Purchasing/Product Sourcer, Bosch
Scott grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Aurora University completing areas of study in Business and Economics. He has worked in the purchasing and product sourcing field for a large portion of his career for such companies as Pampered Chef and Bosch. Scott has a son, Brian, who is currently studying at Illinois State University and shares his Dad’s desire to help others.
Scott is an avid golfer, competing in many charity golf outings and enjoying time with friends out on the course. He enjoys cooking for others and is quite the chef at home. he is also a wine aficionado and connoisseur. Scott loves to travel, having been to such places as Malta, China, many parts of Europe and all over the USA. He loves many types of music with an appreciation for live performances and is also a huge sports fan.
Scott was introduced to OCSA by Melissa Rosner, his life partner and fellow volunteer. He has participated in the golf outings and volunteers at the annual dog walk. He truly believes and appreciates in the organization’s mission. He looks forward to helping OCSA grow in its purpose and ability to have a positive impact on the lives of others.
Andrea and Brad Boser
Brad Boser was born and raised in Little Falls, MN, in a large farming community where helping family and friends on their farms became second nature to him. He was a high school field goal kicker for the Little Falls Flyers and set the school record for kicking the longest field goal in 1984. He still holds the record to date. Brad went on to play college football for Bemidji State University in Northern Minnesota. He graduated in 1992, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education and Administration. After graduation, Brad moved into a sales position with Walking Billboards, a merchandiser of business branded clothing and business-related promotional merchandise.
In 1994, Brad began his career with Wells Fargo. After 25 years with the company he has served in a variety of roles such as Credit Manager, Branch Manager, Risk Analyst and Underwriting. Through Wells Fargo, Brad has served on various committees to promote “Hands on Banking” to help others learn to save, to budget and to promote financial literacy from grade school and high school kids, to community groups and senior citizen groups.
Brad is an avid fisherman and hunter and loves the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Brad is passionate about bringing awareness to cancer and the related symptoms as his family has been touched in many ways by cancer.
Andrea Boser grew up in the suburbs of St. Paul, MN. She started working early and developed a strong work ethic and excelled in customer service and helping others. After high school, Andrea pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Marketing from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.
While attending college, Andrea worked with the New Student Programs Offices at the University of Minnesota to help incoming students prepare for college success through programs developed to help students acclimate to college life and to provide available resources if needed.
Following graduation, Andrea worked as an Office Manager for a family owned Chiropractic clinic focused on health and wellness. Andrea eventually moved into the insurance and benefits industry where she has more than 25 years of insurance and consulting experience specializing in the implementation and administration of Executive Benefit Plans and Non-Qualified Retirement Plans. She works mainly with the C-Suite and Top-Hat Executives in non-profit hospitals and health systems across the country.
Over the years, Andrea has developed a compassion for helping her clients and strives to offer them the highest quality of service. She enjoys working with others and spreads goodwill where she goes. Working with OCSA seems to be a natural fit for her.
Andrea and her husband, Brad have been married for 23 years and have two children, Haley and AJ. As a family, they started coming to the Northwestern Wisconsinin 2004 to escape the stress of the cities, but mostly to enjoy the Northwoods experience with family and friends. They are devoted dog lovers with two dogs, Captain and Daisy.
Kelly Butterfield grew up in Hayward, Wisconsin. She attended college at Northern Michigan University where she studied Business Management. She worked in retail management as soon as she left college then transitioned into Banking. She has spent the last 10 years working in Business and Mortgage lending. She left lending in 2018 to help her husband and brother-in-law in their Well Drilling and Modular Home companies.
Kelly is an avid reader and enjoys being outdoors. She also enjoys cooking and traveling with her husband. Together they have 3 fur babies (Rescue Doxie mixes!), Tucker, Skeeter, and Margo.
Kelly was introduced to OCSA by Vallie Szymanski when Vallie relocated to the Hayward area in 2018. She was very moved by the organization’s mission and felt the need to be a part of it.
Sue Janson lives in Wichita, Kansas and was Darlene Arden’s closest friend for the 15 years before she died. It was their mutual love of animals and the human animal bond that brought them together via the internet. She has a degree in Logopedics (Speech and Language therapy), Special Education, and Elementary Education. She spent the majority of 45 years teaching Speech therapy, Elementary Education, and/or Special Education.
Now meet her Chartreux, Champion GRANDBOIS LUTETIA PARISIORUM, AKA Paris. She was born March 5, 2015. Her breeder is Nancy Dionne, and she was originally owned by Darlene Arden. Upon Darlene’s death in February 2017 from Ovarian Cancer she was bequeathed to me by Darlene. She is beautiful, loving and very funny. She makes Sue laugh on a daily basis.
Sue’s mother was an avid animal person, and introduced her to her first rescue cat when she was 3 years old. She has been involved with animal rescue for some 70 years. As a result, Sue has worked closely with many veterinarians and rescue groups. She is a strong advocate of the Human/Animal Bond and believes in the Veterinary Outreach Program.
Roger K. Mahr, DVM
Past CEO, One Health Commission
Dr. Mahr was born and raised on a dairy farm in Indianola, Iowa. He received his veterinary medical degree from Iowa State University in 1971. After working as an associate in suburban Chicago for three years, he established, owned, and directed the Meadow View Veterinary Clinic in Geneva, Illinois, an accredited hospital member of the American Animal Hospital Association from 1974 to 2005. Following the sale of his practice, Dr. Mahr continued as a small animal practitioner, and served as chief executive officer of the One Health Commission from 2009 until his retirement in the fall of 2013.
As president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in 2006 Dr. Mahr revealed a vision for a one health initiative whereby the veterinary medical profession assumed a major leadership role to establish a coordinated mechanism to facilitate collaboration and cooperation among colleagues in veterinary medicine, human medicine, public health, and ecosystem sciences with a focus on “One World, One Health, One Medicine.”
During Dr. Mahr’s presidency, the AVMA Executive Board took official action to establish the One Health Initiative by approving a recommendation from him to establish the AVMA One Health Initiative Task Force. He then served as the Project Director for the multidisciplinary national One Health Joint Steering Committee, which subsequently facilitated a transitioning process to the formation of the One Health Commission. The One Health Commission was officially chartered as an independent nonprofit corporation in Washington, D.C. on June 29, 2009.
In addition to the AVMA, Dr. Mahr has held numerous leadership positions in the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association and the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, as well as in many community organizations. He has received the President’s Award from the AVMA and the Veterinary Service Award from the Illinois State VMA. Dr. Mahr has been recognized by his alma mater with the College of Veterinary Medicine Stange Award for Meritorious Service in 2004 and the Iowa State University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009. He was elected a governor to the Iowa State University Foundation in 2010.
Ovarian Cancer Survivor
Senior Staff Representative – Workman’s Compensation
Todd A. Ostrander, DVM
Owner of Hayward Animal Hospital, Hayward
Todd is from Eau Claire, WI graduating from North High School. He spent every summer working a farm crew in northeast Iowa where he developed a love for animals – both companion and farm. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with the sole goal of getting into veterinary school. He enjoyed dog obedience training with a German Shepherd followed by two Dobermans. He was accepted into the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine receiving his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 1983.
Upon graduation he joined a mixed animal practice in northeast Iowa where he and his wife Jenifer started their family. In 1992. They purchased Hayward Animal Hospital in Hayward, Wisconsin where they raised three sons. During his time in Hayward, Todd has completed 29 Birkebeiner* marathon ski races, enjoys fishing the Great Lakes, stand up paddle boarding, and bicycle riding.
*The American Birkebeiner (or Birkie) is the largest cross-country ski race in North America, and one of the longest. It debuted in 1973 and was a founding member of the Worldloppet federation of cross-country ski marathons. The two premier events are the 50 km (31 mi) freestyle and the 55 km (34 mi) classic races from Cable to Hayward, Wisconsin. Each year more than 10,000 skiers participate in the Birkie, 29 km Kortelopet, and 15 km Prince Haakon events. The 45th Birkie was held on February 23, 2019 and the 46th Birkie will be held on February 22, 2020.
Fundraising & Marketing
Executive Director, World Chicago
Peggy Fiedler Parfenoff joined WorldChicago (formerly known as the International Visitors Center of Chicago) as Executive Director in November, 2001. With a mission of promoting Citizen Diplomacy in Chicago, Peggy oversees the hosting of over 800 international delegates to Chicago each year through various US Department of State and other government sponsored exchange programs. Prior to WorldChicago, Peggy worked briefly in marketing at a local publishing company and was at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs as Director of Development. She managed the fundraising activities for the Chicago Sister Cities International Program as well as the many arts and cultural programs affiliated with the Department. Peggy also worked as a newspaper reporter and at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC.
While at the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Peggy earned her MBA from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she specialized in Public/Non-Profit Management and Marketing. Her international exposure started with a year spent studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, followed by many journeys throughout Europe, Russia and China. A native of Iowa, Peggy lives in Chicago with her husband and son.
Doctor of Osteopathy
Dr. Kimberly Perttu currently practices family medicine in Hayward, WI. Dr. Perttu obtained her medical degree from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2009. As a medical student Dr. Perttu served as Class President acting as a liaison between a medical class of 200 students and the medical school administration; organizing community service events and participating in the coordination of the third and fourth year clinic rotations. During medical school rotations Dr. Perttu identified a desire to serve rural communities – especially women’s health in rural areas and completed a family medicine residency in Family Medicine at Marquette General FM Residency in Marquette, MI. Dr. Perttu and her family – husband Darren and 2 sons AJ and Evan moved to the Northwoods 4 years ago. They chose northern Wisconsin because of the incredible quality of life, outdoor activities and proximity to family. Dr. Perttu’s practice is a traditional family medicine model – a normal week may include delivering babies, seeing patients in the clinic, nursing home visits and hospital admissions. However she still has a special interest in women’s health and remains committed to educating and encouraging women to access care, participate with recommended screening and live a healthy lifestyle. In her free time she can be seen either running or biking on the Birke trail, chasing after her two active sons or attending tractor shows with her husband and sons.
Founder & Writer of Lattes, Life & Luggage
Freelance Social Media & Public Relations Consultant
Christine is the Founder of Lattes, Life & Luggage lifestyle website and also works as a Social Media and Public Relations Consultant. She began her career as a Communications Intern at Chicago Sister Cities where she worked on a variety of public relations projects and events with influential leaders and international public figures. Since then, she’s worked for M Richards PR, now Page One Public Relations, and Wisecarver Public Relations where she began her involvement with OCSA. Most recently, Christine worked in the DKC Chicago office, an agency specializing in Public Relations, Marketing and Government Affairs. She worked with clients in almost every industry from hospitality and travel to tech and lifestyle. She additionally worked with the Social Media division of the agency where she found a passion for content creation and developing campaigns. Christine is passionate about OCSA’s mission after witnessing family members suffer from ovarian and breast cancer. She believes that with the right education and resources, beating cancer is possible and everyone should get that chance. She is a graduate of DePaul University with a B.A. in Communication and Media Studies. You can find her at home with her fur babies, cooking dinners inspired by her favorite cultures and chefs and finding the next best cup of coffee.