The Friends of Devil's Lake State Park is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors; each of the nine members serves three-year terms. We are always recruiting! Please let us know if you are interested in serving, we would love to meet you.

The Board is always interested to hear from members with comments, questions and/or proposals. Please reach any of us via our email contact form.


Dave Barger
President, 2017 - 2019

I grew up on a southern Wisconsin farm baling hay in the summer, so I enjoyed the weekends when we escaped to Devils Lake to swim and picnic among such magnificent surroundings! Exploring the Park became my next passion… finding hidden rock formations and seeing the Lake from the different bluffs. I picked up my Dad’s interest in photography, spending days taking pics and getting to know formations and trails like dear friends. After volunteering on trails out West, I focused my volunteering back home at Devil's Lake by becoming a Friend – and also a board member – in 2015. I met Janice in 2015 and we got married at Devil’s Lake in 2018! Being president of FODL has been challenging but very rewarding, and the FODL board members are a fun, energetic, productive group. But hey, I grew up with seven siblings, so it feels to me like a family gathering when our FODL board meets!


Gib Bird
Member at Large, 2018 - 2021

I was raised in Merrill, WI enjoying fishing and paddling on the Prairie and Wisconsin Rivers. I earned a BS in Zoology at the University of Montana, where I also did fish habitat, big game, and timber surveys for the US Forest Service. After graduation I took a job with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Florida where I realized that a career would lead to desks and paperwork. I returned to Wisconsin to pursue my first love: teaching. Armed with a BA in Education I came to Baraboo in 1975 to begin my 31-year career teaching at G.L. Wilson Elementary School. During two summers in the early '80s I worked as an LTE at Devil's Lake. Over the years my wife, Gail, and I have spent many hours with our family in the Park hiking, swimming, canoeing, rowing, skiing, geocaching, and camping. What a wonderful resource it has been for us! We love it.


Suzanne Covoloskie
Member at Large, 2017 - 2020

Suzanne Covoloskie is a CPA/Project Manager who joined the FODL Board in September 2017, focusing on membership development. Suzanne has volunteered with Nature Center programs, Friends events and organizations maintaining Park trails for years. She is an avid four-season fan of the Devil’s Lake State Park, enjoying the Lake’s beauty for hiking, biking, kayaking, snowshoeing, swimming, and picnicking.  Suzanne grew up in Baraboo, resides in Madison, and looks forward to helping the Park remain a special place.


Dan Dingman
Member at Large, 2016 - 2021

Dan has been on the FODL board a total of nine years including stints as vice president (2000 - 2003) and president (2003 - 2006). A Baraboo area resident, he has enjoyed the park for the past 35+ years through a variety of outdoor activities and as such recognizes its stature as the Midwest’s recreational jewel. The Friends of Devil‘s Lake organization has and continues to play in important role in the Devils Lake State Park experience and he has enjoyed being part of that legacy.


Bernadette Greenwood
Vice President, 2016 - 2019

Bernadette is a licensed professional Geologist and has completed numerous geological and hydrogeological investigations and report writing as an environmental consultant. She has also shared her love of science through teaching at the high school and college levels. Bernadette lives with her husband, Jim, on the northern limb of the beautiful Baraboo Syncline, with a spectacular view across the Baraboo Valley, which includes a panoramic view of Devil’s Lake State Park. She spends free time with her family and getting outdoors any chance she gets, enjoying all nature has to offer, including making maple syrup, hiking, boating and scuba diving.


Patricia Michals
Member at Large, 2019 - 2021

Pat spent her career teaching science at the high school and university levels; she was nationally recognized by the Golden Apple Foundation and Havard University for her work. Pat continues to serves as a member of the National Ski Patrol and Berkie Patrol. She has a passion for woodworking and has been training golden retrievers to become pet therapy partners. Pat has owned land in the Baraboo hills since 1974.


Sandra Snow
Treasurer, 2016 - 2019

Sandy Snow has been a FODL board member since 2013.  She has served as Board President and currently as Treasurer.  Sandy grew up in Chicago and moved to Baraboo in 2011 to enjoy a slower pace and prettier country.  She is an instructor of Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, and Personal Finance currently under the University of Wisconsin Platteville system.  She enjoys geneology and travel, especially touring old cemeteries!


Stephen Swallen
Member at Large, 2017 - 2020

As a Chemistry Professor at our local UW-Platteville Baraboo/Sauk County campus, I hope to provide a perspective as an educator and a scientist on Park issues that the Friends can address. My research focus on Environmental Chemistry concerns, such as air and water quality, has many direct connections. I’m also working to provide a connection between the Park and the UW campus, and in particular with the many local students who may have interest in volunteering or doing research at the Park.


Nick Wilkes
Member at Large, 2018 - 2021

I grew up in Vernon, Wisconsin, and visited Devil’s Lake annually on family camping trips and Scout outings. While attending UW-Madison, I began rock climbing regularly at Devil’s Lake and fell in love with the beauty, solitude and energy of the Park. After attending graduate school for three years and guiding in Utah another six years, I returned to Wisconsin in 2010 with my wife, Maya. We started a family in Madison, as well as three businesses, including Devils Lake Climbing Guides. I now work and recreate in the Park, enjoying climbing, hiking, scrambling and swimming with clients, family and friends. Our family strongly supports the idea and mission of public parks and believes we all need access to natural and wild places to thrive.