Oliver Zornow, Founder & Treasurer
Oliver Zornow founded the Caneille Regional Development Fund in 2006. As a response to his senior research project at Valley New School, Oliver organized friends and family around the cause of providing opportunity through education in the rural region of Haiti he visited in February 2006. Since this time, Oliver has led the organization as President from its inception through 2014 and has led group working trips to the region – facilitating a community dialogue and addressing any operational challenges. In 2014, Oliver was elected the organization’s Treasurer and remains the primary contact for CRDF’s partners in Haiti as founder.
Oliver graduated magna cum laude from Lawrence University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and Economics in 2010. Oliver has diverse nonprofit and international development experience which allows him to contribute perspective and innovation in his role on the CRDF board. This experience includes seven years at the Building for Kids Children’s Museum, two years as the Community Engagement Manager at the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, two years serving as an Education and Youth Development Specialist in the United States Peace Corps, and two years as the Education Manager for the Fox Cities Building for the Arts. Oliver’s other volunteer commitments have included serving as the President of the Outagamie Chapter of Thrivent Financial and as a member of the Technology Committee at Valley New School.
Rebecca Zornow, President
Rebecca Zornow is co-founder of the Caneille Regional Development Fund and currently serves as Board President. Rebecca created the CORE Support Team to provide donors with an enhanced connection to the school, executes large-scale fundraising events, and travels to Caneille, Haiti to assess project work. She has been apart of CRDF for eleven years.
Rebecca graduated from Lawrence University in 2010 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in English and Art History and was recipient of the Elizabeth Richardson for outstanding women majoring in Art History as well as the Alexander Wiley Prize for principled independence of thought, moral courage, and creative commitment to a significant cause, honoring her work in Haiti. She worked for the US Peace Corps as an Educational Specialist in Swaziland and at The Trout Museum of Art as a Volunteer Coordinator. Rebecca is an Educator at the Building for Kids Children’s Museum and Development Coordinator at Valley New School. She volunteers as a docent at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum and on the committee for Saint Elizabeth Hospital Foundation’s Annual Women’s Golf Benefit.
Leslie Dempsey, Vice-President
Leslie Dempsey has been the Vice-President of the Caneille Regional Development Fund since 2011. She provides assistance to the board president and with new board member recruitment and training. She organizes and coordinates alternative giving fairs, candy bar sales, and Christmas card sending as well as developed the Scrip fundraiser.
Leslie obtained an Associate Degree in Administrative Assistant while on the Dean’s List and earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Lakeland College in Specialized Business and graduated manga cum laude in 2011. She also earned an Associate Degree in Human Resources from Fox Valley Technical College in 2016 while on the Dean’s List. Leslie worked in Kimberly-Clark Corporation’s Legal Department, performed an internship through Fox Valley Technical College’s Administration Department, and took part in Fox Valley Technical College’s BIZsquad Internship program.
Jane M. Zornow SPHR, Secretary
Jane has served on the Board of Directors for the Caneille Regional Development Fund since its inception. Jane is a results-oriented leader with many years of diverse working experience in the fields of business development, financial services, human resources, non-profit leadership, small business operations and conflict resolution.
She is currently employed by BrightStar Care as Director of Business Development helping to enhance the lives of aging adults and their families. Previously, Jane was a HR Director at Thrivent Financial and retired in 2014 with over 30 years of service. Jane has over twenty years of non-profit board leadership experience.
Jenny Jansen, Marketing Coordinator
Jenny Jansen joined the Caneille Regional Development Board in January 2015. Jenny is currently the Marketing Coordinator of the Caneille Regional Development Fund and is a specilist in social media.
Jenny graduated from Marian University in December 2015. She graduated manga cum laude with distinction with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a double major in Marketing and General Management, and a minor in Organizational Communication. She is currently employed as the Trade Show and Events Manager at TIDI Products LLC, located in Neenah, Wisconsin. Jenny is responsible for the development and execution of a comprehensive, integrated strategy for trade shows and corporate events as well as leading the coordination of pre-meeting planning, onsite presence at trade shows, schedules, vendor management, and logistics. Jenny is an administrative volunteer with Tri-Community Dental clinic for onsite well check visits. She is also a member of Professional Women in Healthcare (PWH), an organization dedicated to ongoing development for women in healthcare businesses.
Ashley Fleming, Fundraising Coordinator
Ashley Fleming currently serves on the Caneille Regional Development Fund board as the Fundraising Coordinator. Ashley’s responsibilities include organizing the annual calendar of fundraisers and recruiting volunteers for fundraisers. She previously served on the board for the Outagamie Chapter of Thrivent Financial as Events Director, Communications Director and Vice President during her five years of service. Her responsibilities included planning and organizing member social, educational and charitable events, designing promotional materials, and building relationships with partners in the community.
Ashley has earned an Associate degree in Business Management from Fox Valley Technical College as well as a Bachelor degree in Business Management from Lakeland College. She earned her Masters of Business Administration at Lakeland College. She currently works at Thrivent Financial in the Records Management department where she leads efforts to increase efficiency, minimize risk, and reduce complexity in financial representative’s offices across the country by assisting with information management.
Past Board Members
Lynn Bridges, Volunteer Coordinator, 2011-2014
Michael Kieffer, Board Member, 2011