Current Board Members
1925 Sharon Street
La Crosse, WI 54603
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 Medical Center. Beth and husband, George, have lived in La Crosse for 26 years with their son, Mark. Mark was born with Marshall-Smith Syndrome (MSS) and has a complicated medical history.
W3916 County Road O
Warrens, WI 54666
Ron Carney 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 Chair of the Jackson County Board of Adjustment, is Vice County Board Chair, a member of the Executive and Finance Committees, and also is a member of the Jackson County Law Enforcement and Personnel Committees. Ron also serves on the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission. He 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.
28595 Kickapoo Valley Road
Steuben, WI 54657
Ken Cornish has over 25 years of healthcare management experience in small, rural hospitals. His main focus has been as the Chief Financial Officer throughout his professional career; however, he has served as the administrative lead to every hospital area with the exception of nursing. He is a Fellow in the Healthcare Financial Management Association and has served as President of the Minnesota chapter and as a Director in both the Wisconsin and Minnesota chapters. He and his wife Jean live in rural Steuben in Crawford County.
813 Becher Drive
Wausau, WI 54401
Mr. Kenneth Day, Ph.D Served as a Marathon County Board Supervisor from 2001- 2016. Ken began his service on the original CCCW Family Care board at its inception, and is a founding member of the CLI Board. His most recent employment included serving as the Director of Business Development for the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. Prior to that employment, he served as the Senior VP of Business Development for the Aspirus Healthcare system for 19 years, and as a Vice President at North Central Technical Institute for 13 years. Ken has served on several nonprofit boards of directors including the North Central Technical College board for 12 years, and the board of directors of the North Central Healthcare Center. Ken represented Marathon County, and was a founding member and co-chair of the Central Wisconsin ADRC Board of Directors. He has been active as a volunteer and consultant to numerous community organizations, including the United Way of Marathon County. Ken currently consults with nonprofit and governmental organizations on leadership development and Governance.
15625 UW Hwy 61
Soldiers Grove, WI 54655
Wade Dull graduated from Southwest Technical College specializing in agricultural mechanics. He is a dairy farmer. He and his wife have been licensed foster care providers for 15 years, and has been a member of the Crawford County Board for the past six years.
125 15th Avenue
Baraboo, WI 53913
Joan Fordham spent her professional career as an Executive Director in the non-profit arena. She was appointed to the original Southwest Family Care Alliance Board in 2008, when she was a member of the Sauk County Board of Supervisors. She has continued to serve on the Board through its expansions and merger. She works part-time for two small non-profit organizations and is on the Board of Directors for several others. Joan has three children and three grandchildren.
John (Jack) Halbleib has an extensive history working in long-term care. Following graduation from UW-Eau Claire, Jack was employed for eight years as a Social Worker in Chippewa County, initially at the county-owned Health Care Center, then as an Adult and Child Protective Service Worker. Much of the job responsibility was working to transition mental health clients back to community settings in an era with little coordinated supports. Obtaining a Nursing Home Administrator License in 1978, he spent over thirty-five years operating nursing home facilities covering multiple types of ownership until developing his own health care system in 2002 until retiring in 2017. Jack has served in various roles with United Way, American Red Cross and has served on the Chippewa County Human Services Board (Citizen Representative) for over fifteen years and serves as chair. Jack is married to Mary Lee, has two adult children (with grandkids!) and lives in his hometown of Chippewa Falls.
212 6th Street North
La Crosse, WI 54601
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 and they are the parents of two college aged children. Tara also served 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.
18E 1st Street
Buffalo City, WI 54622
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.
Larry A. Laehn holds an MS in Education – Community Counseling and MS Management degrees. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Substance Abuse Counselor in Wisconsin. He has many years of professional and volunteer experience in the areas of management, adult development, leadership, clinical therapy and not-for-profit governance. He is a founding Board Director/Past President of Challenge the Outdoors Incorporated and Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity. Larry is currently employed with Mercyhealth based in Janesville where he is a Clinical Therapist/Employee Assistance Professional in outpatient Addictions/Behavioral Health departments. He serves on the Board of Directors of several not-for-profit organizations, is an avid reader and is an elected Alderperson for the City of Milton. Larry has been challenged with Charcot Marie Tooth Disease since birth. His wife, Mary, is challenged with Generalized and Focal Dystonia since age 20. They have three children and three grandchildren involved in their busy lives.
2264 County Road M
Boscobel, WI 53805
Gary Ranum graduated from UW-Whitewater with majors in Math and Physics. He attended the United States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA with a MA in National Security Affairs and completed additional programs at the Defense Intelligence University and the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, both in Washington, D.C. A retired senior naval officer, he has served in numerous operational, staff and diplomatic positions in the U.S., in Europe and at sea. Since returning to Wisconsin, he has successfully coached high school football, served on his local town and county boards, as well as those of some non-profits. For ten years, he and his family provided care in their home for an Alzheimer’s stricken parent.
1441 Ashwood Drive
Plover, WI 54467
Janis Ribbens has been active in long-term care redesign in Wisconsin since its beginning in 1998. She and her late husband, Timothy, had experienced a variety of forms of in-home, long-term care before being fortunate enough to live in Portage County when it became a pilot for the Family Care program, when they began self-directing their own support services. Ms. Ribbens was a member representative to the governing committee of CCPC (Community Care of Portage County), and served on the Board of Directors of Community Care of Central Wisconsin (CCCW) from 2008 until it merged with Western Wisconsin Cares and ContinUs on 1/1/17 to form Community Link, Inc. She has participated on various long-term care work groups and committees and is especially proud of her work with helping develop the Self-Directed Supports opportunities for all members. She attended UW-Whitewater and UW-Stevens Point.