Karin Vanderhoof – President
Karin moved to Wisconsin as part of a military family in the late sixties. She went on her first unchaperoned date with her then high school sweetheart to the Necedah Queen of the Holy Rosary Shrine and hiking to the tower in the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. A few years later they brought their two young daughters to Necedah where they would spend their childhood and be educated in the public school system. Throughout the years, in addition to being wife and mother she added to the family income working in a manufacturing/production setting in a nearby town. She was a Main Street presence briefly in 2011 and then again since her husbands passing in 2017. In 2021 she acknowledged at a chamber meeting during elections that she wasn’t doing anything on Wednesday nights and then subsequently became the new chamber of commerce president and has held that seat ever since.
In addition to being the Chamber President, Karin also currently serves an office in the Friends of Juneau County Community organization, and is a member of The Community Action Team and the Juneau County Economic Development Corporation.
Karin’s duties per the bylaws are straight forward; Preside at all meetings of the organization, appoint committees with board approval, and serve ex-official on all committees. She has learned a lot and is grateful to the many that have joined in the opportunity to be a part of the chambers continued growth.
Karen states “What is not written in the bylaws is the opportunities I receive to make a difference in my small corner of the world. Our small town and everything about it is where I want to be. Please consider this amazing opportunity come February elections! Time to grow!!”
Bridgette Wiggins – Vice President
While Bridgette is not originally from Necedah, she has absolutely fallen in love with this community and is proud to call it home.
She currently serves as the Vice President for the chamber. In that role, she provides support for the President and serves on various committees to assist the chamber in its overall goals.
Lee Ann Heiden – Secretary
Lee Ann moved here in 2016 to be near her daughter’s family and her grandchildren. She loves the country here and the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge. She was previously Secretary for DCERT – Dodge County.
Her duties as Secretary include taking notes at the meeting and preparing them for approval once completed. She also currently takes care of events such as the Kindness Award and National Night Out and assists with members and website information for events and puts together the agendas.
Francesca Peetz – Treasurer
Francesca is originally from the south eastern part of Wisconsin. She moved to Necedah in 2014 for the small town environment and the chance to offer her children a better place to grow up.
As the treasurer, all monies taken in and used by chamber are her responsibility. She helps to develop budgets and creates a monthly financial report to be presented at our monthly meetings. She also directs funds, collects funds as advised and ensures that they remain safe.
Barb Baker – Board member
Barb has been actively involved with marketing and the promotion of Tourism and Economic Development for the regions surrounding the Castle Rock and Petenwell Lakes since 1996. She is a firm believer that by working together and utilizing each and every person’s talents, our citizens and communities prosper.
Having someone like Barb with so much expertise in tourism sitting on the board is immensely valuable. Her knowledge can contribute to strategic planning, marketing efforts and the development of initiatives that enhance the overall tourism experience in our area.
Coleen Warzala – Board Member
Coleen is originally from Milwaukee, but moved to the area here a couple of years ago in search of a more peaceful lifestyle.
As the Social Media Coordinator for the Chamber, Coleen is on a mission to connect the community with our chamber members. She really enjoys promoting our members businesses and their events, sales, etc… If you are a member with a story to share or an event to promote, please reach out to her!
Matt Warzala – Board Member
Matt was born and raised in Milwaukee and moved to the Necedah Area in 2021. He and his wife were in search of property in more of a country setting and feel lucky to have found a great place in this beautiful area.
Matt joined the board with the intention of making a positive impact on the business community here in Necedah. He assists the board by contributing his expertise and knowledge to different committees.