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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.

Karl Sachtjen

Karl Sachtjen

SVP Commercial Relationship Manager & CRE Commercial Real Estate (CRE) Relationship Manager

Karl comes to The River with over 25 years of banking experience. He focuses on developing long-term relationships with real estate developers who focus on multi-family, student housing and commercial office space. He has a B.S. in Criminal Justice, Psychology, and Business.

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.

Jorge Aguilar

HR Professional :: Servant Leader :: Critical Thinker :: Strategist :: Coach & Mentor

Jorge comes to The River with a bounty of professional HR experience. Specific experience in Human Resources includes strategic workforce planning, talent management, and employee relations. Prior experiences in Finance & Accounting included cost analysis, business analysis and financial reporting in large corporations. Senior Professional of Human Resources (SPHR), SHRM Senior Certified Professional.Bilingual professional (English-Spanish) with broad experience in various business functions.

2018 is Jorge’s first year as a director.

Amy Isaachen

Amy Isaachen

Direcotr, Actuarial Center of Excellence, CUNA Mutal Group, Madison

Amy holds a M.S. in Management from the University of Wisconsin Madison and B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from Mary Baldwin College in Virgina. Amy has a long career of setting goals and success indicators for the team’s she manages, with an emphasis in Finical and Analytic Accounting. 2018 is Amy’s first year as a director.

Jim Sirianni

Jim Sirianni

Financial Advisor

Jim comes to The River with fifteen years of experience as a Branch Manager of Financial Services in Wisconsin as well as a MSW from UW-Madison.Jim has served six years at the State Board on Aging and Long Term Care and is a Co-founder of The Connors Home in Monona, WI.  Jim is married to his wonderful wife Melissa. They have a black lab named Harvey.  Jim is an avid curler and gentleman forester. 2018 is Jim’s first year as a director.

Advancement Committee

Rhonda Adams Terri Beck-Engel John McCracken David York Linda Bergren
Holly Tierney-Bedord Jacob Hamus Charles McLimans Jennifer Zisser JJim Sirianni
Steve Tate Vic Villacrez Cindy Witt Ted Witt

Finance Committee

Amy Isaachsen Charles McLimans Jennifer Norr
Dan Strum Steve Stephenson

Governance Committee

Jennifer Zisser Charles McLimans Sue Carter
Jorge Aguilar

Executive Committee

Jennifer Zisser Charles McLimans Dave Beck Engel David York Jennifer Norr
Cindy Witt Sue Carter Dan Strum

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