Board of Directors

The Board consists of five voting members, each serving a term of five years, who are chosen for their community involvement and knowledge of the educational, cultural, civic, public, and charitable needs of the Fort Atkinson area. Joining the directors are three ex-officio members who provide support. Pictured here is the 2017 Board of Directors. They are, left to right: Sitting – Mary Behling, vice-chairman; Christopher Rogers, chairman; and Dean Brown, past chairman. Standing – Sue Hartwick, administrator and secretary; Michael Bender, director; James Vance, legal counsel; Kristin Wallace, director; and Scott Housley, director. – Daily Union photo by Ryan Whisner


  • Christopher Rogers, chairman and director
  • Mary Behling, vice chairman and director
  • Kristin Wallace, director
  • Scott Housley, director
  • Michael Bender, director

Other Foundation Officials

  • Dean Brown, past chairman
  • James J. Vance, legal counsel
  • Steve Olsen, PremierBank trustee
  • Ann Herdendorf, Badger Bank trustee
  • Sue Hartwick, program administrator/secretary


The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is managed by a five-member Board of Directors who volunteer their time to serve our community.  One new director  is appointed each year for a five-year term.  Directors are appointed on a rotating basis by the following five organizations:

  • Fort Atkinson School Board   
  • Trustees of the Foundation (currently PremierBank)
  • Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Fort Atkinson Historical Society
  • Fort Atkinson City Council

 Roster of Past Directors