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Board of Trustees 

Officers

Joe DeKlotz

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Chairperson

Joe and his family have lived in Waukesha County since 1986. He has worked for companies such as Phillips Petroleum, Allen-Bradley/Rockwell and General Electric in the areas of Product Development and Marketing. Since starting his career as a real estate broker and property manager in 2004 he has also been involved with a number of community and service organizations such as The Acts 2 Church, Interfaith Senior programs, The HOPE Center and the Delafield Chamber of Commerce. Joe and his wife, Pat, currently live in Delafield and have three grown children and six grandchildren.

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.

Lynn Marsh

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Treasurer

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.

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 was elected to the Family Promise Board of Trustees in April 2022. His biography will be added soon. 

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.

Tim Smits

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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.

Stephanie Zacher

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Stephanie Zacher is a Sales Professional in the Communications industry with 16 years Sales Experience. She holds a Bachelors degree with a major of Sociology. She has a passion for helping others and enjoys volunteering. She volunteers at Family Promise with her teenage son and is also going to start volunteering at the Women’s Center.

In her free time she likes to spend time with her son, friends/family, and boyfriend. She enjoys running and ran her first marathon in October 2019. She also enjoys fishing, reading, and walking her dogs.