March 24, 2003

Contact:      Jennifer Kurczek
      Community Relations Director

      (920)361-5481 or



Three area residents elected to CHN Foundation Board of Directors


The Community Health Network Foundation elected three new members to its Board of Directors during the charitable organizationís Annual Meeting at Berlin Memorial Hospital on January 22nd.


Attorney Clay Dutcher, Wautoma; Lee Zarnott, Ripon; and Clyde Simonson, Wautoma; were elected to three year terms and join Chairman Michael Starshak, Green Lake; Vice Chairman Craig Berkoben, Wild Rose; Secretary/Treasurer Jodi Timler Olmen, Green Lake; Peggy Cotterill, Markesan; and Dave Peterson, Wautoma; in board service.


Attorney Clay Dutcher

A native of Wautoma, Attorney Dutcher earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Ripon College and Law Degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Specializing in product liability, estate planning and personal injury, he is currently a partner with the Dutcher Law Office, LLC in Wautoma.


He is a member of the Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin; The Defense Research Institute (Medical Malpractice Defense Bar); The American Bar Association; The Wisconsin State Bar Association; and Rotary International. In his free time, Attorney Dutcher enjoys traveling and golf.


Clyde Simonson

A native of the Wautoma area, Simonson is currently the Principal at Redgranite Elementary School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a Masterís degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Aside from his professional obligations, Simonson serves on the Redgranite Advancement Association and is an Emergency Medical Technician for Waushara County for the past 13 years. His personal interests include golfing, spending time with

his wife, Barbara and their two children, and following NASCAR racing events.


Lee Zarnott

Having grown up in Berlin, Zarnott earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Ripon College and completed his Masterís degree in Educational Leadership from Marian College.


Zarnott spent the 1990s teaching secondary language arts for the School District of Green Lake, until accepting the role as School Principal in 2001. In his spare time, he is active in service club events and serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin School Music Association. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Peg, and their daughters Kathleen and Mary, golfing and traveling.


Michael Starshak

A native of the Chicago area, Starshak graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and received his Master's degree in finance from St. Xavier University in Chicago.


He is the Manager of the First National Financial Center in Berlin, as well as branch locations at First National Banks in Green Lake, Poy Sippi, Montello, Omro and Westfield. Starshak is also a former semi-professional baseball player, having played with several teams starting back in 1986 until his retirement in 2001. He is a founding member of the CHN Charity Golf Classic Executive Planning Committee and is president-elect of the Green Lake Kiwanis Club. Starshak resides in Green Lake with his wife, Stephanie, and their daughter Christine.


Craig Berkoben

Originally from Pennsylvania, Berkoben is currently the K-12 Guidance Counselor for the Wild Rose School District. He earned his bachelorís degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, and his Masterís in Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.


In addition to degree work, he has extensive education in AODA services and environmental education. An avid hunter, Berkoben has been a Certified Wisconsin Hunter and Trapper Education Instructor since 1977, and has had several articles published in outdoor hobby journals.



Mr. Berkobenís community involvement additionally includes the Lutheran Brotherhood Marshara Branch, Wild Rose Village Board, and West Holden Lutheran Church Council. He is a member of several outdoors associations, including the Safari Club International, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Single Action Shooting Society and the National Wild Turkey Federation.


Jodi Timler Olmen

A native of Fond du Lac, Timler Olmen graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a bachelor's degree in accounting and finance. For the past seven years, she has been affiliated with the family business, Timler and Associates, a Fond du Lac-based accounting firm her father founded more than 50 years ago.


She is a member of the CHN Board of Directors -- currently serving as Secretary, and is involved with. the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Altrusa International and academic programs designed to promote careers in accounting. She and her husband, Brian, reside in Green Lake.


Peggy Cotterill

Having grown up in the Fairwater area, Cotterill graduated from Brandon High School and farmed with her husband, Roger, while raising six children. She held various office positions at local companies prior to joining the staff at Dr. Paul Nelsen's Family Healthcare clinic in 1988.


Cotterill served as the Town clerk for the Township of Green Lake from 1979 to 1991, as well as the Green Lake County Chairman of the Wisconsin Towns Association from 1985-1991. She is very active at Terrace Shores Evangelical Free Church in Markesan as the congregation's organist/pianist and member of the choir. She enjoys spending time with her family, including eleven grandchildren.


David Peterson

A long-time resident of Waushara County, Peterson graduated from Wautoma High School and attended St. Louis University. 


He worked in data processing and computer programming in St. Louis prior to returning to Wautoma, where he owned his own business and eventually joined the Sheriffís Department. Peterson has held several roles with the department, including Patrol Officer, Detective, DARE Instructor, Work Release Center Administrator, and his current position as Sheriff. In 1995, he began Waushara Countyís first Police School Liaison Program.



He has been a Town Supervisor and Chairperson for the Town of Wautoma, serves on the Wautoma Area School Board of Education, and is a member of the Wautoma Kiwanis and the Wisconsin and National DARE Officerís Associations. Peterson and his wife, Dawn, have seven adult children and nine grandchildren.


Through its Lucille Schultz Caring For Kids and Sandy Tincher Trust Funds, the CHN Foundation provides grants to area families experiencing financial challenges as a result of medical situations. The Funds are Financed by the annual CHN Charity Golf Classic, in-kind donations and other special community events.


Applications for grants and more information about the CHN Foundation are available by calling Jennifer Kurczek, CHN Community Relations Director, at (920)361-5481