Green County Leaders


Green County Leaders (GCL) is an educational program where individuals practice leadership skills, deepen their understanding of community issues, and prepare for leadership roles. This creates a network of active and visionary individuals who leverage their experience and expertise to benefit their community and local community-based organizations. 

Applications are closed for the 2022-2023 Green County Leaders program. Green County Leaders Announces 2022-2023 Class Participants Press Release

What is the program format and schedule?

The program involved a monthly all-day session September through May.  Program days are dedicated to both personal leadership development and community orientation, led by a variety of trainers, facilitators, and community leaders. Additionally, there are activities required outside of program days that provide outlets to use and refine skills, concepts, and tools introduced in sessions, and readings that are integral program components. 

Through interactive community orientation, personal leadership development training, outside activities, and a hands-on team project, GCL provides participants with increased capacity to contribute as effective leaders and a great knowledge of the area in which they live and/or work. 

Green County Leaders is a leadership laboratory that provides participants with opportunities to:

  • Grow and practice leadership skills;
  • Deepen understanding of community issues;
  • Reflect on personal leadership legacy; and
  • Strengthen and expand leadership networks. 

Who are the program partners?

Green County Leaders is made possible by a partnership between UW-Madison Division of Extension Green County and the Green County Development Corporation with strong support from community organizations and businesses. 

Who is on the Green County Leaders Board of Directors?

Green County Leaders is intentionally a multistakeholder network with connections in communities across Green County. The Board of Directors is as follows:

Business/Education/At-Large Representatives

  • Bill Oemichen
  • Al Brokopp
  • Sarah Fredrickson 

Alumni Representatives/At-Large

  • Jon Brunner, Klondike Cheese
            GCL Alumni 2012-2013
  • Amanda Krier, Jack Links
            GCL Alumni 2018-2019
  • Al Hanusa, Colony Brands
            GCL Alumni 2012-2013
  • Teresa Keehn, United Way of Green County
            GCL Alumni 2017-2018
  • Jill Leitzen, Kuhn North America
            GCL Alumni 2003-2004 
  • Karl Rindal, Monroe Clinic
  •     GCL Alumni 2015-2016 

Green County Development Corporation

  • Olivia Otte, Executive Director

Extension Green County

  • Victoria Solomon, Community Resource Development Educator

Who is on the Green County Leaders Curriculum Committee?

  • Al Hanusa
  • Chris Wellington
  • Kathy Ryan
  • Mike Sanders
  • Teresa Keehn
  • Olivia Otte
  • Victoria Solomon

Where can I find more information?

Questions? Contact:

Victoria Solomon
Community Resource Development Educator
Extension Green County
608-328-9440          Email:

Olivia Otte
Executive Director
Green County Development Corporation
608-328-9452           Email: