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. 

 

Fred Plessner
Position: Vice President 

  • Age learned to water ski: 6
  • Years with the River Rats:  4
  • Full-Time job:  Commercial General Contractor
  • Favorite ski act:  Shoe Ski (Duh!!!)
  • Why you love the River Rats: I get to spend time with my family doing something we all enjoy.

 

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.

 

Don Phillips
Position: Show Director 

  • Age learned to ski: 12
  • Years with the River Rats: 26
  • Job: Sr. Director of Technical Integrations
  • Favorite Act: Anyone that comes to shore 
  • Love of the team:  Great people and my family has been involved from kindergarten to college - fun way to enjoy the summer months of Minnesota.

 

Abe Cass
Position: Show Director

  • Age learned to water ski:  10
  • Years with the River Rats:  More or less... 6 summers
  • Full-Time job: Science Teacher
  • Favorite ski act: Freestyle Jumping
  • Why you love the River Rats: The Rats are a great way to enjoy the summer out on the water, doing the things I love to do with like-minded people.

 

Jon Soldner 
Position: Board Member at Large

  • Age learned to water ski: 3
  • Years with the River Rats: 2
  • Full-Time job: Engineer
  • Favorite ski act: Barefoot 
  • Why you love the River Rats: I love being on the water and surrounded by other passionate waterskiers!