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.

Charles Crave

Treasurer

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

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.

Ron Gerrits

Ron Gerrits was an active 4-H member from Brown county. In addition to projects, he participated in speaking, drama, music, and sports competitions, attended 4-H camp as a participant and counselor, traveled to State 4-H Congress, Citizenship Washington Focus and National 4-H Conference and served as president of the State Youth Leader’s Association. Ron credits his 4-H experiences with helping him develop communication and leadership skills and for creating many lifelong friendships and fond memories. Ron currently resides in Sheboygan with his wife and two 4-H member children. As an adult 4-H leader he chaperones 4-H camps and is a member of the county 4-H Camp Riversite committee.  

Ron is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and the Medical College of Wisconsin. For the past 21 years he has been a full-time faculty member at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, mainly teaching health science courses and performing administrative duties. In addition to 4-H, he is an active member of several lake-related organizations aimed at improving water quality and professional societies focused on improving education.

Jeff Millard

Jeff Millard treasures his lifelong friends made during his years as a 4-H member. Many were created during those formative teenage years, while working together to serve Wisconsin 4-H. Favorite activities included: State and District Councils, State Conference, WI Showcase Singers, National Conference/Congress, creating an advertising campaign with the National Ad Council, teen/summer/arts camps and of course, the Winnebago County Fair. After serving in college as a WI 4-H Foundation youth representative, Jeff is honored to be serving 4-H once again.

After Winnebago County 4-H and since graduating from UW-Madison, Jeff has worked in the vertical transportation industry (Elevators/Escalators). Through many ups and downs, his roles have included: construction sales, maintenance sales, sales and product management, international strategy, internal growth consultant and Branch Manager.  Currently Jeff remotely leads vertical transportation bid pursuits for airports, metros and high-rise buildings in the Pacific Southwest. These roles have required Jeff to live abroad (Outside of Wisconsin) until 2019 when nothing felt better than moving home to Wisconsin with his family. Today, Jeff is pleased to have his two children as 4-H Members in Ozaukee County. 

Board Liaisons

Ben Brown

Youth Leadership Council Liaison, Brown County

Kathy Brubaker

Adult Leadership Council Liaison, Pierce County

Matt Calvert

4-H Program Liaison

Linda Kustka

4-H Agent Retiree Liaison

Monica Lobenstein

4-H Educator Liaison

Karl Martin

UW-Extension Liaison