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Why We're Here

We are the parents of North Lake students. Driven to enrich our children's experiences in the community and enhancing their learning environments.


Mia Stremcha - President​​

Mia is the mother of two boys attending North Lake School. She has a degree in psychology, but prefers the sometimes hectic life of being a stay-at-home parent to her busy children. Mia runs the Scholastic Book Fairs, volunteers for school functions and enjoys helping the school any way she can. In her free time, she can be found spending quality time with her family and cheering from the sidelines during her children's soccer, basketball, baseball and football games.


Jessica Ruehlow - Vice President

Jessica is a proud parent of two boys attending North Lake School. She enjoys being a member of the Community Fellowship Committee and volunteering for school functions. She is dedicated to working on projects to help improve the school, like the STEAM Fairs, and supporting the staff during staff appreciation week. She was taught many things when she previously worked as a Registered Nurse on a trauma floor which has also come in handy being a mom. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, skiing and being out on the lake with her family.


Katie Sayers - Treasurer​

Katie moved to North Lake in April, 2022.  Her husband, Ryan is from Hartland and he knew she was going to love raising their son Leo in North Lake and living in a small town.  Katie stayed home with Leo until he started kindergarten.  That is when she started working part-time for her childhood friend at her insurance agency.  She has a bachelor’s degree in human services and is excited to put her education in nonprofit management to work!  A lot of the Sayers’ free time currently goes into fixing up their 100-year-old home.  They enjoy the challenge of doing most of the projects themselves.  Wave hello if you see the three of them skateboarding through town headed to the library or to dinner at Woody’s.  


Stephanie Eckstein - Secretary

Stephanie Eckstein is the mother of both a son and daughter at North Lake School.  Prior to staying home with her children she was a Physical Therapist in the Falls.  She has served on the board of her children’s small montessori pre-school as well as working in their front office.  She is excited to continue supporting North Lake School through fundraising efforts, teacher appreciation lunches and parent volunteer activities such as the School Book Fair and the NLEF.  She keeps busy shuttling kids to extracurriculars like tennis, fencing, skiing and horseback riding and enjoys sewing, gardening and beekeeping in her spare time.


Martin Hughes - Director

Martin was an assistant professor at University of Illinois before coming back to Wisconsin. In 1997, he opened a family financial services company - The McHenry Group - in Hartland (now in Oconomowoc) which specializes in working with younger and middle class families. Today, Martin is on the board of the Arrowhead Scholarship Fund and NLEF. Previously he served as the President of the Waukesha Civic Theatre, Vice President of Wisconsin Upside Down, and served on the board of our local association of insurance and financial advisors.  Martin’s son attends NLS through Open Enrollment.  Outside of work, Martin has been a competitive sporting clays shooter for decades. He also coached Special Olympics for about fifteen years, and was honored to be "Coach of the Year" for the YMCA at Pabst Farms. Today he enjoys photography.  He is also the stage manager at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield. ​

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Liz Tobolt - Director

A life-long North Lake resident, Liz Tobolt grew up on a dairy farm just outside North Lake with her five siblings. Tobolt started selling real estate right after graduating from Arrowhead High School over 30 years ago. While selling real estate, Tobolt went back to school earning a B.B.A. from UW-Whitewater and a J.D. from Marquette University Law School. Today, Tobolt is First Weber’s number one sales agent in SE Wisconsin and she is an attorney at Liz Tobolt Law, LLC in Hartland. Tobolt often teaches seminars for the Wisconsin State Bar and UW-Madison Law School. She was named Instructor of the Year in 2019 for the Wisconsin Realtor’s Association. Tobolt is a member of the Lake Country Rotary Club and St. John’s Lutheran Church. She lives with her 5th grade daughter on their farm with horses, dogs, and cats just outside of North Lake. She can often be found running on the local trails or kayaking on lakes in the area.


Megan Said - Director

Megan is a North Lake School alumni who currently has a son open enrolled in the 4th grade, and is in fact a 4th generation NLS student himself.  Megan attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, before settling back in the Lake Country area where she had an almost two decade long career in sales with American Family Insurance.  After her son was born she left the insurance industry to be a stay-at-home parent.  She served on the Lake Country Kindergarten board for 2 years and today you will find her involved in many areas of our community. She has been the chairperson of our Community & Fellowship Committee since 2020, she volunteers with the North Lake Rec Club to help with park clean up, little league game concessions and also plans & coordinates NLRC events such as as Harvest Fest, Community Night and Art in the Park.  Megan is currently employed at Lang Group Construction right here in North Lake and in her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, pickleball, tennis, fishing, photography and being up north on the lake.

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Holly Hawkins -Director

Holly Hawkins is the President of Wisconsin Operations for Kelly Construction & Design.  She oversees the regional expansion of the company’s portfolio and operations, building on the 17+ years of projects Kelly Construction has completed in the Milwaukee Market.  Holly brings over two decades of experience in construction with projects ranging up to $200 million.  She is a Member at Large for the Board of Directors and Chairs the Construction Executive Council for the Waukesha County Business Alliance and has a strong passion for advocating and raising the perception of construction career pathway opportunities to our youth.  She was also instrumental in bringing Kids Building Wisconsin to Waukesha County.  Outside of work Holly spends many hours at Basketball and Softball Games along with leading a fundraiser at her children’s school for STEAM initiatives and spaces. 


Liesl Ackley - Superintendent of Schools

I am proud to serve as the superintendent and principal of North Lake School. I call North Lake School "my home away from home" and continue to build relationships with our families.   I am thrilled that our great K-8 has its very own education foundation to support the students and staff for many years to come.  I currently serve as the scholarship chairperson for Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish and am actively involved in our North Lake School Community.  Outside of school, I like to spend time with families in the outdoors: swimming, sailing, and downhill skiing. 

Who We Are - Board of Directors

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