Tell us about your background/family:
I am married to Rhonda, my wife of 34 years. We have two children; Bryan, who is in his second year of residency here in Appleton and specializing in family practice; and Jennifer, a graduate of the UW Madison Food Science program and working in Lacrosse for a company formulating dairy based ingredients for the food industry. Prior to retirement in July 2015, I worked in Procurement/Logistics/Hedging and Risk Management in the agricultural/pet food industry. My job took me to several areas of the U.S. until 1994 when we moved to the Appleton area where we have been ever since.
What led you to volunteer for Habitat?
Once I retired I wanted to spend time giving back to the community in a way in which I never was able while working and was interested in the good work that Habitat is doing. Our church sponsored a house on the north side of Appleton approximately 5 years ago which was my first real introduction to what all was involved. My neighbor, Monica Wildermuth was already an active member and helped steer me to the organization.
What has been the biggest surprise to you about Habitat?
I knew that the people who gave their time were special, but having been able to work with some of them I am truly awed by the commitment and dedication of all involved.
When not volunteering for Habitat, how do you spend your time?
I volunteer time at Riverview Gardens at both their farm and with their Earn a Bike program that provides people needing transportation to put in time to earn their own bike. I also spend time traveling, gardening, photography, biking, and various DIY projects (and rooting for the CUBS)
What thing about you might surprise the person working with you on a Habitat project?
Shortly after retiring, my wife and I walked across England. The out of the way places we visited, the people we met, and the breathtaking landscape we saw was unforgettable. (For those with Fitbit trackers that’s 500,000 steps and 1800 stories climbed.)