Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

Joining Mike McCabe on the Blue Jean Nation board of directors are eight citizens with a broad range of experience in varied capacities.

Katie Schierl, a Neenah homemaker and longtime advocate for people with disabilities, is the board vice president. She formerly worked for WGBA-TV 26 and Guardian Life Insurance Company. She is active in Wisconsin United to Amend.

Mark Scheffler of Appleton is the board secretary. He is the founder and senior portfolio manager at The Appleton Group, with nearly two decades of experience in the financial services industry.

David Pauly of Plymouth is the board treasurer. He retired in 2013 as chairman and chief executive officer of Capitol Insurance Companies after a lengthy career in the insurance industry.

Sarah Lloyd of Wisconsin Dells farms with her husband and his family in Columbia County. Sarah also works for the Wisconsin Farmers Union on local and regional food system development and sits on the National Dairy Board.

Avi Lank of Whitefish Bay was for almost 40 years an editor, columnist and reporter for newspapers in Milwaukee. He also is a published author.

Joe Mastalski of Hazelhurst owned and operated an independent pharmacy, optical business and gift shop for over 35 years. He also started and operated the inpatient pharmacy in a local hospital as well as the pharmacy in the local medical clinic. He has been active in two local Rotary Clubs, the Northwoods Wildlife Center and the local Chamber of Commerce. He was an active Republican who has morphed into a blue jean commoner.

John Small of Marathon is the nonpartisan village president and a member of the Marathon County Board of Supervisors, having been reelected to both posts five times. He is the past president of the Marathon County Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin League of Municipalities and Alliance of Cities, and served on the Wausau Area Chamber of Commerce executive board of directors for two years.

Leanne Wied of Brookfield is a high school mathematics teacher who has taught in both public and private schools.  She has served as a school district association leader, and has worked on election campaigns for both Democrats and Republicans.