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About

Board of Directors and Committees

Board of Directors

Rich Arnesen
Stone House Development, Vice President

Karen Campbell
Retired nonprofit executive

Don Katz, Chair, Board of Directors
Private investor and philanthropist

Wayman Lawrence
Foley & Lardner, Partner

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, Vice Chair, Board of Directors; Chair, Lending Committee
Wells Fargo, Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager

Judy Wilcox
Active community volunteer and advocate

Tom Wilkinson, Chair, Finance Committee
Wisconsin Bank & Trust, Chairman

Finance Committee

*FCI board member

Mark Debiasio
State Bank of Cross Plains, Chief Financial Officer

Don Katz*

Sue Lloyd
Private investor and philanthropist, founding FCI member

Tom Wilkinson, 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

Wayman Lawrence*

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

Rob Meiksins, Co-Chair
Forward Steps Consulting

Sharlen Moore
Urban Underground, Executive Director

Kathy Ronco*

Judy Wilcox, Co-Chair*

Quotes

  • "This was absolutely worth the hour spent. I am looking forward to getting the information so I can share it with others in my organization. Thank you!”

  • "It was great and I know my board will agree.  We have been trying to figure out how to present our financials in a realistic way for a few years now.”

  • In addition to providing us with a $60,000 loan for predevelopment expenses, Forward Community Investments facilitated the transfer of more than $5 million in New Market Tax Credits to this project. This access to capital meant that we were able to reach our goal earlier than expected – saving us valuable time and money.” 

  • “We encourage our investors to consider FCI as part of their sensible investment strategy. In our opinion, no other investment blends so successfully a highly competitive return with the value of building a better community!”

  • “FCI finds ways to finance projects that no others can.  I truly believe you are all unique and outstanding.”

  • "The predevelopment loan from Forward Community Investments made affordable development possible in times when capital is difficult to find."

  • "Keep up the free information. I work for a small nonprofit and find this very valuable as we try and move forward productively.”

  • "Good resource material.  It definitely helps me take knowledge I've had in business evaluation and reframe it from a non-profit standpoint."

  • "I wanted to personally thank you and your team for making this closing happen! It was critical for OFS to get the house, and so important to get it done by the end of the year. FCI really rose to the occasion. Our community is a much better place because of OFS and FCI!"

  • "With affordable financing and a progressive mission that aligns with ours, Forward Community Investments has been a great fit.”

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