GWAAR Board of Directors

Selected for their experience with aging issues and commitment to social activism, the following people sit on the GWAAR Board of Directors:

Wesley Martin, Jr., Chair, Green Bay: Wes is our Wisconsin tribal representative and is presently the chairperson for the Oneida Nation Commission on Aging and president of the Great Lakes Native American Elder Association and enrolled tribal member of the Oneida Nation.

Miki Bix, Vice-Chair, Medford: Miki has served on the Medford City Council, the Taylor County Board, and the Taylor Commission on Aging. While on the county board, she served on the human services board, the finance committee, the personnel committee, and many others. She is currently the secretary of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of the Northwoods.

Beth Esser, Spooner: Beth is a retired nurse and volunteers for several organizations in her community. She enjoys hunting and fishing—as well as quilting and enjoys time spent with her grandchildren.

Robert Borremans, Edgerton, Bio coming soon.

David Ostness, River Falls: Dave has been a St. Croix County Board Supervisor for five terms and is the Chair of both the Health and Human Services Board and the Transit Commission. He also served for six years on the Council on Aging and Disabilities, was a driver for Meals on Wheels. Dave serves on the Wisconsin County Association (WCA) committees on Health and Human Services and Transportation, the National Association of Counties’ (NACO) Transportation Committee, and has been on the board of the West Central Wisconsin Community Action Agency, Inc. (West CAP) for eight years.

David Hoberg, Shiocton, Bio comin soon.

Va Thao, Onalaska: Va is a wife, mother, daughter-in-law, and social worker. She was with La Crosse County Aging Unit for 8 years working with caregivers, older adults, and Hmong elders. She now has transitioned her role as a medical social worker at Gundersen Health System.  

Erwin Teichmiller, Treasurer/Secretary, Arbor Vitae: Married to Nancy for 53 years, Erv has three sons who are all married and seven grandchildren ages 7-18. He has been a Supervisor on Vilas County Board for five terms. He is also Chair of the newly-formed Oneida-Vilas Transit Commission.


Executive Committee (2020-2021):
Wesley Martin, Jr., Chairperson
Miki Bix, Vice-Chair
Erwin Teichmiller, Treasurer/Secretary
Bob Kellerman, GWAAR Executive Director

Board Development Committee:
Wes Martin, Committee Chairperson

Finance Committee:
Erwin Teichmiller, Treasurer/Secretary
Miki Bix, Vice Chair
Robert Borremans