Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin

Board of Directors

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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.”

David Peterson, Vice President

David F. Peterson is a life-long Janesville resident and is active in the community. Dave is a retired career firefighter who volunteers for the HSSW along with the GIFTS Men's Shelter. Dave is currently the pastor for the First Congregational UCC Church in Milton. He lives with his wife of 33 years, Cheryl, and two demanding felines, Lucy and Randy.





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

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. 




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.

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.


Dan Williams

Dan is the Director of Education at ABC Supply Co., Inc. His responsibilities include the recruiting, training, and ongoing development of ABC associates around the country.  Over his 26 year career with ABC, he has held several positions and has had the opportunity to lead many large-scale projects.  He looks forward to using his business experience to help the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin continue to provide exceptional service to the community and its pets. 

He moved to Janesville, WI in 2012 from Phoenix, AZ with his wife of 24 years Jennifer, and their four children Daniel (21), Audrey (19), Melina (12), and Ivy (10).  He enjoys spending time with his kids and Penny, the family dog.


Brianne Klein

Brianne Klein grew up in and resides in Beloit, Wisconsin. Currently, she is the Accounting Manager at Hendricks Commercial Properties, LLC. In this role she focuses on financial statement preparation and managing the external audit, while also providing support for all monthly account reconciliations. She is looking forward to using her current professional experience to help contribute to the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin’s mission. Specifically, she is interested in the ability to promote responsible pet- ownership.

Brianne lives with her husband, Jon, their three little girls Eisley (7), Elora (5), and Tierney (2), and big “Marly-ish” lab, Jack.


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

Evansville Community Wellness Day

April 27, 2019

Come on out to Creekside Place in Evansville for Evansville Community Wellness Day! There will be music therapy, free massages, yoga with cats from HSSW, and more!...

Bark in the Park - “Pups Night Out”

April 28, 2019 (2pm) -

Join the Beloit Snappers and the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin for their first of three Bark in the Park events at Pohlman Field!

The first 50 dog owners...

News & Announcements

Humane Society launches efforts to raise funds for new facility

JANESVILLE - While at the halfway mark of fundraising for a new shelter, the Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is kicking off more efforts to raise approximately $2.375 million...

Shelter plans plethora of fundraising events

JANESVILLE - The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin has packed in numerous events and fundraisers over the next few months to raise money for the shelter and its...

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