Board of Directors and Staff


Linda Hale, President

Attorney, Hale's Legal Service

Tutor, Kids Ranch, Baraboo School District

Former Elementary School & University of Wisconsin Educator

Former Clerk for Wisconsin State Supreme Court

PhD in Education; MA in Special Ed; BA Regular & Special Ed; JD, Marquette University


Paul Bierman, Vice President

Elementary School Principal, School District of Reedsburg

Volunteer Firefighter, Reedsburg Fire Department

Honorary Member, Reedsburg-Western Sauk County Rotary Club

Erica Reuber, Secretary

Andrew (Andy) L. Hager, Treasurer

Private Wealth Advisor & Certified Financial Planner, Ameriprise

Treasurer, Baraboo Area Literacy Council

Board Member, Varigen

Owner, Acorn Hill Farm LLC

Anne Horjus, Director

​Former Youth Services Program Coordinator, Baraboo Public Library

Art Director, Acroterion Books

Independent Artist, Illustrator, & Author

Speaker & Member, Wisconsin Humanities Council's ShopTalk Team 

Instructor, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC)

​Educated (Classical Voice) at Royal Conservatory in The Hague, the Netherlands


Sue Halvensleben, Director

​Member, Board of Education, St. Peter's School, Reedsburg

Member, American Legion Auxiliary

Former Elementary School Teacher, Wisconsin Dells School District & St. Joseph Catholic  School, Baraboo

Doug Mering, Director

Baraboo School District: Elementary Homeless Tutor Mentor, Guest Teacher,

        Past 3rd Grade Virtual Teacher

Member of Wisconsin Public Education Network

Past Baraboo Board of Education Member

Bachelor of Science in Education and Chemical Engineering

Jackie BodetteDirector

Retired from ADRC of Central Wisconsin, Transportation and Volunteer Coordinator;

Former AODA Counselor and volunteer at St. Clare Hospital

Baraboo Kiwanis member

St. Clare Hospital Auxiliary member


Penny Johnson, Executive Director

​Former Youth Services Teen Specialist & Volunteer Coordinator, Baraboo Public Library

​Volunteer, Baraboo Public Schools

​​Former Member, Vice President, & President, Baraboo School District Board of Education

BGS in Management, emphasis on Organizational Effectiveness, Brigham Young University

Mary Bowers, Education Coordinator

Former Elementary School Teacher, Green Bay, & St. Joseph Catholic School, Baraboo

Board Member & Co-founder, Sauk County Children's Giving Tree

Board Member, Reading Connections

BA cum laude in Elementary Education, Silver Lake College

Teresa Parker, Mental Wellness Coordinator

Specialist in childhood trauma and abuse; PTSD; depression; learning disabilities; cognitive-behavioral therapy

Retired Child and Family Therapist at Pathway Clinic and Pauquette Center

Former Clinical Director of Wisconsin State Mental Health Program, Mendota

Guest Psychologist for programs for autistic/neurologically-impaired children, Stockholm Sweden

Former Marriage and Family Therapist, inpatient and outpatient addiction and mental health treatment, St. Clare Center, SSM Health Services

Joan Fordham, Bookkeeper

Former District 17 Supervisor, Sauk County Board of Supervisors

Natalie Fullmer, Administrative Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator

Mary Farrell-Stieve, Education & Mental Wellness Assistant


Summer Camp Coordinator

Summer Camp Assistant

Garden Assistant