Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the Oshkosh Area United way consists of volunteers from our community who ensure that we can successfully carry out our mission. They meet monthly to oversee the programs, finance, policies, and the strategic issues of the United Way and ensure we are managing our resources in the best way possible to meet the needs of our community.

Board of Directors

Ken Arneson

Ken has served as the President & CEO Evergreen Life Plan Community in Oshkosh since 2005.  He is involved in numerous organizations within the Oshkosh Community, such as the Women’s Fund Board, Oshkosh Community Foundation, Greater Oshkosh Economic Development, Steering Committee Leadership Oshkosh, and the Oshkosh Area United Way.





Chuck Basting
Silver Star Brands

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 2 years.  Prior to Silver Star Brands, he has been 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 the Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) and the Oshkosh Aurora Medical Center.


Bryan Brandt
Oshkosh Corporation

Mark Cyrulik
Blue Door Consulting

Annie Elmer
Reff Baivier Lim Muza Sundet & Dunham, S.C. 

Annie has been a member of the Oshkosh Area United Way board since 2017.  In addition to serving on the board, she also serves on the investment fund management committee and was a co-chair of the 2017 fundraising campaign.

She is currently an associate attorney at Reff Baivier Lim Muza Sundet & Dunham, S.C. and 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
Winnebago County Labor Council

Paulette Feld has represented the Winnebago County Labor Council on the Oshkosh Area United Way board since 2016, and also serves on the Allocations and Community Impact Committee for OAUW.   She is retired from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she was a member of the staff at Polk Library.   While working at Polk, Paulette helped organize the University Staff Senate (formerly the Classified Staff Advisory Committee) and served on various University and Library committees.   She was involved with and served leadership roles with the Wisconsin Library Association and the American Library Association.   She 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 currently on the board of the Winnebago County Labor Council.  
Along with the OAUW board, Paulette currently serves on the ADVOCAP Board of Directors.   After retiring she also helped organize the UW Oshkosh Retirees Association, is a member of the AFSCME Retirees Association and recently completed two terms on the Wisconsin Humanities Council (and still reviews programs for the group).   Locally, Paulette is a member of Citizens for a Strong Oshkosh and participates in various community groups, including the Most Blessed Sacrament Handbell Choir.  Other interests include knitting, gardening and snowshoeing in winter.

Karlene Grabner
Oshkosh Area Community Foundation


E. Alan Hartman,
Board Chair
UW Oshkosh

Holds a Bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and Masters and Doctorate degrees from Michigan State University.   He was on the faculty at Texas Christian University before being hired by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1976.  In addition to teaching for almost 40 years, he served in several leadership roles including 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 of directors/committees some of which are 25 years facilitating the 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.

The Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce recognized him with two awards, the Lynne Webster Leadership Award, and the Outstanding Service Award.  In 2010 the Oshkosh Chapter of Women in Management presented him with Mentor of the Year.

Nathan Kastein
Bank First National

Nathan Kastein is currently the Vice President of Business Banking with Bank First National, 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.  He has been a board member with the OAUW for the last 3 years and is currently the board Treasurer.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in business, majoring in finance and marketing from UW-Oshkosh, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix.  He currently 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.




Mandy Potts
UW Oshkosh


Michael D Rust, J.D.
Board Chair-Elect

Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center

Michael D. Rust, J.D. is the Executive Director of the Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center, Inc.  Mr. Rust has performed more than a thousand mediations, trained hundreds of mediators, and spoken to thousands.  He is also the Licensee and Co-Organizer of TEDxOshkosh, a locally organized event created in the style and under license from TED.
Mr. Rust 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 practice to conflict resolution.  He has been involved with numerous organizations on the local, state, and national levels, but is excited to bring his passion to assist in the United Way mission for the Oshkosh community. 


Tina Schmiedel
VC Board Management & Secretary
Retired, Oshkosh Corp.

Tina Schmiedel is currently a partner at Sareja LLC were she provides consulting services in strategy development, engineering, and project leadership to select clients.
Schmiedel recently retired as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Oshkosh Corporation where she supported the development and execution of the global strategic initiatives for the corporation.
During her 12 year tenure at Oshkosh Corporation, she developed and executed best practices for market intelligence, market assessment, market plan development and new market entry for the corporation to support 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 and daily management items such as providing in-depth competitive, industry and investment analysis and perspective to management on an ongoing basis.
During her 17 year tenure at Procter & Gamble, she demonstrated extensive management expertise in operations leadership, strategic management, human resources, and functional technology areas.

Over the course of her professional career, Schmiedel was very involved in numerous civic and community organizations. Following her retirement from Oshkosh, she continues to remain active in the Oshkosh community and with Michigan Technological University. Schmiedel is married and has three children.

Amy J. Sitter, CTFA
VC Investment/ Fund Development
Copper Harbor Investment Advisors

Amy Sitter, Partner in Copper Harbor Investment Advisors LLC, has been advising clients through a fiduciary and investment management role since 1989.  Amy has an extensive background in trust and fiduciary services, as well as having been a senior investment advisor for a large regional accounting firm.  She has had 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. She has also been involved in many community programs, including the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation, Mid-Morning Kiwanis, Oshkosh Public Library Board of Directors, Board President of EB Davis Child Care in Oshkosh, and the Oshkosh Area United Way Board of Directors, Chair, and Investment Committee.

Jennifer Skolaski, PhD
VC Allocations & Community Development
Community & Nonprofit Leadership Consulting, LLC

Jennifer Skolaski, Ph.D., is the owner of Community & Nonprofit Leadership Consulting, LLC. She has been involved with a variety of nonprofits from children to elderly, health care to the environment, and early childhood to post-secondary education. Jennifer consults nonprofits on fund development, program management, and organizational transition strategy throughout the state of Wisconsin. She teaches for UW-Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay, and regularly guest speaks for UW-Madison and throughout the community on nonprofit topics. Jennifer has played various roles with nonprofits over the years from 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.



David Walkowski

David Walkowski is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hoffmaster Group, Inc. in Oshkosh. Mr. Walkowski previously worked for Newell Rubbermaid and Phelps Dodge Corporation in various financial roles. Mr. Walkowski started his career with Deloitte and Touche in Detroit, where he served as a Loaned Executive to the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
Mr. Walkowski 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.



Bruce Williams
Past Board Chair
BMO Harris Bank

Bruce is a Senior Premier Banker with 27 years of experience currently serving the Ripon, Fond du Lac, Lomira and Random Lake, Wisconsin Markets. Helping customers meet their financial goals is Bruce's primary objective. He helps customers build a solid foundation for the future with a thorough understanding of their needs, thoughtful preparation and an integrated approach to banking.

Prior to joining the BMO Harris Premier Services team, Bruce was a Branch Manager at BMO Harris Bank. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in finance and his Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Bruce is treasurer of the Oshkosh Mid Morning Kiwanis Foundation, and President-Elect of Oshkosh Area United Way. He is also involved with the UWO College of Business Advisory Council. Bruce lives in Oshkosh with his wife, Kim, and daughter, Kiley. He enjoys golf, bicycling, weight training, football, reading, and Caribbean vacations.


Will Wyman
Castle Pierce

Will Wyman was born and raised in Oshkosh.  After obtaining a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Denver he decided to come back to Wisconsin to pursue a career and a Master’s in Business at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  Will is currently the Director of Operations at CastlePierce in Oshkosh.  He was elected to the board in January of 2018 and is excited to join the Oshkosh Area United Way to give back to the community that has played a significant role in his childhood and adult life.    





Board members serve without compensation.