LMACF

Board Members

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Our Board of Directors are people who work or live here like you who have a true love for our community and want to ensure that Lake Mills continues to thrive in future years. One way we fulfill our commitment to the betterment of our community and its citizens is through our continued support of local projects — especially those projects which help to improve the lives of our children.

Mission Statement: “To inspire generous investment that builds on the distinctive assets of the Lake Mills area to support continuous betterment of the community and the people who live, work, and visit here.”

Brian Watson (President), Jay Smith (Director), Aaron Genthe (non-voting member), Pam Lazaris (Director), Rick Mason (Director), Kerry Denson (Secretary/Treasurer), Pam Rogers (Vice President), Mallory Hines (Admin. Assistant) Amanda Thompson (Director, not pictured).

Board Member Biographies

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Owner @ Ace Hardware Lake Mills

LMACF Board President

(Appointed to our board 1/1/19)

1st term will expire 12/31/21

Brian Watson

Brian grew up on a farm in Elkhorn and graduated from high school there. Brian furthered his education at Milton College with an accounting degree, from UW-Whitewater with a MBA, and also from UW-Milwaukee with a Master’s degree in taxation.

He is a CPA and practiced with the firm Virchow, Krause & Co., which is now Baker Tilly, retiring as a partner in 2009.  

Brian lives in Milton with his wife Carol. They have two children, Emily and Rob. Brian opened the Ace Hardware store in Lake Mills in 2009.  Both Rob and Emily work in the business and are part owners. 

​​Key Distinctions and Honors Include:

  • Current President and Past Vice President & Treasurer and member of the Lake Mills Rotary Club

  • Paul Harris Fellow recognition Lake Mills Rotary Club – 2018

  • Past Board Member – Lake Mills Main Street Program

  • Past Board Member- Lake Mills Chamber of Commerce

  • Business of the Year – Lake Mills Chamber of Commerce – 2013

  • Treasurer of Badgerland Group of Ace Stores

  • Store Recognized as “Hardware All-Star” for Wisconsin – 2013

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Retired Teacher

& Community Relations Director

LMACF Vice President

(Appointed to our board 1/1/17)

Pam Rogers

Pam has lived in Jefferson County for 50 years and is a former Lake Mills City Council member and former Jefferson County Board Supervisor.  Born in California, Pam graduated from Wheaton High School, Wheaton, IL, after also living in Michigan and Kansas as a youngster. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1966 from Ripon College, Ripon, WI.

Pam was a classroom teacher, homebound instructor and tutor.  In 1986, she accepted a position as Community Relations Director/Volunteer Coordinator with Countryside Home, Jefferson County’s nursing home facility, until her retirement in 2000.

Pam’s husband, Steve, is retired from teaching although he still coaches in Jefferson.  They moved to Lake Mills in 1997. The couple have 2 children and 3 grandchildren.

Key Distinctions & Honors Include:

  • Past Chairperson Lake Mills Police and Fire Commission

  • Past Board Member Safe Communities Coalition

  • Past Council Member Jefferson City Council

  • Past Council Member Lake Mills City Council

  • Past Board Member Jefferson County Board of Supervisors

  • Past Chairperson Jefferson County Finance Committee

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Retired Commander @

Wisconsin Army National Guard

LMACF Secretary/Treasurer

(Appointed to our board 1/1/19)

1st term will expire on 12/31/2021

Kerry Denson

Kerry grew up on a small dairy farm near Oregon, WI.  He is the oldest of four boys.  He started first grade at age five in a one room school house.  He graduated from Oregon High School at 17, the youngest in his class.

 

At age nineteen he was drafted into the US Army in 1965.  He had begun testing for Pilot Training and the Army completed it and sent him to Flight School after completing Basic Training.  Upon receiving his wings he was in Vietnam two weeks later due to the shortage of pilots from combat losses.

 

He served two combat tours in Vietnam, not finishing the second tour due to injuries from being shot down.  After Active Duty he immediately joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard while completing college at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.  He received a degree in Business Administration.

 

He then went back into the military full time with the Wisconsin Guard.  He served in various assignments including Commander of the 1-147th Attack Helicopter Battalion, Director of Aviation for the Wisconsin Army National Guard, culminating the last nine years of his career as the Commander of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and its 7700 Soldiers.  As the Commander, Brig. Gen. Denson was responsible for the largest mobilization of the Wisconsin Army National Guard for combat since WWII.

 

General Denson has flown over 10,000 hours — 1,277 of them in combat.  He is rated to fly both helicopters and airplanes. His many military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and 35 Air Medals.  He served the nation with 41 years of military service.

 

General Denson is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, the Air Force’s Air War College, and numerous military leadership and training courses.

 

General Denson volunteers at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay as a locomotive engineer and served on their Board of Directors for seven years.

 

He and his spouse, Mary Ann Jackson, reside in the Lake Mills area.

Key Distinctions and Honors Include:

  • Commander of 147th Attack Helicopter Battalion

  • Director of Aviation for Wisconsin Army National Guard

  • Commander of Wisconsin Army National Guard

  • Military Awards include: Distinguished service Medal, Silver Star, The Distinguished

  • Flying Cross, The Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and 35 Air Medals

  • Secretary of Board of Director – National Railroad Museum

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LMACF Board Director

(Appointed to our board 1/1/2022)

1st term will expire on 12/31/2026

Richard (Rick) Mason

Rick was born and raised in Lake Mills.  He graduated from Lake Mills High School.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from UW-Whitewater.  He furthered his education by earning a PhD degree in Educational  Administration from UW-Madison.

Rick has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, Principal for 30 years and a Tenured Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at UW-Whitewater, where he coordinated the Educational Leadership Co-op Program between UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison.

Rick and his wife, Mary-Lynne, live in Lake Mills in the very house Rick grew up in.

Key Distinction & Honors Include:

  • Past member of the Lake Mills Police and Fire Commission

  • Twelve-year member of the Lake Mills Area School Board (10 years as President)

  • Current member of the Lake Mills Planning Commission

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Correspondent Lending Director &

General Counsel @ Bank of Lake Mills

LMACF Board Director

(Appointed to our board 3/10/2006)

Non-voting board member 2013-2021

Current term will expire on 12/31/2023

Jay Smith

Jay served as a voting board member until 1/1/2013 when became the Director At-Large, which is a non-voting board member with no term limit.

He served as Director At-Large until 1/1/2021 when he was again elected to a 3-year term as a voting board member.  His current term is scheduled to expire on 12/31/2023.

​Jay is the Correspondent Lending Director & General Counsel at Bank of Lake Mills.  Jay also serves on the Board of Directors for the Bank.  Prior to joining Bank of Lake Mills, Jay was a partner in the law firm of Neuberger, Griggs, Sweet & Smith, LLP in Lake Mills.  Jay was with the firm from 2007-2018.  His practice with the firm focused on the areas of Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Elder Law, Business and Real Estate. 

Jay also currently serves on the Board of Directors for Fort HealthCare.  He is a former member and past-president of the Lake Mills Rotary Club.  He also served for 5 years on the Lake Mills Main Street Program Board of Directors.

Jay grew up New Glarus, Wisconsin.  Jay achieved his Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, with majors in Political Science and German Studies and a minor in History.  He received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Marquette University Law School in 2007.  In 2002, Jay also had the opportunity to study abroad in Oldenburg, Germany.

Jay and his wife, Jessica, have 3 daughters, Adeline, Lucy and Hazel.  They reside in the Town of Lake Mills.

Key Distinctions & Honors Include:

 

  • Current Board Member - Fort HealthCare

  • Past President and Member - Lake Mills Rotary Club

  • Past Board Member & Vice President - Lake Mills Main Street Program

  • Past Member - Madison Estate Council

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Principal @ Lake Mills Elementary

LMACF Board Director

(Appointed to our board 1/1/2020)

Amanda Thompson

Amanda has served the Lake Mills Area School District since 2011 as an Elementary Principal and Curriculum and Instruction Director.  Previously, she was an elementary principal in the Kettle Moraine School District for 4 years and a 2nd grade teacher in Sun Prairie Area Schools for 5 years.  She was the Education Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Great LaCrosse, participated in social action theatre at UW-LaCrosse, and played the role of Amy in UW-L’s production of “Little Women”.  She has a passion for serving her community, helping children find the path to success, and working with parents as they raise their children.   

 

Amanda is a graduate of Westosha Central High School in Salem, WI.  She attended UW-LaCrosse majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in English.  Her master’s degree in Educational Leadership was obtained through Cardinal Stritch University. 

   

In 2007, Amanda and her husband Jeff moved to Lake Mills.  They were drawn to Lake Mills because of the amazing community feel, kindness of its residents, and excellent public service for the community.  She is proud to be the mom of Clay and Elliotte and watch them flourish as they attend Lake Mills Elementary School.

Key Distinctions and Honors Include:

  • Recipient of Wisconsin State Reading Association Outstanding Administrator Award

  • Recipient of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve - Patriotic Employer

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Consulting Administrator

@ Sproutamo Corporation

LMACF Board Director

(Appointed to our board 1/1/2021)

Pam Lazaris

Pam moved to Lake Mills in June 1998.  She is a consulting administrator for family business, Sproutamo Corporation, distributor of the Easy-Sprout™ sprouter worldwide.  Pam also is a planning consultant via Pyramid Lake Services LLC.  Before moving to Lake Mills, Pam was Community Development Director of the City of Waseca, Minnesota and held various planning jobs before then.

 

Pam earned a Master of Business Administration, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul; Master of Urban & Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Bachelor of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Pam grew up in Dixon, Illinois and graduated from Dixon High School.

 

Pam and her husband, Gene Monson, live in the City of Lake Mills.  She and Gene have two adult children; Gene has three adult children.  Together they have seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

 

Key Distinctions & Honors Include:

 

  • Member, Plan Commission, City of Lake Mills, Wisconsin (1999-Present; Chairman, 2012-Present)

  • Member, Ethics Board, City of Lake Mills, Wisconsin (2012-Present)

  • Past Member, City Council, City of Lake Mills, Wisconsin (1999-2010)

  • Member, Troop Committee, Boy Scout Troop 148 (Lake Mills), Glacier’s Edge Council (2002-2014)

  • Citizenship Merit Badge Counselor (Citizenship in the Community, Nation, World badges), Boy Scout Troop 148 (2002-2009)

  • Eagle Scout Ceremony Administration, Boy Scout Troop 148 (2002-2014)

  • Board of Directors, Waseca Area Community Foundation, Waseca, Minnesota (1989-1998)

  • Member, American Institute of Certified Planners (1986 to Present)

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Financial Advisor

@ Edward Jones Investments

LMACF Board Director at Large

Non-Voting

(Appointed to our board 1/1/2015)

Aaron Genthe

Aaron moved to Lake Mills in 1999, as an opportunity arose to take over management of the local Edward Jones Investments Office.  Aaron is a fully licensed Series 7 Financial Advisor and is celebrating his 21st year serving his clients in the Lake Mills area.  In 2006, he accepted his company’s offer to become a Limited Partner with Edward Jones, thus becoming a partial owner in the firm.  Besides helping hundreds of local families with their financial goals and retirement planning, he has served several roles for over 15 years on the leadership team of the Southeast WI Edward Jones Region, primarily as a mentor/trainer/coach to other advisors.

 

Aaron grew up in Richland Center, WI where he worked in his parent’s jewelry store business and graduated from high school there in 1992.  After high school, Aaron attended UW-Whitewater where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Finance & Marketing, in 1996.  Upon college graduation he went on to work as a stockbroker for 2 years (1997-1998) at OLDE Stockbrokers in Madison, before making the career change to Edward Jones in Lake Mills. 

 

Aaron is a proud parent of his three children – Ryan (22), Alexis (20) and Adriana (18).  Ryan works in Medical Sales and lives in Minneapolis, Alexis is studying to become a nurse at UW Madison, and Adriana is a senior at Lake Mills High School.

 

Key Distinctions & Honors Include:

  • 20yr Member & Past President – Lake Mills Rotary Club

  • Past Secretary Lake Mills Rotary Foundation

  • Past Board Member/Director Lake Mills Area Chamber of Commerce

  • Member Lake Mills Optimist Club

  • Past Board Member St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lake Mills –  Stewardship Board

  • 2012 & 2019 Volunteer of the Year (Lake Mills Area Chamber of Commerce)

  • Paul Harris Fellow Recognition in 2009 (Lake Mills Rotary Club)

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Freelance Graphic Designer 

Administrative Assistant

Non-Voting

Mallory Hines

Mallory has been an on again off again resident of Lake Mills since she was 6 years old and graduated from LMHS in 2004. She obtained a Certified Nursing Assistant and CBRF License in 2009.  She Attended Bryant and Stratton College downtown Milwaukee, was on the Dean's list all semesters and graduated with an Associates Degree in Applied Sciences, Graphic Design. While in College, she had an internship with ESPN 540 Milwaukee, where she created the first Wisconsin Sports Awards logo and playbook.

Out of college, Mallory held Graphic Design positions at the Good Morning Advertiser and the Jefferson County Daily Union creating award-winning ads for local businesses. She recently resigned as Administrative Assistant for the Lake Mills United Methodist Church.

Mallory now lives in Aztalan with her son, Tucker who is 7 years, her boyfriend Randy, and their many pets, 4 cats and 1 dog. She enjoys painting, kayaking, hiking, cooking and traveling in her spare time.