Tend to the roots so the branches can reach to the sky.
Sue and her husband, Ron ran a successful florist shop for nearly 30 years and gained valuable business strategies, partnerships, client relations and hard work ethics. She is the mother of a 21 year old daughter with multiple disabilities. Sue has a dream to not only give her daughter, Breanna, but many others a place where they can receive services and activities in one place: The Gathering. A unique place filled with love and laughter. A much needed place not only for the individual with disability but providing healing and respite time for the caregiver. Sue and Ron have been married for 33 years and are blessed with 4 children and 5 grandchildren. She is faithful to God's promises, has a zest for life and is happiest when bringing people together for the greater good of mankind.
Ron was a successful business owner for 30 years. He helped clients fulfill messages, feelings and emotions through the gift of flowers. The Gathering is important to him to have a safe place with experienced people to care for the individual with special needs. This would give other children in the family an opportunity to have memories with their family that they may not otherwise experience. Ron is the father of four, father in law to three and grandfather to five. He makes himself available to them all with love and reassurance. Ron loves to garden, cook and bake. In 1995, Ron was accredited with being one of the top 1000 floral designers in the world.
Matt serves as board President of The Gathering LTD. He built a business as a financial advisor for 4.5 years focusing on estate planning for families with adults and children with special needs. Matt now works in the real estate market as a personal investor and consultant for out of state investors, focusing on residential and commercial transactions. His conviction for The Gathering derives from wanting to help is brother find world class care.
Board Administrative Assistant
Tammy has many years experience working with children and adults of all abilities through work or volunteering. Spending time with so many individuals gives her joy, but she sees the great need for a place where all are welcome and where God-given talents can be explored whether through art, cooking, music, sports and more. She has been married to her husband, Stu, for over 20 years. They have three boys, one with a disability who keeps her busy with Special Olympics, 4-H and other fun activities. In her spare time, Tammy loves to experiment with recipes and usually has her nose in a good book.
Alison has been working with families who have children with special needs for 30 years. The need she hears most from parents and caregivers is to have a safe place for their child(ren) to go where they will learn and grow and be treated respectfully. Parents and caregivers have a high level of stress and need to have respite care available they can trust. The Gathering will be able to meet all these important needs and desires and go beyond them in offering more. Alison lives in Cedarburg with her husband, Steve. They have three grown boys (one who is now in heaven). Steve and Alison and their two German Shepherds enjoy frequent trips to Door County.
As a mom with twin boys on the spectrum, Nikki started an autism support group to connect with others. It was the first such group in Washington County and has become so successful, that it has become a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that Nikki serves as President and head chairperson. She is completely dedicated to the autism community. She is committed to creating autism awareness, acceptance and autism friendly events. She heads various fundraisers to provide grants to families living with autism. Nikki has a huge heart, and a special place for individuals with disabilities. She believes everyone deserves respect and quality opportunities to participate in meaningful activities.