our team

While most organizations are structured so that there are only a few leaders, we recognize that everyone is a leader and work together to co-create our future.

Sophia believes wholeheartedly in shared leadership.

We are thrilled to have a team of associates, board members, partners and volunteers who co-lead efforts to fulfill the mission and vision of Sophia.

Meet our Sophia associates:

Our associates are truly scholars of servant leadership and have dedicated themselves to serving others through Sophia’s mission and a vision of caring communities.

Christa Williams

Executive Director

“What I love about servant leadership is that it brings out the best in people, organizations and communities.”




Samantha King

Operations Coordinator

“Being a servant leader empowers you to impact others, and in doing so, see the impact in your own life.”




Nichole Rusniaczek

Youth Leadership Fond du Lac Coordinator

“Connecting with kids and families at school and throughout the community brings me joy.”



Board Members

Garry Moise | Marian University

Paula Thalacker | retired BankFirst
Vice-President & Treasurer

Jenny Knuth | Branch & Bloom

Kevin Galske | Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department
Board Member

Kristin Steede | Verve, a Credit Union
Board Member

Sara Wild | Michels Corporation
Board Member

Karen Wilhelms | Silica For Your Home
Board Member

Stacy Shedivy | Volunteer
Board Member


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