Our Directors

Tom Altstiel

Tom Altstiel

Port Washington

  • TBA Marketing Group LLC, formerly co-owner PKA Marketing
  • Director since 2021
  • Marketing and Mel’s Village committees

“It’s gratifying to be part of an organization that helps so many people in our own community every day. I’m proud to say ‘Everything we raise here, stays here.’” 

MIKE LA ROSA

MIKE LA ROSA

Cedarburg

  • CEO/owner of LaRosa Landscape Company, Inc.
  • Director since 2023.
  • Finance committee

“I love helping people. Mel’s mission aligns with how we are to live our lives.”

JOHN LERAND

JOHN LERAND

Cedarburg

  • Retired business development leader (Poblocki Sign Co., Sensia Healthcare, Rite-Hite Corp)
  • Director since 2021
  • Sustainability committee

“I believe strongly in Mel’s mission of positively impacting lives and having fun. Mel’s emphasis on helping people with disabilities and supporting community impact efforts helps make Ozaukee County a special place.

DICK PHALEN

DICK PHALEN

Mequon

  • Community volunteer
  • Board member since 2010, past board president,
  • Sustainability, finance and Mel’s Village committees

“Mel’s Charities mission to serve individuals with special needs resonates with me on a personal level. It is an honor to work with so many amazing, caring people.”

ROSS RINTELMAN

ROSS RINTELMAN

Cedarburg

  • Worked at St. Mary’s Ozaukee, From Scratch Catering and Wayne’s Drive-In.
  • Special Olympic athlete for 25+ years.
  • Mel’s Ambassador and Director since 1999

“I love volunteering and going to our events and writing thank-you notes to everyone who supports us. I love to meet new people and touch lives through Mel’s Charities.”

SARA WALKER

SARA WALKER

Milwaukee

  • Catholic Financial Life, VP of Investments
  • Director since 2021
  • Finance committee

“Mel’s Charities brings joy to so many people in Ozaukee County and being part of that ‘joy-delivery’ is a great honor.”