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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

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

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

  • 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.” 

  • "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."

  • "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!”

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

  • "I think Forward Community Investments is truly a partner because a partner picks up where you leave off. It was fairly straightforward.”

  • "We are headed into strategic planning with our organization and we will utilize many of the tools and resources we have received through this class. ”

  • "The workshop definitely helped to increase our awareness of capacity building, and the online self-assessment tool that was presented will be a great asset in making our program more effective.”

  • "Overall, the series were very helpful for me.  The speakers were great in presenting the information.  I will use the information to improve my organization. Thank you for putting this series together.

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