Steven Reinders, President
Steven has been a Board Member since 2015, has enjoyed boating on Prior Lake since 1996 and has lived on the lake since 1998. His favorite activities on the lake are water skiing, lounging on his pontoon and lunch at Charlie’s on Prior. Steven also enjoys winter activities on the lake which usually include endless hours of clearing the snow off a skating rink for the neighborhood kids. When pulled away from the lake, Steve has a day job as Optometrist and owner of Complete Family Eyecare in Burnsville. Steven and his wife Jennifer have been married for 13 years and have two daughters, Abigail and Isabelle, who are also avid water skiers and lake lovers. Steven and Jennifer are long time members of Shepherd of the Lake Lutheran Church.
Doug Johnson, Vice President
Doug and his wife Amy have lived in Prior for 17 years and believe that the lake and its surrounding resources are what make this community great. Having spent 2 years renting on Prior Lake, 10 years in a lake association and now 6 years on the lake, Doug is a strong advocate for the preservation of the lake as well as education on safe and responsible boating. He has served on multiple committees and boards involved with the lake and is excited to be a part of the PLA board. Doug, Amy and their 2 kids Annika and Soren enjoy skiing, surfing and sailing along with downhill skiing and mountain biking when not on the water.
Woody Spitzmueller, Treasurer
Woody has been a PLA Board member since 2000 and lived on Prior Lake since 1997. He grew up spending weekends water skiing, sailing and fishing at his parent’s lake home on Bone Lake, near Luck, WI. Woody enjoys boating, snowmobiling and all season lake-related activities with his wife, neighbors and family. Woody and his wife have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. His kids live out of state so the lake place helps provide an incentive for family gatherings. Woody assists with many of the PLA events, primarily the DNR Youth boating course. Other volunteer activities include the Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District Board (Treasurer), the city Community Safety Advisory Committee (charter member) and AARP Tax Aide program (Shakopee site coordinator).
Rick Germscheid, Secretary
Rick is a new PLA board member starting in November 2018. Rick & his wife Dawn and family have lived on Prior Lake since 2011 but have been in the Prior Lake area for 25 years. They have enjoyed entertaining on their pontoon, jet skis and in their back yard on the lake with friends and family. Between the two of them, they have 5 adult children. Rick has been an IT Professional for nearly 30 years and the last 20 years has been with Prime Therapeutics in Eagan, MN. His wife Dawn has more than 30 years of accounting and finance experience and been in the Non-Profit world for the last 15 years as Director of Finance and Administration. Rick & Dawn have been active members of Prior Lake Yacht club and Rick has served on the Board for the last 4 years. Rick and his wife enjoy traveling and plan an annual trip to their favorite Mexico destination on the Island of Isla Mujeres. They enjoy living in Prior Lake, and experiencing all that this city has to offer and its lake life, especially the special events like Music Fest, Fourth of July Fireworks and Lakefront Days, just to name a few.
Julie Myser, Board Member
Julie has lived on the lake with her husband Mike and have been a part of the Prior Lake Association since 2010. The great outdoors is a huge part of her life and living on a lake helps satisfy her desire to be active and compete with her husband. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or swimming across the lake in the summer, or skiing or skating in the winter, half the fun is being outside. The other half is working hard for a win while competing with Mike! If you do not see Julie out on the lake, she is usually out back with friends and family or sitting on her perch on their dock, fishing and watching others having fun on the lake.
Patti Hejhal, Board Member
Patti has been on the PLA Board since 2015. She and Jim Gutzman live on Prior Lake and enjoy entertaining on their pontoon and in their yard playing hours of Bocce Ball with friends and family. Between the two of them, they have 4 adult children and 4 grandchildren so there is never a dull moment. Patti and Jim enjoy every baseball, softball, soccer and basketball game that they can attend with the kids. Patti has been a full time Realtor for 35 years and an owner of Keller Williams Realty. Jim is a musician and performs in a group called High Brow and The Shades. He also has a sales training/motivational program called “Who Knows It?”
Kathy Dawson, Board Member
Kathy is not only a lifelong resident of Prior Lake, she is the 5th generation of her family to call Prior Lake their home. Her collection of Prior Lake historical documents, personal accounts, family histories, and photographs is extensive, dating back to the 1800’s. It’s only fitting that the historical pictures that decorate the walls of Charlie’s on Prior, came from Kathy, since the original Green Lawn Farm (and later Green Heights) was built on the site by her great-grandfather in 1907. After 30 years of teaching Junior High special education, Kathy retired and now is active in the Prior Optimist Club, Prior Lake Chamber and Prior Lake Yacht Club. Kathy and her husband Denny have lived on the lake since 1992. Their favorite times on the lake are spent on the pontoon with family and friends, and enjoying the lake with their six grandchildren.
Kristina Kraemer-Johnson, Board Member
Kristina and her husband Seth have lived in Prior Lake since 2014, and recently moved to Upper Prior Lake in 2016. They enjoy boating, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and taking in the breathtaking Prior Lake sunsets. When they’re not at the lake, they work hard in the residential and civil construction industries, spend time with their friends and families, go camping and take their dog, Isha on hiking adventures at several local parks.
Trevor Pope, Board Member
Trevor has been a PLA Board Member since 2017 and has also been on the Prior Lake Water Ski Association for many years, and actively involved in the show skiing side of the team. His favorite activities on the water are barefoot and slalom skiing and taking his family on the pontoon when not in the ski boat. In the winter, he spends time on the lake on his snowmobiles and ice fishing. When he's not out having fun on the water, he is working on the water year round. Trevor has owned Great Outdoors Services since 2000, providing dock and boat lift install and removal services, as well as sales of new docks and lifts, boat storage and winterizing. Trevor and his Wife Kimberly have been married for 5 years, and have a Son named Parker and two dogs who all love spending time on the water as well. They all enjoy living in Prior Lake, and enjoy all that this city has to offer.
Matt Schafer, Board Member
Matt and his wife April moved to the lake in 2009 and have raised their 3 children Eric, Allison and Daniel on the water. You can find Matt early summer mornings either on the dock watching the sunrise or out water skiing. Their family enjoys swimming, fishing, skating and 4th of July activities on the lake. Matt joined the PLA due to his passion for protecting and preserving the lake for future generations. Matt and April are licensed real estate agents in the community and active members/deacons at River Valley Church. Matt and his family founded LakerPride, a website that showcases all things positive in Prior Lake.