The Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Bonnie Geyer will be joining the Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2023 for a five-year term. Bonnie was nominated by the Fort Atkinson Historical Society and will be taking the seat of the Foundation’s 2022 Chairman, Loren Gray.
“We are so pleased to have Bonnie joining the Board,” stated Chairman Gray. “Just a cursory glance at her resume and extensive community involvement shows a striking commitment to the places she has called home. She will be a great asset to the Foundation.”
Having graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in education and later a master’s in adult education, Bonnie’s work experience has concentrated on children and families. After teaching for several years, she became program director at the Wisconsin Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, where she developed and ran a statewide training program for home visitors who supported families facing challenges to successful parenting. Bonnie also served on the National Parent Aide Association Board and wrote a booklet for youth coaches, which was distributed throughout Wisconsin and in other states. She then became a senior outreach specialist for UW Extension Family Living on the Madison campus, continuing to run the home visitor training program and also developing and running conferences that focused on family support.
Before moving to the Fort Atkinson area in 2006, Bonnie and her family lived in Stoughton, where she was heavily involved in the community, serving on the school board, chairing the city ethics board, and starting the Stoughton Holiday Fund, which provided a holiday meal and toys to area families. Her practice of civic involvement was continued in Fort Atkinson where she has served on the Historical Society’s Board of Directors for eight years as well as being an active member of Fort HealthCare’s Women Who Care, the Fort Atkinson Chapter of AAUW, and the Tuesday Club study group.
“I consider it a privilege to be chosen to serve on the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation Board of Directors,” Bonnie stated. “The Foundation is a trusted organization that strengthens and enriches our community, offers support to those who live here, and provides a vehicle for the generosity of area residents.”
The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors consists of five members, each serving a term of five years. These volunteers are chosen for their community involvement and knowledge of the educational, cultural, civic, public, and charitable needs of the Fort Atkinson area.
Appointments to the Board are made, in turn, by the School District of Fort Atkinson, PremierBank as trustee, the Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Atkinson Historical Society, and the Fort Atkinson City Council. However, directors represent the community in general and do not represent or act as advocates of their respective appointing bodies.
Members of the Community Foundation’s 2023 Board of Directors are Chairman Sue Johnson, Vice Chairman Sally Koehler, Treasurer Lisa Caras, Secretary Jim Schulenburg, and Director Bonnie Geyer. The Board of Directors is supported by the Foundation’s executive director, Sue Hartwick.
More information about the Fort Atkinson Community Foundation is available at www.fortfoundation.org or by contacting Hartwick at (920) 563-3210 (office), (920) 222-1191 (mobile) or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.