Board Biographies

As a Member Representative on the Board, Beth Arimond brings a strong background in educational, social service and medical advocacy for the Disabled. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Minnesota and has past work experience with the State of Minnesota, the City of Whitewater and Gundersen Lutheran. Beth and husband, George, have lived on French Island for 20 years with their son, Mark. Mark was born with Marshall-Smith Syndrome (MSS) and has a complicated medical history. Beth currently volunteers for the Coulee Region Literacy Council and the After-School Reading Program at Summit Elementary School.

Jackson County appointee Ron Carney chairs the WWC Board of Directors. Ron was elected in 2004 to the Jackson County Board of Supervisors, where he is the Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee and also of the Land Conservation Committee. He serves as Vice Chair of the Jackson County Board of Adjustment and is a member of the Jackson County Law Enforcement and Personnel Committees. Ron also serves on the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission. Ron retired in 1998 after working 37 years for Abbot Laboratories, where he held several key positions, including Associate Research Fellow. He graduated from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in Chemistry and holds an honorary PhD in Biochemistry from Abbot Laboratories. 

Jim Edwards serves as a Member Representative to the Board. A Sparta resident, Jim also represents Monroe County on Age AdvantAge/Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups. He chairs CWAG District 5 and also serves on the CWAG Board of Directors. His many other community involvements include serving as member of the Monroe County Shelter Care Board and as a Medicare Part D counselor through Monroe County Senior Services.Jim worked 36 years in the public school system as a teacher, coach and administrator, including 18 years as a principal before retiring.

Trempealeau County appointee Jan Herold brings a strong advocacy background to the Board. Born and raised in Trempealeau County, Jan and her husband, Norman, have adopted 13 special needs children and provided foster care to 67 children over a 20-year period. She previously served on the Trempealeau County Unified Board and Long-Term Care Council.In addition to her community involvements, Jan owns and operates Past and Present Gifts on Main in Onalaska, where she sells handmade dolls and children’s sweaters, as well as vintage and antique pottery, local artwork and small gifts.

The La Crosse County appointee to the Board, Tara Johnson has served on the La Crosse County Board of Supervisors since 2000 and in July 2011 she was elected by her peers as its Chair. She received her bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Tara formerly worked as a United Way professional in Milwaukee, Green Bay and La Crosse, where she ended her 15 year career as the Executive Director. Tara and her husband, Tim Padesky, reside in the La Crosse area with their two children. She also acted as guardian for an uncle who received Family Care services for many years, an experience that lends additional insight into her role on the Board.

John Kriesel serves as Buffalo County’s appointee to the Board. A Buffalo City resident, John is also an elected member of the Buffalo County Board of Supervisors. He brings a strong background in long-term support to both roles, having retired from his position as director of the county’s Health and Human Services Department after working 34 years for Buffalo County. During his final year with the department, he participated in the initial planning phases for Family Care expansion and regionalization.John resides in Buffalo City with his wife and has two adult children. He believes all individuals should receive the services they need to experience the quality of life most people take for granted.

Dan Richardson serves as the Pepin County appointee to the Board. Married to Jeanette for over fifty years living in Arkansaw, WI, their family includes three adult children, six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Dan is an ordained minister serving the Community of Christ Church. He presently serves on the Waterville Township Board as a Supervisor and chairs the Waterville Land Use Planning Commission. In addition, is a board member of the Pepin County/Durand Area Food Pantry and the Family Building Workgroup of Buffalo/Pepin County.

Dr. Silvana Richardson filled the At-Large representative vacancy on the WWC Board in July, 2009. Silvana is currently a professor (since 1991) and Dean of the School of Nursing (since 1997) at Viterbo University. Silvana has a PHD from Southern Illinois University, a MHS in Nursing from the Governor’s State University in Illinois and a BSN from Loyola University in Illinois. Silvana has past experience as a pediatric nurse administrator, college health nurse, practitioner/teacher in the care of infants/toddlers, university professor and staff nurse in pediatric and adult health. Her community service includes serving on Franciscan Skemp Healthcare’s Advisory Board – Center for Health and Healing and also the Institutional Review Board, along with several years of past service on the Board of Bethany St. Joseph Care Center and Advisory Board for Citizen Advocacy. Silvana’s research interests include complementary health and healing, health promotion and nursing education.

The Monroe County appointee to the Board, Jim Shilling also serves on the Monroe County Human Services Committee. He also serves on the Deke Slayton Space and Bicycle Museum Board of Directors. Jim and his wife, Kathryn, have three adult children and reside in Sparta. An Ohio native, Jim has resided in west central Wisconsin for nearly 35 years. He retired from the public school system after working as a teacher, coach and administrator. His assignments included serving as the At-Risk Coordinator for the Sparta School District.

Larry Tichenor serves as a Member Representative on the Board. A life-long resident of Sparta, Wisconsin, Larry has been an equipment salesman for 40 years with St. Joseph Equipment. Larry has two adult children, the youngest, Matt, was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and has a lengthy medical history. Larry has been an advocate for Matt and others that have special needs. He helped create the Children of the Heart (Down Syndrome Group) and has served on the board since its inception as well as serving on the Public Works Board in Sparta for 16 years, as a Board member with Handishop Industries in Tomah for 12 years and he also coached the Special Olympics for 11 years. Larry enjoys the experiences he shares with his son Matt attending many local events.

Rev. Don Ehler serves as the At-Large, business appointee to the Board. The father of three adult children, Don and his wife live in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He served as the Vice Chairmen of Vernon County Human Services. The former pastor of First Congregational Church in Hillsboro for 35 years, Don holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Appalachian Bible College. He is a fully certified deputy and chaplain for the Vernon County Sheriff's Department and the co-founder and chair of Vernon County Crime Stoppers. He currently serves as the interim Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Leon in Sparta and is the Annual Conference Coordinator of the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference.

 

Vernon County appointee and United States Army veteran Maynard Cox has served on the Vernon County Board since 2009. Maynard also volunteered time serving time on the Vernon County Historical Society Board. Maynard and his wife live in De Soto Wisconsin where they raised their three children. Maynard retired in 2004 after working for 28 years for the Department of Corrections. He enjoys spending time now with his family and by working his wood shop, repairing broken items to make them new again.