Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Board of Directors

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Maribeth Lindstrand, President 

Maribeth has volunteered walking and training dogs with the Humane Society for 20 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 recently retired from City of Beloit Police Records department which will give her time to work on a long time goal of building a new HSSW home to better fulfill our mission.  Maribeth shares her home with her dog, Maggie, a low key border collie, one chubby orange cat named Leo and Lily, a torti formerly mama cat who was a foster cat Maribeth adopted. It’s a peaceful kingdom, albeit a hairy one.

Maribeth jokes that she is the "numbers" person; not meaning $$ but animal numbers and is extremely proud HSSW has achieved a No Kill status.


Brad Yarkmark, Vice 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.”


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Julie Michaelson, Treasurer

Julie is a senior accountant at Baker Tilly, specializing in individual taxation. She has been a resident of Janesville since 1984. She has been on the Humane Society board since 1999. Her current cat, Grady, is the third cat that she has adopted from the Humane Society. She especially likes to provide homes to senior cats. 



MaryAnn Burkheimer

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.


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.

Aaron Walsh

Steven Servantez, DVM

Born and raised in Mason City, Iowa. Graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Steve began his career in Geneva, IL for 3 years before moving to Janesville, WI. in 1992. He is currently a Senior Partner at Badger Veterinary Hospital in Janesville; other locations include Cambridge and Beloit. Steve's passions are community service for animals and humans. He loves to stay connected to my community and help others.

Steve currently serves on many boards including: Janesville Noon Rotary: Past President and on Board of Directors, Kids Against Hunger: Board Secretary, Belize Zoo Neotropical Conservancy: Board member and Veterinary Committee, Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin: Board Member, G.I.F.T.S.: Board Member, The Hive: Board Vice President, United Way: Community Grant Review Committee. In his spare time, Steve enjoys photography, outdoors and spending time with friends, family and pets - Wife Julie, 4 kids, 3 cats and 1 dog.


Erik Rozolis

Erik is a Solutions Architect with ABC Supply, working with many different technologies and teams. He lives in Janesville with his girlfriend Taylore, and his two dogs Tiny and Tim. Tiny and Tim were recently published in the 2018 Lake Dogs edition of Lake Geneva’s At The Lake magazine.




Jim Hamilton

Jim Hamilton was born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin and has been the President and CEO of Summit Machine Works since 1987. He and his wife, Jan, have four children, six grandchildren and six furry grandchildren. Jim enjoys spending time with his family, boating, and being outdoors.

With his experience in growing Summit Machine Works, he has much to offer.

Jim’s values, vision, finance, marketing, strategic planning, and public image are just a few. Jim has served as a member of the Beloit Crime Stoppers as well as the Star Zenith Boat Club. He looks forward to helping and contributing to the growth, development, and the strengthening of programs and services.

Angie Baskin

Angie is the Customer Support Supervisor with First National Bank and Trust in Beloit, WI. Originally from Minnesota, she grew up on a hobby farm – cats, dogs, horses, cows, chickens, rabbits and ducks – where her love of animals began.

One important goal that Angie has as a Board Member is to continue educating pet owners on the importance of pet spaying/neutering along with securing proper vaccinations. She highlights and promotes the Low Cost spay and neuter options available in the area, along with the Low Cost Vaccine clinics facilitated through HSSW.

A Janesville resident since 2005, she and her husband, Brent, share their home with a small brood of pets: cats Tasha and Teddy and dogs Dakota and Diesel. Angie enjoys spending time with her family, friends and pets, boating, and baking sweet treats.

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

Empty the Shelters 2019

December 14, 2019

On Saturday, December 14th, you will have the opportunity to adopt a new best friend for $25 and BISSELL Pet Foundation will sponsor the remaining cost! We will be...

Multiple Cat Spay/Neuter Special

December 17, 2019

Thanks to a generous grant from Karen Gadke, The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin will be hosting a Multiple Cat Spay/Neuter Special on Tuesday, December 17th. Spay...

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