Meet Our Board

Jim Walsh, President

Jim Walsh is a retired Marine Corps officer and a retired financial advisor.  Jim has lived full time in Lake of the Woods with his wife Diane since November 2001.  He is active in the community having served on numerous committees and the LOWA Board of Directors for three years, serving 18 months as President.  Jim has a BA from Marquette University and an MS from Golden Gate University.  He is an active member of the Battlefield Council of the Knights of Columbus. Contact him at jim@friendsoflow.org.

Sam Hall, Vice-President

Sam Hall has been a member of the Lake of the Woods community since 1999 and a resident since 2000.  After retiring as an Air Force colonel in 1986, he was the executive vice president for Fettig, Inc., a Washington, DC business development consulting firm.  In this capacity he worked on projects with clients McDonnell Douglas, Space Industries, Harley-Davidson and Westinghouse Aerospace among others.  In 1991, he co-founded The HLS Group, Inc. in Alexandria, VA, a business development consulting firm.  He served three terms as president of the LOW Men’s Golf Association and was a member of the Planning Committee in 2006-2008.  Sam holds a BA in Journalism Advertising from the University of Nebraska and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Auburn University.  He was a senior research associate in Cornell University’s Center for International Studies in 1977-78.  Sam graduated from the National War College in 1979.  He has extensive travel and living experience in the Middle East. Contact him at sam@friendsoflow.org.

Mike Rugless, Secretary

Mike Rugless and his wife Brenda became full time residents of Lake of the Woods in 2002, moving here from Fairfax, Virginia. Mike holds Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA in Finance from The George Washington University. He served in the US Navy Civil Engineer Corps and the Navy Seabees for 26 years, and is a 1984 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. After retiring as a Navy Captain, he became a Senior Project Manager for Parsons Brinckerhoff Engineering of New York City, and for 16 years he led the company’s work for FEMA in disaster relief and recovery. He served four years on the Lake of the Woods Board of Directors, holding the offices of President, Vice President and Treasurer. He was Chairman of the LOWA Environmental Control Committee (ECC) for seven years and also chaired an Ad Hoc committee to rewrite the boating safety rules and develop a new boating license test. Currently, he is again serving as one of the seven members of the LOWA Environmental Control Committee. Contact him at jmrugless@verizon.net.

Pam Schubert, Treasurer

Pam Schubert and her husband Dave first came to Lake of the Woods as weekenders in 2002. After retiring, they became permanent residents in 2014. Pam was Director of Finance for a government contractor in Alexandria, VA. She holds a BBA in Accounting from William and Mary and an MBA in Finance from George Mason University. Currently, Pam is a member of the Finance Committee and Treasurer for the LOW Players theatre group. Contact her at pam@friendsoflow.org.

Nancy King, Marketing

Nancy King and her husband Stu have been members of the Lake of the Woods community since 2006.  She taught marketing, sales, public relations, and customer service in Fairfax County Public Schools and Northern Virginia Community College for more than thirty years.  During that time, she also consulted for companies such as Presidential Classroom, Rosendorf Evans (Tysons Corner Center) and Fine Landscapes (McLean, VA).  She has a long history of service here at Lake of the Woods, acting as the Chair of the Golf Committee for the last 3 years; serving on the Clubhouse Committee; being on a special committee to review candidates for General Manager; receiving a President’s Award for service in the community; and receiving 2 Honors Awards for her service to the community.   Nancy holds an MA cum laude in Education with a focus on Marketing and a BA in Education, both from Virginia Tech. Contact her at nancy@friendsoflow.org.

Brenda (Bren) Anderson, Director

Bren and her husband, Jon, are long time weekend residents (1986) of Lake of the Woods and full time since 2008. She currently serves on both the Clubhouse and Nominating committees and has previously served on several Ad Hoc committees. Before retiring she was the senior Washington representative for Ashland Inc., handling government relations and public policy advocacy for the company with the U.S. Congress and the Administrative branch. Bren also worked with a number of national associations to advance and protect the interests of industry partners making coalition building an important part of her job. She developed and implemented a successful grassroots program for Ashland, educating employees of the impact of legislative issues on the company and its workforce, thereby facilitating their ability to communicate with their elected officials. Following her 20 year career with Ashland, Bren spent one year as Regional Director representing New York state member companies of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Bren received her BA, magna cum laude, from The American University, Washington, DC. Contact her at bren@friendsoflow.org.