, Director of Marathon County Solid Waste Department
  • 2019: Ray Hajewski, former Wisconsin DNR Trails Coordinator for the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit
  • 2018: Tim Vetter, Recreation, Wilderness & Lands Program Manager with the United State Forest Service
  • 2011: Terry Jensen
  • 2010: Brigit Brown
  • 2008: Tom Presny
  • 2008: Tom Gilbert
  • 2004: John Wald
  • 1997: Janet Beach Hanson
Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Friends of the Trail Award, IATA Awards

Friend of the Ice Age Trail Recipients:

Trailbuilding Award Categories:

“In The Mud” Award Recipients:

Download a list of current and past “In the Mud” award winners [PDF].

New Crew Leader Award Recipients:

2020:

  • Michele Amacher
  • Kim Ignatius
  • Mike Livesey

2019:

  • Rick Bie
  • Dan Brereton
  • David Carew
  • Julien Cossette
  • Alaina Dedo
  • Diane Harp
  • Anne Helsley-Marchbanks
  • Stephanie Hoff
  • Ryan Jansen
  • Amy Jensen
  • David Manteufel
  • Dustin Pares
  • Charles Schwartz

2018:

Kevin Kuhlmann

2017:

  • John Barker
  • Becky Burton
  • Emily Fuger
  • Wendell Holl
  • Dennis James
  • Steve Konkol
  • James Luebke
  • Ruth McCann
  • Mark Miner
  • Sam Picone
  • Tony Schuster
  • Mark Struve
  • Kevin Welton

Crew Leader Emeritus Award Recipients:

2020:

Thelma Johnson

2019:

Dan Rambo

2017:

Bob Broman
Gary Klatt
Lyle Lidholm
Rachel Roberts
John Shank
Butch Siegel
Keith Veldhuizen
Barbara Wollmer

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Trail Steward of the Year

Trail Steward of the Year Award Recipients:

View more information about past Trail Steward of the Year award winners.

Dedicated Service Award Categories:

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, 40 years of service Award

Years of Service Award Recipients:

Download a list of current and past Years of Service award recipients [PDF].

Spirit Stick Award Recipients:

View more information about past Spirit Stick award winners.

Excellence in Staff Service Award Recipients:

  • 2020: Luke Kloberdanz, Director of Philanthropy
  • 2016: Joanne Ellarson, Administrative Assistant
  • 2016: Kevin Thusius, Director of Land Conservation
  • 2012: Tim Malzhan, Trailway Director
Ice Age Trail Alliance, Mammoth Society Award

Mammoth Society (Retired) Award Recipients:

  • Bess & Bernie Alberg
  • Jerry Goth
  • Lee Swanson
  • Anonymous

Leadership Memorial Award Recipients:

  • Dick Cates
  • Tom Drought
  • Cora Dversdall
  • Joyce Erdman
  • Ody J. Fish
  • Roy Gromme
  • Russ Helwig
  • Gary Klatt
  • Warren Knowles
  • Henry Reuss
  • Sarah Sykes
  • Marion “Barney” Viste
  • J.J. “Doc” Werner
  • John Zillmer
  • Raymond Zillmer
Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Volunteers in the Park Service Award

National Park Service Volunteers in Parks Awards Program Recipients:

View a listing of the 2019 award winners recognized in 2020 [PDF].

View the NPS Volunteers in Parks (VIP) 2020 awards program presentation VIDEO here.

Scholarship Award Categories:

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Stickman Scholarship award 2020

Douglas “Stickman” Sherman Scholarship Award Recipients:

  • 2020: Siri Martin
  • 2019: Ryan Gasser
  • 2018: None
  • 2017: Emily Amundson
  • 2016: Charlie Booher
  • 2015: Derek Sopha