The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce Celebrates its 2018-2019 Leadership Fox Cities Program Graduates

Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce hosted a commencement ceremony for its 2018-2019 Leadership Fox Cities (LFC) program participants on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Butte des Morts Country Club in Appleton.


The 2018-2019 Leadership Fox Cities Class was comprised of 36 distinguished individuals from various industries within the Fox Cities.


The 2018-2019 class graduates included:


Adam Anders – Miller Electric Mfg., LLC

Cara Bartel – Employment Resource Group

Cindy Budiac – Stewart Title

Cristi Burrill – U.S. Venture

Tyler Claringbole – Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd.

Dan DeBraal – Network Health Insurance

Brian Enders – Northeast Asphalt

Ignacio Enriquez – Appleton Police Department

Jennifer Buelow Fischer – UW Oshkosh College of Business

Bret Gerrits – Ascension Wisconsin St. Elizabeth Hospital

JD Gildemeister – Titletown Brewing Co.

Jeremy Gritton – Wipfli LLP

Lacy Hardy – Sunflower Spa

Ross Johnson – Huntington National Bank

Mylea Juidici – Aurora Health Care

James Kilsdonk – Old National Bank

Andrew Konkel – United Way Fox Cities

Ryne Lodl – Pillars

Eric Marcoe – Miron Construction Co., Inc.

Alyssa Matelski – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Fox Valley Region

Jennifer McIntosh – Fox Valley Technical College

Adam Missell – Appvion

Bryan Mueller – Thrivent Financial

Susan Paulus – Lakeside Engineers, LLC

Sarah Peotter – Miller Electric Mfg., LLC

Wes Powell – Goodwill NCW

Ariela Rosa – Lawrence University

Sarah Schneider – Concordia University

Lucas Schultz – Bank First

Melissa Selig – American National Bank Fox Cities

Joe Sturzl – Nicolet National Bank

Nicholas Vargosko – CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP

Ken Vogel – Life Promotions

Mel Willis – We Energies

Adam Winch – Winch Financial

Trenten Woelfel – Outagamie County


Speakers at the ceremony included Amy Schanke, Director of Leadership Fox Cities, Fox Cities Chamber; Becky Bartoszek, President/CEO, Fox Cities Chamber; Preston Kendall, Chairman - LFC Steering Committee, The Zuleger Kendall Group, Robert W. Baird & Co.; and Ken Vogel, Dignity Revolution Coordinator, Life Promotions. Special thank you to Prospera Credit Union, our commencement sponsor, for generously supporting the commencement event.


The class completed a nine-month leadership program which began in September 2018. Since 1991, the program’s mission teaches participants to be imaginative and informed leaders in the community, while preparing them for leadership roles in their place of business. Class members attended monthly group sessions highlighting topics that covered accolades and challenges in the Fox Cities. The program culminated with the completion of six small group projects. These projects were designed to raise awareness of an issue, improve team skills and ignite positive change in the Fox Cities.


“We came together as 36 local business people, accustomed to competing for business, to invest our time, money and energy to make the Fox Cities a better place,” shared class speaker Ken Vogel. “This is home for us, and we spent nine months learning how it got to where it is, so we can help take it to places it has never been.” 


Applications for the 2019-2020 Leadership Fox Cities Class are currently being accepted. To obtain an application, visit To get involved with the Leadership Fox Cities Steering Committee, join the Leadership Fox Cities Alumni Association, or for any questions regarding the program, contact Amy Schanke, Director of Leadership Fox Cities at (920) 734-7101 or