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Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Easter Seals Wisconsin’s Board of Directors is made up of individuals from throughout the state of Wisconsin. The board consists of 18 individuals who dedicate their time to support Easter Seals Wisconsin programs that assist people with disabilities across Wisconsin.



Pam BirschbachCHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD:
 Pamela Birschbach, Verona
First Weber Group Realtors, Realtor

“One of my favorite memories was when I was at Camp Wawbeek for our board of directors meeting and we had a few campers come speak with us during the meeting. One of the campers said she met her now husband at camp and being able to see camp in action was amazing. Seeing how comfortable all the campers were with being at camp and just being around other people who were not judging them was really touching and also very sad they could not live every day that way.”

 

Tom1st VICE CHAIRMAN: Tom Woodward, Middleton
Madison Lighting, Owner

“Although our camps for children with physical and cognitive disabilities are certainly higher profile, I am very proud of the work we do with our Farm Program. This program continues its unique success and partnership with Wisconsin DVR and UW Extension to keep farmers with disabilities engaged in what is often the only occupation and lifestyle they have ever known or wanted. While I am very pleased by our service accomplishments, I am even more amazed by the energy, determination, and accomplishments of the very people we serve. In the end, the quiet confidence of their renewed personal and financial independence is most rewarding.”

Klawonn1TREASURER: Jason Klawonn, Kenosha
Northwestern Mutual, Vice President

“My family became acquainted with Easter Seals Wisconsin through its Respite Camp – a camp that my son, Casey, has benefited from for several years and that has benefited my family by providing respite and the chance to reconnect while having the confidence that Casey was being taken care of with the utmost care.”

 

ChuckB_MSECRETARY: Charles F. Buell, Middleton
C. F. Buell Company, LLC, Owner & Developer

 

 

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Matt-BernsteinMatt Bernstein, Madison
TEKsystems, Application Recruiter

“I got involved with Easter Seals Wisconsin because I have a passion for helping anyone with disabilities. The Golf Outing for Kids is my favorite event. It is such a great cause and so many people come out to support. After eating a few too many brats I enjoy going to the camp. It is a huge plus that athletes from UW come and volunteer to walk around, sign hats, talk with the campers, and enjoy sharing their time.”

 

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Eric Blankenheim, Appleton
Blankenheim Services, Owner

“All the Easter Seals Wisconsin programs are great, but camp will always have a speical place in my heart. I started working there in 1981 and it truly changed my life.”

 

 

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Wayne Corey, Madison
Retired, Student, Writer

“I became involved with Easter Seals when I was asked to host the first Easter Seals Wisconsin telethon in January 1975 and couldn’t think of a way to say, “No!” In preparing for the telethon I learned a great deal about Easter Seals and its services. I was tremendously impressed with the great levels of compassion and commitment from all of the volunteers and staff members I met. I was hooked…and have been an advocate for people with disabilities since that time.”

 

Andy Crooks - 2aAndy Crooks, Verona
TR McKenzie, Business Development

“I don’t have a favorite Easter Seals Wisconsin program as there are too many great services to choose only one. I like how the Self-Employment Service empowers people to work for themselves and fosters each individuals’ unique skills set. I like how the Camp/Respite programs allow kids to have a summer camp experience which brings joy to their lives (while also giving a needed break to the campers’ parents). I like how the Farm program finds custom solutions to unique injuries and allows farmers to maintain their livelihood and continue to provide for their families.”

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Joe Gussel, Wisconsin Dells
Holiday Wholesale, President

 

 

 

Pat LeMire, Madison
M3 Insurance, Insurance Executive

“The Camps, in particular Respite Camp, got me involved with Easter Seals Wisconsin, and not only what it brings to the individuals attending but their families as well. This service to the families that provide 24/7 care to their family members is a real difference maker. The respite time not only allows the kids to have a special time at camp but gives the families caring for the individual that respite to enjoy other facets of life they may not be able to while caring for their child or loved one.”

 

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Zach Morley, Middleton
Wisconsin Financial Group, Financial Advisor

Zach Morley grew up in Maryville, Missouri and moved to Madison to attend the UW and play basketball for the Badgers. After retiring from professional basketball in Europe, he decided it was time to focus his attention on finding ways to be more involved in his own community here in Wisconsin. Zach attended the Starry Night event with a friend, was impressed by the Easter Seals programs he was introduced to that night and knew that he’d found an organization he’d be proud to be a part of. When asked to serve on the Board, he quickly accepted and he’s excited to do his part in helping enhance the lives of those with disabilities. Zach is a financial advisor with Wisconsin Financial Group and lives in Middleton with his wife, Rachel, and kids Rowan and Fallon.

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Mary Anne Oemichen, New Glarus
Attorney

“When I was asked to serve on Easter Seals Wisconsin’s Board, I was surprised to learn of services that I had no idea existed, despite being active in the disability community. I thought that if I did not know about available services, others might not either. I felt that getting involved would give me a good opportunity to share information about Easter Seals Wisconsin with others who could benefit from its services.”

 

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Steven R. Peotter, Oregon
Oregon Community Bank, President & CEO

 

 

 

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Dan Poulson, Palmyra
Farmer

 

 

 

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Sports Impressions and JustAGame Fieldhouse, Owner

After four years of teaching and two years at home with her young children, she and her husband Dave opened up a screen printing and embroidery business called Sports Impressions, located in Wisconsin Dells. Printing shirts and working with the Camp staff is how she first became aware of Camp Wawbeek and the wonderful programs they offer. Joy has been a participant in the Camp Wawbeek Fall Sprawl, and attended the picnic dinner following the Golf for Kids outing for a number of years.

Scott StevensonScott Stevenson, Madison
Kleenmark, President & CEO

 

 

 

Teevan-rosterJohn Teevan, Milwaukee
Home Care Medical, Inc., President

“One of my favorite memories with Easter Seals Wisconsin is the opening of the new pool in 2014. It was a big project and instantly brought huge smiles to every camper’s face. Visiting camp recharges my batteries and reconfirms why I love Easter Seals Wisconsin and the wonderful memories created in every program we sponsor.”

 

John Van Wie - flippedJohn Van Wie, Wisconsin Dells
Van Wie Properties, Owner

 

 

 

Christine Fessler, President/CEOChristine Fessler, Madison
Easter Seals Wisconsin, President & CEO

 

 

 

 

Honorary Board

Peter A. Eltink, New Holstein

Bill Holley, Middleton

Bill Holley, Middleton
President & CEO
My family became acquainted with ESW through its Respite Camp – a camp that my son, Casey, has benefitted from for several years (again, no memory) and that has benefitted my family for many years providing respite and the chance to reconnect while having the confidence that Casey was being taken care of with the utmost care.
The Golf Outing for Kids is my favorite event.  It is such a great cause and so many people come out to support.  After eating a few too many brats I enjoy going to the camp.  It is a huge plus that athletes from UW come and volunteer to walk around, sign hats, talk with the students, and enjoy sharing their time.
Pat LeMire2
It recharges my batteries every year and reconfirms why I love what ES-Wisconsin and the wonderful memories created in every program we sponsor
“One of my favorite memories was when I was at Camp Wawbeek for our board of directors meeting and we had a few  campers come speak with us during the meeting. One of the campers said she met her now husband at camp and being able to see camp in action was amazing.  Seeing how comfortable all the campers were with being at camp and just being around other people who were not judging them was really touching and also very sad they could not live every day that way.”
“One of my favorite memories was when I was at Camp Wawbeek for our board of directors meeting and we had a few  campers come speak with us during the meeting. One of the campers said she met her now husband at camp and being able to see camp in action was amazing.  Seeing how comfortable all the campers were with being at camp and just being around other people who were not judging them was really touching and also very sad they could not live every day that way.”
“One of my favorite memories was when I was at Camp Wawbeek for our board of directors meeting and we had a few  campers come speak with us during the meeting. One of the campers said she met her now husband at camp and being able to see camp in action was amazing.  Seeing how comfortable all the campers were with being at camp and just being around other people who were not judging them was really touching and also very sad they could not live every day that way.”
Pam Birschbach
Matt Bernstein, Madison
University of Wisconsin Foundation, Director of Development – Hillel
Matt Bernstein, Madison
University of Wisconsin Foundation, Director of Development – Hillel
Matt Bernstein, Madison
University of Wisconsin Foundation, Director of Development – Hillel
Matt Bernstein, Madison
University of Wisconsin Foundation, Director of Development – Hillel

Although our camps for children with physical and cognitive disabilities are certainly higher profile, I am very proud of the work we do with our Farm Program.  This program continues its unique success and partnership with Wisconsin DVR and UW Extension to keep farmers with disabilities engaged in what is often the only occupation and lifestyle they have ever known or wanted.   While I am very pleased by our service accomplishments, I am even more amazed by the energy and determination and accomplishments of the very people we serve.  In the end the quiet confidence of their  renewed personal and financial independence is most rewarding.