Board of Directors
Cheryl is a native of Rosholt, but now living in Stevens Point with her husband and son. Jesus
captured her heart 18 years ago and she’s been pursuing Him and serving in various capacities at church and in the Stevens Point community ever since. She has been employed with DigiCopy for 18 years; the last seven being in an HR/Office Management role. God’s grace in tough times has taught her how to walk closely with her Savior and she loves to encourage other women to do the same. She loves seeing a big God do big things.
|After experiencing many difficult and tragic life experiences, Collene Ottum developed a passion
for serving the Lord by working with individuals and families in similar difficult circumstances. Collene has worked for Portage County in various financial capacities since 1987. She has a Mas- ter’s Degree in Human Services Counseling (Addiction and Recovery) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a core in accounting, and an emphasis in human resource manage- ment and labor/management relations. Collene has volunteered with several non-profits over the years.
The Fox Valley native graduated from Neenah High School and UW-Milwaukee and has been a
leader in ethical Christian professional corporate management for the past 27 years. For nine years, Craig opened and managed Kinko’s stores across Wisconsin and metro Detroit, and since 2000, has served as President/CEO of DigiCOPY, the company he also founded.
Craig’s other volunteer activities include Woodlands Church, Jobs For Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Salvation Army of Stevens Point, and the Portage County Literacy Council.
Craig and his wife
Dawn has been a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters for over 20 years, starting as a volunteer Big
Sister while in college. In 1998, she joined the BBBS team and began her career with the agency as a Case Manager, and later served as the agency’s Program Director. In January 2018, Dawn stepped into the role of Executive Director.
She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she earned her B.S. in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work. Dawn is actively committed to youth and families and have enjoyed serving on the board of Portage County Alliance for Youth, helping out at the Rosholt Food Pantry, and teaching Sunday school for 10 years with preschoolers. Her family enjoys spending time together celebrating their faith, family, and love of the outdoors, and serving others.
Don is employed as the Buildings and Grounds Manager for the Stevens Point Area Public School
District. He lives in Plover with his wife and three young children. He attends St. Paul Lutheran Church. He is very excited for the opportunity to serve God and give back to his community by serving on the Board of TransACT Hope. He feels that the sector of our population that TransACT Hope assists are among the most challenged members of our society and that we can provide them with much needed physical resources and a path to self-sufficiency.
Doug has been serving as the Pastor of Outreach Ministries at Woodlands Church in Plover since
2008. Prior to serving at Woodlands, Doug spent 17 years in ministry with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship in Illinois. In 2012, Doug worked with a team of leaders from Woodlands and other churches to envision and found TransACT Hope, offering hope to their neighbors committed to improve their lives; connecting them to Christ, affordable housing and a community of caring people. Working with these and other great lay lead ministries fuels Doug’s passion for bringing a clear articulation of the gospel to those who do not yet know Christ.
Along the way, Doug enjoys fishing, hunting and when his body permits, running...especially when it allows him to come along side others who are eager to grow in Christ.
Jesus is Marsha’s rock as He has led her through challenging times as a mother and wife. She has
experienced how joy, love and peace are realized, when all troubles are placed in God’s hands. Marsha wants to encourage others that through Jesus, all things are possible. Because of God’s work in her life, Marsha chose to be baptized in 2017 and gave her public testimony to encourage others. She sees TransAct Hope as a program where the hands and feet of Jesus are at work. Marsha has a Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and was a Chief Infor- mation Officer for over 20 years. In this capacity, she served at several of the UW institutions, Mid-State Technical College, the Wisconsin State Legislature and at The Ohio State University. She has four adult children and grandchild number six on the way.
Jessica was born in Milwaukee, raised in Adams County and moved to Stevens Point in 2013. She has two adult children. Jessica was one of the first participants in TransAct Hope, and because of her relationship with Jesus has been able to overcome many life obstacles. She has been employed with DigiCopy for 5 years and currently is the Operations Support Lead for the Central Wisconsin locations. Jessica’s ongoing involvement with Woodland’s Church ministries such as Jobs For Life, Spring into Action and the Moving Ministry enable Jessica to come alongside others giving back the very life lines Jesus gave her.
It all started in 1969 in Madison, Wisconsin. Vince Fonti Sr. and his partner, Pete Gambino, left
positions at American TV and went into business on their own. With a $5,000 investment, ApplianceMart in Madison was born. In 1983 Vince Sr. brought his ‘big city’ operating style to Stevens Point and opened Furniture & ApplianceMart off Church St. in the former Boston Furniture building. Soon after, Vince opened the store off Stewart Ave. in Wausau. There was no turning back. In the year 2000, Vince turned over the keys to the second generation Fonti
family, including Joe. Now 11 stores and over 270 employees strong, Furniture & ApplianceMart is one of the largest independently owned furniture, mattress, appliance and electronics retailers in Wisconsin.
|Pastor Bob Cole
Raised on a dairy farm in the heart of Clark County, Pastor Bob graduated from Loyal High
School and MATC with an Associate Degree in Real Estate and has been a practicing Licensed Real Estate Appraiser for 14 years. Pastor Bob has served in leading various ministries for over 20 years. He has previously been both a youth and childrens’ pastor at various churches over the years and is currently the Campus Pastor at the multi-campus church Celebration Church
in Stevens Point. Pastor Bob has been married to his wife Tara for 13 years with 6 children. He loves the mission of the church to reach the lost, to feed and clothe the poor - like through minis- tries like Transact Hope, and to spend quality time with his family.