Citizen Oversight Membership
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.
Budgetary Oversight Committee (BOC)
John Hunt (Chair)
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Fisheries Oversight Committee (FOC)
Fisheries Section Chief
An asterisk (*) denotes a member of the BOC.
Wildlife Oversight Committee (WOC)
Wildlife Section Chief
An asterisk (*) denotes a member of the BOC.
John Christian retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after a 43-year career. He worked in many leadership positions, including those for Migratory Birds and State Programs, Endangered Species, Fisheries and Ecological Services. John led efforts to restore lake trout in the Great lakes and also managed the international sea lamprey control program. Working with state and tribal partners, John also initiated restoration programs for coaster brook trout in the Great Lakes and paddlefish and sturgeon populations in the Mississippi River. He was responsible for migratory bird conservation programs that provide more than $165 million to states for fish and wildlife restoration activities under the Dingell-Johnson and Wallop-Breaux grant in aid programs. He enjoys fishing, hiking and bird watching in Minnesota’s outstanding lakes, rivers and wildlife management areas.
William E. Faber
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.
John Hunt chairs the BOC. He has served in this position since August 2011. Before that he served on the BOC’s Ecological and Water Resources subcommittee for several years. John has also served on the DNR’s motorized trail task force. He is a senior environmental engineer with a Twin Cities-based engineering firm, specializing in the investigation and clean-up of contaminated properties. An avid trout angler and a high school football coach, John is a member of several hunting and angling conservation organizations. He resides in Big Lake with his wife and three children.
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.
Chuck Kartak retired from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources after a 37-year career. He served as deputy director for the Minnesota State Park System, operations manager for the Division of Parks and Trails, and a number of other positions. Chuck has been involved in numerous prairie, wetland, and forest landscape restorations through Minnesota. He is a life member in the Minnesota Waterfowl Association and Pheasants Forever and a member of Ducks Unlimited for 30 years. His passions include waterfowling, upland bird hunting, archery turkey hunting, hiking, triathlons, wilderness canoe camping and wild ricing.
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.
Deb Luzinski is a professional landscaper and owner of a small business in the east metro area of the Twin Cities. Deb is on the board of directors with the Metro Bowhunters Resource Base, an active member of North Country Bowhunters and is a volunteer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Becoming An Outdoors Woman program. A wife and mother of two, she is also the director and coach of the Woodbury's National Archery in the Schools Program after school archery program and a former director of Minnesota Bowhunters, Inc. She was appointed to the Wildlife Oversight Committee as well as the Budget Oversight Committee in 2012.
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.
Peter Perovich is a loan officer in the mortgage industry. President of the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Federation, he is an active member of Anglers for Habitat, an organization dedicated to preserving and improving aquatic habitat, clean water, and fishing in Minnesota. Perovich has shown an aptitude for leadership through his work with various statewide organizations that are dedicated to protecting Minnesota’s natural resources and bolstering the state's sports fishing industry. In 2009 Peter was appointed to the Fisheries Oversight Committee (FOC); in 2011 he was reappointed to the FOC and appointed to the Budget Oversight Committee (BOC). In 2013 Perovich was appointed Chair of the FOC and reappointed to the BOC. Perovich is an avid recreational and tournament angler, and also enjoys waterfowl hunting, skeet and trap shooting, and many other outdoor activities.
George G. Selcke
George G. Selcke of Minnetonka is a retired consultant and salesman for Interlake MH-Chicago. He is a member of Muskies, Inc., Minnesota Muskie and Pike Alliance and Chairman of the Hugh C. Becker Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the muskellunge as a valuable natural resource in Minnesota. An active angler who fishes primarily for muskellunge, George is a highly decorated Vietnam War veteran. Wounded three times in four days during service to his country, he was bestowed the Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, two presidential unit citations, the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Service Medal and Vietnamese Campaign Medal. George and wife have two daughters.
Robert Theobald chairs the Wildlife Oversight Committee, which is a subcommittee of the BOC. He has served in this role since Dec ember of 2011. Prior to BOC re-structuring, Robert had served on the previous BOC as a member of the Wildlife Operations Subcommittee (WOS) for several years. Robert is employed by Daikin-McQuay of Owatonna, a manufacturer of heating, ventilation, and A/C equipment and systems. Robert is an active member of numerous local, state and national conservation organizations. One of his passions is teaching today's youth the outdoor lifestyle. Other passions include hunting waterfowl, deer, pheasant, and turkey, plus fishing, camping, ATV riding and target shooting. Robert resides in Owatonna with his wife Sarah and two young children.