Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Board of Directors

Brad Yarmark, President 

Brad is the Territory Manager for Lamar Advertising of Wisconsin. When he was a teen growing up in Ohio, his family moved onto a small farm where they cared for all kinds of animals -- horses, beef cattle, dogs, cats, rabbits – and Brad says he often worried about each of them. “Today, my partner and I are fortunate to live in a home in Janesville with a very large lot, which is great for our two dogs to run around and have fun.” Romeo and Bear were both adopted from the Humane Society. “I believe strongly in adoption of animals from humane societies and other rescue groups as opposed to buying from pet stores. I know the joys and benefits that companion animals bring to our lives and that is why I support the Humane Society's mission and am happy to serve on its board.”


Lisa Henke, Vice President  

Lisa brings more than 20 years of human resources to the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin and currently serves in Human Resources for Walworth County. A graduate of Milton High School, Lisa has made Janesville her home. Each night, Lisa is greeted at the door by her Dobermans, Raven, Izzy, Jax, and Cali.  

“I joined the board to help in any way I can to help animals find their forever homes.  I want to assist the human society in helping get a positive message out to the community on all of the great things they do for animals in our area.”


MaryAnn Burkheimer, Secretary

MaryAnn is a Victim-Witness Specialist in the Rock County District Attorney's Office. She sites her life-long passion for animals of all kinds as the reason she is a part of a group of dedicated individuals at HSSW who provides education on the importance of pet spaying/neutering to our communities.  “I strive to support responsible pet ownership which leads to safe and healthy animal-human relationships,” says MaryAnn.  Her pets include three Chihuahua girls all rescued -- one from a puppy mill and the other two as strays who were brought to HSSW.  “There is nothing better than coming home to my four-legged welcoming committee: Lily, Emma Jane, and Ruby.

Julie Michaelson, Treasurer


Debra Mills

Deb is a Physician Assistant with Dean Health System, Janesville, and has served 6 years on the board, currently as Vice President. “I want to help make adopting a new pet from the Humane Society a pleasant experience, involve a greater segment of adopters from all over southern Wisconsin, and help dispel many of the myths people may have about our shelter and adopting in general.” Deb also has an interest in starting a feral cat program. Rounding out her home are Myles, a rescued Great Pyrenees, and cats, Sophie and Minnie both adopted from us!


Maribeth Lindstrand 

Maribeth has volunteered walking and training dogs with the Humane Society for 15 years. She loves every second she spends with the pets at the Humane Society and enjoys the process of matching people with those lost and homeless pets. Maribeth is motivated by a desire to give every pet a chance to find their best friend and their forever home.

She lists her most important goal as a Board Member as finding positive solutions for community cats and hopefully developing a TNR (trap, neuter, return) program in Rock County. Maribeth works as a Records Clerk for the City of Beloit Police Department and shares her home with her dog, Maggie, a low key border collie and three cats: two calicos, Mitten and Isabella (who both have extra toes!), and Buster, a not so plain tabby who was rescued from a fire…and who is Maribeth’s “foster failure.” It’s a peaceful kingdom, albeit a hairy one.


David Peterson

David F. Peterson is a life-long Janesville resident and active community leader. Since retiring as a career firefighter he has been employed as a full-time instructor at Blackhawk Technical College. Dave is also involved in the G.I.F.T.S. program in Janesville. He lives with his wife, Cheryl, of 31 years and 2 demanding cats, Lucy and Randy.




Katie Reed

Katie Reed has practiced small animal veterinary medicine at Badger Veterinary Hospital in Janesville since 2005.  Growing up in Appleton, Katie recognized her desire to work with animals in her future career at a young age.  She has since then created a lifetime of study and work dedicated to the health and welfare of companion animals.  "Small animal veterinarians are a passionate group of people.  We feel strongly that we can serve as a positive voice to advocate for the animals we love and care for so much.  I work daily to shine light on the positive influences animals have in our lives.  Companion animals have an impact that often cannot be put into words on the lives of so many.  I feel my position as a board member for the HSSW allows me to speak even more loudly and strongly about the issues so close to my heart...adoption and rescue of companion animals."

Katie and her family share their home with Calvin the cat, adopted, of course, from the HSSW. 


Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe is a partner in the Carney Thorpe Law Firm, and although he is a new addition to our current board, he’s certainly no stranger to us having served on our board several years ago, too. Jim is happy to return because, he says, he strongly believes in the mission of the Society.

He and his wife have had Collies for more than 50 years, and a few cats along the way. Presently they have three grand puppies, a Collie, a Golden, and Labradoodle.




The Board of Directors of the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin meets the 4th Tuesday of every month. Meetings are open to members; If you wish to speak at the meeting, you must notify the President at least one week in advance, including topic, so that you can be added to the agenda. Speaking time is limited to 5 minutes or at the discretion of the President or acting Chair in case of the absence of the President.

Upcoming Events

Rock County 4-H Fair

July 29, 2017

The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin will have a booth set up with the Blackhawk Community Bank. Our volunteers will have information about our organization and applications to...

Pints for Pitties

August 6, 2017 (12-4pm) -

Calling all Pitbull lovers! Please come visit our amazing pitbulls available for adoption with the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin. These dogs include our longest stay residents...

News & Announcements

Unique program encourages literacy by reading to cats

JANESVILLE, Wis - The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin houses some of the smartest cats.

That’s because Washington Elementary fifth-graders read them books about...

Humane Society Honors Volunteers

JANESVILLE — The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is set to honor some of its volunteers as PetsGoHome Heroes, including one Beloit couple who has fostered 76 cats and...

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