Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for both WRA and its Education Foundation are comprised of industry authorities armed with solid experience in foodservice operations. These elected individuals operate different types and sizes of establishments from around the state, bringing their unique perspectives to the table.

The WRA Directors meet quarterly to fulfill the WRA mission of advocacy, education and communication for the foodservice industry and to ensure that the policies of the organization meet the needs of members. The EF Directors gather semi-annually to satisfy the EF vision to advance professionalism through education, scholarships and community involvement to ensure the future success of the foodservice industry.

Joanne Palzkill

JoAnne Palzkill

WRA Chair of the Board

Draganetti's Ristorante | ZA51 - Eau Claire


Chris Wiken


The Packing House - Milwaukee


Danielle Baerwald


Erv's Mug - Oak Creek

Kristine Hillmer

Kristine Hillmer

Secretary/Executive Officer

President and CEO, WRA & WRA EF


Kris Larson

Executive Committee

Becket's - Oshkosh


Brad Hammen

Executive Committee

Outback Steakhouse - Greenfield


Bob Prosser

Executive Committee

Ishnala Supper Club - Lake Delton

Dave Flannery

David Flannery

Immediate Past Chair

Apple Holler Restaurant - Sturtevant


Board Directors

Marlo Ambas
Manila Resto and Algoma Club - Oshkosh

Paul Bartolotta
Bartolotta Restaurant Group - Milwaukee

Pat Buckley
Buckley Enterprises, LLC, Dba Subway - Green Bay

Eric Freund
Sky Club - Plover

Nathan Haupt
Schreiner's Restaurant - Fond du Lac

Trey Hester
NRA Director
Rocky Rococo Restaurants - Oconomowoc

Jack Holt
Point Burger Bar - Waukesha

Tony Jalan
Heartland Payment Systems - Brookfield

Lars Johnson
Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik - Sister Bay

Jeff Kaminski
Chula Vista Resort - Wisconsin Dells

Rebecca Kollmann
Society Insurance - Fond du Lac

Tyson Koput
Ground Round Grill & Bar - Tomah

Joe Koss
Culver Franchising System - Prairie du Sac

Sue Lamers
The Grand Meridian - Appleton

Mark McDonald
Marcus Hotels & Resorts - Milwaukee

Citlali Mendieta-Ramos
Antigua Latin Restaurant - West Allis

Greg Michals
Outback Steakhouse

Kyle Rudin
House of Gerhard - Kenosha

Gary Rudy
Rudy's Drive-In - La Crosse

Jill Ruffing
600 East Cafe - Milwaukee

Scott Schupbach
Gordon Food Service - Kenosha

Erin Vranas
Parthenon Gyros - Madison

Michelle Wood
CliftonLarsonAllen - Fond du Lac



Gary Anderson

Paul Cunningham, FMP
Schreiner's Restaurant - Fond du Lac

Steve Davis, FMP
Ardy & Ed's Drive-In - Oshkosh

Mark Dougherty
Mark's East Side - Appleton

Charlie Gray
Culver's Frozen Custard - Rothschild

Trey Hester
Rocky Rococo Restaurants - Oconomowoc

John Kavanaugh, FMP
Esquire Club - Madison

Don Kennedy, FMP
Elm Grove

Bernard Kurzawa
Stevens Point

Jean Landreman
Landreman's Family Restaurant

Dale Leffel, FMP
Belvedere Supper Club - Marshfield

Ed Lump

Lynn McDonough
Connell's Restaurants - Eau Claire

Bob Otto, FMP

Susie Patterson
Al & Al’s Stein Haus - Sheboygan

Mike Pitzo, FMP
Polecat & Lace - Minocqua

Chico Pope
Buckhorn Supper Club - Milton

John Roherty

Mary Rowley, FMP
Goose Blind - Green Lake

Tom Saxe

Steve Schilling

Ron Slaght
Pleasant Prairie

Ada Lara Thimke

Ronald Trimberger
Sturgeon Bay

Karl Van Roy
Green Bay

W. B. von Rutenberg, FMP
von Rutenberg Ventures - Waunakee

Tom Warren
Alioto’s Restaurant - Wauwatosa

Linda Wendt
Wendt's on the Lake - Van Dyne

Bruce Wolf, FMP, CMA
Rock Garden/Comfort Suites/1951 West - Green Bay



Joe Anderson
Anderson Foodservice Solutions - Waukesha

Eric Boelter
Boelter Companies - Waukesha

Carl Brakebush
Brakebush Brothers, Inc. - Westfield

Edward Chin
C&C Parent Company, LLC Dba Wong's Wok - Milwaukee

Larry Deutsch
The Vollrath Company, LLC - Stoughton

Al Pentell
Pentell Management - Wisconsin Dells

Dick Rudin
House of Gerhard - Kenosha

Chris Runnalls
Acosta Foodservice - Pewaukee

Dave Schoonover
Allouez Café - Green Bay

Doris Thorn
Roadhouse of Downtown Carlsville - Sturgeon Bay