Maryann Bitto: Consumer Representative
Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Maryann moved to Wisconsin in 1996, seeking a better lifestyle in rural Mauston. Since relocating to Mauston, Maryann has continued her career as a Graphic Designer. She has been employed at several local newspaper companies, The Juneau County Messenger, The Adams Reporter and the Juneau County Star-Times. She also freelances as a graphic designer out of her home, and is currently in the process of adding web design to her services. In addition to her design experience, Maryann owned and operated a commercial/residential cleaning company. "A Polished Touch, Inc." in Chicago where she attained knowledge of the many facets of managing a small business. Maryann is a client of ContinuUs, receiving weekly services from ContinuUs. Being disabled herself, Maryann will bring the client's viewpoint to the ContinuUs Board. She looks forward to contributing to the Board of Directors through her experience as a client, as well as her previous experience in business management.
Kenneth Cornish: Consumer/Family Representative
Mr. Cornish has over 25 years of healthcare management experience insmall, rural hospitals. His main focus has been as the Chief Financial Officerthroughout his professional career; however, he has served as theadministrative lead to every hospital area with the exception of nursing. Heis a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and hasserved as President of the Minnesota chapter and as a Director in both theWisconsin and Minnesota chapters. He and his wife Jean live in ruralSteuben in Crawford County.
Timothy J. Cottingham: Juneau County Board Appointee
Mr. Cottingham has a background in both the military and private sector. He retired as a Captain with the Juneau County Sheriff's Office. He also previously served as a Supervisor on the Town of Lemonweir for nine years and is now a County Board Supervisor for District 18 in Juneau County. Mr. Cottingham is appointed to the Juneau County's Human Services Board, as well as the Co-Chairman of the Regional Comprehensive Community Services Board and the local Comprehensive Community Services Board. Mr. Cottingham is also appointed to the Finance/IT Committee, Building Security/Space Committee and Organization Committee. Mr. Cottingham's career has been with public service and he continues to do so.
Wade P. Dull: Crawford County Board Appointee
Mr. Dull graduated from Southwest Technical College specializing in agricultural mechanics. He is a dairy farmer. He and his wife have been licensed foster care providers for 15 years. Mr. Dull has been a member of the Crawford County Board for the past six years.
Joan Fordham, Chair Sauk County Board Appointee
Ms. Fordham has been on the Sauk County Board since 2004 and currently serves on the Human Services, Finance, Executive and Legislative Committees. She has an extensive employment history of working with nonprofit organizations including being an Executive Director. She also serves as a member of various non-profit boards in her community.
Mike Furgal: Green County Board Appointee
Mr. Furgal graduated from Palomar College with an AA degree in Political Science, Chapman University with an BA degree in Social Science and Pepperdine University with an MA degree in Education. Mr. Furgal has been on the Green County Board since 1989 and currently serves as Chair of the Veterans Service Committee and is a member of the Human Service Board and Library Board. He has retired three times: serving 22 years on active duty as a Marine Corps Intelligence Officer, then working for Wisconsin Job Service as a Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist and finally as Adjutant (CEO)/Quartermaster (CFO) of the Wisconsin Veterans of Foreign Wars. He also serves as a member of the Taxation and Finance Steering Committee of the Wisconsin Counties Association and the Investment Advisory committee of the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation.
Linda Gentes, Secretary Richland County Board Appointee
Linda Gentes graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. degree in Education and later received a Master’s degree from UW-Madison in Continuing and Vocational Education. She taught a few years, then opened a bed linen store in Highland Park, Illinois, which grew to two stores and a sewing workshop. After selling her business she moved with her husband to their summer place in Richland County. She became Director of Continuing Education at UW-Richland. After 20 years, she worked part time as the Coordinator for the First Year Initiative at UW-Richland. Along with her husband, she had a venue for weddings and a guest house on their secluded farm land. They both recently retired and in 2014 she was elected a supervisor on the Richland County Board.
James Griffiths: Iowa County Board Appointee
Mr. Griffiths received a B.S. degree from De Paul in General Business. His work history includes over 40 years in the oil industry in various Accounting, Systems and Business Process Analysis positions. After retirement from Texaco, he returned to his Wisconsin farm roots and operated his own forensic accounting consulting business for several years. Now retired, he is a member of the Iowa County Board and volunteers on several community projects.
Mel Masters: Consumer/Family Representative
Mr. Masters is a lifelong farmer and resident of Iowa County. He has been married for over thirty years and has two children. As a dedicated board member of Unified Community Services, Mr. Masters served as chair for four years and secretary for two years. Mel is also actively involved in Township Government, serving two years as supervisor. He has attended UW-Platteville and Southwest Technical College. His prior work experience at a sheltered workshop, as well as having a cousin residing at the Central Wisconsin Center, has further expanded his knowledge and awareness of disabilities. Mel enjoys meeting people with different diversities and spending time with his hunting dogs.
Gary Ranum: Grant County Board Appointee
Mr. Ranum graduated from UW-Whitewater with majors in Math and Physics. The United States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA with a MA in National Security Affairs and completed additional programs at the Defense Intelligence University and the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, both in Washington, D.C. A retired senior naval officer, he has served in numerous operational, staff and diplomatic positions in the U.S., in Europe and at sea. Since returning to Wisconsin, he has successfully coached high school football, served on his local town and county boards, as well as those of some non-profits. For ten years, he and his family provided care in their home for an Alzheimer’s stricken parent.
Ray Schmitz, Vice-Chair Family/Consumer Representative
Mr. Schmitz and his wife Sylvia have been married for over 40 years and have four daughters, one son and 11 grandchildren. After farming his entire life, he is now semi-retired. Mr. Schmitz has held offices or appointments with the Richland County Health and Human Services Board, Richland Hospital Foundation Board, Consumers Co-Operative of Richland County, Equity Richland and Premier Co-Op Mount Horeb. Mr. Schmitz takes great pride in his family and nurturing his grandchildren--the next generation.
Jolene Whitehead: Member-At-Large
Ms. Whitehead is a lifetime resident of Monroe, Wisconsin. Ms. Whitehead graduated from Upper Iowa University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Accounting (Honors – Magna Cum Laude). Ms. Whitehead works for Dane County Parent Council, Inc. which provides services for Headstart, Early Headstart and Childcare for low income families in Dane and Green counties. Ms. Whitehead has two daughters and three grandchildren.
Leon Wolfe: Lafayette County Board Appointee
Mr. Wolfe grew up on dairy, hog, poultry, and sheep farm in Buffalo County. Mr. Wolfe earned a BS degree in Ag Education from UWRF in 1966 and taught high school Ag and Industrial Arts for four years at Stockbridge High School, near Green Bay. He went to work for USDA with ASCS and then on to FSA serving as County Executive Director in Lafayette County from 1971 through 2006. Since then, he has been on the County Board, County Farm Bureau Board and the Director for the state Snowmobile Organization representing Lafayette County.