Meet the Board
Bob Burgermeister, President
Bob Burgermeister has been a member of Mensa since 1978 and is a Life member. He has served Mensa as an officer on both the Wisconsin and National levels and is one of the founders of the Mensa of Wisconsin Foundation. He is a retired computer professional, Vietnam veteran, father and grandfather.
Barbara Nestingen, Vice President
Barbara Nestingen has been a Mensa member for forty years. As Vice President, she established the Elizabeth Nestingen Cape Scholarship Fund in memory of her sister who died of ALS in 1996. Barbara has an MS in Counseling from California State University-East Bay and an MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She resides in Mequon, WI and is employed in wealth management and finance services
Lessa Scherrer, Secretary
Lessa Scherrer spent ten years on American Mensa's Gifted Youth Committee, most recently as Committee Chair. She has been a Director of MOWF since 2011 and a Trustee of the Mensa Foundation since 2015. Lessa lives with her family in Eau Claire, WI, where she tutors students in grades K-12 (all subjects) and runs her own business as a college admissions consultant.
Bonita Koven, Treasurer
Bonny Koven has been a Mensa member since 1980, and has served as a MOWF director for 20 years. After a career in telecom data systems, she is retired her tax preparation business in the Milwaukee area. Bonny has BA degrees in geology and languages from UW-M, and a MS in business.
Magie Brady, Director
Magie joined Mensa in the late 1980s, participated in several Special Interest Groups, and was active in Milwaukee activities, including Regional Gathering hospitality. She has held positions on the Executive Committee as Secretary, Deputy Local Secretary (President), Local Secretary and Past Local Secretary. She serves as a court reporter for officials in five districts throughout the state of Wisconsin..
David Koven, Director
Dave Koven has been a member of Mensa since 1977, and a member of the Board of Directors of MOWF for 7 years. Dave earned a B.A. degree and an M.S. in Exceptional Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A Ph.D. Candidacy Certificate in Educational Psychology was earned at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He taught for 34 years. Currently, he is retired and serves as our Gifted and Talented resource person.
Jim Lowell, Director
Jim Lowell has served as Mensa's Area Coordinator the only certified Mensa Admissions Test proctor for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He has been a director of MOWF since 2011. Jim has a BS Electrical Engineering and an MS in Operations Management from Michigan Tech and worked in the IT industry. He served 6 years as Executive Director of the Calumet Theatre and consults computer software development project.
Jamie Lumsden, Director
Jamie Lumsden has been a Life Member of Mensa since 2012. She has her Bachelor's Degree in Architectural Studies.
Statement of Policy
Mensa of Wisconsin Foundation, Inc. is a philanthropic, non-profit, tax-exempt, IRS Sec. 501c(3), organization with the purpose of awarding dedication, achievement and excellence in Wisconsin. Awards and scholarships are bestowed without distinction to race, creed, national origin, sex, education or social status.
Endowment for the Foundation was created, and is being continued, by Mensa of Wisconsin, Inc. (which, in turn, is affiliated with American Mensa, Ltd.) and by public donations and fundraising.
Until a sufficient amount of endowment is achieved, all donations (with exception of targeted donations) are applied directly to that fund to assist in the generation of investment income. Awards and our low expenses are paid from such income. Our funding sources are private donors, memorials, tributes, corporate contributions and fundraising events and projects.
All directors and associate members serve on a volunteer basis.