Our Team

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LEADERSHIP TEAM

KANDU’s 100+ staff members — led by an 11-person leadership team — are dedicated to empowering our clients in employment, social, and daily activities in order to give them the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential and independence.

Kathy Hansen

Kathy Hansen

Executive Director

Julie Smith

Julie Smith

Client Services Director

Jake Reed

Jake Reed

Operations Director

Linda Diedrich

Linda Diedrich

Marketing Director

Linda Ross

Linda Ross

Fund Development Director

Denise Schardt

Denise Schardt

Finance Director

Carmen Jones

Carmen Jones

Day Services Program Manager

LYNNE SUMPTER

LYNNE SUMPTER

Human Resources Manager

ISAIAH VANCE

ISAIAH VANCE

External Senior Client Services

DEBBIE BAYREUTHER

DEBBIE BAYREUTHER

Community Employment Program Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The KANDU Board of Directors and Endowment Board of Directors are accomplished and dedicated community leaders who guide, support, and advocate for the KANDU mission.

Joel Chappelle

Joel Chappelle

President

Food Industry Counsel

Michael C. Davis

Michael C. Davis

Vice President

Nowlan Law LLP

Matt Bordwell

Matt Bordwell

Treasurer

Summit Accounting Group

Kim Hesgard

Kim Hesgard

Secretary

Exact Sciences

Aron Bussan

Aron Bussan

First National Bank & Trust

Ethan Lee

Ethan Lee

City of Janesville

Betsy Nelson

Betsy Nelson

Parent Advocate
Board Emeritus

Amanda Pellizzi

Amanda Pellizzi

Prent Corporation

Tracy Pierner, Ph.D.

Tracy Pierner, Ph.D.

Blackhawk Technical College

Rick Wilson

Rick Wilson

A-Team, Parent Advocate

MICHAEL PROSSER

MICHAEL PROSSER

President of Henrici’s Management Corporation

Endowment Board

Pat Lyons

Pat Lyons

President

Lycon

Prudence Harker

Prudence Harker

Vice President

LifeCircle

Jenna Anacker

Jenna Anacker

Treasurer

Summit Accounting

Gina Erickson

Gina Erickson

Shannon Kennedy

Shannon Kennedy

SASid

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With weather this beautiful in February, we had to get outside and enjoy it! Clients soaked up the sunshine last week with a few barnyard visitors: goats! 🌞

Brought in by a client's mom, the baby goats were fun for both clients and staff to play with. Bottlefeeding and cuddling ...these little cuties was definitely the highlight of the day!

Did you know interacting with animals has been shown to decrease levels of cortisol (a stress-related hormone) and lower blood pressure? Studies have found that animals can reduce loneliness, increase feelings of social support, and boost your mood. [National Institute of Health]

KANDU Industries provides a diverse array of daily activities designed to promote the social, physical, and mental well-being of clients with disabilities and dementia. You can make a difference in the lives of adults with disabilities and dementia by supporting our programs through KANDU's Annual Giving Campaign: https://www.kanduindustries.com/support/annual-appeal-2023/

With weather this beautiful in February, we had to get outside and enjoy it! Clients soaked up the sunshine last week with a few barnyard visitors: goats! 🌞
Brought in by a client's mom, the baby goats were fun for both clients and staff to play with. Bottlefeeding and cuddling these ...little cuties was definitely the highlight of the day!

Chip, chip, hooray - lunchtime just got a little tastier! Frito-Lay donated snack-size chips to fill the KANDU lunch bags presented to clients on their first day of work at our new Milton location. Frito-Lay was so generous that we had quite a few bags left over, so we distributed the extras to ...clients at lunchtime last week. Thank you, Frito-Lay! 🎉

Five seniors from the Global Business Academy at Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville came to KANDU for a tour this week. The students got to interact with clients in programs and production, and then had the opportunity to join KANDU’s Senior Management Meeting for a behind-the-scenes look ...at the inner workings of a non-profit organization.

These seniors were here to learn about the importance of giving back to their community, the impactful role that non-profit organizations play in Rock County, and the personal and professional opportunities that come with being a nonprofit board member. Here’s to the next generation of community leaders!

Spreading the love at KANDU! 💘
Last week KANDU board member Kim Hesgard brought in a Valentine's treat basket for staff & we drew a winner: Dakota! Dakota just started at KANDU's Livin' & Learnin' program last week, and we were thrilled to give her a warm welcome!