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Board Members and Staff

Meet Our Team

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Ryan Jennings, President

  • Board Member Since 2012
  • Launched his own personal training studio, XO Fitness, seven years ago with his wife, Karin
  • Hometown: Slinger, Wisconsin
  • Previously involved in: De Pere Area Chamber of Commerce and East De Pere Business Alliance
  • Actively involved in: Bay Nordic Community Ski program that teaches kids ages 3-12 to cross-country ski, hosts middle and high school race teams as well as an adult club. We are currently working to raise $250,000 to light 4 kilometers of cross-country ski trails at the Brown County Reforestation Camp.
  • Passionate about:  I love helping people.  At XO Fitness, I love helping adults succeed with their fitness goals.
  • Favorite thing about De Pere: I love being able to walk from my home right into the downtown.  De Pere has that wonderful small town feeling and it’s great place to raise our family.
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Scott Hemauer, Past President

  • Board Member since 2012
  • Downtown De Pere property owner
  • Certified Financial Planner / Financial Advisor at Hemauer & Zurawski
  • St. Norbert College alumnus
  • Hometown: New Holstein, Wisconsin
  • Previously Involved In: De Pere Riverwalk Fundraising Committee, Purchased and restored the historic John Smith Triple Store Building at 113 S. Broadway which won the National Park Services’ Historical Preservation Award in 2012
  • Actively Involved In: De Pere Cub Scouts Pack 4143, De Pere Rapides Youth Soccer, De Pere Rec Youth Football, Suzy C. Altmayer School
  • Passionate about: Spending time with his family, enjoying outdoor activities including boating, snowboarding and snowmobiling. Scott also restores vintage snowmobiles and has a vintage race car
  • Favorite thing about De Pere: There’s nothing that can’t be done right here in De Pere!
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Julie Fronsee, Treasurer

  • Board Member Since 2012
  • Downtown De Pere property owner
  • Partner at Roels, Keidatz, Fronsee & Danen, LLP
  • Hometown: Germantown, Wisconsin
  • Previously Involved in: Served as Past President of Definitely De Pere
  • Actively Involved in: Big Brothers Big Sisters of NEW, Brown County Bar Association, Robert J. Parins Inns of Court
  • Passionate about: Domestic and international travel, motorcycling
  • Favorite Thing about De Pere: The historic charm of the downtown area and the sense of
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Rachel Johnson, Secretary

  • Board Member Since 2015
  • Downtown De Pere Resident
  • Actively involved in Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Service League of Green Bay, Brown County Medical Alliance, Wrightstown Area Library Committee, Women’s Fund of Green Bay, Literacy Council
  • Passionate about: walking, staying active, connecting with people.
  • Favorite thing about De Pere: how the historical character of the downtown area has been maintained.
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Todd Danen

  • Board Member Since 2015
  • Director of Alumni & Parent Relations at St. Norbert College
  • St. Norbert College alumnus
  • Actively involved in De Pere Rotary Club
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Jessica Diederich

  • Board Member Since 2015
  • Director of Partnerships & Business Development, Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Actively involved in Children’s Museum of Green Bay, Film Green Bay, Green Bay Area Restaurant Week
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Ray Kopish

  • Board Member Since 2015
  • Business Development at Seroogy’s Chocolates
  • Hometown: Marinette, Michigan
  • Has been involved in Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, De Pere Business Association, Green Bay Film Festival, Brown County Room Tax Commission, Miracle League of Green Bay, American Red Cross, and NEW Curative Rehabilitation Center.
  • Favorite thing about De Pere: Biking the Fox River Trail and enjoying the waterfront activities. “There is a lot happening in the community, and more to come!”
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Kiar Olson

  • Board Member Since 2016
  • Owner of Kiar Media, De Pere, WI.
  • Hometown: De Pere, WI
  • Previously involved in: Olde Main Street Green Bay and Downtown Green Bay, Inc. and the De Pere chapter of Ducks Unlimited
  • Actively involved in: Raising two teenagers and running a small business.
  • Passionate about: Love all things art, playing and listening to live music and spending as much time with our kids and family as I can.
  • Favorite thing about De Pere: Great small town feel within a bigger metro area. I grew up here and it’s such a small community that you know about everyone.
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Brenda Busch

  • Board Member Since 2016
  • Associate Director of Graduate Recruitment at St. Norbert College
  • St. Norbert College alumna, B.A. ’93, M.L.S. ’13
  • Downtown De Pere resident since 2011
  • Hometown: Pulaski, WI
  • Passionate about: Pursuit of education in all forms; helping friends and family cultivate their inner stylist/interior design skills; organizing and cleaning (I’ve always said my OCD tendencies never hurt anyone, nor has a Swiffer or Windex); staying active so I can actively enjoy good food and dark beers; appreciating and supporting my family.
  • Favorite things about De Pere: Downtown’s historic buildings and homes; the eclectic mix of restaurants, retail shops and small businesses; having the Riverwalk, Voyager Park and Fox River Trail as my backyard!
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Bridgett Lowery

  • Board Member Since 2017
  • Owner and Operator of 416 Cuisine in De Pere
  • Degree in Education from Michigan State; Master’s from University of NC at Wilmington. Experiences teaching at elementary and college level and experience in Human Resources.
  • Hometown: Libertyville, IL
  • Actively involved in: Ben’s Wish. 416 has donated a portion of sales or raised money or food since 2012.
  • Passionate about: Trying to ease insecurities in the area, family dinners, getting kids into the kitchen and teaching people to cook. Being an advocate for other business owners helping them to succeed.
  • Favorite things about De Pere: The people! Fellow businesses owners, residents, and customers.
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Tina Quigley, Executive Director

  • Former Executive Director, Mosaic Arts, Inc.
  • Hometown: De Pere, Wisconsin
  • Previously involved in Arts Wisconsin, served as regional captain for Northeastern Wisconsin; member of downtown Green Bay public art committee; active with Dickinson PTO; member of YOU Magazine advisory board; former executive secretary and board treasurer of Wisconsin Festivals and Events Association; former Board member of Olde Main and Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • Passionate about: The arts and working to ensure that they are a vital part of our community.
  • Favorite thing about De Pere: The unique shops, contemporary restaurants, and specialty businesses; quiet neighborhoods with wonderful parks and recreational trails; and great schools.
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Heather Kostelnik, Program and Event Coordinator

  • Hometown: Sheboygan, WI
  • Student of UW-Green Bay, Arts Management major
  • Previously involved in: Mosaic Arts Inc., Good Times Programming, Appleton Downtown Inc., Disney College Program
  • Passionate about: creating a vibrant and exciting community in small towns that rivals the big cities. Anything arts related, cooking, traveling to new places and coming home to my two cats and fiancée.
  • Favorite thing about De Pere: all the unique shops, eateries, historic charm and growing downtown community.
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