Meet Our Board and Committee Members

Habitat for Humanity of Dane County’s Board of Directors is made up of recognized leaders across many areas of expertise. Our board and committee members are volunteers who donate significant amounts of time, talent and energy to further build a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Jason Kadow
Jason Kadow, CVA – Chair
Partner, KMA Bodilly CPAs & Consultants, S. C.
Ann Raschein
Ann Raschein – Vice Chair
Realtor, RE/MAX Preferred
Barbara Robins
Barbara Robins – Secretary
Principal, Wide Angle Research Partners
Amy Cralam
Amy Cralam – Treasurer
Assistant General Counsel, Alliant Engery
Andy Platz
Andy Platz, PE
President, Mead & Hunt
Faith Graf
Faith Graf – UW Habitat Chapter Representative
Chapter President, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Alison Kane
Alison Kane – Habitat Young Professionals Representative
Realtor, Stark Company
Josh Reiter
Josh Reiter
Business Analyst, American Red Cross, Wisconsin Region
Christina Smith-Wilkie
Christina Smith-Wilkie
Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo
Tom Dorn
Tom Dorn
Owner, Dorn True Value
Kingsley Gobourne
Kingsley Gobourne
Community Outreach Officer, Old National Bank
Teresa Garside
Teresa Garside
Vice President Global Regulatory Compliance, John Deere Financial
Jeff Wiegand
Jeff Wiegand
Vice President of Protective Services, American Family Insurance
Valerie Johnson Renk
Valerie Johnson Renk – Staff Liaison
CEO, Habitat For Humanity of Dane County

Habitat Committees

Advisory Board
Staff Liaison: Aaron Mullins, Development of Advancement
Committee Meets: Quarterly and As Needed
Committee Charge: Comprised of past board and committee members whose purpose is to continue to give advice and support based on shared experiences with Habitat for Humanity. Past board members belong to this exclusive group that meets every several months to advise the current board and management team on timely issues facing Habitat for Humanity of Dane County.
Advocacy Committee
Staff Liaison: Steve Hanrahm, COO
Committee Meets: Monthly
Committee Charge: Raises awareness of housing issues affecting Dane County and beyond.
  • Debra Alton
  • Terese Berceau
  • Thomas Fonfara
  • George Kamperschroer
  • Alsion Kane
  • Barbara Robins
Communications Committee
Staff Liaison: Jenny Ballweg, Communications Director
Committee Meets: Every other month
Committee Charge: Assists in developing policies, plans and programs for internal and external communication. Provides advice and guidance and as requested may be given responsibility for specific projects. Addresses specific topics quarterly such as Habitat ReStore advertising, Earned Media tactics, trade show strategy and grassroots outreach ideas.
  • Debra Alton, Co-Chair
  • Barbara Behling
  • Ellen Cameron
  • Julie Kisely
  • Samantha Kraemer
  • Dawn McIntosh, Co-Chair
  • Maria Nigh
  • Barbara Robins
Construction Advisory Committee
Staff Liaison: Adam Helt-Baldwin, Construction Director
Committee Meets: Every third month
Committee Charge: Advise Construction Manager on best practices that will improve construction quality and/or reduce costs. Topics might include purchasing ideas, construction methods, staff management, and project management concepts. Provides advice and guidance and as requested may be given responsibility for specific projects such as reviewing and commenting on home designs or development/building requirements.
  • Chuck Elliott
  • Dan Gorski
  • Arlan Kay
  • Sam Lawrence
  • Dave Ludwig
Development Committee
Staff Liaisons: Aaron Mullins, Development of Advancement and Kayla Leibfried, Associate Director of Development
Committee Meets: Bimonthly
Committee Charge: Supports, advises, and participates in development activities for Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, through introductions, cultivation, and stewardship of current and prospective individual and corporate donors.
  • Tim Bizjak, J.P. Cullen
  • Amy Cralam, Alliant Energy
  • Cristen Incitti, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin – Badgerland
  • Valerie Johnson Renk, Habitat CEO
  • Josh Reiter, American Red Cross
  • Barbara Robins, Wide Angle Research Partners
  • Christina Smith-Wilkie, Wells Fargo
  • James Steinbach, retired
  • Steve Tjugum, American Family Insurance
  • Mike Urben, McFarland State Bank
Faith Committee
Staff Liaison: Emily Blankenship, ReStore Associate Director
Committee Meets: As Needed
  • Gordon Anderson
  • Susan Albright
  • Becky Halstead
  • Matt Ahlswede
  • Rod McKenzie
  • Elsa Gumm
  • Cliff Koehler
Family Selection Committee
Staff Liaison: Paul Sukenik, Family Services Director
Committee Meets: As Needed
Committee Charge: Hosts informational meetings and determine program eligibility for potential family partners. In addition, the committee provides HFHDC Board of Directors recommendations for approval of family partners.
  • Susan Day
  • Jeanie Farmer
  • Kingsley Gobourne
  • Monica Gonzalez
  • Lacey Green
  • Trisha Kalscheur
  • Jerry Ley
  • Constance McConnell
  • Dan Milbrandt
  • Ann Raschein
  • Victoria Villarreal
  • Nasra Wehelie
  • Shor Yang
Finance Committee
Staff Liaison: Julie Allen, CFO
Committee Meets: Quarterly
Committee Charge: Ensures organization is financially strong, able to meet financial obligations and support the current and future growth of the organization. Tasks include overseeing budget and audit preparation by staff. Committee also oversees homeowner mortgage payment policies.
  • Courtney Emerick
  • Teresa Garside
  • Tim Graham
  • Jim Hunt
  • Valerie Johnson Renk, Habitat CEO
  • Jason Kadow, Chair
  • Ami Myrland
  • Craig Schmidt
  • Michael Stamey
Governance Committee
Staff Liaison: Valerie Johnson Renk, Habitat CEO
Committee Meets: Quarterly
Committee Charge: The governance committee works to ensure good board governance, evaluating individual directors and overall board performance annually.
  • Amy Cralam
  • Josh Reiter
  • Andy Platz, Chair
Habitat ReStore Advisory Committee
Staff Liaison: Steve Hanrahan, COO
Committee Meets: Quarterly and As Needed
Committee Charge: Provides advice and guidance to ReStore Director on best practices that will improve ReStore operations and performance. Topics might include donation process improvements, volunteer management advances, customer service enhancements, and marketing suggestions.
  • Susan Carey
  • Al Curran
  • Tom Dorn
  • Valerie Johnson Renk, Habitat CEO
  • Renee Kalvestrand
  • Barbara Robins, Chair
International Tithe Committee
Staff Liaison: Jenny Ballweg, Communications Director
Committee Meets: As Needed
Committee Charge: Raise awareness of global housing issues and support provision of resources to address deficit housing worldwide. Oversee partnership with international affiliate and Global Village trips.
  • Jesus Chavez
  • Regina Frank
  • Dick Pantalone
  • Kate Parton
  • Lili Tangwall
  • Dee Wylie
  • Ann Wolfe
Land Acquisition Committee
Staff Liaison: Adam Helt-Baldwin, Construction Director
Committee Meets: 8 a.m. Second Friday of Each Month
Committee Charge: Provides legal and technical support to evaluate project feasibility and development strategy for locations of future Habitat for Humanity of Dane County homes.
  • Bruce Briney
  • Matt Collins
  • Chuck Elliott, board liasion
  • Cynthia Farnsworth
  • Rose Freidel, Co-Chair
  • Cari Fuss
  • Arlan Kay
  • Don Mayo
  • Ann Raschein, Co-Chair
  • Jeff Simon
  • Chad Wuebben
Personnel Committee
Staff Liaison: Steve Hanrahan, COO
Committee Meets: Monthly: Third Tuesday of Each Month at 11:30 a.m.
Committee Charge: Responsible for advising CEO on employment policies, assessing staffing needs, reviewing and setting the compensation structure for staff, and oversight of general personnel-related issues.
  • Jennifer Knudson, Chair
  • James Arnett
  • Valerie Johnson Renk, Habitat CEO
  • Jason Kadow, board liaison
  • Ron Konkol
  • Pablo Sanchez
  • Kari Rahn