Board of Directors

Bev Dukerschein – (CHAIR)

N7445 County Road BW
Glen Flora, WI 54526
(715) 322-4481 (h)
(715) 307-4233 (c)

Bev grew up on a dairy farm and is a lifelong resident of Rusk County, residing in Glen Flora. She and her husband Gordie owned Artisans, Inc., a second-generation apparel decorating business they owned since 1976.   In 2017 they created an ESOP, selling the business to their employees.  Bev is a member of Hope Lutheran Church, the Glen Flora Community Club and is Vice Chair of the Flambeau Forever Foundation. She has three adult children and seven grandchildren.

Andy Albarado (VICE-CHAIR)

311 East Miner Avenue, Suite C130
Ladysmith, WI 54848
(715) 532-2257 (office)

Andy Albarado, raised in Cadott, Wisconsin, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and currently serves as the Rusk County Administrative Coordinator and Economic Development Director. In this capacity his job involves assisting new and expanding businesses, promoting the area, asset/property management, business loans, grant writing, and various other activities associated with maintaining the economic vitality of the area.  Outside of economic development he assists Rusk County government in other capacities including Long Range and Capital Improvement Planning. Andy has been a board member and officer of the Greater Ladysmith Area Chamber of Commerce,  Board Member and Past-President of the Wisconsin Economic Development Association, Board Member and current Chair of the Wisconsin Rural Enterprise Fund, Northwest Wisconsin Regional Economic Development Fund, NWITBEC, and Past-President of the Children’s Museum of the Flambeau Valley.

Aileen Tauchen (Secretary)

N3648 Cloverland Rd.
Ladysmith, WI 54819
(715) 532-7116

Aileen Tauchen grew up in Owen and attended the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, earning Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in Communicative Disorders. She retired five years ago after a 34 year career as a speech/language pathologist for the School District of Ladysmith. She has three grown children and three grandchildren. In the past she was active in planning banquets/fundraising for the local cross country ski group, delivering meals on wheels during the summer, giving piano lessons at LES, and was the 2012-13 volunteer coordinator for the local Habitat for Humanity build. Currently she is doing committee work and providing music at her church as well as providing childcare to her grandchildren.

Kevin Smith – (TREASURER)

915 West 5th Street
Ladysmith, WI 54848
(715) 532-5590 (Home Office)

Kevin is a certified financial planner, with a B.S. in accounting. He previously worked in corporate accounting but nowadays spends most of his time at home with his 5 children. Kevin is currently a member of the Flambeau Valley Arts Association where he has served as treasurer for the past 15 years.

Kyle Jeffress

327 Lake Ave E.
Ladysmith, WI 54848
(715) 415-7578

Kyle Jeffress, raised in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, is a 2013 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. After graduation Kyle began his career as a Technology Education Teacher for the Ladysmith High School where he still teaches today. He has been working closely with local business and government to help re-vitalize the Tech. Ed program and has since helped found Rusk County’s first Fab Lab. He received an Outstanding Educator of the Year award in 2016. Also, he currently serves on the Ladysmith Park Board and advises the Ladysmith Skatepark Coalition.


Debbie Klein

(608) 866-7907

Bob Lecheler

(608) 237-2631

Sarah Miller

N2594 County Rd. E
Bruce, WI 54819
(715) 415-3609

Sarah Stibak, raised in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, is a graduate of WITC-Rice Lake. She is married and has two young children. Currently, she is a Consumer Loan Officer at Ladysmith Federal in Ladysmith, Wisconsin where she has worked since 2015. She is knowledgeable in the areas of marketing, sales, and project management. She also currently serves as the secretary for the Give 365 Rusk initiative.

Jackie Pederson

(715) 415-2964

Rich Summerfield

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    Former Board Members

    Kathy Pakes                                          Bill Rands

    Diane Doke                                           Richard LaBelle

    M J Nelson                                            Eleanor Anderson

    Gloria McGahey                                   Dinah Hahn

    Lori Stushek                                          Karl Huber

    Ken Smith                                              Mike Russell

    Diana Verdegan                                    Sara Baker