Board of Directors

Jack Salzwedel

President

Jack is a native of Deforest, Wisconsin. His dad, Tom, was the American Family agent there for many years. Tom and Lila Salzwedel were members of Bethel for decades, and all of their kids were involved with Horizons – as campers and counselors.

Jack began his career with American Family in 1983 as a claims adjuster. After spending time in agency and sales management, he took product line leadership roles leading up to his election as President in 2000 and CEO/Chair of the Board in 2011. During his time as CEO, American Family revenue has nearly doubled from $5.8B to $11.6. In his current role, Jack oversees the American Family enterprise of companies, which includes the American Family brand and subsidiaries, CONNECT, Homesite, The General and Main Street America. In his tenure, the company has transformed, adding new companies and distribution systems to its enterprise. The American Family Enterprise has also more than doubled in revenue and assets since 2011.

Graduates of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, Jack and his wife Sarah are very involved with their alma mater. They established the Slife Institute for Social Work Consultation, Research & Training in honor of Sarah’s parents, Harry and Polly Slife. They also established the Salzwedel Family Fund, a charitable foundation supporting local causes like the American Family Children’s Hospital, United Way of Dane County, The Overture Center, Aldo Leopold Foundation, Centro Hispano of Madison, The Boys and Girls Club in Dane Co, and Bethel Horizons.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of American Family Insurance Mutual Holding Company, Jack is a board member of the Insurance Information Institute, Badger Air Community Council, Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. He is on the U.S. Bank Advisory Board, UW Chancellor’s Advisory Board, UW Health, and numerous local nonprofits, including Bethel Horizons and Aldo Leopold Foundation.

Mark Breseman

Vice President

Breseman graduated from Lawrence University with a B.A. in 1978 and a M.S. from UW-Madison in 1983. He was the Environmental Education Director at Bethel Horizons from 1985-1997, during which time he helped establish the Environmental Education and Adventure programs. In 1997 he returned to Lawrence University to direct Bjorklunden, an educational retreat facility in Door County. In 2009 Breseman’s duties expanded to include overseeing the Alumni Office at Lawrence as well as serving as a Principle Gift Officer for the Development Office. His wife, Jane Hillstrom, ran her own PR firm for many years and now works remotely from Door County for Filament, a Madison-based marketing firm. His daughter, Abby, lives in Madison and also works for Filament. His son, Adam, lives in LA and is pursuing his dream of working in the entertainment industry.

Abbie Wallhaus

Treasurer

Abbie Wallhaus is the VP of Finance & CFO for Madison Development Corporation. As a key member of MDC’s Executive Management Team, Wallhaus oversees all accounting and finance functions for MDC and its affiliates; ensuring MDC’s accounting and financial operations are handled with efficiency and integrity.

Prior to joining MDC, Wallhaus served at Bethel Foundation as the Director of Finance, and Treasurer of the Foundation. She has extensive experience working within the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. 
Abbie holds an M.B.A. with concentrations in Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago – Graduate School of Business, as well as a degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. 
She lives in Madison with her husband Tom, and two daughters, Taylor and Truely.

Kari Engelke

Secretary

Currently holds the position of Assistant Inspector General in the Office of the Inspector General supervising four teams of auditors focusing on pharmacy, managed and long term care, county and institutional providers, and service fulfillment providers within the Medicaid program. Works in partnership with internal and external stakeholders to prevent and mitigate fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicaid program. Previously worked for the Department of Health Services as the quality lead for the IRIS program – a self-directed Medicaid program for adults with disabilities and frail elders.

Attended UW-Madison and earned a BS in both Sociology and Philosophy and also was on the rowing team. In her third term as a Horizons Board member, and fourth year as Board Secretary. Her relationship with Bethel Horizons is lengthy and began when she was 8 years old. She was a camper from ages 8-15. From 16-23, she worked at camp in a variety of positions – Junior Counselor (2 years), River Guide (3 years), Summer Adventure Program Director (2 years); and year-round Program Director. In 2000, during her last summer on staff she met her husband, Reed. In 2004, they were engaged at Stoughton/Rock Ledge cliff at Horizons. In 2005, they were married on the soccer field at Horizons and in 2009 their daughter Zoe was baptized in the same spot. Zoe is almost 12 years old and has been attending Bethel Horizons as a camper since she was three. Kari and Reed and Zoe are members of Bethel Church.

Chuck Brooks

After 25 year as a Forestry Consultant with expertise in managing the biological and business aspects of forest land with experience in handling state and local forestry regulations I retired January 1st 2021.  We moved to Arizona that same month.  Volunteer with Maricopa County Regional Parks with a main focus at White Tank Mountains Regional Park.  Married to Jann Brooks and a member of Bethel Lutheran Church since 1998.   Active at Bethel Horizons as a member of Friends of Horizons since 1999.  Horizons board member beginning in 2017.   Two children that have graduated high school and college and both are members at Bethel.

Elly Chybowski

Elly is a pediatric nurse practitioner.  She received her BS in Nursing in 1976 at UW-Eau Claire and her Master’s in Maternal Child Health in 1982 from UW-Madison. She was employed by the Madison Metropolitan School District as a school nurse in 1987. After retiring in 2014, she was re-hired 10% time as a diabetes specialist with final retirement expected June, 2021. Elly provides childcare for her 5 grandchildren. Her two children were campers at Bethel Horizons.  Her daughter was a Horizon’s counselor throughout high school & college and was program director for at least one year.  Elly is married to Tim. They joined Bethel Church in 2007. In January 2017, Elly joined the Horizons Board of Directors.

Nathan Czech

Civil Engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for 30 years until retiring in July 2017. Ended career as the Chief Statewide Consultant Engineer overseeing all consultants that performed work for the Department. Was intricately involved with the planning and design of the Marquette Interchange in downtown Milwaukee along with many other major projects in the southeast section of the state.  Married to Patty Czech, a forth grade teacher at Madison’s Randall Elementary School, and members of Bethel Lutheran Church since 1992. Bethel Horizons Board member for the last six years and Vice President for three years. Currently chair of the Property Committee.  Daughter Hillary is in Human Resources at Exact Sciences and daughter Molly is Social Worker for Journey Mental Health Center. 

Sam Geraci

Sam Geraci is the Vice President of Strategy for American Family.  He rejoined American Family in May 2013 after serving as the Director and AVP of Corporate Strategy and Research at Liberty Mutual in Boston.  Sam originally joined American Family in 2003 and spent seven years in various strategic functions in Marketing.  He also has five years of experience at the Boston Consulting Group and an MBA and JD from the University of Chicago.  He also holds a BS from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  Sam lives in Waunakee with his wife and four children.

Carl E. Gulbrandsen

Carl E. Gulbrandsen is the Emeritus Managing Director of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF).  WARF is the patent management organization for the University of Wisconsin Madison. He has a B.A. in biology from St. Olaf College, a Ph.D. in physiology and a J.D. degree, both from UW –Madison. Carl was with WARF from October 1997 until July 2016.  Prior to becoming its Managing Director in 2000, He was WARF’s Director of Patents & Licensing. Prior to his employment at WARF, Carl was General Counsel of Lunar Corporation and Bone Care International. Both were companies that developed and commercialized technologies arising from research at UW-Madison.  Currently, Carl is Vice Chair and board member of the Morgridge Institute for Research. He also serves on the Board of WiCell Research Institute and the Technology Development Corporation of UCLA. He serves on the advisory board of Tandem Press and the McPherson Eye Institute, both organizations within UW-Madison.  Carl is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and served as a member of the Patent Public Advisory Council for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Carl and his wife, Mary, have three children and four grandchildren. Carl and Mary volunteered at Bethel Horizons early in its existence. All three of their children have attended Bethel Horizons and they hope their grandchildren will also attend Bethel Horizons. 

Jan Helwig

Univ. of Wisconsin graduate with BM music and BS and MS PE/ in Sports Medicine.  Served as Yale University athletic trainer (1 year) and Univ. of Wisconsin as athletic trainer (27 years).  Served as a Women’s Sports Athletic Trainer (5 years), men’s Hockey Athletic Trainer (6 years). minor sports (16 years) until retirement. Faculty member for athletic training curriculum 35 years; served on state & national committees, state and national speaker, numerous volunteer experiences with elite sport teams. Currently chair of the Big Ten undergraduate scholarship program. Instructor for CPR/FA program for the Athletic Department.
 
Bethel Church member since 1980.  Married (at Bethel) to Dennis (36 years), adult son, Chris baptized, confirmed and active in church life through high school, Horizons camper, Jr & Sr counselor, first aider and lifeguard.  Jan accompanied Cherub Choir (15 years), served on Bethel Church Council 3 years, and Horizons board member for 8 years.

Sharon Hovde

Sharon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing.
 
Sharon began her career at Xerox Corporation in Washington, DC as a Federal Government Marketing Representative responsible for the U.S. Department of Justice and all of its agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney Offices nationwide.  Sharon became the representative for the White House and its agencies before being promoted to Sales Manager responsible for the Defense Department agencies.
 
Sharon was born in Norfolk, VA.  Her family moved to Timonium, MD in Baltimore County where she attended middle school & high school.  Sharon met Eric Hovde in Washington, DC where they were married in 1997.  They moved to Madison, where Eric was born and raised, in August, 2011.  They have two daughters.  Carlin, 32, is married to Tom Fuge and they have two daughters Maddie 2 1/2 years and Georgia, 18 months and reside in Bethesda, MD.  Brita, 22,  is a senior at the University of Colorado, Boulder and upon graduation will be working for a REIT in Denver.  Brita attended Edgewood High School and has been a member at Bethel since she was confirmed there in 2011. Since moving to Madison, Eric and Sharon have been Bethel members and Sharon has been involved with projects at the family real estate development company, Hovde Properties and with The Hovde Foundation.  The foundation’s focus is on providing shelter to abused and vulnerable children throughout the world.

Jennifer LaMontagne

Serves as the Strategy & Operations Leader and Chief of Staff to Ernst & Young’s Global Chief Innovation Officer.  She is responsible for driving strategic initiatives and enhancing operational effectiveness across their global team while working to support the orchestration of innovation across the global organization.

Previously she held a similar role within EY’s Global Wealth & Asset Management practice as well as positions at NASDAQ including Strategic Analyst and Client Director in their Corporate Client Group, and Project Manager in the Office of the President.  She also served in the role of Investor Relations Representative at Sony Corporation.

She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband Scott and two school-age children.  Her family has been members of Bethel for the past 5 years, enjoying their active involvement in Bethel Horizons where Jennifer has served on the Board for the past 2 years.

Paul Moen

Paul has worked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), a federal agency charged with promoting stability and confidence in the nation’s financial system, since 1989.  As a Senior Examiner, he regularly leads examination teams which assess the financial condition, risk management practices, and operational effectiveness of community financial institutions.  In addition to leading examinations, Paul has extensive experience contributing to special projects and providing examiner and industry training.  Paul holds a BS in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
 
Paul has been a Bethel member since 2001 and has been involved in many committees and other endeavors, including service on the Church Council, which included acting as the liaison to Bethel Horizons for several years.  Paul is married to Heather, and lives in Madison with sons Drae and Matthew, who all love Horizons.

Phil Pielage

Business career as Director of Sales and Support with Life Science companies:  Applied Biosystems, Life Technologies and Thermo Fisher Scientific.  Focus on DNA sequencing technology, automated molecular biology, and molecular forensics.  BS degree in Microbiology from University of Wisconsin – Madison.  Bethel member since 1994. Served as President, Vice President and Treasure of Horizons Board.  Also served on the Church Council for 4 terms, and Media Ministry for 3 terms.  Married to Kathy Pielage with 3 grown daughters that have all worked or attended camp at Horizons.

Anne Ross

Partner with Foley & Lardner law firm. Anne grew up on the west side of Madison and earned her undergraduate degree in Physical Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin, where her father was on the faculty and played a key role in the formation of the Institute for Environmental Studies (now known as the Gaylord Nelson Institute). Anne earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1981 and returned to Madison to practice law with Foley & Lardner LLP. She served as Managing Partner of the Firm’s Madison Office from 2008-2018.

Anne represents insurance companies and other business and nonprofit organizations on corporate governance, formation and capitalization, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and other transactions.

Anne’s current and former for profit and nonprofit Board experience includes Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Madison YWCA, Urban League of Greater Madison, Benedictine Life Foundation, Accelerate Madison, United Way of Dane County, Associated Bank Madison, SECURA Insurance Company, and Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company, among others. She is chair of the Dane County Henry Vilas Zoo Commission.

Anne lives with her partner, Carrie Nelson, and their 2 year old retriever, Linus, on the west side of Madison.  They are stewards of 56 acres of prairie and oak savannah on the banks of Gordon Creek in Iowa County, about 20 miles south of Bethel Horizons.

Andrew Seaborg

Andrew Seaborg grew up at Bethel and spent his first week at Horizons the summer after his third grade year. Today, he attends Good Shepherd where he recently stepped down as Congregation President.

Andrew is married to UW Pediatric Neurologist Kristin Seaborg. Together, they have three cute kids who attend Middleton schools. Both boys, Alex and Will, have spent many weeks at Horizons, where they also completed their Eagle Scout projects by building a Scout Bridge in the valley (Alex) and creating the wilderness campsites by Food Village Cliff (Will).

Andrew holds an MS in Finance from the UW-Madison and works at The Capital Group in Madison. In his spare time, he loves to mountain bike, ski and boat with his family.