Who We Are
The Founder & President of WI Women Fish and has been teaching Ice Fishing classes to women for over 10 years. Barb is an award winning author & the voice of Wild Barb on the Great Wild Radio Show. She is also an active member of the WI Fisheries Advisory Council.
Shantel Wittstruck, from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, President of South Dakota Walleyes Unlimited, a wife and a mother of two, is an outdoor enthusiast. She had a pole in her hand before she could walk, fishing often with her parents and grandparents. Growing up in the heart of it all, Shantel spends a lot of time out on the Missouri River, Lakes and Sloughs with her family and friends fishing for Walleye, Pike, Crappies, Bluegills and Sunfish; fishing SD, ND, MN, IA, Canada and any other place where an opportunity to get her line wet presents itself. She enjoys writing, sharing her passion and experiences for the outdoors with the world. She is a respected freelance marketing professional with clients such as Adventuress Magazine and StonehouseCreative. Shantel also provides a weekly fishing report podcast for SD, ND, MN, and IA. When she can squeeze a morning or afternoon in at the bait shop, she can be found at the local bit shop, scooping up minnows and sharing the latest hot tips. Shantel grabs hold of any opportunity to educate and share with others her passion for the outdoors. She is also proud to represent as Pro-Staff for CLAM, Vexilar Inc. and Northland Tackle and can be found at various trade show events throughout the year. Shantel says one of the best things about being an angler is that a person can never know too much as long as they are willing to listen and learn. There are many ways of fishing and so many different products out there in the marketplace…There is never a right way or a wrong way…Never a better way, just another way. Educate and Share. There are no limits…That is what true passionate anglers like Shantel do every day by sharing her adventures with those around her.
Ashlee Lundvall was an active teenager and four-sport athlete when she was injured in a ranching accident in 1999 while attending a youth camp in Wyoming. A tragic fall on to the wooden handle of a pitchfork blew out her back at T-12, resulting in a complete spinal cord injury and the introduction of a wheelchair to her life. After returning home to Indiana to finish her rehabilitation, Ashlee graduated from IUPUI in 2005 with a BS in Public Affairs, and completed her graduate studies in Biblical Counseling in 2007.
In 2007, Ashlee moved to Wyoming with her husband, Russ. She quickly immersed herself in the amazing outdoor adventures provided by the mountainous region, and in 2008 helped found Wyoming Disabled Hunters. Besides hunting, Ashlee loves fly fishing, camping, four-wheeling, kayaking, hand cycling, and tearing around in her Action Track Chair. She also enjoys passing on her love for the outdoors to her daughter, Addison, who was born in 2010.
Ashlee’s speaking career was reborn when she was crowned Ms. Wheelchair USA in 2013, and in 2015, she was given the Wyoming Trustee Award. Her first book, A Redefined Life, was released in February of 2016, and she was recently invited to join the National Pro Staff for Mossy Oak and the NRA’s Disabled Shooting Sports committee. Ashlee is also the recipient of the 2017 SCI Foundation Pathfinder Award. Ashlee truly shines as a keynote speaker at outdoor industry and disability related events and conferences. She is passionate about mentoring newly injured patients, and loves to pass on her love for adapted outdoor recreation!
On the business side for 20 years with American Sportfishing Association and North American Media Group (headquarters of the North American Fishing Club), Houtman began writing in 2009 and has authored seven books and published over 100 articles in outdoor magazines or online columns, including award-winning projects with Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW) and Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA). K.J. Houtman serves in leadership on industry boards for Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA) and Future Angler Foundation (FAF) and was voted a Lifetime Honorary Member of the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA). Houtman resides on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka and enjoys spending time with three grandchildren.
Shelly is a professional angler and promoter who has been teaching others how to ice fish for years. A regular seminar speaker, Shelly excels at relaying her fishing knowledge onto others. Always someone who is smiling and willing to lend a helping hand! – See more at: http://www.iceteam.com/shelly-holland#sthash.IMdz5gto.dpuf
Karen has been fishing since she can remember, and is the only female on the Cabela’s Walleye Pro Staff. She enjoys walleye fishing, especially sharing it with family. She and her husband fished the MWC circuit together for many years. They were the Husband and Wife Team of the Year twice, and the Division Team of the Year as well. When they started out, Karen home-schooled the kids and they were able to travel to tournaments as a family. She was named to the list of 26 Amazing Women in the Outdoors, from A to Z, in 2014. Karen has especially enjoyed speaking to women and encouraging new anglers. They own a resort on Mille Lacs Lake, Mac’s Twin Bay, and offer year round fishing but feature a great ice fishing business.
As a WI Women Fish member and High School Ice Fishing coach, Rikki has a passion for educating and promoting the sport of ice fishing. Rikki is Pro Staff for Clam Outdoors and Vexilar and is an active member of the WI DNR Fisheries Advisory Council.
Hard houses, wood stoves, and hand augers are early memories of Bonnie as she grew up ice-fishing in Northeastern Wisconsin. She now resides in Janesville, WI, and continues to share her passion for ice-fishing with others. She is a member of WI Women Fish and takes part in educating women to be successful on the ice. Bonnie is also a Clam Outdoor Powerstick Pro and Zippo Outdoor Fishing Field staff. Sitting on a frozen lake with snowflakes swirling while jigging for Walleye is her definition of a perfect day. Bonnie is married and has two daughters. She is a Registered Sleep Technologist and Clinical Sleep Educator by profession.
Hannah Stonehouse Hudson
Hannah Stonehouse Hudson is an speaker, writer, and internationally acclaimed documentary photographer based on the south shore of Lake Superior. Her photographic specialties revolve around cold weather, snow, & ice, and she is happiest when it is below 0. Her work can be seen at StonehousePhoto.com or StonehousePhotoBlog.com