Fox Cities Chamber Welcomes 2017-18 Leadership Fox Cities Class

Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce is welcoming a new group of professionals to its Leadership Fox Cities program which begins at a two-day retreat at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake on September 21 and 22.


Leadership Fox Cities is a community-based leadership program which allows participants to grow as leaders and get engaged in the Fox Cities communities. The class gathers each month October through May to learn about community accolades and challenges.


This year’s class is comprised of 40 professionals from both non-profit and for-profit organizations, large and small.


Leadership Fox Cities Class of 2017-18 Roster:

Martha Baldwin, Fox Valley Lutheran High School

Ryan Batley, Best Western Premier Bridgewood

Sam Benjamin, SECURA Insurance

Susan Boettcher, Tidi Products, Inc.

Matthew Brehmer, Remley & Sensenbrenner, S.C.

Kristin Cates, Volunteer Center of East Central WI

John Cook, Goodwill Industries, Inc.

Donna Evers, Thrivent Financial

Sara Folk, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

Dan Gerken, American Digital Cartography, Inc.

Craig Gloudemans, Community First Credit Union

Allie Gonnering, Thrivent Financial

Scott Jensen, Appleton Ice, Inc.

Rebecca Kellner, Associated Financial Group, LLC

Laura Kemps, The Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade

Kelcie Kleuskens, Appvion

Travis Korth, TECC Security

Alex Kreul, Newmark Grubb Pfefferle

Tera Larson, UW Oshkosh

Tina Lechnir, Ascension/St. Elizabeth Hospital

Ryan McMurtie, United Financial Group, Inc.

Jane Metko, Primary Care Associates of Appleton

Kristopher Monty, WE Energies

Tim Murphy, Oshkosh Corp.

Aaron Olson, Neenah Police Department

Nathan Paul, Appvion

Jennifer Peeters, Women’s Fund for the Fox Valley Region

Andy Poquette, American National Bank – Fox Cities

Adam Pritzl, Roberts, Ritschke, Tyczkowski, LTD

Brian Rammer, YMCA of Fox Cities, Neenah-Menasha

Joy Sams, SECURA Insurance

Michael Schmid, Miron Construction

Shana Shallue, Lawrence University

Michael Slowinski, Appleton Area School District, East High School

Alison Suski, Image Studios, Inc.

Cara Techlin, Network Health

Jacquelyn Warnecke, Moraine Park Technical College

Laura Waurio, Fox Valley Technical College

Paris Wicker, Lawrence University

Ryan Wirth, RBC Wealth Management


“This is an excellent program that allows our area talent to grow their leadership potential and get further engaged in the community,” shared Bob Mundt, President/CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce.  “The hope is that these participants will get involved in leadership roles in their company and our community and make a positive difference for everyone.”


The professional development program has been helping local professionals grow as leaders since 1991. Each monthly Leadership Fox Cities gathering highlights a different community focus, from human services to art and law enforcement to education. Participants are immersed in a full-day traveling session that includes guest speakers, hands-on experiences, tours and relationship building. The goal of each session is to challenge thinking and inspire participants to get further involved in the community.


Participants are assigned to small groups at the kick-off retreat and are charged with the task of identifying an issue or program in the community that needs attention. These groups then plan and execute sustainable community projects which are presented at the Leadership Fox Cities Commencement in May.


For information on Leadership Fox Cities, please contact Amy Schanke, Director, Leadership Fox Cities, at (920) 734-7101 or


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