Board of Directors
Jennifer Norr – Chair
Director of Data Governance 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.
Amy Isaachsen – Treasurer/Vice Chair, Finance
Director, Actuarial Center of Excellence at CUNA Mutal Group
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 Virginia. Amy has a long career of setting goals and success indicators for the teams she manages, with an emphasis in Financial and Analytic Accounting. 2018 is Amy’s first year as a director.
Dave Beck-Engel – Vice Chair, Building
Vice Chairman at J.H. Findorff & Son Inc.
Dave and his wife, Terri, have been volunteering at The River for 5 years. They both took on more active roles in 2016, serving on different committees. Dave is a graduate of UW-Madison with a BS in Civil Engineering. Dave has been working at Findorff since his graduation in 1980. Dave and Terri have two daughters, Kate and Mackenzie.
Susan Crawford – Vice Chair, Governance
Dane County Circuit Court Judge
Susan Crawford is a Dane County judge presiding over a docket of mostly child welfare and youth justice cases. As a judge working with families in crisis, Judge Crawford daily witnesses the trauma caused by poverty and inequality in our community, especially on children. She is grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community by serving on The River’s Board. Judge Crawford is married and has two children. She joined the Board in 2019.
Rhonda Adams – Ex Officio
Executive Director of The River
Rhonda was officially named Executive Director of The River Food Pantry in December 2020. She has seamlessly assumed the role of interim executive director since June 2020, a reason why The River has never missed a beat throughout the pandemic. She brings decades of leadership experience from the U.S. Army, Avon Products, and The River, where she has served over seven years in multiple director roles.
Read Rhonda’s full bio here.
Steve Sachtjen – Director Emeritus
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 man of faith, 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.
Human Resources Director at World Council of Credit Unions
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.
Senior Vice President CRE of Old National Bank
Karl comes to The River with over 32 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.
Co-owner, Kavanaugh Restaurant Supply
Public Information Officer, Madison Water Utility
Amy Barrilleaux directs communication, media relations, and public outreach for Madison Water Utility and was recently appointed to the Public Affairs Council of the American Water Works Association. Amy’s background is in broadcast and print journalism; she led an award-winning news team as news director for WTDY Radio in Madison and has worked as a newspaper and television reporter, anchor and producer.
Amy and her family have had great experiences volunteering with The River and seeing firsthand the impact this critical organization makes in the lives of Madison families every day. She is honored to serve on its board.
Program Manager, American Family Insurance
Angela has over 15 years of experience in technology and pharmacology research and development with an extensive background in leadership, process improvement, change and program management. She is community focused and driven. Angela served as the board president for her neighborhood association for three consecutive terms and currently sits on the board for Olbrich Botanical Society. She is currently a program manager at American Family Insurance. Angela also speaks five languages and lives on the eastside of Madison with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a cat.
|Jennifer Norr, Chair||Amy Isaachsen||Susan Crawford||Dave Beck-Engel|
|Susan Crawford, Chair||Jorge Aguilar||Dan Henderson||Jennifer Norr|
|Julie Wiedmeyer, Chair||Terri Beck-Engel||Amy Barrilleaux||Kristi Kavanaugh||John DeSimone|
|Katie Selz||Jacob Hamus||Rhonda Adams||Dan Kohls|
|Amy Isaachsen, Chair||Shay Santos||Scott Michels||Deb Wittwer||Jennifer Norr|
|Rhonda Adams||Bob Garrison|
|Dave Beck-Engel, Chair||Karl Sachtjen||Denny Skaanning||Rick Raymond||Joe Gallagher|
|Steve Holzhauer||Charles McLimans||Wayne Morris||Vic Villacrez||Jennifer Norr|
|Rhonda Adams||Lee Cole|