Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation Board of Directors
Dan Checki, President
Andrew Thompson, Vice President
Dan Heiliger, Treasurer
Elizabeth Orella, Secretary
Brian Hornung grew up in Cross Plains, WI & graduated from Middleton High School. He earned an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Hornung graduated in 1994 with a BS in Environmental Engineering and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Corp of Engineers. He served in a variety of roles in the active Army, as well as the Wisconsin National Guard. Currently, Brian is a Partner and Vice President with the regional construction firm of J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. He resides in Middleton with his wife and three children.
William F. Hustad grew up in New Glarus. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Hustad served in Vietnam as a member of the 101st Airborne Division and was wounded in action during 1969. After returning to civilian life, Hustad worked for IBM and now for a computer consulting firm. He also owns and operates a family farm in Monticello, where he and his wife Jackie live. Hustad is extremely active in veterans' affairs and has chaired the Council of Veterans Programs for the Department of Veterans Affairs as well as several committees of the agency's Board of Directors. Hustad is the President of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation Board. He is also active in the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and, especially the VFW, where he is presently the State Senior Vice Commander. Hustad participates in various church and community organizations as well being involved with town government.
Loretta V. Metoxen
Loretta V. Metoxen grew up on the Oneida Indian Reservation in Northeast Wisconsin and joined the Air Force after high school graduation in 1950. She served during the Korean War before returning to the Oneida Reservation, where she was elected to the Oneida Executive Committee and served on the Oneida Business Committee for over 29 years. Metoxen's past service also includes eleven years as Chairperson of the Great Lakes Intertribal Education Committee and a two-year tenure as President of the National Coalition of Indian Education. Currently serving as the Tribal Historian, she frequently speaks on topics of historical and social significance to Native Americans. Metoxen has seven children and continues to reside on the Oneida Reservation.
Michael E. Telzrow
An eight year veteran of the United States Coast Guard, Michael Telzrow serves as the Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and Executive Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation. He has been working in the museum field for over fifteen years. He graduated from the University of Central Florida and earned a master's degree in public history/museum studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. His formative years were marked by extensive work in collections management and exhibit development. From 1995-1997, he served at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum as a curatorial assistant. Subsequent museum assignments included the Neville Public Museum of Brown County and the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum. In 2006 he was named executive director at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He has developed over 20 museum exhibits covering a wide range of subject matter and recently authored a photographic history of the Wisconsin State Reformatory. In 2008 he was named an "everyday hero" by the Green Bay Press Gazette for his public service, and was recently honored by the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce as one of 20 local individuals who have made a particular impact in their field or industry.
Teddy L. Duckworth graduated from New Lisbon High School before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. Duckworth served two combat tours in Vietnam with a helicopter unit in the I Corps area of operations. Duckworth earned a Purple Heart after being wounded in action during one of the major battles he participated in. Shot down three times, Duckworth returned to Wisconsin, graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, attended graduate school, and served as County Veterans Service Officer of Juneau County until his retirement on August 31, 2006. Duckworth served on the Board of Veterans Affairs under Secretary John Maurer, and was Chairman from 1994 to 1997 under the administration of Secretary Raymond Boland. Duckworth actively participated in the American Legion moving up through ranks until he became Department Commander. Duckworth resides in New Lisbon.
Karl Hanson graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning a B. S. degree in 2000. In 2004 he earned a master of public administration degree from Western Kentucky University. Four years later, he graduated cum laude from the University of Wisconsin law school. He is an officer veteran of the Iraq war and served for six years in the United States Army and for over three years with the Wisconsin Army National Guard. A member of the Rock County Bar Association and the State Bar of Wisconsin, Hanson practices law in Janesville, Wisconsin with the firm of Nowlan & Mouat LLP.
Lewis Harned, M.D.
Brigadier General Lewis B. Harned grew up in Madison. Upon graduation from high school, Harned volunteered to drive ambulances for the British Eighth Army during the North African and Italian campaigns of World War II. Harned earned a medical degree, where he completed his residency in Orthopedics in Denver and Chicago (Northwestern) and he practiced in Iowa and Madison. After active service with the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War era he joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard. Dr. Harned served in Iraq during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm where he was decorated with a Bronze Star for saving lives during the Persian Gulf conflict.
Dale Hundt enlisted in the U.S. Army upon graduation from Alma High School in 1948. He served in the European Theater until 1952, where he worked in Military Government and Finance Units. Hundt enrolled in UW-Madison and graduated in 1955 with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He retired from Oscar Mayer Foods in 1989 after thirty seven years of service. Hundt has served actively on a variety of religious, civic, and community organizations, primarily in a budgetary development capacity. In addition, Hundt served two years as post commander of the VFW post 8483 and three years as Dane County Council Commander. He currently resides in Madison.
Frederick McCormick grew up in Plover, graduating high school and college in Stevens Point. He earned a Master's at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and another from the U.S. Naval War College. McCormick retired as Director of Corporate Relations for Wisconsin Public Television after serving for twenty five years. McCormick's military career spanned thirty-four years, rising from private to Colonel with active duty during the Berlin Crisis, at the Pentagon, as well as decades of leadership training and command experience with the Wisconsin Army National Guard. He spent considerable time with the Department of Defense with Employer Support for the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) on active duty. The Secretary of Defense appointed McCormick to serve as the Wisconsin State Chair of ESGR for six years. His experience with non-profit organizations is as extensive and successful as his professional career. Fred and his wife Virginia reside in Sun Prairie and they have two daughters and five grandchildren.
Eric J. Petersen grew up in Madison and went to college and graduate school in Pennsylvania before attending law school at the University of Wisconsin. Eric became a public finance analyst with Bear Stearns in New York City and has since risen to be President of Wimmer and Company, a business consulting firm. He is a member of the board of directors of the American Players Theater, the Other Other Club, as well as being active in various community organizations. An All State and All American Swimmer, Petersen and his wife Tracy live on Madison's west side.
Dennis Wagner entered the Army Reserves in 1966 and received a commission as an infantry officer in 1968. During the Vietnam conflict, he served in I Corps as a platoon leader and company commander in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division. Military decorations include the Combat Infantryman Badge, Silver Star, and Vietnamese Gallantry Cross. Dennis graduated from UW-Madison, where he received a PhD. He is currently the Research Director for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, a research consulting firm with offices in Madison, Wisconsin and San Francisco, California. Dennis resides in the town of Middleton with his wife Barbara. He is a member of Middleton's "Sonny" Simon VFW Post 8216.