Board Members

  • President - Daniel Horak

Age learned to water ski: 6 years old

Years with River Rats: Since 2014

Full-Time Job: Sales for a Direct Marketing Agency

Favorite ski act: Barefooting

Why you love the River Rats: Because it has introduced me to a new group of people who love to waterskiing as much as I do and it’s the cheapest way to be on the water almost every of the summer.

  • Vice President - Trent Stewart

Age learned to water ski: 16 years old

Years with River Rats: 2013-Present

Full-Time Job: Cabinet Maker

Favorite ski act: ATB aka Around-the-Boat

Why you love the River Rats: That my wife and I get to spend time doing something together with a great group of people.

  • Secretary - Joy Hipp

Age learned to water ski: 15 years old

Years with River Rats: Since 2012

Full-Time Job: Self-employed with Hipp Cabinetry

Favorite ski act: Doubles

Why you love the River Rats: Love the team and how older skiers invest in the younger skiers.

  • Treasurer - Trevor Judd

Age learned to water ski: 4 years old

Years with River Rats: 15 years

Full-Time Job: Sr. Account Manager

Favorite ski act: All, but really enjoy watching the little kids learn new things

Why you love the River Rats: The people, because of this team I have lifelong friends that are more like family.  Everyone has a passion for water sports.  I look forward to being on the river for each practice.

  • Sponsorships & Promotions - Kelley Nemec

Age learned to water ski: 3 years old

Years with River Rats: 1999-2004, 2013-present

Full-Time Job: Systems Administrator for St Croix Cleaners

Favorite ski act: Swivel!

Why you love the River Rats: I love the people – it’s a group of fabulous people who love to hang out and water ski all summer.  It’s so fun to watch everyone learn new things and continue to improve.

  • Fundraising - Sheila Lienemann

Age learned to water ski: 8 years old

Years with River Rats: Since 2014

Full-Time Job: Mom. Also an Event Coordinator at Mississippi Dunes Golf Links

Favorite ski act: Doubles

Why you love the River Rats: They are a true community. They have genuinely embraced my teenage daughter, who skis with them and also happens to have a brain injury. She has found a real home and second family with the Rats, and her confidence has grown exponentially since joining.

  • Member at Large - Fred Plessner
  • Show Director - Walker Judd

Age learned to water ski: 4 years old

Years with River Rats: 11 years

Full-Time Job: Solutions Implementation Specialist

Favorite ski act: Barefoot Pyramids

Why you love the River Rats: Being part of the River Rats is like being part of one big family, I learned so much from members both on and off the water.