Board & Staff

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Amy Karcher
POA President & Treasurer
Amy is a Certified Internal Auditor and ACL Certified Data Analyst, and holds a BBA in Accounting. For over two decades, Amy has worked for prominent corporations in mining, manufacturing, hospitality and financial services industries in a financial risk and controls advisory capacity, where she uses data to identify problems.
Amy and Ross, along with their teenage son, have been part-time residents of the POA since 2010.
From 2012 to 2018, Amy served on the POA Board, holding several positions, including Vice Chair and Amenities President. In 2022, she was re-elected and her term is set to end in August 2026.
Michael Wade
POA Vice President & Compliance/Maintenance/Water Committee Chair
Michael has been a teacher for 32 years, specializing in high school math and coaching football and other sports. He grew up in Colorado and earned a BA in Education from Western Colorado University. During his college years, he was awarded a football scholarship and played for four years. Michael later received an MA in Education from the University of Colorado.
Although he retired in 2019, Michael moved to Bear Lake in June of 2021 and has been active in the community. Being a lover of the outdoors, he enjoys ranching, skiing, and fishing. While he still considers himself retired, he has taken on a new role teaching 7th grade Social Studies in the Bear Lake County School District.
Michael has been a member of the POA Board of Directors since 2022 and his term is set to end in August 2026.
Michelle Fillion
POA Secretary & Member of Compliance/Maintenance/Water Committee
Michelle has a background in project management, administration, analysis, research, and office management, having worked for the Federal Government for many years. Michelle's customer service experience makes her an asset in working with the public and property owners in the area. 
Although she has been a resident of the Bear Lake Valley since 2006, she has been a full-time resident of the POA since 2015, where she resides with her husband, Dan.
Michelle has been a member of the POA Board of Directors since 2022 and her term is set to end in August 2026.
Nate Cason
POA Board Member & Member of Compliance/Maintenance/Water Committee & Amenities Alternate
Nate is a seasoned professional in the construction and real estate development industry, with over 27 years of experience under his belt. His impressive credentials include 15+ years of expertise in land use rezoning and permitting across the United States, as well as 10+ years in the supply and importing industry. His portfolio spans from large-scale projects to smaller, home-based ones. Nate's extensive knowledge makes him an invaluable asset to work with property owners and government entities, especially in resolving land use issues.
Although Nate and his wife, Rebecca, are new homeowners in Bear Lake West as of 2022, they have been enjoying and exploring Bear Lake for over 35 years.
In 2022, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the POA Board of Directors and his term is set to end in August 2024.
Ralph Lewis
POA Board Member & Amenities Board Member
Ralph is currently retired, but has had an illustrious career in customer service, starting in retail where he managed several stores for various companies. He later transitioned into the medical field, where he worked as a wound care technician and provided direct care to patients.
Ralph and his wife, Michelle, have three grown sons. They have owned a cabin at Bear Lake (POA) for the past nine years and are currently part-time residents, spending most weekends at their cabin.
Ralph has been an active member of the Amenities Beach Committee since 2022. In 2023, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the POA Board of Directors and his term is set to end in August 2024.
Marty Phipps
POA Board Member​
Marty has established a strong professional background throughout his years of experience working for Rio Tinto, where he held various roles and positions that required extensive travel. Additionally, he previously owned and operated the Shell/Bears Den gas station and store in Garden City.
Marty is a part-time resident of the POA and is currently constructing a new home in Island Park.
Marty has been serving on the Board of Directors of the POA since 2019 and his term is set to end in August 2024.
Ross Karcher
Amenities Board Member 
Ross has worked in various roles focused in IT over the years, including software developer, business analyst, client services management, and risk management.  He has worked across various industries including Financial-Banking, Public Sector (Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS Systems), and Resort/Hospitality (Ski Industry).  Ross enjoys cooking, skiing, off-road recreation, and boating on Bear Lake.
Ross and Amy, along with their teenage son, have been part-time residents of the POA since 2010.
Ross's appointment to the Amenities Board is “at large,” meaning that he is not a POA Board member.
Dan Fillion
Water System Operator, Maintenance & Plowing
Dan was born in Chicago during the mid-1960s but was raised in Wyoming throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s. He later moved to Bear Lake in 2005. With a diverse background in auto repair, parts sales, heavy truck towing and maintenance, salvage yard operations, fleet maintenance, sawmill operations, heavy equipment operation, construction, welding, and public water system operation, Dan has amassed a wealth of knowledge and experience.
In addition to his professional experience, Dan has also contributed to various boards such as the BLW/POA board, BLW amenities board, and Swan canal company board. Since 2008, he has served as a public water system operator, providing top-notch service to BLW/POA, BLW/HOA, and Bear Lake Hot Springs. 
Lowell Howlett
General Maintenance & Plowing
Michael Howlett
General Maintenance & Plowing
Kevin Beckstead
General Maintenance & Plowing