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Board of Directors
President: Sarah Perkins
Sarah Perkins is the President of the Board of Directors and is the Assistant Registrar for Student Services at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Eastern New Mexico University and worked in the healthcare industry for 8 years before earning her Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration from Marquette University. Sarah is an alumna of the WILS program and has been a volunteer with the organization for over 25 years. She has served as a member of the junior and adult seminar staffs, the Director of Programs for the seminar, Alumni Association Advisor and Secretary of the Board of Directors. Meeting amazing young leaders through WILS year after year keeps her inspired and motivates her to keep her energy levels up to keep up with their drive and enthusiasm! Aside from volunteering with WILSers, she enjoys traveling, gardening, eating Thai food, a rousing trivia night, and creating shenanigans for her friends and family to partake in.
Vice President: Maggie Erdman
Maggie Erdman is the Vice President of the Board of Directors. She is currently working at Rogers Behavioral Health in Residential Care. She has been involved in WILS since she attended Seminar in 2013. She has been very active with the planning committee and served as the Alumni Association Board President. She stays very active in WILS because of the great friendships, the energy, and seeing a new group of leaders come in and create change year after year!
Treasurer: Janine Lisser
Janine Lisser is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors and is an Administrative Assistant to the Dean and School of Arts and Sciences at Mount Mary University. Janine has been a volunteer with WILS for 12 years. Working with youth has been a lifetime passion for her and she has found her greatest fulfillment as the mother of her two children. Janine’s motivation to volunteer for WILS is inspired by the leadership development provided to student leaders and the outstanding experiences that they share. Janine sees the impact that WILS makes each year as both everlasting within our communities and vivid in the relationships formed while supporting WILS.
Secretary: Cassie Kriefall
Cassie Kriefall is the Secretary of the Board of Directors and is a Title 1 Reading & Math Teacher for the School District of Janesville in Janesville, Wisconsin. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education from UW-Oshkosh. She continued her education at UW-Whitewater, earning a Master of Education in Reading and a Reading Specialist license. Cassie has been a volunteer with the WILS organization for over 15 years. She has served as a member of the adult seminar staff, Director of Transportation, Director of Facilitators, and currently serves as the Director of Registration for seminar. Cassie returns to WILS year after year because of WILS’ ability to foster student leaders who think, listen to others’ views, and make informed decisions. The youth of Wisconsin has a positive energy that revitalizes your soul!
Alumni Co-Advisor: Hannah Grassnickel
Hannah Erdman is an Alumni Co-Advisor and Director of Facilitators. She works for Ripon College as an Assistant Director of Admission. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Government from Ripon College and her Master’s of Science in Higher Education Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. She attended WILS in 2008. WILS has given so much that she wants to help give back to the organization who shaped her life.
Alumni Co-advisor: Rachel Hietpas
Rachel Hietpas is a Co-Advisor of the WILS Alumni Association on the Board of Directors. Rachel lives in Chicago, IL and works at Kimberly-Clark as a customer inventory analyst in the supply chain department. She is from Kaukauna, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, double majoring in political science and economics. In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling, hiking, and being crafty! Rachel attended seminar in 2015 and has served as a Co-Member at Large on the Alumni Association and Board of Directors as well as on the Recruitment and Planning committees. She is passionate about empowering Wisconsin youth and loves to see the internal growth made by the student leaders at seminar every year.
Alumni co-advisor : Joseph Sedivy
Joseph Sedivy is a Co-Advisor of the WILS Alumni Association on the Board of Directors and is a 2014 WILS alumni. Joseph graduated from UW-Stout with a bachelor’s in Applied Math and Computer Science and currently lives in Stevens Point, working as a software developer for Sentry Insurance. Joseph is an avid gym-goer, coffee-snob, and dad joke enthusiast. In his free time, he enjoys finding new recipes to try, learning guitar, attending Judo classes, reading, and playing video games with friends. Joseph appreciates having an opportunity to make positive impacts on the youth in Wisconsin and the connections he’s made over the years. He is serving his third term on the board.
Alumni co-advisor : nicholas mack
Nicholas Mack is a Co-Advisor of the WILS Alumni Association on the Board of Directors. He graduated from UW – Madison in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Certificate in Classical Studies, while also playing and traveling with the UW Marching Band. He is currently working as a Microbiologist at the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene in Madison, WI, performing testing for the diagnosis and surveillance of tuberculosis disease in Wisconsin. He first attended WILS in 2011 and attended a few alumni events before returning to seminar as a group facilitator. He takes great fulfillment from seeing new groups of young leaders grow and learn at Seminar, while forming those lasting connections that all WILSers know and love.
Member at Large : christina kender
Christina Kender is a Member at Large and Kiwanis Club Lead. She works as a Process Owner for Milwaukee Tool, project managing the New Product Development Process. Christina has been an active volunteer with WILS for 21+ years and has volunteered as junior, adult, or office staff at over 19 WILS seminars. She has been on the Board of Directors with a minor break since 2003 and has previously served as Seminar Chair, President of the Board of Directors and Alumni Board as well as having served in various roles on the Seminar Planning and Recruitment Committees. Christina holds a Bachelors of Science Degree in Educational Studies from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. WILS has played a very important role in Christina’s life since she attended the seminar in 2002. Not only allowing her to meet her husband, but also cultivating amazing friendships that have withstood time and distance. WILS provides Christina with inspiration and examples of exceptional leadership that continues to push her to be her best self every day.
Member at Large : Chris Lisser
Chris Lisser is a Member at Large and is CIO at vcpi. Chris has been an active volunteer with WILS for 25+ years and has volunteered as junior or adult staff at over 20 WILS seminars. He has been a Director since 2002 and has previously served as Seminar Chair, Vice President and Alumni Advisor as well as having served in various roles on the Seminar Planning Committee. Chris holds an Associates Degree as a Network Specialist from Milwaukee Area Technical College. WILS has had a tremendous impact on Chris’ life since he attended the seminar as a student leader in 1992. WILS has become like a family to him. He volunteers to ensure young leaders are exposed to new ideas and to interact, learn and bond with fellow seminar attendees from different backgrounds across our state.
Member at Large : Nathan Schumacher
Nathan Schumacher is a Member at Large for the Board of Directors and the Women’s Clubs Lead for fundraising. He currently works for Erie Insurance Group as a District Sales Manager. He received an MBA with a focus in Managerial Leadership from Northern Illinois University. In his free time, you will find him in the kitchen or at the grill cooking up something new. He loves watching all UW sports, especially UW Volleyball. He started his leadership journey when he attended Illinois Leadership Seminar (ILS) in 2005 as a student leader; his first WILS event was seminar 2009 as Junior Staff. In WILS, he has been a Junior Staff member, Facilitator, and Office Staff. WILS is a fantastic organization that provides an opportunity for young adults to participate in a hands-on leadership experience.
Member at Large : Rachel Schumacher
Rachel Schumacher is a Member at Large for the Board of Directors and a WILS 2008 alumna. She works as a Director – Delivery for Appcast, Inc., a global provider of recruitment advertising technology and recruitment marketing. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014 with dual-Bachelor degrees in Consumer Science and Communications, with certificates in Entrepreneurship and Leadership. In her free time, Rachel likes to play volleyball, walk dogs at the humane society, watch the Badgers with her husband (Nate), and snuggle with her dog (Hershey, 18 years old). For WILS, she serves on the Board of Directors as Optimist Club Lead for fundraising. Rachel believes the student leaders that attend WILS are the next leaders of our governments, schools, healthcare systems, and corporate and non-profit worlds; it is important to prepare and provide them the tools and confidence to make the improvements and creations they believe will make our communities better places.
Member at Large : Taylor Bould
Taylor Bould is the Co-Director of Public Relations for the Board of Directors and a Consultant for Sustainable Technology at Accenture. She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from the Wisconsin School of Business at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her free time you can find Taylor outdoors by the water, hanging with friends, or attempting a DIY project. Taylor attended WILS in 2014 and has been volunteering with the organization every year since. She has served as the Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Alumni Association and has helped with Recruitment and Seminar Planning. She continues to volunteer with WILS to help give young leaders the tools to feel confident and the support system that will help them achieve!
Member at Large : Zainab Manzoor
Zainab Manzoor is the Assistant Seminar Co-Chair and a Member at Large for the Board of Directors. She works with the Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis with the Epidemiology team for the “Overdose Data 2 Action” grant, focusing on opioids and prescription drug overdose as a remote contractor. Currently, Zainab is a first-year Masters of Public Health student at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, with her concentration in Global Health Epidemiology. She earned her B.S. in International Studies and a minor in Global Health. When not working, Zainab spends her free time drawing, playing Dungeons and Dragons, playing video games, reading, and taking lots of naps with her giant ragdoll cat, Jasper. Zainab attended WILS in 2015 and has been volunteering since! She has served previously as the Secretary, Vice President, and President of the Alumni Association and volunteered at various events, Recruitment, and Seminar planning, and Director of Transportation. She loves watching student leaders grow as leaders, taking back what they learn to their communities, and feeling confident in themselves!
Member at Large : olivia Kreyer
Olivia Kreyer is one of the two fabulous Seminar Co-Chairs for the Board of Directors and a 2013 WILS alumna. When she isn’t helping out with all the cool aspects of WILS, she is a 7th grade English teacher at Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo, WI. During her free time she goes on hikes, especially Devils Lake since she only lives 10 minutes away! She also loves to cook, read (she’s read 45 books this year so far) and hangs out with all the cool friends she met through WILS!
Member at Large : Kyla Peterson
Kyla Peterson is a Member at Large for the Board of Directors and a 2014 WILS alumna. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she works as a College Admissions Coach at Prepory and as an Apprentice at Yanatiba Brooklyn. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Community Engagement with a minor in Education and dual-focus in Community-Based Education and Childhood Mental Health from Temple University in 2020. In her free time, Kyla is a proud cat mom who enjoys thrifting and redecorating her apartment! Kyla stays involved in WILS to help young leaders recognize and grow into their leadership potential!
Member at Large : Dana aschaker tamms
Dana Aschaker Tamms is a Member at Large for the Board of Directors and a 2005 WILS alumna. Dana has been an active WILS volunteer for 15+ years and has volunteered as junior or adult staff at over 15 WILS Seminars. She works as an Account Supervisor at GMR Marketing, an experiential marketing agency. Dana holds a Bachelor of Arts and Communication Degree in Advertising and Marketing, with a minor in General Business from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. In her free time, Dana enjoys going to the gym, running, hiking, baking, and spending time with her husband and pup, Mika. Dana continues to be involved in WILS because of the relationships she has made throughout the years and the opportunity to help youth leaders grow their skillset and find their drive.
Member at Large : Nathan Plym
Nathan Plym is a Member at Large for the Board of Directors and is in his third term on the board. In May of 2022, Nathan graduated from UW – Stevens Point with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Communication. He then went on to begin his professional career at the Wisconsin Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, where he currently works as the Marketing Sales Manager. Outside of work, Nathan volunteers with Operation Not Alone, a 501c3 nonprofit that supports active-duty military members overseas and veterans across the nation, as the Director of Marketing and Advertising. When he’s not volunteering, Nathan enjoys hanging out with friends, playing guitar, listening to podcasts, playing volleyball, watching movies, and taking long naps. Nathan values the connections he has with others, and volunteering with WILS has provided him with another family and amazing friends. He’s excited to continue helping young leaders grow and discover more ways to better their community.
Member at Large : Derek Johnson
Derek Johnson is a Member at Large on the Board of Directors. He first attended WILS in 2009 and has been actively involved ever since. Derek is originally from Elkhart Lake, WI and graduated from UW Madison in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in economics. While at UW Madison, Derek was an active member of the Badger Marching Band and was able to go to “as many sporting events as humanly possible, and then some more”. He is an avid fan of all major Wisconsin teams except for Marquette (sorry Jim). Derek currently works at WCG in Madison, WI as the Coverage Analysis Quality Manager.
Member at Large : James Doerner
James Doerner is a Member at Large on the Board of Directors for WILS and currently works for Climate Pros LLC as a warehouse coordinator. He attended UW Madison 2002-2006, and later Madison Area Technical College where he received an Associate Degree in Automotive Technology. James first attended seminar in 2000 and has volunteered at seminar as a group facilitator and volunteer service chaperone along with attending various WILS fundraisers. James credits WILS with giving him the confidence to become the leader he is today and is passionate about contributing to the organization to ensure today’s youth are equally inspired.
Member at Large : Jim Love
Jim Love is a Member at Large for the Board of Directors and has served as the Opening/Closing speaker at WILS since 2021. Jim attended Illinois Leadership Seminars (ILS) in 2007, and was promptly invited to WILS in 2008. He has never looked back and is proud to be a 17+ year member of the organization. Jim holds Bachelors Degrees in Corporate Communications and Marketing from Marquette University. Jim is currently a Global Solutions Director with TAPFIN where he works with Fortune 500 organizations to optimize their labor strategies. He is also the Founder & CEO of his leadership development company, Authentically You, which takes him across the country speaking to thousands of students about leadership every year. Jim resides in Milwaukee, WI and enjoys attending Marquette basketball games, playing volleyball, volunteering and exercising with his wife, Erin and golden retriever, Rudy. Jim continues to be involved with WILS because the energy from the student leaders and staff alike is life-giving; this organization is what made Jim who he is today and he is forever grateful.
Member at Large : Karen Larsen
Karen Larsen is a Member at Large for the Board of Directors. She is also serving as the Co-Social Media/PR Chair. She currently lives in Kalamazoo, MI, and is a senior at Western Michigan University. In Spring 2024, she will graduate with a BBA in Advertising & Promotions and a BA in Sociology. She currently works at Doner, an advertising agency based out of Detroit. She is a Digital Strategy Intern who works on social media audits, competitive analyses, client pitches, and tech startups. Outside of her degree, she is a Drill Instructor for the Bronco Marching Band, Director of Communications for the WMU Chapter of the American Marketing Association, and Membership and Finance Coordinator for WMU AdClub (AAF Affiliate). In her free time, she enjoys reading, deep diving into Wikipedia pages, and thrifting. Since 2017, Karen has served on the social media team, recruitment team, media team, and the Media Coordinator for the Alumni Association Board (2020). Karen credits WILS with breaking her out of her shell, and wants to use her experience working in advertising to give back to this organization. She believes our future’s success lies with young leaders, and we must give them the tools and platform to succeed.
Member at Large : William Neupert
William Neupert is a Member at Large for the Board of Directors. He works at Epic Systems as a technical support engineer and lives in Madison, WI. After attending WILS in 2017, William studied at Valparaiso University, majoring in mechanical engineering. In his free time, William enjoys running, mountain biking, and spending time with his family. In addition to his Member at Large position, William also serves as the Director of Volunteer Services for seminar. William returns to WILS because of the inspiring feedback shared each year by student leaders.
Member at Large : Ian Bould
Ian Bould is a Member at Large for the Board of Directors. They attended WILS in 2016 representing Grafton High School. They then moved to Madison where they earned a degree in Management Human Resources with a minor in LGBTQ+ studies. Currently they are pursuing a Masters in Counseling Education with an emphasis in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with the goal of becoming a licensed therapist. Since 2016, Ian has served on the Alumni Association Board in various roles for 4 years including President. They are now entering their second year on the Board of Directors. Ian hopes to continue to inspire student leaders to develop their leadership skills, specifically around diversity and inclusion while gaining a mental health lens.
Member at Large : Abby Modesette
Abby Modesette is a Member at Large for the Board of Directors. She attended WILS in 2017 representing New Richmond High School. Currently, Abby attends Iowa State University, and is majoring in industrial engineering with a minor in women and gender studies. In her free time she enjoys reading a good book, whether that be a physical or audio book, taking walks around campus, and spending time with her cat Cheddar. She looks forward to what this new role on the Board of Directors will bring for her and her involvement with WILS. She continues to return to WILS every year in hopes she can help impact students lives just as WILS impacted hers when she attended seminar.
Member at Large : William Vraney
William Vraney is a current Member at Large for the Board of Directors, joining in 2023. Attending WILS in 2018 as a representative of D.C. Everest High School, he has remained involved in the organization ever since. Previously, he has served as the President and Co-Member at Large for the Alumni Association. William currently attends the University of Wisconsin – Madison and will graduate spring 2024 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics, Legal Studies, and Political Science. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking in beautiful Wisconsin state parks, biking, and exploring new cities. William stays involved with this organization because of the impact it has in developing students’ own leadership skills.
Member at Large : Julia Graybill
Julia Graybill is a Member at Large for the Board of Directors. She attended seminar in 2014 representing Menomonee Falls High School. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater in May 2019 with a major in Actuarial Science and minor in General Business. She currently lives in Wauwatosa, WI and works at Hammes Company in their Accounting Department. When she isn’t taking a nap, Julia is usually obsessing over the Milwaukee Bucks, painting, spending time with her dog Lilo, watching The Office on repeat, or listening to a true crime podcast. This is Julia’s 4th year on the Board of Directors and she has held many different positions in the past few seminars including being a Facilitator, working on the Operations Team and Social Media Committee, and helping lead a volunteer tour and early arrival activities. Julia loves to volunteer with WILS each year and watch young leaders reach their leadership potential!
Member at Large : Hailey Erdman
Hailey Erdman is one of the two Seminar Co-Chairs for the board of directors and a 2010 WILS alumni. She currently lives in Marshall, WI and works as a Human Resources Business Partner for Mead & Hunt. Throughout her involvement in WILS she has served as a facilitator, as a member at large on the board and involved throughout her high school and college career. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends, traveling and exploring new places. She stays involved with WILS to see the youth of our community prosper and grow into strong, brilliant young adults.