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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Jennifer Norr – Chair

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

Amy Isaachsen – Treasurer/Vice Chair, Finance

Director, Actuarial Center of Excellence at CUNA Mutual 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

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

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.

Steve Sachtjen – Director Emeritus

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.

 

Rhonda Adams – Ex Officio

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.

Jorge Aguilar

Jorge Aguilar

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.

Karl Sachtjen

Karl Sachtjen

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.

Kristi Kavanaugh

Kristi Kavanaugh

Co-owner, Kavanaugh Restaurant Supply

Bio coming soon!
Amy Barrilleaux

Amy Barrilleaux

Communications Director, Clean Wisconsin

Amy Barrilleaux directs communications for Clean Wisconsin 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.

Angela Jenkins

Angela Jenkins

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.

Executive Committee

Jennifer Norr, Chair Amy Isaachsen Susan Crawford Dave Beck-Engel
Rhonda Adams      

 

Governance Committee

Susan Crawford, Chair Jorge Aguilar Dan Henderson Jennifer Norr
Rhonda Adams      

 

Advancement Committee

Julie Wiedmeyer, Chair Terri Beck-Engel Amy Barrilleaux Kristi Kavanaugh John DeSimone
Katie Selz Jacob Hamus Rhonda Adams Dan Kohls  

 

Finance Committee

Amy Isaachsen, Chair Shay Santos Scott Michels Deb Wittwer Jennifer Norr
Rhonda Adams Bob Garrison Julie Wiedmeyer    

 

Building Committee

Dave Beck-Engel, Chair Karl Sachtjen Joe Gallagher Jennifer Norr Steve Holzhauer
Wayne Morris Charles McLimans Rhonda Adams Julie Wiedmeyer Helen Osborn-Senatus

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