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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.

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 Jaehn

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Mike and his wife, JoAnne, became active members of St. Theresa Catholic Church after moving their young family to Eagle in 1974. He retired from AT&T in 2000 after 35 years of service.  In that same year he became a founding member of his parish’s St. Vincent de Paul Society, where he remains active today.  He started volunteering for Family Promise in 2014 and soon accepted the shared roll of Volunteer Coordinator for St. Theresa, St. James (Mukwonago) and, since 2021, also Vernon Lutheran Church.  Working directly with disadvantaged families and the volunteers who serve them, both through Saint Vincent dePaul and Family Promise, has provided him with insight that is valuable to the organization. Transitioning families to financial independence is something Mike is very passionate about.

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.

Michelle Miller

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Michelle was a 2018 client of Family Promise. Since attending the program she has purchased a home in Dodge County where she lives with her teenage daughter, boyfriend and 2 dogs. Michelle also has an adult daughter and will be welcoming her first grandchild soon. She has recently graduated Madison Area Tech College in May of 2022 with her Accounting Degree and opened up her own business. Family Promise and its volunteers hold a special place in her heart.

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.

Rebecca Seymour

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Rebecca  has lived in Waukesha County’s Lake Country area for more than 40 years. A writer and photojournalist, Rebecca has had hundreds of works published in award-winning newspapers and magazines; covering community feature stories about people, organizations, and events happening throughout the community. During the spring of 2020, Rebecca put her photography skills to work by taking photos of families at home and in their yards through the “Home Is Where the Heart Is” fundraising effort for Family Promise of Waukesha County. Rebecca also serves on boards for the Oconomowoc Scholarship Fund and Oconomowoc High School Band Aids nonprofit organizations. She and her husband and two daughters live in Ottawa.

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