Board of Directors

Meet The Board

The board of directors for Capital K9s consists of area volunteers who oversee the fundraising efforts to support the Madison Police Department K9 Unit.  Funds are raised by conducting community events/special appearances and from corporate/business/individual donors.  The board members are:

  • Michael Bell
  • BJ Bethke
  • Boris Frank
  • Lora Lee Fry
  • Kristen Fuhreman
  • Carol Grob
  • Ann Heiden
  • Dr. Ken Lambrecht
  • Kathy McGee
  • Dan McIlroy
  • Mary Morton
  • Julie Tessmer
  • Kristen Fuhremann has been on the board of Capital K9s since 2005.  Kristen served as Treasurer until 2013 when she stepped into the role of President.  Kristen’s “other” job is Director of Professional Programs in Accounting at the UW-Madison Wisconsin School of Business.    Fuhremann_Kristen_11
     Dan, a board member since 2005, is currently the treasurer, and was previously President-elect and President.  “Got involved with Capital K9s because I love German Shepherds and saw a morning show appeal for assistance.  Co-owner of ProAdSpec in Sun Prairie.”  Dan McIlroy Reduced
    Boris Frank, one of the founders of Capital K9s in 2004, has been involved with many nonprofits in the areas of fundraising and development, nonprofit management and strategic planning, including his role as Executive Director of The Friends of the Zoo.  Previously, he was on the faculty of The University of Wisconsin, serving as Manager of Administration and Producer/Director for public TV station WHA. Boris Frank
    Dr. Ken Lambrecht has served on the board for over 5 years and is the founding owner and Medical Director of West Towne Veterinary Center.  After graduating from the University of Missouri in 1981, he has been in clinical practice for 32 years.  His practice interests are advanced dental procedures , feline medicine & surgery, senior pet wellness, preventative and therapeutic nutrition and supplements.  He is an avid cross country skier, bicyclist and water sports lover (canoeing, sailing and rowing). Ken Lambrecht
    Julie Tessmer joined the Board in October 2013.  Her interest in Capital K9s began when she received the organization’s promotion calendar as a gift when her 13 year old German Shepherd Dog Mandu died.  She is the State Law Librarian at the Wisconsin State Law Library and also serves as a Master Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy Reserves.  She spends her time between Madison and San Diego, CA were her fiancée Sam is an Active Duty Command Master-at-Arms. 
    Julie Tessmer
     Ann Heiden joined the Board in November 2013 after attending a K-9 CSI event. Her love of German Shepherds also served as inspiration to join Capital K-9’s. She has been involved with non-profits specializing in management, development, and marketing for 25 years. Currently, she is the Director of Development and Marketing for Olbrich Botanical Society. Previous board experience includes: Rotary Gardens of Janesville, the Greendale Hisorical Society, and Rock County Christian School.  Ann Heiden Update
     Kathy is a native of the U.P. Michigan and after high school, attained a Vet Tech degree and worked in that field for several years. She returned to school to obtain her Bachelor degree from Purdue University (with a major in Animal Sciences) and went on to earn a Masters degree in Business, also from Purdue.  After 35 years in the business world, Kathy retired and is now active in many non-profit organizations in the Madison area including Capital K9’s.  Kathy McGee at Goodman Pool Cropped
    Mary Morton has been on the Board for 3 years.  She developed the Volunteer Veterinarian Project in which local veterinarians sponsor each of the Madison Police Department K9s and provide their wellness care at no charge.  Her interest in Capital K9s was inspired by the life of her German Shepherd Dog, “Carl”.  Her service is dedicated to promotion of working dogs like him who improve the quality of our lives and safety of our community.She has been a registered nurse since 1983 and is a mother of two daughters.  Mary Morton
     Carol Grob, another of the founders of Capital K9s, got involved in creating the organization through a retired deputy sheriff who knew of her experience providing legal counsel to nonprofit organizations. Carol has been practicing business and property law with Cullen Weston Pines & Bach law firm in Madison for over 25 years. She has served on the Capital K9s Board since 2004.  Carol Grob
    Lora Lee has been a Madison resident since 1976. She worked for the Madison Fire Department prior to being hired as a Madison police officer in1979 where she served as a patrol officer and became one of the city’s first neighborhood officers. She helped establish the Wisconsin Association of Women Police. She retired in 1993 due to a back injury and then returned to college and earned her BA in Anthropology.  In addition to her five year service as a Capital K9 board member, she is also active in the Madison Retired Police Officer’s Association.  She owns four dogs, two cats, nine lady llamas, a donkey, and a varying number of chickens.  She enjoys scuba diving, oil painting, cooking, traveling and sometimes just doing nothing.  Lora_Sofi_and_Taffy