Officers

James “Jim” Barthel

President

Jim, retired Wisconsin 4-H Youth Educator, has spent almost his entire life with 4-H.  He began as a 4-Her in Kenosha Co. and continued as a collegiate 4-H member at UW-Madison where he earned his B.S. and M.S degrees.  He joined the Peace Corps and served three years in El Salvador, C.A. as a 4-C youth and volunteer development agent.  He was the Green and Winnebago county UWEX 4-H Youth Educator for almost 30 years before retiring in 2000 as UW-Extension Professor Emeritus in the Department of Youth Development.  His three grown children are 4-H graduates.  His professional career included teaching and mentoring about positive youth and volunteer development at county, state, national and international levels. Induction into the Wisconsin and National 4-H Halls of Fame recognize his state and national contributions to 4-H program development and his profession.

Upon retirement he began a second career for sixteen years at UW-Oshkosh in the Center for Career Development and Employability Training. At the Center he worked with youth employability training, directed the AmeriCorps program and was a program training officer and consultant.  He served as a Board member, officer or volunteer for many non-profits such as the Oshkosh Area Community Food Pantry, Salvation Army, Wisconsin Interfaith Needs Response, Winnebago County Literacy Council Tutor, Oshkosh Choraliers, Evergreen Retirement Community and the Wisconsin UWEX Centennial Celebration Committee.  He currently serves on the Winnebago County 4-H Educational Endowment Fund Committee, Wisconsin 4-H Hall of Fame Committee and Wisconsin 4-H Foundation Board of Directors. He and his wife, Carolyn, are 4-H project leaders for a 4-H community club.

Arch Morton, Jr.

Vice President

Arch Morton, Jr. currently serves as Director of Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. He was elected to the WFBF Board of Directors in 2014 to represent District 2, which includes Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Rock and Sauk counties;  he is a past member of WFBF’s Statewide Policy Development Committee and Volunteers for Agriculture political action committee. Morton serves on the La Prairie Town Board in Rock County. He attended the UW-Madison’s Farm and Industry Short Course. He is a former President of the Rock County Farm Bureau, Clinton FFA Alumni and Rock County Dairy Promotion Council. Morton farms 240 acres of land in Rock County. He grows corn, soybeans and winter wheat.

Brianna Ripp

Secretary

Brianna Ripp grew up on her family’s dairy and crop farm near Browntown, Wisconsin. Rooted in 4-H from the very beginning, Brianna participated and graduated from the 4-H Program in Green County. There she enjoyed involvement with performing arts, clothing, photography, showing dairy animals and much more. 4-H taught her so much about leadership and helped prepared her for future endeavors. It’s this experience that drove her to join the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation Board.  With agriculture as her foundation, Brianna graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Life Sciences Communication and works in agri-marketing at Filament, a Madison-based agency focused solely on agricultural clients. She resides in Dane with her husband Ryan and two children, Avery and Bowen.

Nancy Bilz

Treasurer

With over 35 years of experience in the accounting and finance sectors, Nancy Bilz is currently Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance with Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association headquartered in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Equity is Wisconsin’s largest livestock marketing agency with 11 markets in Wisconsin and one in northeast Iowa.  After graduation from UW-Whitewater with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting, Bilz was an Internal Auditor with Valley Bancorporation, M & I Marshall & Ilsley Bank and then served as Controller with Amcore Bank in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  A native of Janesville Wisconsin, she was involved in 4-H in Rock County.  Nancy and her husband, Roger, live in rural Sauk County and they have two adult children, Nathan and Jenna.


Matt Calvert

Matt Calvert is director of the Institute of Positive Youth Development at the UW-Madison Division of Extension. He provides leadership for Wisconsin 4-H and Community Youth Development programs. Matt is on leave from his faculty position as professor in the Extension Department of Youth Development, where he focused on youth civic engagement and community youth development programs. Matt has an A.B. in International Relations from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from UW-Madison.

Charles Crave

Charles Crave is a founding partner of the Crave Brothers Farm and Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese in Waterloo, WI. He has also been a 4-H Club leader for over 30 years.

The national 4-H Dairy Conference has been welcomed by the Crave Brothers Farm for 20 years. Charles has served as a chaperone and planning committee member over that time. He was been an international 4-H youth exchange representative and leader since 1974.

Kory Dogs

Kory Dogs owns and operates a business coaching business and works with business owners on growing their companies through improvements in sales, marketing, team training, systems development and strategic planning. Dogs has experience as a past and current business owner and has also spent 12 years in upper management for large, publicly traded corporations. He has a proven track record of building successful teams and companies and has been a major contributor to the massive growth of those companies.

Dogs was born and raised in West Bend and has strong ties to area communities and Wisconsin. He was active in 4-H as a youth where he participated in numerous programs, including raising and showing market lambs. Kory, his wife Sarah and their four kids live in Kewaskum. His kids are involved in 4-H and among other things, show market lambs at the Washington County Fair. Dogs is a member of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club, West Bend Chamber of Commerce, Fond du Lac Association of Commerce, and serves in the following roles for local non-profit organizations:

  • Volunteer for the Wisconsin State Fair Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction
  • Vice President on the Governing Council of the i4Learning Charter School
  • Member of the Faith@home committee at St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Bend
  • President of Kewaskum Youth Basketball, Inc.
  • President of the Fond du Lac Area Youth Basketball League

Linda Funk

For more than 30 years, Linda Funk has chosen a career in food marketing and currently serves as President of Flavorful Insight and Executive Director of The Soyfood Council. Her professional experience has included extensive management experience with two large food and beverage manufacturers, Ambrosia Chocolate and Pepsi-Cola and one of the largest commodity associations, Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board (WMMB). Funk created Flavorful Insight to assist food clients in developing and executing marketing programs, new product introductions and high-impact public relations campaigns. Funk’s responsibilities at The Soyfoods Council include creating the organization itself in addition to developing and executing the soyfood programs. Funk has served on the Boards of The American Institute of Food and Wine, International Foodservice Editorial Council, Culinary Institute of America and the Stout University Foundation, (Menomonie, WI) where she graduated in 1972 with a BS degree in Home Economics. She has been recognized by HEIB (Home Economist in Business) as Business Home Economist of the Year and received the “Betty” Award, the highest service award that the International Foodservice Editorial Council bestows on its members.

Erin L. Gallagher

Erin Gallagher has been involved with 4-H programs since her youth as a 4-H member in Door and Lafayette Counties.  Following 4-H traditions into adulthood, Gallagher continues to be an active 4-H volunteer leader with the Willow Springs Busy Bees 4-H Club, and a Director with the Lafayette County 4-H Leader’s Association.  As a self-described campfire song enthusiast, Gallagher enjoys chaperoning Iowa, Green, and Lafayette country members to 4-H Camp at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center each summer.

Outside of 4-H activities, Gallagher has formed a career in sales and customer service leadership roles in multiple industries. She is currently a Coach (practice manager) of the Ophthalmology-Eye Care department at Monroe Clinic.  A graduate of Edgewood College, Madison, WI, she holds a BS degree in Organizational Behavior and Leadership.  Gallagher resides with her family in Darlington.

JoDee George

Executive Vice President, Bader Rutter; Rock County

Larry Jerome

Owner, Jerland Farms and Kennel, Barron, WI

Karl Martin

Karl Martin is the Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension, a division of the University of Wisconsin-Extension. He is responsible for staff located across Wisconsin’s 72 counties, three tribal offices and five UW System campuses. Prior to this position, Karl served as the State Program Director for Community, Natural Resources and Economic Development with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension.

Cooperative Extension offers timely access to University research and is funded by local, state and federal partners. The division offers educational programs that address the important issues of individuals, families, businesses and communities.

Before joining the University of Wisconsin-Extension in 2014, Karl was Chief of the Wildlife and Forest Research Program with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and prior to that he was a Forest Research Scientist based out of Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

Karl grew up in Wisconsin on a dairy and ginseng farm in Marathon County and was the youngest of 11 children. He attended UW-Marathon County and UW-Madison before leaving Wisconsin for his graduate studies at Oregon State University. Karl has a doctorate in forest ecology, a master’s degree in wildlife science from Oregon State University and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology from UW-Madison.

Karl enjoys fishing, cooking maple syrup, biking, hunting, kayaking, cooking and managing his small orchard. He lives with his wife and three sons near Brooklyn, Wisconsin.

Marcy Tessmann

Marcy Tessmann is President and Partner at Charleston|Orwig, working with clients within the food system on strategic planning, branding and reputation-building initiatives. She oversees the client services team to ensure that client brands are well defined and resonate with their respective audiences. Tessmann has led major branding initiatives with clients in production agriculture as well as consumer-facing retail food brands. Her vast experience in and first-hand knowledge of agricultural markets helps her create a unique strategic approach for each client.

Tessmann’s passion for agriculture is an outgrowth of her farming roots; she and her husband, Art, farmed for more than 15 years on the family’s diversified crop, beef cow/calf, feedlot and swine operation. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tessmann majored in animal science.

Tessmann contributes her time and talents to service organizations as well. She is the current U.S. governor for TAAN Worldwide, a global network of advertising agencies. In addition, Tessmann serves on the board of directors of Greater Watertown Community Health Foundation and the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation.

Board Liaisons

Monica Lobenstein

4-H Educator Liaison

Linda Kustka

4-H Agent Retiree Liaison

Barb Jones

Adult Leader Council Liaison

Waukesha County

Tyler Schroepfer

Youth Leader Council Liaison

Langlade County