Meet The New MWLA Directors Elected by MWLA Membership July 2023

Sue Austin: I have been coming to Manitowish Waters with my husband, Bob, since 1969. Bob‘s grandparents bought property and built a cabin on the river between Rest Lake and Stone Lake in 1925. Our boys will be fourth generation on the chain. I have always advocated for environmental protection and the importance of managing our beautiful area with care. Now that I’m retired I’m grateful to have the opportunity to become more involved in our MWLA. Bob and I spend our time between Milwaukee, MW and traveling.

Tom Bernhardt: My wife, Laura, and I have been vacationing in Vilas County since our honeymoon in 1982. We built a cabin on Island Lake in 2016, and now spend summers in Manitowish Waters and winters on Sanibel Island, Florida. I retired in 2021 after 38 years with Northern Trust in Chicago; Laura works part-time as a leadership development consultant. We enjoy all that Manitowish Waters has to offer – especially hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, fishing and swimming – and strive to be worthy stewards of the amazing resource that has been entrusted to us all.