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Board of Trustees 

Officers

Lynn Marsh

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Chairperson

Lynn is a lifelong resident of Wisconsin and graduated from Carroll University in 1992 with a BA in  Accounting.   She started her career in public accounting and then worked in the construction industry as an Accounting Manager, Controller and Chief Operations officer at two local companies.  She is now the President of a small local manufacturing company.  Lynn has been involved with Family Promise since it began hosting families in 2014 through her church, Delafield Presbyterian. Lynn maintains her CPA credentials.   Lynn lives in Hartland with her husband and 2 children.

Jamie Zussman 

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Vice-Chairperson

James graduated in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Political Science. He has lived and worked in Waukesha County for the past 20 years. He is currently the Director of Financial Institutions at The American Deposit Management Company in Pewaukee. He holds a Series 50 license as a Registered Municipal Advisor. He has spent his career in the financial services industry with companies such as Wells Fargo and RateWatch. He has done past volunteer work with St. Vincent DePaul, Cooperating Congregations meal program, Special Olympics of Wisconsin and Habitat for Humanity. He also volunteers as a track coach at St. Charles School in Hartland and spent 15 years as a WIAA basketball official. James and his wife live in the Town of Delafield with their two daughters.

Tim Smits

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Treasurer

Tim is the President of the Thomson Companies, who owns the Meadows Apartments in Waukesha. Tim, the Meadows Apartments and the Dorothy J. Thomson Charitable Fund  has been actively engaged in supporting Family Promise, especially since the Apartment Shelter Program  began. Tim has been married for 20+ years and has a  son and daughter, who both attend college in Wisconsin. He graduated from UW with an accounting degree in 1988. Started in public accounting and then joined the Thomson Companies where he has worked for 30 years- the last two as President. Outside of work Tim loves to play golf and just about any other sporting activity that keeps him active.

Coleen Valley

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Secretary

Coleen grew up in Waukesha County, returning in 1996.  She earned her MS in Counseling and professionally has worked with youth, adults and families in counseling, social work and ministry roles, currently working in behavioral health in Waukesha County.  Most gratifying has been the many opportunities and persons met through volunteer and mission work both in Waukesha/Milwaukee counties and throughout the United States.  She and her husband Tim have five children and live in Oconomowoc.

Board Members

Claire Bessette

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Claire is a Vice President of Community Banking at Waukesha State Bank. Becoming a member of the Board of Trustees gives her an opportunity to become more involved in the Waukesha County community with an organization that aligns with her values. Serving those experiencing homelessness or addiction issues has been a part of her life as she has given time to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, LA Dream Center, and Adullam Outreach.

 

The contribution Claire sees herself bringing to the board of Trustees are organization, people skills and an emphasis on team building.

Ed Butte

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Ed retired in October of 2022 after a 40+ year career in the industrial electrical controls industry. He earned his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. Throughout his career, he has been a problem solver, innovator and customer advocate.  Ed and his wife Trish live in Okauchee, WI and have four children, six grandchildren and a spoiled rescue dog – Mixie. He is an active member of St. Anthony’s on the Lake church in Pewaukee. He previously was on the Finance Committee and Parish Council at St. Jerome Parish in Oconomowoc. He became a Group Chair with Executive Agenda January 2023.

 

Ed and Trish have volunteered with Family Promise for several years assisting with move in and apartment set up.

Patrice Hofbauer

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Patrice earned her BS in Education from Ohio State University.  She continued her graduate studies at Southern CT University and University of WI and completed a Teaching Fellowship at Yale University.  With over 20 years of teaching experience in public and parochial schools,  inner-city and suburbs, Patrice has focused her outreach efforts on women, children, and families.  She has enjoyed leading programs at her parish, St. Anthony on the Lake, in children and teen ministry as well as serving as School Board President and Fundraising Chair for many years.  Volunteering and leading teen outreach programs at Hope Center, Waukesha Women’s Center, and St. Hyacinth food pantry have been wonderful experiences for her.  Patrice and her husband, Mike, live in Waukesha and have two college-aged daughters.

Mike Hallquist

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Mike Hallquist is first and foremost a loving husband and father of two great kids. He graduated from nearby Arrowhead High-School & UW-Milwaukee (Political Science), and later obtained his Masters in Public Diplomacy from the University of Southern California.He is currently a Senior Data Architect at GE Healthcare working on data governance & cloud architecture. Mike was elected Alderman of District 4 for the City of Brookfield in April 2020 and advocates for affordable housing, equity, re-development, and increasing the overall accessibility of his community. 

Lesley Kountz

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Lesley has lived and worked in Waukesha County for the past 26 years. As an OT Practitioner, Lesley has dedicated her professional life to working with children and their families. Lesley is also an Instructor in the OTA Program at MATC. She has volunteered with a variety service organizations such Lake Country Caring, Milwaukee Street Angels, the St. Ben’s Meal Program, the Hope Center, and Family Promise whose missions align with her passion of helping others in the community achieve sustainable housing, food, and basic life necessities. Lesley and her husband Al have three adult children and one grandchild.

Jibril Odogba

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Jibril is currently the Managing Principal for Pangaea Dimensions, a real estate development company. His background combines professional management, development engineering, and information systems security with design expertise. He believes in service that is free and entrenched in humility, which provides abundant joy and pleasure. He has served as a Board Director of The Africa Education Initiative, a 501c3 non-profit foundation. The Africa Education Initiative championed and supported educational causes in Africa. The work of the Initiative was recognized by the United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Office. Currently, he also serves as a Board Director for the Wausau based 501c3 non-profit Tanimu Foundation which focuses on improving health outcomes in Africa.  Jibril, his wife and children have lived in Waukesha county for more than a quarter of a century. 

Denise O'Halloran

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Denise and her family moved to Waukesha County in 1993. She has a graphic design background but has also worked as a youth minister and in retail. Service has always been a big part of her life. For more than 30 years her family has led mission trips to Guatemala. Denise is married to Kevin and together with her sister Gail Frangiamore they have helped 'graduating' families by furnishing their apartments. This opportunity has been an incredible blessing to all of their lives. Denise and Kevin have three adult children and six grandchildren.

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