Leadership

Meet Our Volunteer Executive Committee

Rich Cieslak

President

Rich Cieslak has been a lakeshore property owner for 8 years on Rice Lake in Becker County.  He is a member and Becker County COLA representative for the Buffalo/Rice/Rock Lakes Association.  He is an active Starry Trek Volunteer.

Wanda Roden

Secretary

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.

Rachel Moen

Treasurer

Rachel Moen lives on Pearl Lake where she is the Secretary and Treasurer for the Pearl Lake Association.  She is a graduate of NDSU in Business Management and currently stays home to manage the household and tend to her two young boys.

Larry Anderson

Education 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.

Jules DuVall

MN COLA Representative

Jules DuVall has lived on Cotton Lake with 17 years.  She has a BS degree from NDSU.  Jules is a lifelong volunteer for environmental concerns with a focus on Aquatic Invasive Species since 2011.  She is passionate and a strong advocate of training and education regarding lakes, rivers and ponds along with all things that swim!

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.

Jennifer Heitman Thompson

Communications

Jennifer Heitman Thompson resides on Island Lake with her husband Kevin along with their two labs Willow & Teddy.  Jen has been a member of the Island Lake association since 2005 and served on the COLA Executive Committee since 2015. During her favorite season, Jen spends as much time as possible snowmobiling, snowshoeing or skiing. When the lake isn’t frozen, Jen can be found paddle boarding or just hanging out on the lake relaxing!