About Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation 

A primary goal of the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation is to research and pursue new treatment methodologies to preserve Lake Mohawk and further its water quality as well as to share that information for the benefit of the Walkill River watershed and other lakes.

Constructed in the 1920's - Lake Mohawk ("Lake Mohawk" or "Lake") is a man-made lake approximately 800 acres in size and located in Sparta and Byram Townships in Sussex County, New Jersey. Lake Mohawk is the headwaters of the Wallkill River that flows north and eventually into the Hudson River. 

The Lake has been on the forefront of lake water quality and aquatic technology efforts that have resulted in increased water quality through the use of conventional and innovative methods, which achievements have been recognized and awarded by the State of New Jersey. 

Our Foundation Leadership

Bill Askin, President

Mr. Askin is founding partner of the law firm of Askin & Hooker, LLC, in sparta, New Jersey.  He has more than 25 years’ experience practicing Real Property Law, Wills, Trusts, Estates and Elder Law. Today, he focuses on the development of customized estate plans, estate administration, estate litigation and elder law as well as the legal rights and issues related to the acquisition, ownership, development, improvement and sale of real property.

Bill has been an active Trustee with the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation since it obtained its’ 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in 2013.  He currently serves as President of the Foundation and has previously served as Treasurer and Secretary.  He is a fourth generation Lake Mohawk resident and began his involvement with the Foundation with the goal of preserving the lake and its’ resources for his children and generations to come in the future.

Michael Whittam, Treasurer

I was raised in Lake Mohawk and Audrey (my wife) and I decided this would be beautiful place to raise our two kids, Michael and Jessica.  Through the journey, we've been fortunate to soak-in so much of what this reservation has to offer.  From the earliest days of morning swim lessons and frequent visits to the playground, topped off with an ice-cream stop, to enjoying the boardwalk, beaches, bridal paths, holiday parades, fireworks and family dinners sitting outside at the club.  The kids have enjoyed swimming, sailing, fishing, ice hockey, all forms of water-sports, tennis, volley-ball and a bit of golf along the way.  

Audrey currently serves as a trustee at LMTC.  The family has been active with the Ski Hawks and the Lake Mohawk Slalom Club for more than 2 decades.  Our extended family and many other community members may remember events like: "Live at the Lake", "Boat Drive-In Movie Nights" or Winter Carnivals on the ice?  Lake Mohawk has been an integral part of our family.  I wouldn't trade "lake living" for any other lifestyle.  Participating on the Preservation Foundation Board is a way of contributing back and to lend to the continuous work of keeping Lake Mohawk and the Headwaters of the Walkill River to the highest standards possible. 

Brenda Klumpp, Secretary

I am a long time member of the lake Mohawk Country Club. For forty-one years my husband, John, and I have been blessed to live in this beautiful environment. Raising our children in this community was an experience we would never trade for anywhere else. I have always been interested in the quality and the beauty of this resource. I remember, though, that there was a time when our facilities were in dire need of attention.

When Fran Smith took over as manager of the Club there were no flowers, no benches gracing our boardwalk , no restaurant or catering facilities, and our lake water quality was questionable. Fran was truly a gift to the community; with her efforts beautifying the lake and the surrounding areas she may rightfully be called the “ Mother of Modern Lake Mohawk”. After attending the first Fran Smith recognition award dinner I joined the Preservation Foundation because its mission was focused on the efforts that Fran had initiated. I became a board member in 2016, and secretary in 2017. I enjoy working with the other trustees to insure that our mission is recognized and continues to grow.

I earned my masters degree in education from Rutgers, and taught information technology for many years at The County College of Morris. Twenty five years ago I entered the recruiting industry. I created my own company, Prism Placement Services sixteen years ago and have successfully managed it ever since.

Our Board Membership

Marie Kramer

Marie Cramer

Growing up in Sparta, Marie felt very fortunate to have the benefits Lake Mohawk gives to its members. The work of the Foundation has given her the opportunity to help maintain that beauty and its many recreational features.

Marie’s professional background includes supply chain management, working on environmental impacts and solutions among other responsibilities. She looks forward to sharing that knowledge to further benefit the Foundation.

To date, Marie has co-chaired the Annual Fran Smith Award Celebration for its second consecutive year. It is her pleasure to serve on this board.

Gene DePrez-

Founding Trustee & Chair Emeritus, Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation

Managing Partner, Global Innovation Partners

Gene has over 35 years of corporate, consulting, association, and government experience in strategy and transformation for international businesses, governments, universities and public/private development organizations in North America and Europe, most recently for PricewaterhouseCoopers and IBM Consulting. He has advised more than 400 Fortune 1000 company CEOs and other executives in executing global location strategy and site selection across a broad spectrum of sectors and led complex assignments involving global location, expansions and M&A consolidations related to headquarters, research centers, manufacturing and other specialized operations. 

Mr. DePrez has also provided insight and collaborative innovation based economic development strategy to over 100 national/ state/provincial, and metro-regional economic development organizations in the US, Canada, Mexico, UK and Europe. He is a past board member of the International Economic Development Council, received its Chairman’s Award for Lifetime Excellence in Economic Development, and currently serves as Visiting Senior Fellow.

A resident of Lake Mohawk with his wife Patty since 1987, Gene served as LMCC Trustee for 10 years, and two years as Club President during an intensive period of upgrading lake water quality, main dam and boardwalk reconstruction, Clubhouse entry/handicap access/elevator improvements, restoration of White Deer Plaza and development of a LMCC master plan. He was a founding trustee of the Foundation, and served during its first four years as its organizing Chair. He is also a past President of the Sussex County Arts and Heritage Council.

Ernie Hofer- Science Advisor

Ernie Hofer – I have lived in the Lake Mohawk community for 20 years. Professionally, I have advanced degrees in Chemical Engineering and Finance and hold Engineering Licenses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. I was employed by Honeywell / AlliedSignal Corporation for 38 years, lastly as Process Director over engineering, quality improvement, and environmental issues.

Presently serve as Science Advisor for the Lake Mohawk Preservation Foundation, President of the New Jersey Coalition of Lake Associations (NJCOLA; a sixty member lake 501 C 3 organization), President of the Board at Knoll Heights / Knoll View (a low and moderate income independent / assisted living housing facility for Senior Citizens),.and Planning Board Chairman for Sparta Township. I have a passion for the preservation and protection of our lakes, streams and watersheds.

Craig Kalucki

Craig Kalucki, his wife Necole, and daughter Liana have been members of the Lake Mohawk community for 6 years, and Craig has been involved with the Preservation Foundation for over three years as a volunteer, and now a Trustee.

He grew up around the ocean, spent 10 years in the Coast Guard protecting our waters and aquatic life along the eastern seaboard. Environmental sustainability, and protecting the resources for younger generations are what Craig values, and why the Preservation Foundation and the Lake Mohawk community is so important to him. 

Laura Parker

Laura has lived in the community for 30 years, raising children and enjoying the lake lifestyle. As a Registered Nurse, Laura is concerned with improving the health of our community.

Laura believes that, for our safety and health, our watersheds must be protected, improved upon, and our community must understand their part in the preservation of the lakes they enjoy.

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Tom Murray

Holly Fiorella

Jim Wardell



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