Meet our new team!
As the WROF, Inc. continues to expand our reach into all corners of our State in more meaningful ways, we need a skilled team. Joining in operating our Foundation are Liz Matzke, Marketing Director and Administrator and Aaron Ziegler, Chief Financial Officer.
Liz Matzke – Marketing Director and Administrator - will ensure that you, our WROF students, parents, alumni scholars, supporters and partners stay up-to-date, connected and know you are appreciated. Liz joined the team in September but is no stranger to the WROF as she is a past recipient of WROF scholarships and previously worked with the Foundation during her tenure at World Dairy Expo. Born and raised on a dairy and swine
farm in rural Monroe, Wis., Liz earned Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently is the owner of Denim Works LLC, a marketing company that specializes in working with agriculture non-profits. In her free time, she enjoys being a 4-H and Junior Holstein volunteer.
Contact Liz to share your story as an alumni scholar, set up an interview to promote the WROF, connect with us on Facebook and LinkedIn, or update your contact information. Liz can be reached at Liz@wrof.org or 608-535-1057.
Aaron Ziegler, Chief Financial Officer for the WROF, Inc. will tackle the increasingly complex investment and financial processes of the WROF.
Aaron Ziegler joined Foundation at the start of the year. He is no stranger to rural Wisconsin being raised on a crop farm outside of Verona during his youth before pursuing a career in finance. Aaron brings over a decade of experience and knowledge to the team including budgeting, accounting, general ledger and enhanced customer service skills. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys giving back to his community of McFarland by volunteering as a youth soccer coach and spending time with
his wife, Tiffany, and sons, Kade and Keller.
Aaron will be the contact, in addition to the Executive Director, for our Educational Partners. He will also be the key contact for our successful WROF loan-with-forgiveness program with the UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, the Wisconsin Academy of Rural Medicine, and the Physicians Assistants Program. Contact Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-535-1057.
2022-2023 Awards Program Announced!
At the January meeting of the WROF, Inc, Board of Directors, more than $110,000 in scholarships, awards, loans and program support was approved for the 2022-2023 academic year.
In addition to our traditional awards at over 30 educational institutions throughout Wisconsin, the Board again approved the WROF Rural Scholar Award for a Wisconsin High School Senior. This award will provide $5,000 in two payments of $2,500 each semester for a student with a clear vision and plan to live and work in rural Wisconsin upon graduation.
A second WROF Rural Scholar is in the works and details and applications for these two awards will be available in March/April.
The WROF, Inc. Board of Directors has again pledged up to 10 WROF Board Scholars of $1000 each. This exciting new program is possible due to the direct generosity of our current and emeritus Board of Directors members.
How you can help
The WROF, Inc. provides Bright Futures in Rural Wisconsin due to the expert management
of the WROF, Inc Endowment and GIFTS FROM YOU!
Give online or mail your check to WROF, PO Box 46522, Madison, WI 53744. Rural Wisconsin's strong future depends upon having bright, vibrant leaders and citizens in our rural communities. 100% of your gift to the WROF, Inc. goes directly to supporting the education of
this future rural talent! Please make your gift today to foster the vitality of rural Wisconsin. Thank you!
In class or online, you are making sure rural Wisconsin students with financial need can go to school. Thank you for your partnership and support of the WROF, Inc! Because you are one of our stakeholders – a donor, current scholarship recipient, alumni recipient, parent, Board or Emeritus Board member, or educational partner, you are important to us and we want to
stay connected with you. Thank you for fostering the vitality of rural Wisconsin. May you be well and in good spirits in this remarkable year.