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.
Barbara Robins
Barbara Robins – Vice Chair
Principal, Wide Angle Research Partners
Ann Raschein
Ann Raschein – Secretary
Realtor, RE/MAX Preferred
Debra Alton
Debra Alton – Treasurer
Senior Account Manager, Atmosphere Commercial Interiors
Andy Platz
Andy Platz, PE – Member at Large
President, Mead & Hunt
Amy Cralam
Amy Cralam
Assistant General Counsel, Alliant Engery
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
Volunteer Services/Operations Associate, American Red Cross, Wisconsin Region
Christina Smith-Wilkie
Christina Smith-Wilkie
Business Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo
Steven Tjugum
Steven Tjugum
Vice President – Agency Strategy, American Family
Valerie Johnson Renk
Valerie Johnson Renk – Staff Liaison
CEO, Habitat For Humanity of Dane County, Inc.

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.

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, Monona 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
Constance McConnell
Dan Milbrandt
Ann Raschein
Steve Tjugum
Victoria Villarreal
Nasra Wehelie
Shana Wuebben
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.

Tim Graham
Jim Hunt
Kenneth James
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
Catherine Haberland, Chair
Dick Pantalone
Kate Parton
John Stolzenberg
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