Appraisal Assistant

Andrea M. Caron

Andrea earned her Bachelor of Science in Forestry Management at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2003. She continued her education by completing her Master of Science in Community Services at Michigan State University in 2011.

Andrea’s responsibilities at Steigerwaldt include assisting the ROW, Forestry, and Brokerage departments in document preparation, execution, and project procurement. She assists with maintaining in-house database systems to record landowner information and track important dates, file management of all project documentation, and supports the Right-of- Way, Forestry, and Brokerage departments with production and distribution of project information to clients and customers. Andrea also assists in acquisition projects for quality control, assurance, and data organization.

In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband and three young boys, canoeing, camping, knitting, and cooking.
906.273.0661, ext. 102

Valuation Operations Manager

Richard W. Congdon

Rich serves as Valuation Operations Manager at Steigerwaldt Land Services. He has been a part of the forest products and forest consulting industries since graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point with bachelor’s degrees in Forest Administration and Utilization and Forest Management. Rich is involved with the Analysis and Technology Solutions department and the Appraisal department, where he is responsible for all aspects of project management, performing valuation and appraisal project components, performance management of direct reports, and budget and strategic oversight and execution.

Through his career, he has gained extensive forestry experience, specializing in Lake States large-tract timberland management and data analysis. He has a broad skill set and range of knowledge including client relations, contract negotiation and administration, data quality assurance/quality control, design and implementation of timber harvest and inventory programs, assisting with timberland acquisitions and dispositions, third-party certification audits, and heavy equipment operation. Rich is a member of the Society of American Foresters. He has also represented large landowners on forest management committees.
715.453.3274, ext. 340

Division Coordinator/Arborist Valuation Specialist

Phil K. Jenkins

Phil serves as the Division Coordinator/Arborist Valuation Specialist at Steigerwaldt Land Services. He is responsible for supporting the Appraisal department through day-to-day functions related to project management, budgeting, and assisting staff. Phil specializes in tree inspections and using his knowledge as an arborist to generate support driven, quality, and accurate tree valuations.

Phil holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Forest Science with an emphasis in Forest Management.

Prior to his current position, Phil was an Arborist, working in both the municipal and private tree care industries. He is an ISA Certified Arborist with six years of experience in tree pruning, removals, cabling, planting, and consulting.

In his free time, Phil enjoys spending time with his girlfriend and their two dogs: Rizzo and Indi. He enjoys skiing in the winter and being active in the summer or sometimes just hanging by the lake and enjoying the serenity of Northern Wisconsin. He is an avid fan of the Brewers, Badgers, and Packers, despite the disappointments they occasionally (routinely) bring.
715.453.3274, ext. 303

Appraisal Specialist/Tree Farm Field Manager

Jennifer A. Hegnet

Jennifer serves as an Appraisal Specialist/Tree Farm Field Manager at Steigerwaldt Land Services. She is responsible for supporting the appraisal team and Steigerwaldt Tree Farm.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science and Environmental Planning with a Geoscience minor from The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Prior to her current position, Jennifer was a department manager at a landscaping company in Madison, Wisconsin, managing multiple crews for the maintenance department.

In her free time, Jennifer enjoys baking, hiking, camping, and traveling.
715.453.3274, ext. 337

Senior Certified General Appraiser

Robert L. Karl, ACF

Appraisal: Robert's current main job duty is as senior staff appraiser. He earned Certified General Appraiser licenses in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota in April 2001, and his past projects have included federal/industrial land exchanges, large tract, industrial land disposals and acquisitions, conservation easements, and other vacant forestland properties of various acreages. He took Appraisal Institute–sponsored course entitled “Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions (Yellow Book)” on November 5 and 6, 2009 in Livonia, Michigan.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Robert worked as a manager of Steigerwaldt’s PC Arc/Info GIS from 1991 (its implementation) to 2000 and is experienced in all phases of a GIS project from initial planning to final hard copy maps.

Aerial Photo Mapping and Interpretation: Robert is skilled in black and white, true color, and color infrared photo interpretation at scales ranging from 1:12,000 to 1:40,000 throughout the upper Midwest.

Forest Inventory and Cruising: Robert worked in an entry level position in June 1980. Occasional projects still arise that provide opportunities to apply his extensive field experience or assist in cruise design.

Forest Management Planning: Robert is also trained to perform all private forestland management tasks including the initial land inspection, creating a management plan, and implementing the plan through the use of timber harvesting, tree planting, or other management tools as needed.

Robert attended the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management in 1980.

Roberts licenses and certifications include:
Wisconsin Certified General Appraiser No. 1106
Michigan Certified General Appraiser No. 1201068220
Minnesota Certified General Appraiser No. 20276195
Association of Consulting Foresters since 2004
Society of American Foresters since 1984


Edward F. Steigerwaldt, ACF

Ed is a forester and real estate appraiser with decades of experience. As owner of the Steigerwaldt companies, Ed helps direct daily business management and directs the staff of appraisers, foresters, assistants, and land managers. His appraisal experience includes a wide variety of assignments including the appraisal of waterfront, recreation, forest land, residential, commercial, agricultural, and industrial property, as well as easements and individual trees and landscaping. Ed has also completed appraisals for tree damage, utility easement analyzation for effects on property values, and Christmas tree management. He currently directs real estate appraisal projects throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and other states when requested. Ed has qualified as an expert witness in court proceedings in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, and California. He has given numerous presentations covering real estate and tree appraisal. Ed also has served as a Wisconsin tax assessor and has over fifty years of experience as a Christmas tree grower.
715.453.3274, ext. 313

Chief Executive Officer/President

Lee Ann Steigerwaldt, ACF

Lee currently oversees and implements strategic direction and performance standards at Steigerwaldt. She is a third-generation consulting forester and business owner with a Bachelor of Science degree earned in 1999 from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in Forest Management, Urban Forestry, and Philosophy. She is a certified general appraiser in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota, and an ISA certified arborist. Her prior professional experience was as a Production Arborist in Hailey, Idaho, before relocating to Tomahawk to work in the family business.

Lee offers business leadership perspective and experience in a growing and transitioning business and feels the emphasis on cultural expectations and principle values is key to thriving through transitions.

She enjoys working on the Christmas tree farm and at the maple syrup shack, and pursuing steelhead in the Brule River in northern Wisconsin with her husband, Todd. She has two children, a daughter and son. Lee is an eleven-time finisher of the Ironman triathlon and is a believer in grit, tenacity, and consistency in business, organizational, and personal achievement.
715.453.3274, ext. 318

Appraisal Assistant

Kayla J. VanRyen

Kayla serves as the Appraisal Assistant at Steigerwaldt Land Services. She is responsible for supporting the Appraisal department through report filing, compiling drafts and final appraisals, facilitating quality control efforts, managing ingoing and outgoing communication and product deliveries, and other administrative support tasks.

Kayla holds Associate Degrees from Nicolet Area Technical College and Northcentral Technical College.

Kayla has worked in the service industry her entire career. Prior to her current position, Kayla served as a Branch Office Administrator at a financial services firm, and as an Associate Underwriter with a local insurance company. Kayla was also a Radiology Technologist at a busy orthopedic center. Throughout her career, Kayla has been highly efficient and has developed an eye for fine detail. Kayla has helped streamline processes while keeping high quality customer outcomes a priority in her service work. She is very compassionate and enjoys helping people meet and exceed their goals.

In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her family, camping on the Spirit Flowage and Lake Superior, fishing, traveling, and reading.
715.453.3274, ext. 325

Certified General Appraiser

Scott T. Zaremba

Scott works as a Certified General Appraiser and specializes in conservation easement appraisals, hunting land, large tracts of forestland, and agricultural land. Scott earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and a liberal arts degree from the University of Wisconsin–Marathon County. Scott has extensive knowledge of forest management and timber products as a forester with Steigerwaldt. Scott’s previous work as a forester assists him with his current job of appraising all types of property throughout Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. Scott is also trained to complete wetland delineations according to the Army Corps of Engineers guide. He is currently a member of the Society of American Foresters.

In his free time, Scott enjoys playing basketball, tennis, biking, golf, pickleball, and tabletop games. He also enjoys watching Wisconsin sports teams, including the Packers and Badgers.
715.453.3274, ext. 323