Jeremy Colsen was born in Grand Forks, ND but was raised in Rosemount, MN where he spent most of his life. Jeremy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1994-1998, and the Minnesota National Guard from 2010-2013. Much of Jeremy’s free time is spent fishing with his wife, Liz, veterans, and kids. Jeremy is currently affiliated with Fox River Lures and Rods.
Jeremy Colsen: President
Derek Quade is an Army veteran who served ten years from 2004 to 2014. Derek is originally from MN. During the week, Derek is a city Code Enforcement Officer, and on the weekends he’s a fisherman targeting Minnesota gold. Derek is very passionate about taking veterans fishing and happy to be on the board of Fishing with Vets!
Derek Quade: VP of Operations
Jason Wegscheid was born and raised in Wadena MN. Jason joined the the Army after 9-11 where he served for 12 years with one deployment to Iraq. Jason is a mechanic at Steve's alignment and auto repair in Wadena, MN. In Jason’s off time he enjoys hunting and fishing.
Jason Wegscheid: VP of Strategy
Aaron Peloquin lives in Plymouth, MN with his wife Kristin. Aaron has spent over 20 years in financial services and now works as a wealth manager. Although Aaron is not a veteran himself, both of his grandfathers served in WWII and many other family members have served our country. Aaron is an original member of the Fishing with Vets board and enjoys serving those that have served all of us. Aaron and Kristin's passion is traveling, both domestic and international and they love to enjoy the foods and
Aaron Peloquin: Treasurer
Joe Tackaberry was born/raised in Delano, MN and graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in business management in 2005. Joe still resides in Delano today where he is a financial advisor. Joe has been on the board of Fishing with Vets since 2016 and is incredibly passionate about giving back to those who serve/have served our country. While Joe is not a veteran himself his dad is a retired Marine and his grandpa served in the Navy. In his free time Joe likes to hunt, fish, farm, and spend time outdoors.
Joe Tackaberry: Website
Mike Mechavich lives in Randolph, MN with his wife Misty, and their two labs Trax and Chase. Mike is a small business owner of a lawn care business and he volunteers on the local fire department. In his free time Mike enjoys playing softball, traveling, camping, fishing, hunting, and being outdoors.
Mike Mechavich: Fundraiser Director
D.J. Dahl grew up in Circle Pines, MN and graduated from Centennial High School in 1994. D.J. has been on the FWV board since 2016. D.J. is also on the board of directors for an Archery club located in Somerset, Wi. In his free time, he likes to hunt and fish. D.J. recently took up bow hunting and has become obsessed with it. In college D.J. was a basketball player for Murray State University where he attended on a full ride scholarship and was able to play in the NCAA Tournament in 1997.
Nancy Koep resides in Glenwood, MN with her 2 boys Evan (17) and Ty (11). Nancy operates and manages Koep's, her family’s bait shop and convenience store, in Glenwood. Nancy has been on the board Fishing with Vets for 4 years now.
Nancy is an accomplished walleye angler and fishes many tournaments each year. Although tournaments take up a lot of her attention, her true focus is giving back to the sport and helping it grow. Nancy volunteers as a guide for the following events: 'Take A Vet Fishing', Kamp Kace, Fishing with Vet's, and Hunters Helping Hero's.
Nancy truly believes that the future of the sport resides in our younger generations and enjoys sharing her passion for the sport with them. Nancy gives back to the local community by putting on a fishing school for the 5th graders at Minnewaska, a number of fishing clinics for kids, seminars at local expo's, helping out with other area kids events, and taking the entire 5th grade class ice fishing.
Nancy’s fishing affiliations include: Fish Addictions Staff, Lund Boats, Mercury Marine, Eskimo, ION Augers, Dead Eye, Inc, Wing It Fishing Tackle, Costa Sunglasses, Smooth Move Seats, 13 Fishing, Alex Auto & Marine, and Koep’s
Nancy Koep: Communications
Bob was born and raised in Hibbing, MN. He moved to to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for a few years for college and realized his heart was and always will be in the northwoods on the Iron Range. Bob moved back to Hibbing where he started working at his current job as a Quality Assurance Analyst for US Steel’s Minntac taconite mine. Although Bob is not a veteran himself he is inspired to help give back to those who have served/are still serving by numerous friends and family members who have made the commitment to serve their country; especially his grandfathers Bill and Kenny who served in the Navy and Army respectively during World War 2. In his free time you can usually find Bob on a boat in the spring and summer chasing eyes on the bigger lakes in northern Minnesota, in the fall he’s in the woods working on food plots, checking trail cameras and hunting. Every free minute Bob has in the winter he is on the ice using his beloved Tuned Up Custom ice rods.