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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 three 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.
Bev Fergus (Vice President) 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.
Jennifer Bormett (Secretary) moved to Stoughton with husband Dave in 2000 and raised their two children here. After a long career in Human Resource Management, she is currently self-employed as a custom seamstress part-time, leaving time to pursue a variety of new volunteer opportunities and seasonal hobbies. She is very active in community betterment and has served Stoughton in many ways. Some examples include: being active in her local church; serving as a 4H parent leader: helping during Syttende Mai as a volunteer. Another big area of involvement is Stoughton's girls' and boys' swimming program, leading the club swimming committee for many years.
Bethany Anderson was born and raised in Black River Falls but has called Stoughton home for 25 years. She has been married for 28 years with three grown children. A teacher at Stoughton High School for 15 years, she has also taught in Minnesota, California, North Carolina and for the Department of Defense. Bethany finds joy outside of work in traveling, walking the dog, golfing, playing pickleball, reading, exercising with friends and, of course, spending time with her wonderful family. She believes that it is important for everyone to serve and give back to the community if they can and is excited to join the SACF Board to help groups do good things for Stoughton.
Amy Leichliter joined the SACF Board this year to be of service to her adopted community. She and husband Paul Shableski relocated from Los Angeles In 2015 after she accepted a job offer from Lands’ End. They discovered Stoughton on one of their many weekend outings exploring local towns after some time in Verona. They immediately fell in love with the downtown area and all that it had to offer- locally owned retail, coffee shops, restaurants, SVP Theater and the former Cinema Cafe movie theater. Amy says that she really feels that Stoughton is home with its wonderful Norwegian heritage and annual Syttende Mai festival. She also treasures the local Farmers’ Market and live music at Gazebo Park during the summer. A perfect day includes hiking, camping and kayaking with friends. Amy is excited to be a new member with the SACF and have the opportunity to give back to the community.
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.