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

Administrative Assistant - Right-of-Way

Jacki L. Grigg

Jacki earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Urban Planning at University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in 1996. She has continued her education by working on her Master of Business with Keller Graduate School of Management. Jacki continues to enhance her knowledge in Right-of-Way principles as she completes ongoing classes through the International Right-of-Way Association (IRWA).

Jacki’s responsibilities at Steigerwaldt Land Services include assisting the ROW department in document preparation, execution, and project procurement. She assists with maintaining in-house database systems to record landowner information and track important dates. She reviews title work for encumbrances and liens, maintains files of all project documentation, and supports the right-of-way department by producing and distributing project information to clients and customers. Jacki assists with quality control and data organization for all acquisition projects.

In her free time, Jacki enjoys spending time with her family, canoeing, camping, and scrapbooking.

jacki.grigg@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 320

Operations Director - Right-of-Way

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

EXPERIENCE
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.

MEMBERSHIPS AND CERTIFICATIONS
State of Wisconsin Registered Land Surveyor
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
920.660.2509

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