WELS Foundation is headquarters in the WELS synod administration building located in Milwaukee, Wis. Day to day operations are carried out by synod employees assigned to WELS Foundation.
East Troy, WI
Mr. Holm has been an employee of WELS since 1996. He served as a WELS Christian giving counselor from 1996 – 2000, as WELS Investment Funds president from 2000 – 2008, and as WELS Foundation executive director from 2008 – present. Prior to joining WELS Mr. Holm was a financial advisor with American Express Financial Services. He is a graduate from the College of Financial Planning and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant.
Mr. Wichinski began as Trust Manager and Vice President of the WELS Foundation, Inc. in 2003. Prior to joining WELS, Mr. Wichinski concluded a 25-year career with the American Red Cross serving in management, development, and accountant positions in local chapters, regional blood centers, and national offices from Puerto Rico to California. Mr. Wichinski has a BBA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and an MBA in non-profit management begun at University of Wisconsin – Madison and concluded at the University if St. Thomas, St Paul, MN.
Mrs. Ceman has been an employee of the WELS since 1991. Prior to joining the WELS Mrs. Ceman was an office manager for a plastic molding manufacturer. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a B.S. in Sociology.
WELS Chief Financial Officer
Menomonee Falls, WI
Mr. Poppe has been an employee of WELS since 2004. He serves as the WELS chief financial officer and treasurer. Formerly Mr. Poppe was the vice president, finance at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He received his B.B.A in accounting in 1983 from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Mr. Poppe is a certified public accountant.
Mr. Grant has been an employee of WELS since 2003. He received his Masters degree, M.S. – Taxation, UW-Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1987 and his Bachelor’s degree, B.B.A. – Accounting, UW-Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1985. Former roles served have included public accounting, financial services and industry, for example, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Wells Fargo, Gehl Company, and Morris Material Handling. Mr. Grant is a certified public accountant.
Mrs. Peavy has been an employee of WELS since 2007, serving as the WELS Investment Funds Product Coordinator and WELS Foundation Administrative Assistant. Prior to joining WELS, she was with LifeTime Credit Union for 23 years as Financial Services Officer, Manager of Member Deposit Services and Member Service Supervisor. Formerly, Mrs. Peavy held positions at First Savings – Milwaukee as a Customer Service Representative, Teller Trainer and New Accounts Supervisor.
Mrs. Faragher has been an employee of WELS since July 2008. Prior to working at WELS, she had worked in financial positions for Washington Mutual and MGIC as a Financial Analyst and an Account Reconciliation analyst. Mrs. Faragher received a bachelor’s Degree, B.B.A. – Accounting, Lakeland College in 2003.