Ryan Elifson, President

Ryan is a high school science teacher for the Elkhorn School District with family ties to Rice Lake. He has been hunting, fishing, and conducting conservation projects on the lake and surrounding land for over 30 years. Ryan, his wife, and three boys have a small hobby farm in Jefferson County. 

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Rita Fox, Vice President

Rita leads the Oak Savanna restoration for Silverwood Park. She is a retired Middle School teacher, Ice Age Trail volunteer, and avid student of woodland restoration management.

Cheri Trick, Secretary/Treasurer

Cheri has been a board member on and off for 5 years. She enjoys the challenges that come along with planning events and seeing people enjoying the park. She is also a neighbor who loves using the equestrian trails. "See you at the park!"

Kim LaPaglia, Board Member

Kim LaPaglia is a human being embracing being.  She believes raising consciousness is the answer to the world's problems so she dedicates her life to raising consciousness.  Kim is the founder of The Organic Farm and Table and its retreat and events program, Soil and Soul.

John Steines, Board Member

John is former president of the Friends of Starkweather Creek (Madison) and an artist.

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Katie Whitten, Board Member

Katie is an Edgerton School District substitute teacher, former classroom teacher, and a farmer who is neighbor to the park. Katie also is a horse enthusiast and rider.


This is a picture of Katie Whitten

Katie Whitten, Park Contact

Katie is our liaison to Dane County Parks, volunteers, and YOU if you have questions, concerns, or interest in volunteering. You can reach Katie by email at or 608-289-9627.