The Game and Fish Fund Budgetary Oversight Committee (BOC) is composed of a chair who is appointed by the DNR commissioner, the chair of the Fisheries Oversight Committee, the chair of the Wildlife Oversight Committee and four additional members from each committee.
John P. Lenczewski (Chair)
Biography: John Lenczewski of Eden Prairie is a life-long Minnesota resident and avid angler. He enjoys fishing for a variety of different species. He is a long-time volunteer with Trout Unlimited and has been active in securing funding for projects that enhance Minnesota’s trout waters and trout fishing.
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Fisheries Section Chief
An asterisk (*) denotes a member of the BOC.
- James Arndt (Duluth) *
- Kirk Duholm (Eagan)
- John Eaton (Walker) *
Biography: John Eaton is a retired U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Fisheries research biologist who moved from Two Harbors to Walker, Minn., in 2009. Research subjects at the EPA laboratory in Duluth where he worked for thirty years included effects of acid rain and global warming on aquatic ecosystems, and the chronic toxicity of pesticides, heavy metals and other contaminants to fish and aquatic invertebrates. Research projects often involved collaboration with the staff of universities and other government agencies. Related activities ranged from coordination between the U.S. and Canada on trans-boundary water quality objectives, to review of NOAA/DNR Coastal Zone Management Program project proposals for Lake Superior; MNDNR Trout and Salmon Stamp BOC Subcommittee reports, development of the state-mandated Water Management Plan for Lake County, Minnesota, and revisions of the DNR Management Plan for the Fisheries of Western Lake Superior. Since moving to Walker, John has served on the citizen advisory committees for the DNR Leech Lake Fisheries Management Plan, the MPCA Leech Lake River Watershed Protection and Rehabilitation Plan, and development of the Cass County, MN Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan, currently funded at a level of $500,000/year. He is on the Boards of the Association of Cass County Lakes and the Leech Lake Association, which play a central role in implementation of the county AIS plan and other efforts to benefit and protect the many lakes and streams in the region. He serves on the steering committee for the 155-boat Leech Lake Walleye Tournament in order to promote measures to prevent introductions of AIS into Leech and other lakes. Leisure time activities include canoeing, fly-fishing, trap and skeet shooting, sailing, X-C skiing, curling, bird hunting, biking – about anything out-of-doors.
- Larry Gavin (Faribault)
- Brad Gustafson (Lake Elmo)
- Marj Hart (St Michael) *
- Charles Haslerud, Chair (Duluth) *
- John Haukos (Ortonville)
- Valerie Holthus (Andover) *
Biography: Valerie grew up on a farm in the pheasant hunting lands of southwest Minnesota and southeast South Dakota. She is now a resident of Andover and serves on the Andover City Council. She has been a member of the DNR Fisheries Oversight Commission and the Budget Oversight Commission for three years. Val is an avid angler and runner and enjoys almost every outdoor activity Minnesota has to offer. As a bass tournament angler, she has grown to love the sport and is very interested in preserving aquatic environments for generations to come. Val works as a program coordinator at Andover High School and serves as the DECA advisor as well as the Muskie Fishing Club advisor.
- Jeff Johnson (New London)
Biography: Jeff Johnson retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Minnesota as a state farm loan specialist after 30-plus year career. His primary role was that of an environmental compliance manager. He also supervised the management and disposal of more than 750 farm real estate properties. He is the president of the West Central Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse Anglers Association. He has a long history of providing leadership on environmental compliance and training. He has served on numerous FSA national task forces on environmental policy and procedure and provided a key role in supporting both the farm and farm loan programs delivered by FSA. Jeff also serves on the Board of Directors of the Norway Lake Lutheran Historical Association. He currently lives in rural New London where he enjoys fishing and other outdoor activities.
- Becca Nash (Minneapolis)
- Douglas Odegard (Pine City) *
- Mark Owens (Austin)
- Dave Thompson (Battle Lake)
Biography: Dave is a 27-year owner/operator of Fisherman's Village Resort in Ottertail County. 2003 recipient of the Congress of Minnesota Resorts, Resorter of the Year. Dave received a special citation from former Gov.Tim Pawlenty in recognition of dedication to Tourism and Conservation. He has served as a member of the DNR Citizens Oversight Committee for Fisheries for more than 16 years, Co-chaired the committee that developed the DNR Aquatic Management Area Acquisition Long Range Plan. He currently serves as a member of the Ottertail County Conservation Committee to help County Commissioners understand Conservation property acquisitions. Dave worked at the Minnesota Capitol for 20+ years for Resort Tourism issues. Fall and winter activities include being an avid 50+ year competitive target shooter and fire arms instructor, lifelong angler and pheasant hunter.
Wildlife Section Chief
An asterisk (*) denotes a member of the BOC.
- Chad Bloom (Mayer)
- David Engels (Menahga)
- William E. Faber (Brainerd)
Biography: Dr. William E. Faber, Cushing, is a college instructor of wildlife and natural resources at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. He holds a bachelor’s of science degree in wildlife management from the University of Minnesota and masters’ of science and doctorate degrees in wildlife ecology from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, where his research focused on moose. William is a board member of the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society and the Minnesota Sharp-Tailed Grouse Society. He is also an active member of the Minnesota Conservation Federation, Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and the National Wildlife Federation. William spends the majority of his free time with numerous conservation-related activities, in addition to wildflower gardening and other outdoor pursuits.
- Burl Haar (Afton)
Biography:Burl Haar is an outdoor enthusiast and a life-long hunter. He is a member of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation. He is also a volunteer hunter safety instructor for the DNR's youth firearms training program, a certified Master Naturalist through the University of Minnesota program, and a site steward for a DNR Scientific and Natural Area. Burl is retired from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, where he served as Executive Director for 21 years. He has Ph.D. in Economics and currently is an adjunct faculty member at St. Mary's University of Minnesota.
- Paul Hoppe (Ogilvie) *
- Andrew Mauch (Wyoming)
- Steve Okins, Chair (Willmar) *
Biography: Steve Okins has been in government finance for more than 35 years, the last 27 as the finance director of the city of Willmar. Steve has been active in Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. He is married with three children. He is an avid hunter and fisherman and is a resident of Willmar Township.
- Bert Pexsa (Miltona) *
- Mark Popovich (Welch) *
- Scott Springer (Fountain) *
- Mark Weber (Eden Prairie)
- John Wells (St Paul)