Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce announces updates to its Board of Directors

Published Monday, September 14, 2020

The Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce has announced updates to its Board of Directors which also includes new officers selected for the 2020-2021 term which began August 1.


The Fox Cities Chamber Board of Directors officers took their roles for the new fiscal year, which include:

  • Chris Hess has been elected as the Chair of the Board. Hess is President/CEO of Goodwill NCW.
  • Serving as Chair-Elect is Heather Schimmers, Chief Nursing Officer at Ascension Wisconsin.
  • The role of Past Chair is held by Chris Matheny, Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer, at Fox Valley Technical College.
  • Bruce Zak serves as the Secretary/Treasurer. Zak is Senior Vice President at Johnson Financial Group.


The Fox Cities Chamber is grateful for its dedicated Board of Directors, which includes:

Hillary Anderson, Werner Electric Supply Company; Kimberly Barrett, Lawrence University; Jen Bauer, Miron Construction Co., Inc.; Ben Bruns, The Boldt Company; Lisa Cruz, Red Shoes Inc.; Chakla Davis, Kimberly-Clark Corporation; John Dennis, Gardan; Curt Detjen, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region; Travis Froze, First Business Bank; DeDe Heid, Heid Music; Tim Hoff, Community First Credit Union; Jim Johnson, Pierce Manufacturing; Mayor Dean Kaufert, City of Neenah; Rick Parks, Modern Woodmen of America; Todd Romenesko, Calumet County; Mark Scheffler, Appleton Group Wealth Management; Denise Starcher, Menasha Corporation; Ann Thielman, Keller Williams Realty; Mark Thompson, ThedaCare; Gary Vaughan, Guident Business Solutions; Abe Weber, Appleton International Airport; Brad Werner, McMAHON and Garth Wicinsky, SECURA Insurance. Kathi Seifert, Katapult, LLC, will serve as Ex-Officio.


“It is a tremendous honor to work with these outstanding community leaders who donate their time and talents to serve on the Fox Cities Chamber Board of Directors,” shared Becky Bartoszek, President/CEO of the Fox Cities Chamber. “Their guidance and support are essential to the ongoing success of the Chamber as we work together to support the Fox Cities region.”


The Fox Cities Chamber works to promote employers and economic development while serving as a catalyst to further improve the quality of life in the Fox Cities. A complete Board of Directors roster can be found at




Chris Hess, President/CEO, Goodwill NCW






Heather Schimmers, Chief Nursing Officer, Ascension Wisconsin






Chris Matheny, Executive Vice President/Chief Academic Officer, Fox Valley Technical College





Bruce Zak, Senior Vice President, Johnson Financial Group