Board of Directors

Kathryne Holzman, President

Kathryne is a current student at UW-Fond du Lac, going for an Associate degree of Art & Science. Her field of study is in music. She is then planning on continuing her education at UW-Oshkosh. She loves horses and is a big believer in equine therapy.



Edward Wroble, Treasurer

A resident of the Chicago, IL suburb of Hinsdale, Ed was the Founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Software Architects, Inc., a leading provider of information technology services founded in 1978. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI and a M.S. in Computer Science from DeKalb, IL. He retired in August 2007 from the information technology services field. Ed is currently active in the Union Church of Hinsdale serving on multiple Boards, most recently as the Chair of the Board of Trustees. He has also been involved in community organizations including Indian Boundary YMCA, Hinsdale Little League and the Hinsdale Community House. Mahala’s Hope mission and purpose and the commitment of the current board members drew Ed to participate on the Board of Directors.



Melissa Ryan, Secretary

Melissa is the Vice President of Human Resources for Sadoff Iron & Metal Company. Melissa has worked for Sadoff for over 27 years and has had a steady progression of responsibility over that time frame. As the leader of Human Resources she has overall responsibility for employee relations, employee development, company policies, benefit administration, wellness management, labor negotiations and performance management. She holds two certifications – one from the HR Certification Institute, Senior Professional in Human Resources and one from Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Senior Certified Professional.

Melissa served on the Oakfield Community Foundation Board for 5 years and served as the Vice President for one year and the President role for two years. She was also an avid volunteer for the Oakfield Recreation Department. Under her direction, Sadoff was awarded the WELCOA Gold Award twice and was recognized by the New North B2B as a Best Places to Work Honoree and Emerging Success in Wellness Award.

Melissa has been married to her husband Greg for 26 years and has three daughters (20, 18 and 15). Melissa has enjoyed following her children play fast pitch softball, basketball, volleyball and soccer. She also enjoys reading, vacationing and spending time with family and friends.



David Olig

David was born and lived most of his life in Fond du Lac. David followed in his dad’s (who is his hero) footsteps choosing a career in law enforcement. David has work for the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office for eight years and is assigned to the detective bureau. David enjoys spending time with his family when he’s not at work.



Kate Candee

Kate Candee currently serves as the Vice President of Student Engagement at Marian University, she had served as the Executive Director of the Office of Learning, Engagement and Retention and was the Principal Investigator/Project Director for the Department of Education Title III grant.  Prior to this, she served as the Director of the Sport and Recreation Management program with the Marian University Business Division and Special Assistant to the President for Fitness and Wellness.  Kate was also the Assistant Director of the Student Support Center working with the Community Involvement Program, Co-op/Internship Program and Career Services.  In the early 90’s Kate was also involved with the Marian Adult Accelerated Program as Coordinator of Program Services.  She began her business career with A.C. Nielsen- the world’s leading supplier of consumer marketing research information as a Senior Supervisor. She is an Associate with the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes.



Advisory Board

Betty Trent

A resident of Fond du Lac for over 40 years, Betty is widely known for providing high level, compassionate child care. From her first facility on Sheboygan Street (now the Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts) to the opening of the first Corporation Sponsored Day Care, Camelot Children’s Center, Betty has touched the lives of many. After retiring in 2005, she turned to volunteering in reading programs, at Hospice Home, and serves on the boards of Mahala’s Hope, Moraine Park Early Childhood, New Beginnings, and Family Resource Center.

The fact that the mission of Mahala’s Hope deals directly with young women and their children suffering from addiction, the unique manner of treatment including the natural world and equine programs, and the passion of the founder are the main factors that drew Betty to Mahala’s Hope.



Bradley Nielsen

Brad Nielsen presently serves as a Business Unit Financial Analyst for Grande Cheese Company in Lomira, Wisconsin. He is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a degree in Business Administration. Brad has seen how addiction and substance abuse affects families and is committed through his work with Mahala’s Hope. He knows it will make a positive difference in the lives of others.