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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jennifer Zisser

Jennifer Zisser

Director of Executive Office – Family and Philanthropy. TASC

I first volunteered at The River Food Pantry in early 2015 with fellow TASC co-workers during a public shopping session. It was truly an amazing experience, I saw really great people doing really great things and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.

Since then, I’ve become involved by organizing a volunteer session where TASC employees provided their talent of marketing, leadership, communications, etc. to The River staff.

I joined the Executive Board and not long after; became the Board Chair. The River’s team, both staff and volunteers, are providing more than just food for the people that come for assistance. It feels amazing to be a part of this team.

Charles McLimans

Charles McLimans

President/CEO

I feel truly humbled and blessed to have been chosen to lead The River. For me this is much more than a job, it is a vital ministry that builds and strengthens community by providing hope, dignity, and abundance to those who are marginalized by society. I feel called and sent to this mission. Expressing it in my Christian tradition, this is how we build the kingdom.

I am a non-profit leader whose mission throughout much of my career has been to help those who have less. There is a very special spirit and culture at The River that I noticed right away. I would describe it as joyful, loving, and abundant. When we give to others it brings joy to everyone involved. We are a philanthropic organization and a charitable organization. Philanthropy in Greek means ‘love of humanity,’ and Charity comes from the Latin caritas meaning ‘loving-kindness.’ These virtues and values are very evident at The River.

Steve Sachtjen

Steve Sachtjen

Retired from 44 year career in Financial Services, the last 12 years with Morgan Stanley

I’ve been a supporter of The River since day one. I can still vividly recall the first Friday night pantry session where volunteers with varied, diverse backgrounds all coming together with the same mission, to serve. The relationships built between volunteers as well as shoppers is just incredible. Once a shopper personally asked me to pray with him. As a religious man, that moment has stuck with me over the years.

My wife, Shari, and I have seven grandchildren who are all very active in sports. We have a beautiful cottage in Wild Rose where I happily spend many hours fishing. My father was my hero. He was trustworthy, caring and a great public servant.

Dan Strum

Dan Strum

Vice President Business Banking – Town Bank

Dan studied marketing and professional golf management at Ferris State University. He is married and has two children. Dan has been on the Executive Board at The River for 4 years. He brings a sharp financial expertise and business knowledge to The River.

Cindy Witt

Cindy Witt

First Vice President, Wealth Advisor and Witt Goninen Group at Morgan Stanley

I have been involved with The River Food Pantry for about six years.  I have been a member of the Marketing Committee and am now a member of the SOAR Committee.  I have also been involved with the two major River Food Pantry fundraisers “Feed The Need” and “The Harvest Dinner” for several years.

My personal food story:  The first time I attended a River Food Pantry event, I met a man who spoke about having to choose between buying his children new shoes or buying food!  Fortunately, this man heard about the services provided by The River and was able to feed his family AND buy his children the shoes they needed!  There are too many people right here in Madison that have to make these tough choices every day!  I believe if we have been blessed in this life, we should share our blessings!

Jennifer Norr

Jennifer Norr

Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions at CUNA Mutual Group

Jennifer graduated from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Business with a master’s degree in Business. She joined CUNA Mutual Group in January 2009. Prior to joining the Retirement team, she was the director of Customer Operations Support. This is Jennifer’s first year on The River’s board of directors.

Advancement Committee

Rhonda Adams Steve Sachtjen Dave Beck-Engel Terri Beck-Engel Linda Bergren
Kristin Braska Jake Hamus Hannah Becker Charles McLimans Jennifer Zisser
Jim Sirianni Steve Tate Vic Villacrez Cindy Witt Ted Witt
David York

Finance Committee

Cindy Fager Charles McLimans Jennifer Norr
Karl Sachtjen Steve Stephenson Karl Sachtjen

 

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