Meet the Waupun Historical Society Team

The Waupun Historical Society is overseen by a seven-member board of directors, responsible for ensuring the fiduciary stability of the organization.  The Board has two standing committees: Internal and External.  The Internal Committee oversees all aspects of museum operations.  The External Committee is tasked with event planning, membership, and community outreach.  The Heritage Museum operates under the leadership of an executive director who reports to the Board. 

The 2021 Board of Directors

The executive officers for the Waupun Historical Society are elected every January by the membership, and serve one-year terms.  The three directors are elected on a rotation every third year, serving three-year terms.

President Zac Dickhut

Serves on the Internal Committee

Zac has been volunteering with us for nine years, was elected president in 2021 after serving a year as the archivist.  He previously served as Board secretary.  In addition to his work with the Society, Zac serves on the Waupun Police & Fire Commission and works as the Executive Director for the Waupun Area Chamber of Commerce.  He is currently working on a Masters Degree in Public History and Museum Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Vice President Frank Mesa

Serves on the External Committee

Frank has been involved with the Society for a number of years, and keeps our meetings on track as Vice President. Frank is also the commander of VFW Post 6709 in town!

Secretary Tracie Nichols

Chair of the External Committee

Tracie is in her 6th year volunteering for the Society and her 3rd term as secretary. Tracie delights in researching and presenting interesting topics related to Waupun's history. Please feel free to contact her to set up a presentation for your school or group interest!

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Treasurer Laurie Vant Hoff

Serves on the External Committee

Laurie became the treasurer for us in January of 2020. She has experience with bookkeeping for a few other non-profits, and enjoys helping these organizations with their record-keeping. Laurie loves her 95-year-old Waupun home and has researched the history of it and its past residents (the first owner lost the house after he was convicted of embezzling from the bank!)

Director Steve Biever

Serves on the Internal Committee

Steve's in his 6th year of volunteering with us, and was just elected to a 3-year term as a director. Steve enjoys collecting and researching information on Waupun's business history. He most recently compiled a history of Waupun's service stations throughout the 20th century.

Director Rick Vant Hoff

Serves on the External Committee

Rick is a newcomer to the Society, and was appointed to serve a 2-year vacancy on our board! In addition to his work with the Society, Rick also volunteers with Marsh Haven Nature Center, the DNR, serves on the Church Health Services Board of Directors, as well as the SSM Long-term Care Board.

Director Chris Nord

Serves on the Internal Committee

Chris Nord is in his second year of serving as one of our directors! Having been involved with us for over a decade, he enjoys working on the musical instruments in our collection, as well as maintenance and restoration of our artifacts. He worked quite a bit on our transformation this past year. Chris also provides music for the Episcopal Church across the street!

Executive Director Kyle Clark

Chair of the Internal Committee

Kyle Clark has served as our executive director since late 2019.  He led the major effort to clean and reorganize the historic Heritage Museum, and now oversees the archiving and cataloging processes for the Society.  Prior to his involvement, Kyle served as Waupun's mayor, city administrator, and clerk-treasurer.  He enjoys golfing and traveling around Wisconsin with his wife.