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

President
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.

Kristin Schoville

Vice President
September 2015 – Present
Email Vice President

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

Secretary
May 2016 – Present
E-Mail Secretary

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.

photo of mark schultzeMark Schultze

Treasurer
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.

diane and kenzieDiane Hermann-Brown

Director
October 2012 – Present
E-Mail Director

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

Don Curtis

Director
October 2016 – Present
E-Mail Director

Don has been a long time puppy raiser and volunteer for OccuPaws and has had several dogs which he raised go on to become working Guide Dogs.

Don also is a member of the OccuPaws puppy committee and volunteers at many of the OccuPaws events.

Tammy Juen

Director
October 2016 – Present
E-Mail Director

Tammy’s daughter, Lexi, has raised several OccuPaws puppies while in high school and her second dog, Hank, has qualified to begin harness training in the winter of 2016-17.  Tammy has been very supportive of Lexi and been very active with volunteering for OccuPaws.  She also was recently elected to the OccuPaws Puppy Committee.

Marlette Larsen

Director
August 2010 – Present
E-Mail Director

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.

Kelsey MehlhoffKelsey Mehlhoff

Director
January 2015 – Present
Email Director

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.

Courtney Sweet

Director
October 2016 – Present
E-Mail Director

Courtney has been involved with OccuPaws for several years both as a puppy raiser, volunteer, party coordinator and most recently elected to the fund raising committee.

Paul Turinske

Director
October 2016 – Present
E-Mail Director

Paul is the proud partner of OccuPaws Guide Dog Tango.  Paul has been volunteering with website work and also as the chair of the Client Advisory Committee.