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What is NEWP?

North East Wisconsin Paddlers (NEWP) is a 501(cNEWP-Logo-no-bkgrd1)3 organization formed to promote safe paddle sports activities and skill development in northeast Wisconsin. NEWP is a Paddle America Club of the American Canoe Association (ACA) that hosts whitewater and open water kayak paddle events and skill development workshops during the paddle season. NEWP conducts kayak skill development classes with the Appleton Recreation Departments and YMCAs in Appleton, Green Bay and Greenville between January and June each year. Club membership includes more than a dozen ACA or BCU certified instructors who lead the classes and club events. Information on classes, public paddle events, informal paddle outings and other special activities can be found throughout this website. Club activities are financed through (nominal) membership dues, registration fees for classes and events and web site sponsorships.

The club is led by a Board of Directors. Each Director is elected to a two-year term and may serve consecutive terms. No board members or instructors are compensated for their service to the club. The club's original name was Green Bay Paddlers United, Inc., but was changed in 2005 to more accurately reflect the broader membership base of its members.

NEWP Instructors

Bill Merrick - Appleton ACA Whitewater Level 4, Coastal Kayak Level 3

Bill started paddling canoes in the '60s, and had two seasons' experience as a Boundary Waters Canoe Area guide. He expanded his interest to whitewater and coastal kayaking in the 1980s and has been an avid paddler and instructor since. He is the NEWP Lead Instructor for our Appleton classes.


Mike Brown - Green Bay: ACA Whitewater Level 4

Mike is a prolific whitewater paddler often found on the Red River Tuesday nights between April and November, and on other great whitewater venues across the United States. Also active with the Boy Scouts Gardner Dam, Team River Runner in Green Bay and as an instructor for our Green Bay (Broadview YMCA) classes.


Jack Roberts – Neenah

Jack began paddling in the 1990s and is an avid whitewater canoe and kayak paddler. He leads the Appleton open pool sessions and assists with Appleton classes. Jack has paddled whitewater rivers around the country and can often be found dodging boulders when the water is running hard and fast in Northeast Wisconsin.


Will Stahl - Neenah

Will started paddling in the 1970s and is an avid whitewater paddler. He was the NEWP lead instructor for our Neenah classes and also instructs at the Wausau whitewater course in the summer.


Jeff Mazanec - Appleton
: ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3

Jeff started kayaking in 1998, has built several kayaks and is an instructor in NEWP's Appleton classes. He has coordinated more than 100 public paddle events since 2000, and participates as an instructor at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium and other occasional workshops.


Ken Braband - Green Bay: ACA Open Water Coastal Kayaking Level 4; Whitewater Kayaking Level 4, Adaptive Paddling Endorsement

Ken is the lead instructor for our Green Bay (Broadview YMCA) classes. He leads club trips and is an instructor for the annual Door County Sea Kayak Symposium. He is also co-leader for the Green Bay chapter of Team River Runner, which encourages rehabilitation and self-empowerment of disabled military veterans through kayaking.


Joel Bogenschuetz - Green Bay: ACA Whitewater Kayak Level 4

Joel began paddling a few years ago, assisted in kayak classes and earned his whitewater kayaking certification soon after. Joel also enjoys occasional coastal excursions, including Apostle Island group trips in Lake Superior.


Chris O'Brien - Green Bay: ACA Whitewater Kayak Level 4

Chris is a certified Level 4 ACA Whitewater instructor from Green Bay. He learned to kayak on the Wolf River in 2007 and started teaching at Gardner Dam Scout Camp in 2010. Chris is an avid freestyle paddler and river runner.


Daren Barrett - Green Bay: ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3, Adaptive Paddle and Rolling Endorsement

Daren is an avid coastal paddler and occasional whitewater paddler with a passion for long paddle trips in great places. He is also very actively involved with the Team River Runner program in Green Bay, as an instructor for our Green Bay (Broadview YMCA) classes and with NEWP's public paddles and club trips.


Josh Gundlach - Menasha/Door County: ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3; River Kayaking Level 3

Josh earned his ACA Coastal Kayaking Instructor Certification in 2010 after working as a guide in Door County and helping literally hundreds of people experience their first kayak outing. Josh assists with NEWP classes in the winter and can be found in Door County in the summer, leading Segway tours and on the water!

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Robin Nelson - Kewaunee: ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3; Eskimo Roll Endorsement

Robin started paddling in 2003 and quickly became a paddling diva. She leads our annual Women-on-the-Water event. Robin has also instructed at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium and the Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Race symposium.

Chuck Sivret - Kewaunee: ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3; Eskimo Roll Endorsement

Chuck started paddling in 2003 and has participated as an instructor at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium and Washington Island Canoe and Kayak Race events for the past several years

Tom Koeppen -Sheboygan

Tom started paddling in 2000 and served for several years as Lead Instructor for our Two Rivers and Sheboygan classes. You'll also find Tom conducting kayak introductory sessions for the Ledgeview Nature Center, paddling weekly with his wife, Nancy, at Elkhart Lake and Lake Michigan.

John Bodwin - Howard: ACA Coastal Kayak Level 4; Adaptive Paddling Endorsement

John started paddling in 2006 and quickly became an avid paddler. John led NEWP's Two Rivers classes and has also instructed at the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium. He enjoys frequent Monday evening paddles on Lake Michigan from Two Rivers Nashotah Park beach.

Gerry Reick - Two Rivers

Gerry started kayaking in 2003 with a sit-on-top kayak from Fleet Farm. He had so much fun, he bought a tandem kayak so his wife could have fun with him! She didn't have fun, however, so he purchased a sea kayak in 2004 and started to paddle with the Monday night group out of Neshota Park in Two Rivers. He soon realized he needed lessons and took kayaking lessons in Two Rivers in 2005 and is hooked!

Julie Johnson -Waupun

Julie started paddling several years ago and has become an avid whitewater and coastal kayak paddler, racer and instructor. She can often be found enjoying the clean, clear (and calm) waters of Elkhart Lake on Sunday mornings with several other local paddlers! When not enjoying time on the water, Julie is a veterinarian in Waupun, WI.

Bruce Monroe - Fond du LacACA Level 2 Essentials of River Kayaking

Bruce began paddling several years ago and helping out in the pool and on local lakes and streams ever since. Bruce paddles both coastal and whitewater and earned his ACA Instructor certification.

Dan Dallich - Green Bay: ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3

A relative newcomer in comparison to others on this page, Dan enjoys assisting on club paddles and with the winter classes at the Broadview YMCA. He is happy on sunset paddles on the Bay with his wife, or doing a ten-day expedition along remote coasts of Lake Superior.

Pool Assistants

Our classes are strongly supported by many skilled, avid and friendly paddlers who offer their time and talent in the pool. Our paddles are raised in salute to the many folks who help make our classes enjoyable and effective.

Pete Braun, Marty Christensen, Linda Graves, Kathy Kultgen, Craig Gottshalk, John McCabe, Cay Moriarity, Terry Neilsen, Scott Thomson, Kristin Vogel, Bob Dreier, Brian Hanson, Lee Kassner, ...

A list like this is always incomplete, so please let us know who we are missing and we will add them to the list!

©2017 North East Wisconsin Paddlers Inc.

NEWP Officers

Daren Barrett, President (2019)

Ken Braband,Vice President (2020)

Scott Thomson, Treasurer (2019)

Will Stahl, Secretary (2019)

Jeff Mazanec, Past President (2019)

NEWP Board Members

Erica Becker (2019)

Mike Brown (2019)

Josh Gundlach (2020)

Dave Horst (2020)

Abby Ledvina (2020)

Bill Merrick, Director (2019)

Chris O'Brien (2019)

Chad Peters (2019)