Board of Directors
Brad Yarmark, President email@example.com
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
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 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.
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.
Katie is the Human Resource Manager for Community Action, Inc. of Rock and Walworth Counties and is an active runner. A Clinton High School graduate, she returned to Rock County and currently resides in Beloit after spending several years in Houston. Helping others, including our furry friends, has always been a passion of Katie's. She joined the board to help be the voice for the animals at the Humane Society and to help them find their forever home.
Katie shares her home with her husband Lucas and their beloved boxer pointer lab mix, Bocephus.
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.
News & Announcements
JANESVILLE, Wis. - The Humane Society of Southern Wisconsin is looking for input from the community about the design of a new shelter.
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