Board of Directors

The OccuPaws Guide Dog Association is proud to introduce the following individuals serving on its volunteer Board of Directors. The dedication and hard work put forth by all of our board members is integral to the development and success of OccuPaws.

Barb Schultze

August 2009 – Present
E-Mail President

Barb retired several years ago from a large manufacturing firm where she was a planner/buyer.  Mrs. Schultze has had dogs all of her life.  She has previously trained service dogs for the physically disabled and therapy dogs for Animal Assisted Therapy.

Marlette Larsen

Vice President
August 2010 – Present
E-Mail Vice President

Marlette is a retired business owner, running the Happy Pastime Shop in Middleton for 35 years.  As the Fund Raising Chair, she has managed numerous, very successful fund raising events for OccuPaws, as well as hosting Promise, our Ambassador Dog.

diane and kenzieDiane Hermann-Brown

October 2012 – Present
E-Mail Secretary

Diane has been an OccuPaws Puppy Raiser, volunteer, and puppy sitter for several years.  She is also the City Clerk for Sun Prairie, WI.

photo of mark schultzeMark Schultze

August 2009 – Present
E-Mail Treasurer

Mark is retired from the State of Wisconsin, where he was a bank examiner for several years.  Prior to that he was President of Sytech Integration, and before that, a Vice President of a Wisconsin Bank holding company.  He spent a large portion of his career creating and analyzing business plans, budgets and audits.

OM-SpecialistPam Reich

Orientation and Mobility Specialist
December 2008 – Present
E-Mail O & M Specialist

Pam has been a Teacher of the Visually Impaired for 29 years.  Pam’s specific talents include: knowledge of the developmental process of visually impaired students from age 3 to 21, wide variety of skills taught to students with visual impairment such as technology, Braille, orientation and mobility skills at all levels, daily living skills, entertainment and recreation, social and independence skills.

Adult Outreach Director - Randy MeyerRandy Meyer

Adult Outreach Director
October 2012 – Present
E-Mail Adult Outreach Director

Randy received his first guide dog, Deegan, from OccuPaws in 2010.  Randy helps guide dog applicants with questions and decisions about receiving and working with a guide dog.  He also assists with OccuPaws Corporate Fund-Raising and in his spare time, is the Mayor of Sheboygan Falls, WI.

photo of desirae pausmaDesirae Pausma

Labrador Breeding Director
November 2010 – Present
E-Mail Labrador Breeding Director

Desirae has been involved with Labrador Retriever’s most of her life, breeding, raising, training and showing her dogs.  She also donates some of those puppies to several service dog organizations.  She also raises and shows Ragdoll Cats.

Kelsey MehlhoffKelsey Mehlhoff

January 2015 – Present

Kelsey has volunteered with OccuPaws since 2009. She raised many puppies before she began training and coordinating our puppy raisers. Kelsey has worked several years in professional development.

Kristin Schoville

Director – Public Relations
September 2015 – Present
E-Mail P/R Director

Kristin first began working with OccuPaws when she was the Worthy Grand Matron of the Wisconsin Order of the Eastern Star and made OccuPaws the charity of the year.  She continued to work with OccuPaws, raising several puppies, serving on committees, before being elected to the Board.

Kathy Ducat

May 2016 – Present
E-Mail Director

Kathy was been a volunteer for OccuPaws prior to her election to the Board of Directors and also has an OccuPaws Guide Dog, Aurora.  Aurora is her second Guide and probably the only dog who has the stamina to keep up with Kathy’s training regimen for track and field.  In her spare time, she works full time as a supervisor at a Technology & Financial Services Company.