Our Board

Greg Karch

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President and Executive Director

Greg Karch has been on the Learn 2 Fish board since its inception in 2015. He had been operating Learn 2 Fish for years and started the board to share his passion and joy of fishing with people of all ages who want to learn about the greatest sport of all (yes, we’re totally biased), fishing! Greg’s favorite place to fish is the Bay of Green Bay, Lake Winnebago, or just about anywhere he can be on the water (it’s how he relaxes). He loves jigging, casting for walleye and ice fishing for panfish! Why does Greg do it? To share his love for fishing and inspire future fishermen and fisherwomen.

 

 

Patti Purcell

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Secretary

Patti joined the board in 2015 as an inaugural board member to help teach more kids about the joys of fishing, one of her lifelong passions, and to give families an activity they could do together. That sense of fishing as a family was born at an early age when she would go fishing with her grandpa, Al Horejs, her father, Roger Horejs, and her two sisters, Cathy and Laura. Fishing was an important part of her childhood as it ensured her that little girls could enjoy the sport just as much as little boys. Patti grew up fishing for perch and walleye on Lake Winnebago, but she also has fond memories of fishing on Lake Chamberlain in Conover where her aunt and uncle had a cottage. Her favorite type of fishing today is casting along shorelines because it constantly brings you to new waters where you never know what will bite next!

Ryan Burnett

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Treasurer

As a founding board member and treasurer for Learn 2 Fish, Ryan said he enjoys sharing the joy of fishing through Learn 2 Fish’s free fishing workshops. He is passionate about helping underprivileged youth, who may not have someone to teach them how to fish, learn the basics of this great life-long sport. He enjoys trolling and jigging for walleye and his favorite place to fish is Lake Erie.

 

 

 

Mark Moran

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Child Protection/Youth Safety Chair

As the principal at St Martin Lutheran School in Clintonville and in his role on the Learn 2 Fish board, keeping kids safe is at the heart of Mark’s work with youth. Mark joined the board to help strengthen the organization and teach children how to fish. His favorite places to fish are Rose Lake and Lake Winnebago, where he enjoys fishing for Walleye. 

 

 

 

 

Joyce Bennett-Looney

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Volunteer Chair

When Joyce and her husband Reuben moved to Wisconsin, their neighbor learned that they both enjoyed fishing and introduced them to the Learn 2 Fish organization. They both started volunteering and Joyce said joining the board was not only a great opportunity for her to meet new people and find great fishing spots, but also a way to help the Fox Valley community. She is passionate about helping kids (and their parents) spend less time on the couch and more time outside in the great outdoors fishing. By volunteering through Learn 2 Fish, she helps teach younger generations about this lifetime sport and immerses herself into the community. Joyce’s favorite spot to go trolling for fish is near the mouth of where the Detroit River meets Lake Erie, especially during White (Silver) Bass season.

Chris Kundert

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Operations Chair

Chris joined the Learn 2 Fish board in March 2018 as the operations chair and said he hopes to pass on something he loves to do—fishing—to younger generations as they are our future. Chris enjoys being out in nature with friends and family and wants to provide that same opportunity to youth and families who attend Learn 2 Fish workshops. He enjoys any type of stream trout fishing and his favorite place to fish is in the trout streams in Forest County, Wisconsin.