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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

  • "Thanks so much, this was very helpful and I look forward to how it will impact our organization as we move forward.”

  • "Without Forward Community Investments and a willingness to provide non-traditional financing, we would not be able to provide these programs.”

  • “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!”

  • "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.”

  • "Our facilitators offered great guidance to move us efficiently through the strategy development process.  The process itself was really good.  We produced a forward-thinking plan for our organization that will mobilize action and propel us into the future!"

  • 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.” 

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

  • “Financing from Forward Community Investments allows us to make a greater impact on low-income and no-income families in Wisconsin.”

  • "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!"

  • "I have been an individual investor in Forward Community Investments since 1996.  At first I was just attracted to helping local non-profit groups.  Now I view this as a way of investing in a new and better economy and making a difference in both local services and a national movement."

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