Jeremy Colsen was born in Grand Forks, ND but was raised in Rosemount, MN where he spent most of his life. Jeremy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1994-1998, and the Minnesota National Guard from 2010-2013. Much of Jeremy’s free time is spent fishing. When Jeremy isn’t guiding for Lake Osakis Guide Service you will find him fishing with his wife (Liz), veterans, and/or kids. Jeremy is currently affiliated with Clam Outdoors and Vexilar.
Jason Wegscheid was born and raised in Wadena MN. Jason served 12 years in the Army and is an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran. Jason enjoys fishing, hunting, playing softball, and spending time with his family. Jason has been on the board of Fishing with Vets since 2017 and says, “being part of this amazing organization is such a blessing”. Jason loves the opportunity he gets to spend time with fellow veterans and make a positive impact on their lives.
Aaron Peloquin lives in Plymouth, MN with his wife Kristin. Aaron has spent over 20 years in financial services and now works as a wealth manager. Although Aaron is not a veteran himself, both of his grandfathers served in WWII and many other family members have served our country. Aaron is an original member of the Fishing with Vets board and enjoys serving those that have served all of us. Aaron and Kristin’s passion is traveling, both domestic and international and they love to enjoy the foods and wines of the world.
Bob Sterns grew up in Hibbing, MN and spent most of his time at family cabins on Lake Winnibigoshish and the Side Lake chain. His passion for serving veterans is inspired by his grandfathers who both served in World War 2. Bob spends a lot of free time in the summers fishing Lake of the Woods, Red Lake, and smaller lakes local to Hibbing. Bob also loves spending time on the ice in the Ice Castle with his family, and is looking forward to getting his three year old daughter her first walleye this winter.
Julie Hanscom grew up in Mahtomedi, MN where she currently lives with her two dogs Puck & Maddie. Julie’s son Jack (20) is currently attending college at NDSU. Julie is a Senior Program Manager for U.S. Bank where she has worked for 24 years. Julie joined the Fishing with Vets board in 2019 as secretary and is grateful and humbled to be part of this organization and to have the opportunity to give back to those who are serving or who have served our great country. In addition to Fishing with Vets, Julie also volunteers with the Children’s Hospital Association and serves on their board as well. In her free time, Julie enjoys traveling, hiking, paddle boarding or kayaking, golfing, biking and spending time with her friends and family especially her nieces and nephews. The last time she fished she was 8 years old so no fish picture for her, but she does love to sit on the boat!
Nancy Koep resides in Glenwood, MN with her 2 boys Evan and Ty where she owns, operates, and manages Koep’s; her family’s bait shop and convenience store, in Glenwood. Nancy is an accomplished walleye angler and fishes many tournaments each year. Although tournaments take up a lot of her attention, her true focus is giving back to the sport and helping it grow. Nancy volunteers as a guide for the following events: ‘Take A Vet Fishing’, Kamp Kace, Fishing with Vet’s, and Hunters Helping Hero’s.Nancy truly believes that the future of the sport resides in our younger generations and enjoys sharing her passion for the sport with them. Nancy gives back to the local community by putting on a fishing school for the 5th graders at Minnewaska, a number of fishing clinics for kids, seminars at local expo’s, helping out with other area kids events, and taking the entire 5th grade class ice fishing. Nancy’s fishing affiliations include Lund, Costa sunglasses, Dead Eye Inc, Blackfish Gear, and Clam Outdoors.
Todd Schnorr was born and raised in Duluth, MN and now lives in Chisolm, MN. Todd is a 22 year Army veteran with multiple deployments around the world. During the day Todd is a lead operator for a waste water treatment plant. In his free time Todd enjoys hunting, fishing, and anything outdoors. Todd is extremely passionate about doing trips with our veteran’s and he enjoys spending much of his free time brainstorming the next fishing adventure for our vets.
Matt Klug grew up in St. Joseph, MN and now resides in Sauk Rapids, MN. In 2019 Matt decided to take his passion for fishing and make it a full-time career through his company MK Fishing Guide Service. Matt guides clients on lakes from St. Cloud to Mill Lacs primarily targeting walleye and small mouth bass but also chasing panfish regularly as well. In his free time Matt enjoys fishing, hunting, and target shooting. Matt’s fishing affiliates include Clam Outdoors, Vexilar, and Scheels in St. Cloud, MN.
Mike Mechavich grew up in Farmington, Minnesota and owns DRM, a small lawn and landscape business, that serves the south metro. Mike is married to his amazing wife, Misty, and they have a son, a daughter, and two dogs. Mike spends much of his free time giving back to the community as a volunteer firefighter for his local fire department. When Mike isn’t doing fire fighter related tasks, he spends his time fishing, hunting waterfowl, playing softball, traveling, and camping.
Joe Tackaberry was born/raised in Delano, MN and graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in business management in 2005. Joe lived in Delano, MN up until 2022 when he made the bittersweet decision to relocate to somewhere a little bit warmer. Joe now lives in Cape Coral, FL and is a financial advisor with a successful practice in Punta Gorda, FL. Joe has been on the board of Fishing with Vets since 2016 and is incredibly passionate about giving back to those who serve/have served our country. While Joe is not a veteran himself his dad is a retired Marine and his grandpa served in the Navy. In his free time Joe likes to hunt, fish, spend time outdoors, and hang out with friends/family.
Derek Quade is an Army Veteran who served from 2004 to 2014. Derek has served two tours to Iraq, and one tour to Afghanistan; serving in positions from Team Leader to Platoon Sergeant. Derek is originally from Minnesota. During the week Derek is a city Building Inspector, and on the weekends he is spending time with his family or out chasing Minnesota Gold. Derek is very passionate about taking veterans out fishing and happy to be on the board of Fishing With Vets.