Board of Directors and Committees

Board of Directors

Rich Arnesen
Stone House Development, Vice President

Karen Campbell
Retired nonprofit executive

Alia Dayne
Agrace, Diversity & Community Relations Coordinator

Ananda Mirilli
YWCA Madison, Restorative Justice Director

Doug Nelson
Former president and CEO, Annie E. Casey Foundation

Sonya Newenhouse, Chair, Governance Committee & Secretary
Eco-entrepreneur, Founder, Madison Environmental Group, Community Car and NewenHouse

Kathy Ronco
Highland Community School, Director

Mary Wright, Chair, Board of Directors; Chair, Finance Committee
Wells Fargo, Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager

Judy Wilcox
Active community volunteer and advocate

Torry Winn
Race to Equity, Strategic Partnerships and Engagement Consultant

Finance Committee

*FCI board member

Mark DeBiasio
State Bank of Cross Plains, Chief Financial Officer

Sue Lloyd
Private investor and philanthropist, founding FCI member

Mary Wright, Chair*

Governance Committee

*FCI board member

Karen Campbell*

Heidi Kramer
UW Foundation, Associate Director of Development, School of Veterinary Medicine

Sonya Newenhouse, Chair*

Judy Wilcox*

Lending Committee

*FCI board member

Rich Arnesen*

Karyn Knaak
US Bank, Vice President

Peter Mortenson, Jr.
US Bank, Senior Vice President

Marianne Morton
Common Wealth Development, Executive Director

Roger Sandell
Johnson Bank, Senior Vice President, Milwaukee Region

Mark Taber
Wind River Financial, President/CEO

Judy Wilcox*

Mary Wright*

Grants Committee

*FCI board member

Karen Campbell*

Martha De La Rosa
9to5, Chapter Director

Dennis Grzezinski

Sharlen Moore
Urban Underground, Executive Director

Kathy Ronco*

Judy Wilcox, Chair*


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