Leadership

Meet Our Volunteer Executive Committee

David Oberlander

President

David Oberlander grew up in the Twin Cities, but his family has owned a cabin on Bijou Lake for 60 years where they would spend their summers.  In 2015, after 32-years as an officer in the United State Army, he and his wife moved back to Minnesota and purchased land on Stakke Lake and built their home.  He has been President of the Stakke Lake Association since 2018 and continues to build his knowledge on improving lake habitat and communicating that knowledge to landowners. He has a BS from MSU-Mankato, an MA from Northwestern in Chicago, and a MS from the US Army War College.  He is a strong advocate for our Lake Country and wants to ensure we pass along a healthy environment to future generations.

    David Suby

    Vice President

    David was born and raised in Fargo, ND, graduated from high school there and attended the University of Minnesota. He graduated from the U of M in 1972 with a degree in Chemistry. David began and ran a concrete construction company, Suby Construction, for the next 43 years until retiring in 2015. David now has the time for my 50-year passion of furniture making.

    David has been married to his wife, Sally, for 49 years. They have two daughters and three grandchildren. His parents bought property on Pickerel Lake, NE of Detroit Lakes when he was 7 years old. This began his lifelong love of rural Minnesota. Sally and David permanently moved to Pickerel Lake in 2008. Pickerel Lake is a clean lake, and David wants to see that it stays that way!

      Becky Burns

      Treasurer

      Becky and her husband are enjoying lake life after living in Fargo for about 39 years. During that time, they raised 4 children, both returned to school to change careers, and her husband deployed overseas 3 times during his service in the Army National Guard.

      Becky spent part of the children’s lives as a stay-at-home mother. After earning an accounting degree and completing the CPA exam, she returned to the business world working for St. Luke’s Hospital and MeritCare Hospital. As their children grew older and became involved in many school and extracurricular activities, she was drawn to a career in education where her hours more closely aligned with the children’s schedules. Becky spent over a decade teaching high school students until her retirement in May 2013.  Retirement has been good to her as she now has more time to spend pursuing hobbies and time to spend with their 4 granddaughters.

        Wanda Roden

        Administrative Assistant

        Wanda grew up working at the Casselton Drug, but began her career as “a pharmacist” in 1974 after graduating from the North Dakota State University, College of Pharmacy.  In 1981, her Dad sold the Casselton Drug and Wanda began work at the Rose Medical Center Hospital Pharmacy in Denver, CO.  She was there for two years and then moved to Rochester, MN to begin her career with Abbott Laboratories.  Her final position with Abbott was her dream job as the Pharmaceutical Products Division, Director of Training and Development.  After 20 years, Wanda moved back to Fargo to spend more time with her Mom.  Within 2 weeks of her return, in October of 2003, Wanda was hired as the Experiential Director in the NDSU School of Pharmacy.  In 2015, Wanda retired from NDSU to spend more time at her most favorite place in the world……….her family’s lake home on Lake Sallie.  She loves to volunteer, help others meet their personal and professional goals, sing in the Fargo First Assembly Prime Time Choir, and plant flowers in the spring.

        Larry Anderson

        Consultant

        Larry Anderson and his wife Kathy live on North Floyd Lake. Larry is a retired elementary teacher, he taught 6th grade in Crookston for 34 years. He has been very involved with outdoor and environmental education. He serves on the Floyd Shores Board as the Ecology Director. Larry enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, and sharing lake experiences with family, friends and especially his grandson.

        Dick Hecock

        Water Quality Monitoring

        Dick has been involved with COLA since its inception in 1991, served on its board since 2001, and as its president from 2008-2013. He has been active in COLA’s lake monitoring program since 1993.