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ThriveED Board of Directors

Matt Mauthe, Marquardt Village - ThriveED Board Chairman

Matt Mauthe is the CEO of  Marquardt Village in Watertown, WI. Prior to that, he was the Nursing Home Administrator for Oakwood Lutheran Homes and for Red Haven Christian Services. His professional associations and community involvement include Leading Age Wisconsin, the American College of Health Care Administrators and Rotary International. Mauthe also served as the chairman of the board of directors for the Watertown Economic Development Organization. Mauthe has a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Brian Knox, W.D. Hoard & Sons - ThriveED Board Vice Chairman

Brian Knox is the President of W.D. Hoard & Sons in Fort Atkinson, WI, a role he has been in since 1985. With the exception of four years at the University of Wisconsin (1969 -1973), Knox has lived in Jefferson County his entire life. The Hoard Company is a 146 year old company concentrating primarily in agricultural magazines (Hoard’s Dairyman magazine is the flagship magazine) and books, as well as publishing through itself, and an affiliate, 13 community newspapers in Wisconsin. It has been active in the printing industry and has a dairy farm just north of Fort Atkinson area. In 1976 Knox became the youngest Daily Newspaper publisher in Wisconsin when he named publisher of the Daily Jefferson County Union. He still holds that title as well as publisher of various agricultural magazines and 12 other community papers, including The Lake Mills Leader and The Waterloo Courier in Jefferson County. He has served on various industry panels, including being President of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, serving the American Newspaper Publishers Association Postal Committee and so on. He has been very active in the community, from founding the Fort Atkinson Vocational and Technical Scholarship fund, to serving on the Fort Atkinson school board for 6 years in various offices.

David Schroeder, Baker-Rullman - ThriveED Board Secretary/Treasurer

David Schroeder has a BS in Chemical Engineering from UW-Madison and an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. His first ten years out of school, David worked in the petrochemicals and plastics industry in various production, engineering, tech support, and business roles in both Illinois and Ohio. Since 2005 he’s been the owner and president of Baker-Rullman Manufacturing, a Watertown manufacturer of corrugated steel storage bins, steel structure and industrial rotary drum dryers. In addition to serving on the board of Thrive Economic Development, he also volunteers his time and serves on the boards of the Watertown Area YMCA, YES! Watertown, the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation, the Watertown Regional Medical Center board of trustees and the Tech Ed Partnership Team at Watertown High School.

Tina Crave, Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation

Tina Crave is the foundation president and CEO of the Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, Crave spent 19+ years in healthcare, most recently Vice President and Chief Experience Officer at Watertown Regional Medical Center, where she had responsibilities over patient experience, marketing/public relations and community health assessment and planning. Crave holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from UW-La Crosse and a master’s degree in business administration from Cardinal Stritch University. She serves on the boards of Dodge Jefferson Healthier Community Partnership, Rainbow Hospice and on the City of Watertown Branding Commission.  She is a member of Grantmakers in Health, Exponent Philanthropy and the Wisconsin Active Communities Alliance.

John David, City of Watertown

John David is the mayor of the City of Watertown, WI. He is the current Chairman of the Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium.* Other boards he is involved in include the Watertown Area Community Health Foundation, the Educational Foundation of Watertown, the Joseph Davies Foundation, the Wisconsin Retirement Board and the State of Wisconsin Employee Trust Fund Board. He is also the Past president of the Watertown Area Chamber of Commerce and a past member of the Main Street Board. He is a graduate of Indiana University.

*ThrivED bylaws allow for 2 JCEDC representatives and an alternate.

Jim Falco, Madison College

Jim Falco has been with Madison College since 2016 and is the Associate Vice President for Regional Campuses. Prior to coming to Madison College, Falco was the Executive Dean for Career and Technical Education at McHenry County College in Crystal Lake, IL for 8 years. He began work at McHenry County College as the Director and faculty member for McHenry’s Education programs for 4 years. Falco came to McHenry after Serving as Vice President for Campus Administration for National-Louis University in Chicago. He started his education career as a high school teacher in Fond du Lac, WI.

Paul Huebner, Horicon Bank

Paul Huebner is a Vice President at Horicon Bank in Beaver Dam, WI

Richard Keddington, Watertown Regional Medical Center

Richard Keddington is CEO of Watertown Regional Medical Center. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Select Specialty Hospital. Keddington has an MBA from Idaho State University, with a Health Care Administration emphasis and a  Bachelor of Science from Brigham Young University. His professional associations and community involvement include the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Wisconsin Hospital Association Council on Public Policy and the Boy Scouts of America.

Nick Keys, Dickman Real Estate

Nick Keys is a Principal with Dickman Real Estate in Milwaukee. Keys graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing. Through his interest in the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee real estate program, as well as previous sales and installation experience in the construction industry, Nick gained a solid background in real estate. By living in Milwaukee for the past 10 years, Nick has developed an extensive understanding of the market in Southeastern Wisconsin. This, paired with his strengths of enthusiasm and achievement, help to provide his clients with quality service from beginning to end.

Ty Neupert, Bank of Lake Mills

Ty Neupert is the President and CEO at the Bank of Lake Mills. He has been with the bank for more than 28 years in various capacities and also serves on the bank’s Board of Directors. Ty received his Bachelor of Science Degree from U.W. Madison prior to joining the bank.

Joel Nilsestuen, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

Joel Nilsestuen is the Government and Communications Outreach Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Lisa Pollard, Moraine Park Technical College

Lisa Pollard is the Dean of the Beaver Dam campus of Moraine Park Technical College. 

Nate Salas, Partnership Bank

Nate Salas is the President and Director of Retail and Client Experience for Partnership Bank in Watertown, WI. Salas is also a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the Watertown Economic Development Organization, as well as a board member for the Watertown Area Free Care Clinic and Watertown Education Foundation. Salas has an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government from the United States Air Force Academy. He is active in Yes! Watertown and was a founding appointee of the Watertown Branding Commission.

Matt Trebatoski, City of Fort Atkinson

Matt Trebatoski is the City Manager for the City of Fort Atkinson. He is also a current member of the Executive Committee of the Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium.* Previously, he was City Clerk/Treasurer/Finance Director for Fort Atkinson and Assistant Village Administrator for the Village of Johnson Creek. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Government from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

*ThrivED bylaws allow for 2 JCEDC representatives and an alternate.

Mike Wallace, Fort HealthCare

Mike Wallace joined Fort HealthCare as President & Chief Executive Officer in June 2006.  Mike came to Fort HealthCare from Trinity Regional Health System, Rock Island, Illinois and Bettendorf, Iowa.  Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer at Lucas County Hospital, Chariton, Iowa.  He also held similar positions while employed with HealthSouth Corporation, serving as Chief Executive Officer of two hospitals in Phoenix, Arizona. Mike is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where he received a Master of Health Administration degree.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana.  Mike has achieved Fellow status with the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and is Board certified in HealthCare management.  He is a two time winner of the ACHE, and a recipient of WELCOAS “Light of Wellness” Award. He serves as a board member on the Wisconsin Hospital Association Board (Chairman 2016), Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative Board, Wisconsin Public Health Council and Criminal Justice Collaboration Council. He is also a member of the Fort Atkinson Rotary Club.

Steve Wilke, City of Lake Mills

Steve Wilke is the City Manager of Lake Mills, WI, a role he has held since 2000. Prior to that, he was the Village Administrator for the Village of Mahomet and the City Administrator for Farmer City, IL. He is a current member of the Executive Committee of the Jefferson County Economic Development Consortium.* He attended the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center of Public Service, Senior Executive Institute and the Gettysburg Leadership Institute. He holds a MPA (Public Administration) from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a BS in Public Finance/Personnel Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

*ThrivED bylaws allow for 2 JCEDC representatives and an alternate.

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