Leaders Among our Neighbors

These people set us apart from most: they are local leaders who serve on our Board of Directors and help guide our principles and keep us in touch with the needs of the community. To them we are very grateful. 

Photo of Board President, Monica Nichter

Monica Nichter

Jody Neilson

David Less

Board Chair

Board Vice-Chair

Board Secretary

Monica is a retired healthcare executive, serving most recently as the Executive Director of Primary Care for Froedtert Holy Family Memorial. She is an experienced leader in strategy, program growth, operations and human capital development. An alumna of University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

Jody has lived in Manitowoc since 1997 when he moved to be employed with the Manitowoc Fire Department. He was also employed in Milwaukee by Flight for Life as a flight paramedic, and officially retired in 2020. Jody has a Bachelor’s Degree in education from UW- Eau Claire, an Associate Degree in paramedic medicine, and a near complete Bachelor’s Degree in Fire and Safety Engineering.

David brings Shady Lane his extensive background in planning, business financing, and development. For 27 years he was Manitowoc’s City Planner. He is a Certified Economic Development Professional through the National Development Council. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Northern Illinois University in De Kalb and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle.

Matthew Neu

Kay Avci

Chris Herzog

Finance Chair

Personnel Chair

Long Range Planning Chair

Matthew is an Accountant and Senior Manager with Hawkins, Ash CPAs. He holds a BBA in Accounting and Marketing from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. A Manitowoc resident since 1999, Mr. Neu also serves on the Manitowoc County Historical Society Board and the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra Board.

Kay was the Associate Dean of Nursing for Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland WI. This position included managing the Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Programs. Ms. Avci’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and a Master’s Degree in Nursing in Adult Health and Administration from Marquette University in Milwaukee.

Chris is a community member with multiple past and present board and committee positions.  As President of A.C.E. Building Service, Inc. Chris brings over twenty years of experience in the construction industry to the board as well as practical business experience.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

Amy Fricke-Weigel

Jeremy Sehloff

Amy Fricke-Weigel

Heather Garcia

Nominating Chair

Marketing Chair

Jeremy is the Hospitality Manager at Froedtert Holy Family Memorial Hospital has been a resident of Manitowoc County since 1993. Jeremy holds an Associate Degree from the University of Wisconsin Manitowoc Center and a Business Management degree with a Mathematics minor from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay.

Amy is the CEO of Fricke Printing Service Inc. She is a graduate of Roncalli High School and graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business & Communication and Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Heather, MSOTR, CLT is an Occupational Therapist Case Manager with Advocate Aurora Health. Heather’s educational background includes both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee in Occupational Science. She is a certified lymphedema therapist.  Heather has 17 years as an Occupational Therapist in Manitowoc County with experience in both nursing home and home care settings.

Photo of Board Member Dayna Goetz

Dayna Goetz

Photo of Board Member Karen O'Leary

Karen O'Leary

Photo of Board Member Dennis Tienor

Dennis Tienor

Dayna MSN/RN, is a Homecare Case Manager with Advocate Aurora Health. Dayna’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Human services from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Creighton University, and a Master of Nursing from Grand Canyon University.

Karen is the sole proprietor of Lakeshore Computer Tutors, LLC, which she started after retiring as the Staff Trainer and a Continuing Education instructor at Lakeshore Technical College. She received an Associate in Arts degree from Cottey College in Nevada, MO and a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Dennis is a Business Banker with the Bank of Luxemburg. He completed the Graduate School of Banking at UW-Madison, holds a BS in Finance degree from UW-Whitewater, Associate Degree from UW-Manitowoc, and is an Alum of Valders High School. Dennis is honored to serve Shady Lane, among various non-profits in the community to better our community for all.