Board of Directors
The Board of Directors of the Oshkosh Area United way includes volunteers from our community who ensure we carry out our mission. This group meets every month to oversee the programs, finance, policies, and strategic issues of the United Way. They also ensure that we manage our resources to best meet the needs of our community.
Board Position: Chair
Michael D. Rust, J.D. is the Executive Director of the Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, Inc.
He has performed more than a thousand mediations, trained hundreds of mediators, and spoken to thousands. Michael is also the Licensee and Co-Organizer of TEDxOshkosh, a locally organized event created in the style and under license from TED.
Michael graduated from Carthage College with degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology before attending Marquette University Law School. He practiced law for several years before devoting his work to conflict resolution. Michael has been involved with numerous organizations on the local, state, and national levels. He is excited to bring his passion to assist in the United Way mission for the Oshkosh community.
Board Position: Vice Chair, Investment Management & Audit
Amy, a Partner in Copper Harbor Investment Advisors, LLC has advised clients in a fiduciary and investment management role since 1989.
Amy has an extensive background in trust and fiduciary services. She has also been a senior investment advisor for a large regional accounting firm. She has experience as Vice President and Trust officer at US Bank, NA, Senior Investment Advisor at Baker Tilly Investment Advisors LLC, and in family wealth and estate planning. Additionally, she has been involved in many community programs, such as the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation, Mid-Morning Kiwanis, Oshkosh Public Library Board of Directors and Board President of EB Davis Child Care in Oshkosh.
Board Position: Vice Chair, Board Management & Secretary
Tina Schmiedel is a partner at Sareja LLC where she provides consulting services in strategy development, engineering, and project leadership to select clients.
Tina retired as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Oshkosh Corporation, where she supported the development and execution of global strategic initiatives for the corporation.
During her 12-year tenure at Oshkosh Corporation, she developed best practices for market intelligence, market assessment, market plan development and new market entry for the corporation. Her work supported business unit priorities and new product development, as well as the integration of the marketing tools and requirements in the New Product Development Process. She supported the development and execution of the global investor relations strategy which included developing processes and best practices to execute the strategy. Also, she addressed daily management items such as in-depth competitive, industry and investment analysis and perspective to management on an ongoing basis.
Following her retirement from Oshkosh, she continues to remain active in the community and with Michigan Technological University. Tina is married and has three children.
Board Position: Vice Chair, Allocations & Community Development
Jennifer owns Community & Nonprofit Leadership Consulting, LLC. She has been involved with a variety of nonprofits from healthcare to post-secondary education.
Jennifer consults nonprofits on fund development, program management, and organizational transitions throughout Wisconsin.
She teaches for UW-Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay, and guest speaks for UW-Madison and throughout the community on nonprofit topics.
Jennifer has played various roles with nonprofits over the years. She has served as a staff member, board member, intern, and volunteer. All of these experiences have inspired her to continue working in the nonprofit sector to bring results through working collaborations and making an impact in our communities.
Board Position: Treasurer
Nathan Kastein is the Vice President of Business Banking with Bank First. He is tasked with maintaining and developing business relationships in the greater Fox Valley region.
He has over 15 years of banking experience, with the last 11 years in business banking. Nathan earned a bachelor’s degree in business, majoring in finance and marketing from UW-Oshkosh, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Nathan lives in Oshkosh with his wife and two children. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing, boating, traveling, and coaching the various sports teams with which his children are involved.
Chuck has served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Chief of Staff at Silver Star Brands (formerly the Miles Kimball Company) for the past two years. Before Silver Star Brands, he was in Human Resource leadership positions at several companies in the Fox Valley.
In addition to being on the Oshkosh Area United Way Board, Chuck serves as an Advisory Council member for Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) and Oshkosh Aurora Medical Center.
Bryan Brandt is Oshkosh Corporation’s Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Bryan joined the company in October 2016 and leads the work streams of Global Marketing, Branding & Communications, Strategy Deployment, Enterprise Simplification, Quality & Continuous Improvement, and Organizational Change Management.
He has been instrumental in growing the company’s People First culture through creating vision, leading change, building high performing teams and executing strategic approaches that drive enterprise-wide results.
Prior to joining Oshkosh, Bryan was part of Bemis Company where he led various teams in sales, continuous improvement, transformation and marketing. Bryan studied at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Mark joined the board in 2016, after graduating from Leadership Oshkosh. He has worked at Blue Door Consulting in Oshkosh for eight years. He is the Programming Team Lead and a Full-Stack Web Developer.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, he came to Oshkosh to attend UW Oshkosh, graduating from the College of Business in 2003. He has 15 years of web and software development experience, all with companies headquartered in the Fox Valley.
Annie has been a member of the Oshkosh Area United Way board since 2017. Along with serving on the board, she serves on the investment fund management committee. Annie was a co-chair of the 2017 fundraising campaign.
She is an associate attorney at Reff Baivier Lim Muza Sundet & Dunham, S.C. There, she specializes in probate, estate planning, and elder law. Annie also serves on Clarity Care’s Board of Directors — and participates in Tempo and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation Women’s Fund grant committee.
Paulette Feld has represented the Winnebago County Labor Council on our board since 2016. She also serves on the allocations and community impact committee for OAUW.
She is retired from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she was a staff member at Polk Library. While at Polk, Paulette helped organize the University Staff Senate (formerly the Classified Staff Advisory Committee) and served on various university and library committees.
She served leadership roles with the Wisconsin Library Association and American Library Association. Paulette also was involved in her local union at UW Oshkosh (AFSCME Local 579), serving as local president and on the statewide executive board and as president of AFSCME Council 24 (now a part of AFSCME Council 32). Paulette is on the board of the Winnebago County Labor Council.
Karlene Grabner was born and raised in Oshkosh. As a graduate of Lourdes Academy she went on to earn a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a major in Finance. She also earned a Bachelor’s of Science with a major in Economics. Both were from the University of Oshkosh.
She is now the Director of Donor Services for the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and the Executive Director of the Women’s Fund.
Outside of her career, Karlene is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Lourdes Academy Foundation. She is a member of Oshkosh Rotary Club, Tempo of the Fox Valley and Waterfest.
Ethan joined the Oshkosh Area United Way board in 2019. He is the Vice President and General Manager of Liquid Packaging at Amcor Flexibles. He has held positions at MeadWestvaco, NewPage Corp, Appvion and Veritiv.
Ethan attained his undergraduate degree in international economics from St. Norbert College in De Pere. He also has a Master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He also received Executive Education from Stanford University in Leadership and Organizational Renewal, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in Mergers and Acquisitions and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in AI Business Strategy.
Al Hartman holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison; and Masters and Doctorate degrees from Michigan State University.
In addition to teaching for almost 40 years, he served in several leadership roles. These include 13 years as dean of the College of Business, assistant dean, interim Provost, acting assistant Vice Chancellor and chair of the Faculty Development Board.
In addition to serving on the Oshkosh Area United Way he has served on many local boards, including Leadership Oshkosh Retreat, Evergreen Retirement Community, Evergreen Foundation Board, FVTC Oshkosh Advisory Board, Oshkosh Opera House Foundation, Wisconsin Family Business Forum, Business Success Center, Oshkosh Area Economic Development Committee, New North Workplace Excellence Award Selection Committee, Oshkosh Downtown Development Task Force, New North Formation Task Force, and Angels on the Water.
Al is a past United Way Board Chair.
Dave is a lifelong Oshkosh resident. He attended UW-Madison College of Engineering and graduated from Milwaukee School of Engineering (BS Mechanical Engineering, AS Internal Combustion Engines). In 1971 he joined the Army Reserve Officer Training Corp. Then, he began working at Keenline Conveyor Systems in 1975. His current position at Keenline Conveyor Systems is CEO and Owner.
In 1997, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce voted him Small Business Person of the Year. He was also nominated as Wisconsin Small Businessperson of year. Dave is the president of the Omro Area Development Corporation, and the Military Veterans Museum and Education Center in Oshkosh.
He is involved with St. Raphael’s Church in Oshkosh and is also a member at St. Raphael’s Knights of Columbus.
John Kriz is President of Muza Metal Products. He joined the organization in 2013 initially as Director of Operations, and quickly transitioned into the role of President within his first several months. Prior to joining Muza, John was a team member at Ariens Company (outdoor power equipment – lawn mowers and snow blowers) supporting roles of Operations Manager, Value Stream Manager, and Corporate Quality Manager and spent time at Leach Company (refuse vehicles) as Quality Manager, Operations Supervisor, and Mechanical Engineer. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.
John brings with him extensive lean and continuous improvement experience to Muza, and was instrumental in the creation of Muza’s Core Values: honesty, fairness, passion, fun, customer-focus, and teamwork.
John believes strongly in volunteering and giving back to the community. Through the years he has supported Habitat for Humanity, Children’s Hospital, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Salvation Army just to name a few. He is also very involved with coaching youth sports, most notably his son’s hockey team over the past 13 years. John has also been a very significant advocate and fundraiser of the Alzheimer’s Association after losing his father to the horrible disease back in 2016.
John lives in Neenah with his wife, son, and border collie dog, and enjoys playing and coaching hockey, fishing, and volunteering within his community and is excited to help make a positive impact for the United Way.
Mike has been the Fire Chief in Oshkosh since 2018. He was born and raised in Colorado, but is now proud to call Oshkosh home.
Mike has spent his career helping others as a firefighter and a paramedic. Being on the Board for Oshkosh Area United Way is another way for him to serve his community. He looks forward to working with the United Way to make Oshkosh a better place to live, and a place to live better.
David is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hoffmaster Group, Inc. David has also worked for Newell Rubbermaid and Phelps Dodge Corporation in various financial roles.
He started his career with Deloitte and Touche in Detroit, where he served as a Loaned Executive to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
David is a Certified Public Accountant. He holds a Master in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of General Studies degree with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Michigan.