Fighting Hunger. Sustaining Hope.

Board of Directors

STEVE BORDEN
Board President

(Steve's message here)

DENNY SIMON
Board Vice President

As a retired business lawyer, I find great satisfaction in applying my experience and skills to the benefit of St. Joe’s Food Program. I was first motivated to join the Program as a volunteer and Board Member in 2002 after being contacted by a retiring St. Joe’s Board Member who expressed the hope that I would help locate a replacement, preferably a lawyer who would be willing to apply her/his knowledge to the Program’s Board.  Hearing of the breadth and extent of the Food Program’s reach, I was intrigued enough to offer my own services, and my first visit to the Midway Road hub of St. Joe’s high-energy activities rapidly convinced me of the enthusiasm and dedication of not only the St. Joe’s staff, and hundreds of volunteers, but also of the Members of its Board of Directors.  All these years later, I continue to be amazed by the dedication and productivity of the Program and its legions of volunteers.

I value the outdoors and spend time birding, hiking, sailing, golfing, auto touring, and landscaping. Volunteerism is a big part of my life. My service associations are many, including professional, community, health, and other service programs. I very much enjoy being able to volunteer in areas in which I can make a difference in my own unique way.

MICHAEL DEJNO
Board Treasurer

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JEFF SCHWEITZER
Board Secretary

Jeff is no stranger to St. Joe’s… he’s been driving the trucks every Saturday for the past 15 years. Jeff works for Community First Credit Union.

TOM SCHILTZ
Founder, Emeritus

The volunteers and staff have made St. Joe’s what it is today. For me, it was the Lord guiding me to what he wanted done. So many have done so much! We must always remember that we could not function without the people who donate to this great program.

STEVE BURKHARDT
Board Member

I love volunteering time at St Joe’s. St Joe’s helps over 1,000 families per week and they do this with almost no overhead. It is a great place, run by great people, with hundreds of great volunteers. I just feel good to be part of a place where special things happen!

LORI KARLS
Board Member

Lori and her husband Dan have lived in Neenah for over 25 years, where they raised their two sons. She spent many years serving as an active volunteer and fund raiser for the many athletic and booster clubs her sons were affiliated with at Neenah High School. With her sons now grown, Lori was looking to become more involved in giving back to her community and really making a personal impact on those less fortunate. After being contacted by a St. Joe’s Staff member and seeing first-hand the many great programs they provide to the community, she immediately realized SJFP was a perfect match for her to share of her time and talent through servant leadership.

Lori is a graduate from Lakeland College with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance. Lori has 28+ years of experience in a variety of leadership roles in Human Resources and Finance at Fox Valley Companies U.S. Venture and Menasha Corporation. Lori prides herself in working with others to solve problems in both their personal and professional life, while utilizing her business experience to help educate and empower others to make meaningful differences in their lives which lead to better health, happiness, and financial stability. Lori believes “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”[Gandhi]

MICHELLE MAUK-LACY
Board Member

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TOM O'HEARN
Board Member

I retired as principal of Highlands Elementary School in Appleton in June of 1994, and was wondering what direction I would take in my, now, newly retired life. I was already heavily involved in the community and was not really looking for more things to do.

However, one of Highlands’ parents, Tom Schiltz, convinced me to join the team working to feed the hungry in the basement of St. Joseph’s School in Appleton. So, after experiences as truck driver and interviewer, before I knew it, I was also on the Board of Directors – a decision I have never regretted. The team that worked to build and equip our new building was tireless in its effort.  The direction we are now going is mindboggling compared the simple operation that began in 1982. Amazing!

I feel proud to tell people about SJFP and share my experiences with the program. It is because of Tom that I am a part of this community effort. I thank him for bringing me on board.

MICHAEL RYDER
Board Member

(Mike's message here)

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