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Fort HealthCare welcomes Johnson and Schmeling to board of directors

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Michael Wallace, President & CEO of Fort HealthCare recently announced that Dean T. Johnson of Fort Atkinson and Sharon Schmeling of Jefferson have been appointed to the Fort HealthCare Board of Directors.

Johnson is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Aristotle Corporation in Fort Atkinson. Aristotle Corporation is the parent organization of Nasco International.  His involvement with Nasco began in 1994 as corporate controller. He received his bachelor of business administration degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Currently, he serves as Treasurer, Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the advisory board of Johnson Bank, Fort Atkinson and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Fort Atkinson. He is a certified public accountant.
Schmeling is presently Chairman of the Jefferson County Board. She was elected to that role in 2004. Previously, she served as a project manager for the American Education Reform Council in Milwaukee and at the Marquette University Institute for the Transformation of Learning as well as Associate Director, Wisconsin Catholic Conference. Additional public service includes roles with the Stewardship Fund Advisory Council (appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources), the Working Lands Initiative (appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection) and the County’s Countryside Home where she served as chairman of the board of trustees and led the effort to build a more modern, resident-centered facility that opened in 2003.
Schmeling received her bachelor of arts degree in journalism and theology from Marquette University and her master of arts degree in religious studies from Villanova University in Pennsylvania.
Wallace welcomes both Johnson and Schmeling to the board for a three year term beginning January 6. Board members may be reappointed for two additional terms. Howard Marklein and Phil Mertens exited the board in December 2008. Board members are chosen based on their professional skills and their ability to represent the healthcare needs of the various communities within the Fort HealthCare primary service area.
“Dean will bring to the board exceptional business planning skills and many years of experience as a financial officer. His excellent communication skills and ability to adapt to a broad range of business activities will be extremely helpful in his role as a board member,” said Wallace. “Sharon has proven to be a skilled leader and administrator in every role she has assumed, whether on the Jefferson County Board or as a member of advisory councils with sometimes politically sensitive agendas. Her background in public relations, journalism, budgeting and human resources management will be invaluable.”  
“Both will undoubtedly be excellent additions to the Fort HealthCare board,” he added.