Right-of-Way

Senior Specialist - Right-of-Way

Carol J. Ahles, RWA, R/W-NAC

As a member of Steigerwaldt’s Right-of-Way department, Carol is responsible for assisting the department in title review, document preparation and execution, database management, permitting, market study research, and project procurement. Carol has worked on a variety of utility, governmental, and renewable infrastructure projects and is well-versed in the statutory and permitting requirements for these projects.

She supports acquisition projects with a special focus on quality control and data organization. She also assists in analyzing, preparing, reviewing and interpreting land and Right-of-Way related agreements, deeds, easements, leases, permits, and licenses. She has received her Right-of-Way Agent designation through the International Right-of-Way Association and has her Right-of-Way Negotiation and Acquisition designation (R/W NAC) through IRWA. Carol is a licensed real estate agent and notary in Wisconsin.

Carol has worked on numerous transmission line, gas line, and highway projects in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.

In her free time, Carol enjoys spending time with her family and fishing the lakes of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

carol.ahles@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 306

Right-of-Way Agent

Arlene S. Buttke

As a member of Steigerwaldt’s Right-of-Way department, Arlene is responsible for performing and overseeing all aspects of utility and highway Right-of-Way acquisition and permitting. Her duties include title review and easement negotiations with clients. Arlene specializes in customer contact and high attention to detail when completing documents.

Arlene holds an Associate Degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in Real Estate. She is a member of International Right-of-Way Association and holds a Wisconsin Broker License.

Prior to working for Steigerwaldt, Arlene was a Senior Right-of-Way Agent in the Property Management Department of a Wisconsin utility company, performing various real estate and Right-of-Way duties including easement acquisition, leasing, and buying and selling property for gas, electric, solar, and wind projects.

In her free time, Arlene enjoys the summer activities outdoors such as camping, biking, and hiking. In the winter months, she enjoys crafting.

arlene.buttke@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274

Right-of-Way Agent

Kari L. Genson

Kari is responsible for collaborating on a variety of infrastructure projects with public and private utilities, governmental agencies, and on renewable energy projects. She is a new member in IRWA, where she maintains her education in the field of right of way.

Her responsibilities include liaising with clients and landowners to get necessary land rights for the project, securing necessary access, resolving construction-related damages, obtaining necessary project permits, attending public meetings, and handling vegetation management issues.

Kari also holds a Wisconsin Real Estate Sales License and assists clients with residential and recreational real estate acquisitions, dispositions, marketing, and contracting.

In her free time, Kari enjoys spending time with her family and four-legged friends. She also loves musky fishing, hunting, cycling of any sort, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

kari.genson@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401, ext, 204

Vice President - Energy, Infrastructure, and Real Estate

Haakon K. Hagemeister, SR/WA

Haakon serves as the Right-of-Way Operations Director for Steigerwaldt and has been with the company since 2004. He worked as a staff and project forester prior to transitioning into his current role in 2011. Haakon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from Michigan Technological University in 2003. He is a member of the International Right of Way Association, Society of American Foresters, and Association of Consulting Foresters. He served as the chapter chair of the Northeast Chapter of the Society of American Foresters from 2011 to 2013 and holds the SR/WA designation from the IRWA. He is a Wisconsin and Michigan Notary, and is a Wisconsin Cooperating Forester.

Haakon’s current job duties at Steigerwaldt include performing and overseeing all aspects of utility, renewable, and governmental acquisition and permitting projects. Haakon coordinates and ensures client expectations are met in relation to project budgeting, forecasting, schedule, and workflow to ensure successful completion on time and within budget. Additional duties include attending public meetings, obtaining necessary local and state permits, preparing market studies, negotiating with public and private landowners, settling damage claims, and handling vegetation management issues. As Operations Director, Haakon is also responsible for the development, implementation, and supervision of the day-to-day activities of the Real Estate team. This includes reviewing, evaluating, and managing the acquisition process, ensuring due diligence and compliance with all client and statutory requirements, and ensuring project database and spatial solutions are current and correct.

In his free time, Haakon enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters, brook trout fishing, and spending time outdoors.

haakon.h@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 332

Right-of-Way Agent

Phil A. Lysdahl

Phil assists the project manager in the day-to-day operations of the Right-of-Way team. He performs and oversees all aspects of utility and highway Right-of-Way acquisitions, including attending public open houses and public meetings, obtaining necessary local and state permits, preparing market studies, negotiating with public and private landowners, settling damage claims, and handling vegetation management issues.

Prior to his role at Steigerwaldt, Phil worked as a Senior Land Rights Agent with Xcel Energy.

Phil is a State of Wisconsin Registered Land Surveyor and a State of Wisconsin Real Estate Broker.

phillip.lysdahl@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274

Senior Specialist - Right-of-Way

Doug E. Mathys

Doug is responsible for performing and overseeing all aspects of utility and highway right-of-way acquisition and permitting. He is a member of the International Right of Way Association and Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors. He is a Wisconsin Real Estate Broker, Wisconsin Professional Land Surveyor (retired status), and a notary public.

Doug’s duties include attending public open houses, public meetings, obtaining necessary local and state permits, negotiating with public and private landowners, settling damage claims, and handling vegetation management issues. Doug specializes in acquisition, permitting, and working through the statutory acquisition process; as a surveyor, he also conducts exhibit and legal description review.

In his free time, Doug enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren.

doug.mathys@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274

Real Estate Assistant

Sam A. Rigney

Sam is responsible for assisting the Right-of-Way department in document preparation, execution, and project procurement. She also assists with maintaining in-house database systems to record landowner dates. Sam’s primary responsibilities include reviewing title work for encumbrance and liens, maintaining files of all project documentation, and supporting the Right-of-Way department by producing and distributing project information to clients and customers.

Prior to her current position, Sam was in customer service for 12 years as a server at a supper club in Tomahawk and a stay-at-home mom.

In her free time, Sam enjoys spending time with her family and dog, watching her children's sporting events, and watching true crime shows.

sam.rigney@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 324

Senior Project Specialist - Right-of-Way

Nate E. Seely

Nathan is responsible for all aspects of Right-of-Way and Real Estate work, specializing in right-of-way acquisition. He holds a Minnesota Real Estate Salesperson License and is a full member in IRWA, where he continues his education in the Right of Way field. His duties include working with clients and landowners during negotiations for easements, access, or damages. He is skilled at the negotiation process while acquiring easements, and ensures that the landowners’ needs and concerns are met.

Prior to his current position, Nathan was a Contract Landman working for oil and gas companies throughout the United States, negotiating leases for oil and gas exploration with mineral owners and running full title for the mineral ownership.

In his free time, Nathan enjoys all aspects of the outdoors including hunting, fishing, four wheeling, and camping with the family.

nathan.seely@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401, ext. 211

Right-of-Way Agent

Bill B. Unke

Assists the project manager in the day to day operations of the right-of-way team. Performs and oversees all aspects of utility and highway right-of-way acquisitions, including attending public open houses and public meetings, obtaining necessary local and state permits, preparing market studies, negotiating with public and private landowners, settling damage claims, and handling vegetation management issues.

bill.unke@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274

Senior Specialist - Right-of-Way

Debra A. Zimmermann, SR/WA

As a member of Steigerwaldt’s Right of Way department, Debra is responsible for working with public and private utilities, governmental agencies, and renewable energy developers on a variety of infrastructure projects. Responsibilities include securing fee title, lease and/or easements, necessary road and railroad permits, settling damages incurred through project construction, market study research, and title review associated with a variety of infrastructure projects. She also actively participates in landowner informational meetings and public meetings associated with infrastructure projects. She maintains current and accurate landowner meeting activity notes and interacts with landowners professionally and in a timely fashion.

Debra had worked in the right of way field for 14 years before her employment with Steigerwaldt, securing easements and laydown yards/staging sites for transmission lines, eminent domain, vegetation permissions, and permitting for roadway and railroad crossings in Wisconsin and Michigan.

In her free time, Debra enjoys spending time with her family, which includes travels to visit family, along with hiking the many trails found in the continental United States.

debra.zimmermann@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 346