Adam Bentley - Village Liaison
Adam has worked in local government since 2010 and currently works for the Village of
Waunakee. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Northern Iowa and a
master’s degree in business from Texas A&M. He is the liaison to the WNC board from the Village of
Waunakee. Adam recognizes the unique role WNC plays in supporting and building community in
Kari is the VP-Human Resources Director for the State Bank of Cross Plains. She has worked for the
bank for over 12 years within the HR department. Originally from De Pere, Kari graduated from
University of WI-La Crosse with a degree in Business Administration, emphasis Human Resources
Management. Kari moved to Waunakee in 2015 with husband Tim and 3 children, Ella, Maggie and
Jacob. Kari loves working for the bank as it allows her to continue to serve in various ways. She
volunteers regularly at her children's school. Kari is excited to serve as a WNC board member as an
opportunity for something that directly impacts the community she lives and works in.
Michelle currently works as a stay at home mother to two amazing young boys.
In 2016 she resigned from her position as secretary with the Elk River Area Food Cooperative in Elk River
Minnesota to move with her family to the Madison area. She has experience with management,
bookkeeping, accounting, marketing and personnel issues. Her professional background has been
entirely based in the customer service / hospitality industry and has given her a strong passion for
helping others and healthy living. She attended the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul Minnesota and has
a health coaching certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
Her family was drawn to Waunakee because of the strong sense of community. She personally was drawn
to WNC because of the strong sense of connectedness. She is blessed to say that volunteering at WNC has
given me both! She is honored and excited about the opportunity to serve as a board member and
believes whole heartedly that her love of people and commitment to the community will be a welcome
addition to the board.
Jody serves as WNC's treasurer. She has been committed to WNC's mission for over 10 years. As a family partner, Jody, her husband Greg, and their two kids actively support the community. "Our lives are blessed with wonderful families, true friends, a successful business and many other people and things within our community. These blessings are what encourage us to give back to the community and especially to those less fortunate or in need - like the people who utilize the services of WNC".
Jannina Killian - Secretary
Jannina graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree
and has worked in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison in advertising, marketing and sales. She paused
from her professional career to be a stay-at- home mom while volunteering with Junior League of
Madison, American Cancer Society, and then after moving to Waunakee became involved with WNC and
Arboretum PTO. She encourages the community to join efforts in supporting the mission which serves
as a necessary safety net for neighbors in need while providing student leadership opportunities and
giving back of time and talents through volunteerism.
Tara serves on the Board of Directors and is a Moonlight Masquerade Mash
committee chair. “I have been so inspired to live in a community where an
organization like the Waunakee Neighborhood Connection exists. I couldn't
wait to get involved and directly see the lives I would be impacting. It is so
important as human beings and God's children to help when we see others in
need. The WNC gives me a catalyst to do this which I am grateful for!”
Laura grew up in Iowa and after living in Minnesota, North Carolina, and Washington
state, was happy to relocate to Wisconsin with her husband Ryan and two boys
Hudson and Harrison. Laura graduated from Bethel University with an M.A in
Communication and currently works from home as a Digital Account Executive for
Salem Web Network. Many of her clients are non-profit organizations and
ministries. When Laura and her family moved to Waunakee five years ago, she was
overwhelmed by the kindness of the people and enjoys serving on the WNC board
helping to give back to the great community of Waunakee.
Jeff is the Publisher of Waunakee Neighbors monthly magazine. Through his magazine, Jeff works daily
to promote small businesses, residents and community organizations in Waunakee. Jeff believes that
organizations like Waunakee Neighborhood Connection enhance the quality of life in Waunakee and
foster the sense of community that is so often lacking in today's society. WNC's organizational model
that allows clients to serve others offers both assistance to those in need and the opportunities for
improvement, fulfillment and self-confidence.Prior to his role with Waunakee Neighbors , Jeff was Director of Operations for Applebee's in Wisconsin
and was Owner/Operator of two golf courses, a ski hill and a small hotel.