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Meet the Board

Back (left to right): Amanda White, MaryAnn Ediem, Mike Muller, Michelle Wanie, Rich Appel, Erin Williams
Front (left to right): Elena Backhaus, Mazzy Ballard, Brenda Bruyette, Tina Pamperin, Shane Johnson
***Josh Muche is not present in the above photo

Michelle Wanie, President

After attending Madison Business College and getting a degree in Sales and Marketing, I heard of an opening through a friend for a CSR at an American Family Agency and that is how I started my insurance career. Working for different agencies/companies and slowly making my way back to Dodge County, I received lots of knowledge and experience in this industry. When I got the opportunity to have my own agency in Horicon 2001- I knew that giving back to the community would be super important to me and my family. Networking and belonging to different groups and organiziations has given me unlimited possibilities for growth with strong relationships in the community and surrouning areas. Marketing is ever changing and what has driven me to experience new and exciting opportunities.

Tina Pamperin, Vice President

With almost 20 years of service at Horicon Bank and working with customers on a daily basis, I understand the importance of helping and serving others, not just at my job but volunteering in several different areas in and around Horicon. I devote a lot of my time to St Stephen's Lutheran church and school, volunteering on the Finance Committee and the Child Care Board. I also Chair the St Stephen School annual Auction. I enjoy working with the members of the church and school and meeting new people. I also am able to network with different people within the community by being the Vice President of the Horicon Chamber. I reside outside of Horicon with my husband Larry and have two children, Austin and Hailey.

Amanda White

I have worked for John Deere in various roles since September 1999. In July 2016, I transferred to Horicon Works as the Human Resource Manager. My family and I thought Horicon was a sweet little town and purchased a house in here. On behalf of John Deere Horicon Works, I am happy to serve on the Chamber of Commerce board

MaryAnn Ediem

I've lived in Horicon for 26 years. We moved to the area from Oshkosh in 1991 when my husband, Jack, started his chiropractic practice in an office space by the Besthesda building. Although I've worked many years as a registered nurse, I also have helped Jack and our son, Steve, who also is a chiropractor, at their office which is currently located at 514 East Lake Street. We have raised our four children (Steve, Emily, Laura, and Mike) in Horicon. It has been a great place to raise a family! Between, school, church, the pool, an active library, sports, band and just enjoying the beautiful marsh area, there was always something to keep them busy. I enjoy spending time with my family, hiking, kayaking, fishing, exploring new places, cooking, reading, music, sewing, and other creative activities.

Rich Appel

I have been the Superintendent of Schools at the School District of Horicon since July, 2016. It is an honor and privilege to serve the students and families of Horicon. I am proud to be a part of a very dedicated, caring and passionate staff who daily create opportunities for our students, both in the classroom and out. Helping students find and showcase their gifts is a focus that we strive for at Horicon. We believe in reaching and teaching the whole child so they grow and find their passion for learning. Serving on the Horicon Chamber of Commerce board and being active in the community is very important to me as I've been raised to believe that more hands make light work and it's my responsibility to support others in our community. I am proud to do so!


Joshua Muche

I am the Modern Woodmen Representative here in Horicon. I've been married to my beautiful wife for 14 years and we have 3 wonderful boys. Our family keeps busy with many community and sports activities and through out children's sports and school activities. We are grateful for our amazing friends who help us promote a positive and growing community. Family, friends, and community, ti's what it's all about!

Erin Williams

I am a pharmacist at Marshland Pharmacy. I began working there in 2006 as a technician. I graduated from the UW School of Pharmacy in 2011 and started to work as a pharmacist in 2012. I am a member of the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin as well as the National Community Pharmacy Association. As well as being on the Chamber Board, I am also a member of the Board for the Swam City Ice Skaters in Beaver Dam. I live in Beaver Dam with my husband and three daughters. 

Mike Mueller

Shane Johnson

Brenda Bruyette

I am your local real estate agent, serving Dodge County for over 15 years. My office is located in Horicon on Hwy 33. 

I received my Real Estate/Brokers License in July of 2002. In 2008 I bought my current office in Horicon, and totally renovate the building. Since that time, I have grown my business, adding 4 additional agents, Kristin Bartz, Courntey Bastian, Brooke Rudolf, and Mary Danner. We have mainted the Coldwell Banker "Presidents Elite", placing us in the top 2% nationwide, for 10 years.

Besides serving the Horicon Chamber of Commerce, I also serve as a board member for the Parish Council and Human Concerns at Sacred Heart and I am a member of the Mayville Chamber of Commerce. 

I live in Mayville. My son and his wife Lisa along with Carly, Lexi, Colton, & Bo reside in Dubuque, IA. My daughter Courtney and her husband Bill and Burke reside just outside of Horicon. 

Mazzy Ballard, Secretary/Treasurer

I am a sophomore attending Horicon High School. I was hired at the Chamber in October of 2016. I am the President of the FBLA Club at Horicon High School, but I also take part in the FCCLA club and NHS. My favorite classes are English and Biology. I'm planning to pursue a career in science. I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to work for the community and give back to it. 

Elena Backhaus, Secretary/Treasurer

I am senior at Horicon High School. I have been an employee at the Chamber since August of 2016. The Chamber has implemented a School to Work program this year that I am apart of. I am involved in many organizations such as National Honors Society, Student Council, FFA, 4-H, and the Burnett T.T Riders Snowmobile Club. Working as the Secretary and Treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce has allowed me to become a more involved member of the Horicon community. I am going to be attending University of Wisconsin- La Crosse in the fall to further my education.