Stoughton Area
Community Foundation

Stoughton, WI 53589
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The Stoughton Area Resource Team, Inc. (START) provides a safety net for those in crisis. Recently, a 30-year old single father of two struggled to find work, to pay for daycare for his children and to secure a home; so much time was spent homeless and hopeless.

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Meet The Board

Dedicated individuals donating their time to support our community...

 

SACF Board members meet monthly to discuss future plans and needs of the Foundation, review policy and finances, discuss grants, and to keep members current on the latest committee information.  Members serve on three-year terms and each member serves on at least one committee.

  • Jerry Wendt (President) Educating young people/ adults in agriculture was his career for 32 years. He taught 8-12th grades, managed the SASD greenhouse/animal facilities, students hands on programs, FFA Arboretum and Advisor to the FFA, and FFA Alumni. Annually he helped organize many events and activities for the Stoughton community and attend state and national conventions.. Jerry and Sharon have lived in Stoughton since 1992 and have 3 children Jared, Bryan, and Jessica who have careers in agriculture. Currently semi retired, he loves helping people, running a Fall products business, and volunteer work.

  • Dan Prueher (Vice-President) has lived in Stoughton since 1981 and is retired from marketing communications work in healthcare, most recently at UW Health. He is also on the Board of Stoughton Village Players and has been very active in United Way and activities involving neurological disorders such as stroke, epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease.

  • Christine Kotlowski (Secretary) together with her husband moved to Stoughton in 1994. They have three children. They started their first business, Mobile Dent Repair, 20 years ago. Since that time they have successfully owned a day spa/salon, car dealership and currently own Level Up Fitness, where she is a group fitness instructor and runs wellness programs to help individuals get started living a healthier life. Christine served on the Stoughton Sports Booster Board for 6 years, where she started the Viking Booster Trek, which has merged as a fund raiser for the Stoughton Coffee Break. In 2011, she started “Chip in for Meals” which is a 5k Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day from Level Up Fitness. Since 2011, over $42,000 has been donated to the Stoughton Area School District. In November of 2015, her first book was published, “My Mom’s Gone, Now What?”. Chris is passionate about helping people and she joined the SACF board in 2018.

  • Vince Blegen (Treasurer) is a semi-retired mechanical designer who’s lived in Stoughton since birth. He is currently working in retail while awaiting retirement. He has done much charitable work in the past including while employed at Cummins, the Relay for Life, previously serving on the SACF Board and is currently a very active platelet donor with the American Red Cross.

  • Ann Ash has worked as a counselor at Stoughton High School since 1999.  She is currently the chair of the Counseling Department  and  coordinator of the scholarship program at the high school.  Ann joined the SACF Board in May of this year and is looking forward to contributing to the mission of SACF. She will be working on the Scholarship committee.

  • Bev Fergus has lived in Stougton for almost 30 years and raised three children here. She served on the Board of Education and has been involved in many volunteer activities, along with the scholarship process for the district . Other activities include: conducting yoga, pilates and core conditioning classes for sports teams, as well as assisting with the United Methodist Food Pantry and their "It's Your Day" birthday basket program for families in need. She serves on the board of non-profit Stoughton Yoga and co-directs the Syttende Mai Lil Run. Bev was a biochemist and has now pursued work as a holistic nutritionist, helping people make small changes in lifestyle in order to have huge impacts on their health. She is committed to helping improve the community she loves.


  • Lisa Fernan is a branch office administrator for Edward Jones and has worked in Stoughton for seven years.  Lisa has been an active volunteer throughout the years for Stoughton Village Players, McFarland EC-5 PTO and her church council.  Lisa will be transitioning to a Financial Advisor role in the Fall of 2016.

  • Jonathan Lewis is a retired neuropsychologist.  He is a member of the Opera House Board, the Police and Fire Commission and the River and Trails Task Force.  He is also on the Syttende Mai Executive Committee, founder and President of the Stoughton Opera House Friends Association, Board member of the Stoughton Wellness Coalition and volunteers at the Nature Conservancy Wisconsin chapter.  He sings in and is Vice President of the Edvard Grieg Chorus and is past President of the Norwegian Singers Association of America.

  • Cindy McGlynn moved to Stoughton in 1992. She is currently the Director of the Stoughton Area Senior Center. She has worked for the City of Stoughton for 24 years. She joined SACF in 2016 and serves on the nomination committee.

  • Bethany Pluymers is the Associate Dean of Administration for the University of Wisconsin Law School. There she oversees Finance, Human Resources, Technology, and Facilities. She moved to Stoughton in October of 2016 with her husband David. She also has two grown daughters, Alleia 28 and Johanna 25, who reside in St. Louis and Cleveland, respectively. She very quickly fell in love with the Stoughton community and joined the Stoughton Village Players. The community has given so much to her, that when approached to join the board of the SACF, she thought it would be a great and meaningful way to give back.

  • Jessica Royko is a third-generation Stoughtonite, who tested other communities for two decades before realizing Stoughton is the best little town in Wisconsin. At that point she promptly rushed back. Prior to having three children with her husband, Steve, Jessica worked in Healthcare Advertising and Public Relations, and Event Planning at UW-Madison. She’s very excited about the opportunity to work with SCAF, because it’s a fantastic way to support and celebrate the good works and deeds that happen every day in this community.

FORMER DIRECTORS: 
Andy Arians, Ralph Baumbach, Mike Bemis, David Bjerke, Terry Brenny, Philayne Chose, Tom Fendrick, Richard Ihlenfeldt, Helen Johnson, Ann Nelson, Ruth Ann Murphy,  Carol Wahlin, Mark Benson, Jill Bilhorn, Kent Knutson, Donna L. Olson, Vern Pieper,  Steve Slinde, Susan Slinde, Amy Elsner, Mike Smits, David Houser, Vincent Blegen, Jennifer Hanson, Karl Manthe, Jessica Knutson, Mary McNaughton, Kathy Horton, Glenn McNaughton, Brian Shimon, Becky Guzman, Bill Hasz, Linda Muller, Bob Diebel, Cindy McGlynn.


 

SACF Board members meet monthly to discuss future plans and needs of the Foundation, review policy and finances, discuss grants, and to keep members current on the latest committee information.  Members serve on three-year terms and each member serves on at least one committee.

  • Jerry Wendt (President) Educating young people/ adults in agriculture was his career for 32 years. He taught 8-12th grades, managed the SASD greenhouse/animal facilities, students hands on programs, FFA Arboretum and Advisor to the FFA, and FFA Alumni. Annually he helped organize many events and activities for the Stoughton community and attend state and national conventions.. Jerry and Sharon have lived in Stoughton since 1992 and have 3 children Jared, Bryan, and Jessica who have careers in agriculture. Currently semi retired, he loves helping people, running a Fall products business, and volunteer work.

  • Dan Prueher (Vice-President) has lived in Stoughton since 1981 and is retired from marketing communications work in healthcare, most recently at UW Health. He is also on the Board of Stoughton Village Players and has been very active in United Way and activities involving neurological disorders such as stroke, epilepsy and Parkinson’s Disease.

  • Christine Kotlowski (Secretary) together with her husband moved to Stoughton in 1994. They have three children. They started their first business, Mobile Dent Repair, 20 years ago. Since that time they have successfully owned a day spa/salon, car dealership and currently own Level Up Fitness, where she is a group fitness instructor and runs wellness programs to help individuals get started living a healthier life. Christine served on the Stoughton Sports Booster Board for 6 years, where she started the Viking Booster Trek, which has merged as a fund raiser for the Stoughton Coffee Break. In 2011, she started “Chip in for Meals” which is a 5k Run/Walk on Thanksgiving Day from Level Up Fitness. Since 2011, over $42,000 has been donated to the Stoughton Area School District. In November of 2015, her first book was published, “My Mom’s Gone, Now What?”. Chris is passionate about helping people and she joined the SACF board in 2018.

  • Vince Blegen (Treasurer) is a semi-retired mechanical designer who’s lived in Stoughton since birth. He is currently working in retail while awaiting retirement. He has done much charitable work in the past including while employed at Cummins, the Relay for Life, previously serving on the SACF Board and is currently a very active platelet donor with the American Red Cross.

  • Ann Ash has worked as a counselor at Stoughton High School since 1999.  She is currently the chair of the Counseling Department  and  coordinator of the scholarship program at the high school.  Ann joined the SACF Board in May of this year and is looking forward to contributing to the mission of SACF. She will be working on the Scholarship committee.

  • Bev Fergus has lived in Stougton for almost 30 years and raised three children here. She served on the Board of Education and has been involved in many volunteer activities, along with the scholarship process for the district . Other activities include: conducting yoga, pilates and core conditioning classes for sports teams, as well as assisting with the United Methodist Food Pantry and their "It's Your Day" birthday basket program for families in need. She serves on the board of non-profit Stoughton Yoga and co-directs the Syttende Mai Lil Run. Bev was a biochemist and has now pursued work as a holistic nutritionist, helping people make small changes in lifestyle in order to have huge impacts on their health. She is committed to helping improve the community she loves.


  • Lisa Fernan is a branch office administrator for Edward Jones and has worked in Stoughton for seven years.  Lisa has been an active volunteer throughout the years for Stoughton Village Players, McFarland EC-5 PTO and her church council.  Lisa will be transitioning to a Financial Advisor role in the Fall of 2016.

  • Jonathan Lewis is a retired neuropsychologist.  He is a member of the Opera House Board, the Police and Fire Commission and the River and Trails Task Force.  He is also on the Syttende Mai Executive Committee, founder and President of the Stoughton Opera House Friends Association, Board member of the Stoughton Wellness Coalition and volunteers at the Nature Conservancy Wisconsin chapter.  He sings in and is Vice President of the Edvard Grieg Chorus and is past President of the Norwegian Singers Association of America.

  • Cindy McGlynn moved to Stoughton in 1992. She is currently the Director of the Stoughton Area Senior Center. She has worked for the City of Stoughton for 24 years. She joined SACF in 2016 and serves on the nomination committee.

  • Bethany Pluymers is the Associate Dean of Administration for the University of Wisconsin Law School. There she oversees Finance, Human Resources, Technology, and Facilities. She moved to Stoughton in October of 2016 with her husband David. She also has two grown daughters, Alleia 28 and Johanna 25, who reside in St. Louis and Cleveland, respectively. She very quickly fell in love with the Stoughton community and joined the Stoughton Village Players. The community has given so much to her, that when approached to join the board of the SACF, she thought it would be a great and meaningful way to give back.

  • Jessica Royko is a third-generation Stoughtonite, who tested other communities for two decades before realizing Stoughton is the best little town in Wisconsin. At that point she promptly rushed back. Prior to having three children with her husband, Steve, Jessica worked in Healthcare Advertising and Public Relations, and Event Planning at UW-Madison. She’s very excited about the opportunity to work with SCAF, because it’s a fantastic way to support and celebrate the good works and deeds that happen every day in this community.

FORMER DIRECTORS: 
Andy Arians, Ralph Baumbach, Mike Bemis, David Bjerke, Terry Brenny, Philayne Chose, Tom Fendrick, Richard Ihlenfeldt, Helen Johnson, Ann Nelson, Ruth Ann Murphy,  Carol Wahlin, Mark Benson, Jill Bilhorn, Kent Knutson, Donna L. Olson, Vern Pieper,  Steve Slinde, Susan Slinde, Amy Elsner, Mike Smits, David Houser, Vincent Blegen, Jennifer Hanson, Karl Manthe, Jessica Knutson, Mary McNaughton, Kathy Horton, Glenn McNaughton, Brian Shimon, Becky Guzman, Bill Hasz, Linda Muller, Bob Diebel, Cindy McGlynn.