Oliver Zornow, Founder & Treasurer

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Oliver Zornow

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

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Rebecca Zornow

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, at The Trout Museum of Art as a Volunteer Coordinator, and as an Educator at the Building for Kids. Rebecca is Editor in Chief of Appleton Monthly Magazine and Development Coordinator at Valley New School. She volunteers on the board of the Fox Cities Book Festival.

Leslie Dempsey, Vice-President

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Leslie Dempsey

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 along with other fundraisers. She also helps with fundraisers other board members are providing.

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 which volunteering to work on projects for local organizations and businesses. 

Jane M. Zornow SPHR, Secretary


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Jane Zornow

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 launching a HR department at at new company.  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.

Ashley Fleming, Fundraising Coordinator

Ashley Fleming

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 along with recruiting volunteers.  She previously served on the board for the Outagamie County 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, a Bachelor degree in Business Management as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Lakeland College. She currently works at Thrivent Financial in the Enterprise Strategic Services division as a Scrum Master. Ashley is responsible for coaching teams on the Scrum framework in order to maximize product delivery and business value.

Jacqueline Whelan Lambert, Board Member

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Jacqueline Whelan Lambert

Jacqueline Whelan Lambert joined the Caneille Regional Development board in January of 2018.

Jacqueline graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2007.  A recipient of the Holmes-Abernathy Merit Scholarship, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human and Organizational Development with double major in Spanish.  She obtained her Master of Nursing degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2016.  She currently works as a Senior Portfolio Manager as well as a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Nurse at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  At Children’s, Jacqueline is responsible for account management and project portfolio oversight for several key areas of the health system including Primary Care and Marketing and Communications, with a focus on Digital Health strategy.

Jacqueline also works part-time as a NICU nurse at Children’s and loves the time she spends caring for babies and educating caregivers. Jacqueline is a member of 100+ Women Who Care Milwaukee, a group of local women who support not for profit organizations in the greater Milwaukee area. Her inspiration for joining CRDF came from a mission trip to Ecuador in 2006 where she saw the impact of sponsoring and providing an education to under-served populations to help overcome the cycle of poverty.

Stefanie Montgomery, Board Member                                                          Stefanie@caneille.org

Stefanie Montgomery
Stefanie graduated with a B.S. from the University of WI-Madison in Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, PreK-12, with a license to teach. She had the opportunity to work for 15 years with students, in various settings from full inclusion to self-contained programs, who were diagnosed primarily with emotional/behavioral disabilities and mental health issues. Stefanie was also privileged to teach children with cognitive, visual, and learning disabilities.  She looks forward to working side-by-side with the teachers in Caneille to further develop innovative educational ideas throughout the curriculum resulting in continued student engagement.

She is currently employed by Carolyn Stark Real Estate Team at Keller Williams Fox Cities Realty as a transaction coordinator.  Previously, Stefanie was a real estate consultant for 8 ½ years. She has experience in working with both sellers and buyers, negotiation, and providing an excellent real estate experience.

Stefanie joined the Caneille Regional Development Fund Board June 2019.

Ella DeMay, Junior Board Member

IMG_0522.jpg Ella DeMay joined the Caneille Regional Development Board in the Fall of 2019 as a Junior Board member. She has worked with CRDF in the past by planning a fundraiser, volunteering at events, and assisting with donor outreach. As a Junior Board member, Ella’s duties include offering next-generation ideas and perspectives, organizing and assisting with fundraising and education events, and creating new community connections. In the spring of 2020, Ella will graduate from Valley New School and seek further education within the areas of international studies and/or environmental engineering. She enjoys organization and project management, contributing to the local community, and learning about global issues.

Past Board Members

Jenny Jansen, Marketing Coordinator, 2015-2018

Lynn Bridges, Volunteer Coordinator, 2011-2014

Michael Kieffer, Board Member, 2011