Board Members

Trevor Judd 
Position: President

  • Age learned to water ski: 3 years old
  • Year with the River Rats: 16 years
  • Full-Time job: Sr. Account Manager
  • Favorite ski act: Big pyramids are great to watch. It is really cool to see so many things come together to pull off a big pyramid. I also really enjoy watching the young kids learn new tricks.
  • Why you love the River Rats: The River Rats is a large group of people that love the water. It is great to spend time with a group of people that all love the sport of waterskiing.

 

Andrew Nelson
Position: Vice President

  • Age learned to water ski: 10
  • Years with the River Rats:  4
  • Full-Time job:  Quality Engineer
  • Favorite ski act:  Around the Boat (ATB)
  • Why you love the River Rats: I get to spend time doing something I love with my friends and family. Plus, I get to drive some pretty cool boats…just saying!

 

Lisa Albers  
Position: Secretary

  • Age learned to water ski:  3 years old
  • Years with the River Rats:  2
  • Full-Time job:  Sales Manager at Rush Creek Golf Club
  • Favorite ski act: Around the Boat
  • Why you love the River Rats: Waters Ski people are the best.  It’s a fun environment for kids and adults of all ages.  The young ones learn confidence and respect and leadership and life skills and lessons that make well rounded adults.  The River Rats are a great opportunity for our family to do something we all enjoy together a few nights a week.

 

Tom Zalewski 
Position: Treasurer

  • Age Learned to ski: 6 years old
  • Years on the Rats: 22 years
  • Full-Time Job: Controller
  • Favorite Ski Act: The bigger the better
  • Why you love the River Rats: Friends and Family

 

Alexa Ernst
Position: Marketing and Promotions

  • Age learned to water ski: 8
  • Years with the River Rats: Since 2014
  • Full-Time job: Health and Well-being Program Manager
  • Favorite ski act: Doubles and pyramids
  • Why you love the River Rats: The River Rats are like a big family.  It’s such an amazing group of people who love to have fun and water ski all summer.

 

Kara Gamelin
Position: Fundraising

  • Age learned to water ski: 5 years old
  • Years with the River Rats: 1
  • Full-Time job: Associate Business Consultant at Perficient
  • Favorite ski act: Trios/Trick skiing
  • Why you love the River Rats: It’s a great group of people who all share the same love and passion for water skiing.

 

Sawyer Murray
Position: Show Director

  • Age learned to ski: 5
  • Years with the River Rats: 7
  • Job: Student in Aviation (just graduated!)
  • Favorite Act: Pyramids and trios, I love seeing all the power of the rats on the water at once!
  • Love of the team:  Being at the river feels like being at my second home, with my large crazy extended family. In my opinion, any day spent on the water is a good one and I’m so lucky that the Rats give me the opportunity to spend so many days on the water with people who feel the same way!

 

Ben Zahler
Position: Show Director

  • Age learned to water ski:  4
  • Years with the River Rats:  8
  • Full-Time job: Union ironworker
  • Favorite ski act: Barefooting and pyramids, also combining the two and making barefoot pyramids!
  • Why you love the River Rats: It’s like one big family of friends who get to enjoy the same passion of waterskiing multiple times a week all summer long!

 

Kyle Zogg 
Position: Board Member at Large

  • Age learned to water ski: 3
  • Years with the River Rats: 4
  • Full-Time job: Software Engineer
  • Favorite ski act: Anything that is fast, hard, or gets me high in the air! In particular, I love bare-footing, doing tricks off the jump, and trick skiing.
  • Why you love the River Rats: The Rats have great members who become more like a second family. As a member I get to do the most fun things I can imagine with some of the best people all summer long. What more could I ask for.