About Us

Our Vision

The Friends of Lakeshore State Park partner with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and our community to support Lakeshore State Park as Milwaukee’s premier urban lakefront destination for environmental and freshwater education, conservation, recreation and outdoor enjoyment

Our Mission

The Friends of Lakeshore State Park is a non-profit organization chartered as a 501c(3) dedicated to supporting Lakeshore State Park and its partners. The Friends raise funds for and participate in educational programming, events, infrastructure, and marketing and build memberships and strategic alliances to succeed in these efforts

Board Diversity Policy

The Friends of Lakeshore State Park, a Nonprofit Organization, is committed to a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment where all board members, staff, volunteers, and members feel respected and valued regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation or identity, disability, or educational background.

DNR Staff

Park Manager

Elaine Zautke

Naturalist Guide

Anne Duffy

Anne with an Owl

Park/Rec Specialists

Chris Sawall
Richard Imp
Ryan Mueller

Lakeside plant Installation

Board Members


David Wenstrup

Vice President

Melissa Shaw

Past President

Susan Frautschi


Mary Jo Layden


Peter Campbell

Directors At-Large

David Holmes

Lee Kanwar
Brunswick Corporation

Juan Medina
Mega Cleaners LLC

Alexandria Simons

Manuel Raynal

Joshua Albrecht
VISIT Milwaukee

Andy Wiegman
Sagewind Development

Jim Plaisted
Historic Third Ward Association

William Schmitt
Rooted & Rising – Washington Park

Barb Klein

David Remstad

Robert Gosse, AIA
The Sigma Group

Nick Abresch
Johnson Financial

Elizabeth Johnson
Godfrey & Kahn

Contact Us

Friends of Lakeshore State Park

500 N Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-274-4281
Email: admin.asst@friendslsp.org

DNR-Unit Supervisor

500 N Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-274-4281
Email: angela.vickio@wisconsin.gov

In Memoriam

Chuck Ward

Founder, Friends of Lakeshore State Park