WAHMR's History

2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the WAHMR organization, formed in 1992.

Here is the original WAHMR Board members:

WAHMR Board Original members (1992-1997)

  • David Peterson - Madison Fire Department and HazMat Team, President 1992-1997

  • Don Phillips - Green Bay Fire/Brown County HazMat Team

  • Larry Gardner - Milwaukee Fire Department and HazMat Team

  • Chris Hohol - Veolia HazMat Private Contractor

  • Bill Hurtienne - Johnson Wax

  • Mike Hudgens - Portage Fire Department and HazMat Team

  • Patrick Hartley - Wisconsin Power and Light-Portage Power Plant HazMat Team

  • Rollin Church - Wautoma Area Private Contractor

  • Mike Schoen - Omnova Solutions (1993 - present)

WAHMR Board (1998-2000)

  • James Martins - Milwaukee Fire Department and HazMat Team, President 1998-2004?

  • David Peterson - Madison Fire Department and HazMat Team, Treasurer 1998-1999

  • Don Phillips - Green Bay Fire/Brown County HazMat Team

  • Chris Hohol - Veolia HazMat Private Contractor

  • Mike Hudgens - Portage Fire Department and HazMat Team

  • Patrick Hartley - Wisconsin Power and Light-Portage Power Plant HazMat Team

  • Rollin Church - Wautoma Area Private Contractor

  • Michael Meixner - Madison Fire Department and HazMat Team

  • Mike Schoen - Omnova Solutions (1993 - present)


WAHMR Board (2016-2021)

  • President: Greg Temp - LaCrosse Fire Department

  • Vice President: Mike Schoen - Omnova Solutions, Industrial representative

  • Treasurer: Ethan Kroll - Appleton Fire Dept.

  • Secretary: Noel Stanton & Meshel Lange - WI State Lab of Hygiene

  • Doug Rohn - Madison Fire Dept – Retired, Past president

  • Russ Rivards- Milwaukee Fire Dept/WHMRS Type 1 Team representative

  • Allan Antolik - Wausau Fire Dept/WHMRS Type 2 Team representative

  • Steve Fenske - Waupaca Co HazMat Team/WHMRS Type 3 Team representative

  • Paul Cooke – Wisconsin Emergency Management

  • Lt. Col. Eric Leckel - 54th CST

  • Vacant - WI DNR representative

  • Kathy Halbur - US EPA Region 5

  • Mark Lochner - WE Energies, Industrial representative

  • Beth Erdman - General Engineering Company, Industrial representative

  • Ken Collins - Canadian National, Transportation representative

  • Joe Bartholomew - Aurora Fire Department - Retired


WAHMR Board (as of January 1, 2022)

  • President: Beth McCormick - Valley Environmental Response

  • Vice President: Kevin Alajoki - Ashland Fire Department

  • Treasurer: Ethan Kroll - Appleton Fire Dept.

  • Secretary: Meshel Lange - WI State Lab of Hygiene

  • Doug Rohn - Madison Fire Dept – Retired, Past president

  • Russ Rivard - Milwaukee Fire Dept/WHMRS Type 1 Team representative

  • Steve Fenske - Waupaca Co HazMat Team/WHMRS Type 3 Team representative

  • Tim Haas – Wisconsin Emergency Management

  • Noel Stanton & Meshel Lange - WI State Lab of Hygiene

  • Lt. Col. Matthew Kelly - 54th CST

  • Maizie Reif - WI DNR representative

  • Abdy Kleist - US EPA Region 5

  • Mark Lochner - WE Energies, Industrial representative

  • Ken Collins - Canadian National, Transportation representative

  • Joe Bartholomew - Aurora Fire Department - Retired


Other past WAHMR Board members (not a complete list)

  • Dr. Peter Shult (WI State Lab of Hygiene)

  • Duane Cline (Hartford Fire & Rescue)

  • Audrey Templeton (Miller Coors)

  • Kim Nessel (Eau Claire Fire Dept.)

  • Pete Anderson (54th CST)

  • David May (54th CST)

  • David Woodbury (WI DNR)

  • Ron Kasperski (WEM)

  • David Slauson (CN)

  • Mark Krueger (Wausau Fire Dept.)

  • Ken Kortenhof (Oneida Co HazMat Team)

  • Frank Neibauer (Excel Energy)

  • Mike Bongiorno (Milwaukee Fire Dept.)

  • Frank Docimo (WEM)






If you know any of these individuals, please thank them for forming this great organization. If you know of past members not listed, please let us know who they are, and when they were on the WAHMR Board.


Here's to another 25 years of WAHMR!