What is NEWP?
North East Wisconsin Paddlers (NEWP) is a 501(c)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.
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 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 Gardiner Dam, Team River Runner in Green Bay and as an instructor for our Green Bay (Broadview YMCA) classes.
Jack Roberts - Neenah: ACA Whitewater Kayak Level 4, River Canoe Level 3
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: ACA Whitewater Kayak Level 4
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 and coordinates our whitewater student outing early each June.
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 Coastal Kayak Level 4; Whitewater Kayak Level 3, Adaptive Paddling Endorsement
Ken is co-leader for Team River Runner, which encourages rehabilitation and self-empowerment of disabled military veterans through kayaking. He instructs at our Appleton and Green Bay classes, participates in our public paddle events, leads club trips and is an instructor for the annual Door County Sea Kayak Symposium.
Jeff Jensen - Green Bay: ACA Whitewater Level 4
Jeff began paddling just a few years ago and rapidly became very engaged in all aspects of the sport, paddling more than 111 days in 2016 alone. Jeff is also heavily engaged in supporting local Team River Runner activities and is the lead instructor for our Green Bay (Broadview YMCA) classes.
Joel Bogenschuetz - Green Bay: ACA Whitewater Kayak Level _
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 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 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; Whitewater Kayak
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!
Robin Nelson - Kewaunee: ACA Coastal Kayak Level 3; Eskimo Roll Endorsement
Robin started paddling in 2003 and quickly became a paddling diva! She is a NEWP Lead Instructor for our Green Bay classes and 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 is a NEWP Lead Instructor for our Green Bay classes. He 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: ACA Essentials of Kayak Touring
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 - Two Rivers: ACA Coastal Kayak Level 4; Adaptive Paddling Endorsement
John started paddling in 2006 and has quickly become 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: ACA Essentials of Kayak Touring
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: ACA Introduction to Kayaking
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 Lac: ACA 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 recently earned his ACA Whitewater Instructor certification!
Daren Barrett, President (2019)
Josh Gundlach,Vice President (2018)
Scott Thomson, Treasurer (2019)
Will Stahl, Secretary (2018)
Jeff Mazanec, Past President (2019)
NEWP Board Members
Erica Becker (2019)
Green Bay, WI
Joel Bogenschuetz (2018)
Green Bay, WI
Ken Braband (2018)
Green Bay, WI
Mike Brown (2019)
Dave Horst (2018)
Angela Johnson (2019)
Green Bay, WI
Bill Merrick, Director (2019)
Chris O'Brien (2019)
Green Bay, WI
Kim Parrott (2019)
Green Bay, WI
Chad Peters (2019)
Green Bay, WI
Jack Roberts (2019)