D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

Leadership at Noon 2014-15

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Mary Jo Werner, J.D., CPA, CFF, Partner, Wipfli LLP
Noon–1 p.m.
Reinhart Center Board Room

Mary Jo Werner is a partner in Wipfli LLP’s tax services and valuation, litigation, and transaction support groups. She uses her tax and accounting expertise to assist her clients in reducing their income and estate tax exposure and allowing them to become more profitable. Werner also specializes in litigation support for law firms and assists in fraud and forensic investigations. She prides herself on establishing long-term, solid relationships with her clients and works very hard to help them achieve their goals.

Werner is an active member in the American, Wisconsin, and La Crosse Bar Associations, as well as both the American and Wisconsin Institutes of Certified Public Accountants. She serves as a liaison between the AICPA and U.S. Congress. She is also a member of the La Crosse Estate Planning Council. Her civic and charitable memberships include the Kiwanis, UW‑La Crosse Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation Board, Family and Children’s Center Board of Directors, Gundersen Lutheran Development Committee, UW-L Golden Key Honor Society, La Crosse County Economic Development Committee, and Aquinas Foundation Board.

With more than 1,200 associates and 24 offices in the U.S. and India, Wipfli ranks among the top 25 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. Wipfli is also a member of PKF North America, which is a member of PKF International the tenth largest global accounting network in the world.

Wipfli has a solid reputation as industry experts and as a trusted business advisor to more than 30,000 clients including: manufacturing companies, construction companies, contractors and developers, real estate companies, health care organizations, financial institutions, insurance companies, nonprofit organizations, units of government, dealerships, and individuals.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Dan Kapanke, Owner, and Chris Goodell, General Manager, La Crosse Loggers
Noon–1 p.m.
Reinhart Center Board Room

Dan Kapanke was born and raised on a small dairy farm outside Coon Valley, Wis. where he developed a love for the game of baseball. As a young boy, Kapanke loved to watch and play baseball. Believe it or not, In middle school, he and a friend of his skipped their classes to watch the 1960 Yankee vs. Pirates World Series Game seven. Not only did he love to play and watch baseball, but he coached youth baseball in the La Crosse Area for 15 years.

Being a UW-La Crosse graduate in Economics and Political Science, Kapanke became very involved in local politics and is well known in the community. He was elected to the State Senate in November of 2004 and represented the 32nd District in Wisconsin until 2011. Along with his involvement in the political realm, Kapanke has been in the Agriculture Business for over 20 years.

Chris Goodell has served as the general manager of the La Crosse Loggers since their inception in 2003 and is in his fifteenth season in the Northwoods League.  During Goodell's tenure La Crosse has ranked second nationally in summer collegiate attendance during each of the ten years of existence and is one of only two summer collegiate teams to draw over 100,000 fans for eight consecutive seasons.  Goodell has also had the honor of receiving the prestigious Northwoods League Executive of the Year Award on two separate occasions, in 2004 and 2012.

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

Dave Rogers, owner of Dave’s Guitar Shop
Noon–1 p.m.
Reinhart Center Board Room

Dave’s Guitar Shop originated in La Crosse  when Dave Rogers decided to open his own shop after the music store he was employed at went out of business. La Crosse is a scenic small town located on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota with the beautiful Mississippi River separating the two states.

The shop first opened on July 1, 1982 with 17 guitars of Dave’s own stock and has since grown into one of the largest and most reputable guitar shops in the nation. The now 20,000 square foot building, located at 1227 S. Third St., sells new, used, and vintage electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers and accessories from manufacturers such as Fender, Gibson, Paul Reed Smith, Gretsch, and Rickenbacker. Fender and PRS now custom make models to Rogers’ specifications.

People come from miles around to shop at Dave’s and to view Dave’s incredible personal collection of over 350 guitars and amps. The collection includes custom color Strats, black guard Teles, and dot-neck 335’s. Currently, 15% of sales are local. The other 85% are to customers from all around the world. A very large percentage of sales are via the telephone or the web site.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Louise Hempstead, Chief Operating Officer, Organic Valley
Noon–1 p.m.
Reinhart Center Board Room

Louise Hemstead is a native Wisconsinite and graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in agriculture. She has put her animal and food science expertise to good use building her successful 30 - year career in the dairy industry. For the past 21 years, Louise has dedicated her depth and breadth of experience to overseeing all operational aspects of CROPP Cooperative, which includes product research, quality assurance, organic certification, production scheduling and logistics. She is president of the Cooperative’s wholly owned subsidiary, Organic Logistics, the Cooperative’s distribution arm. Hemstead began her career at CROPP in 1993 as dairy program manager. “In the beginning, it was about contributing to a local economy and being closer to my kids, but it grew into even more of a blessing than I could have asked for. I’m curious and I wanted to learn. I handled everything from the farm milk pickup to the processing plant recruitment.” Her curiosity and innovative drive led her to develop a sustainable supply chain for the Cooperative that utilizes existing dairy infrastructure instead of the conventional thinking that would have led to building new infrastructure at great cost.

Hemstead is a former licensed cheese-maker, a member of Wisconsin Cheesemakers Association (WCMA), a Wisconsin Dairy Products Association (WDPA) board member, a member of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (WI-DATCP) Producer Security Board; and is currently a member of UW-Madison College of Agriculture’s Board of Visitors and has served the National Institute of Agriculture as an organic industry advisor. She has served her community on her local school board, the local Kickapoo Reserve Land Committee, her church board and currently sits on the ELCA Lutheran Church-wide Council, a national board serving 4.2 million ELCA Lutherans.

She and her husband David reside on a 4th generation organic family farm near La Farge, Wisconsin, which is home to CROPP Cooperative’s headquarters. Louise is pursuing the Master of Arts in Servant Leadership degree at Viterbo University.