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About Us
 
608-527-6565
About Us
 
608-527-6565

Board of Directors

The Swiss Center’s enthusiastic Board of Directors and its president are leading efforts to increase visibility of the nonprofit organization, grow its unique collections and attract more visitors in person as well as online and through social media.
The Board of Directors has made a commitment to a number of strategic options to ensure the Swiss Center’s financial future including the Swiss Roo✚s Society. We are an organization that understands a rich past is enhanced when investing in the future.
John Etter, Board Chair and Treasurer
Business Consultant
Of Swiss descent, John Etter has 20+ years’ experience in the financial services industry.  He also owned a distribution company servicing 2,500 locations in Wisconsin and Illinois. Etter has been a Vice President of a large Eastern financial services company, American General Manager for an international firm, and owner/entrepreneur involved in distribution.

Etter has served on various Boards including the University Club on the UW Madison Campus, Madison Metropolitan YMCA. the Boy Scout Council serving south central Wisconsin. He is involved in several startup companies formed out of research at the University of Wisconsin
Ed Brand, Board Secretary
Director of Training at Unfors RaySafe
Ed Brand, who is a dual citizen, brings strong sales and marketing experience to his board position as well as his passion for his Swiss heritage which he supports in so many ways including singing with the Jodel Club New Glarus, New Glarus Maennerchor and playing the alphorn.
Faun Phillipson, Executive Committee At Large
Attorney
A partner and founding member of Phillipson & Uretsky, LLP, a law firm specializing in securities and commercial litigation, Phillipson is responsible for client development, as well as handling all aspects of litigation from inception through resolution.
Phillipson also brings experience serving on community organizational boards in New York and Wisconsin. as well as her love of her Swiss heritage. Phillipson is pleased to serve an organization that promotes “the songs, the art, the recipes and the traditions” of her Swiss heritage.
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Menzi Behrnd-Klodt
Attorney and Certified Archivist
Menzi Behrnd-Klodt has Swiss roots and diverse professional experience including being an attorney and archivist. She has served on nonprofit and professional association boards and worked as a consultant on both collections and legal issues to large and small historical societies and cultural centers.
Tom Kuhne, Honorary Director
Digital Media Manager
Tom Kuhne spent 6 1/2 years on the Board of Directors serving a majority of those years as Board Chair. His strong business and technology experience helped guide the Swiss Center through two website upgrades as well as expand into social media.  Tom has strong Swiss roots and continues to provide ongoing support.
Guy Moret
Business Development Leader
Of Swiss decent, Guy Moret grew-up in the region of Gruyères, Fribourg Switzerland later enrolling in the University of Wisconsin.  Guy has +20 years experience working for Cummins, a manufacturer and distributor of diesel and natural gas engines and related components.
 
Moret's managerial background includes product export sales, and business development increasing share with strategic industrial equipment manufacturers both domestically and internationally.  He also recently returned from a 3-year assignment, living in Brussels Belgium, managing European commercial activities for one of Cummins subsidiary.  
 
He enjoys sports and loves visiting his extended family in Switzerland often.

Donald G. Tritt, Honorary Director
Born in Columbus, Ohio of Swiss ancestry, Donald G. Tritt is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. He has a B.S. degree from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

In Columbus he is a member of the Swiss Beneficial Society, a trustee of the Grütli Verein and a life trustee of the Swiss Home Association. He has served the Swiss American Historical Society as a First Vice President and currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board. In 1999 he published Swiss Festivals of North America and in 2006 published a biography of the Swiss natural scientist Leo Lesquereux (1806-1889) for which he was awarded the Gonzenbach prize.

As President of Tritt Family Research he co-edited Volumes I and II of Tritt Family History: 1562-1750. Don was the catalyst for the idea of creating a national Swiss cultural center and instrumental in establishing its initial planning committees and Board in 1999. He has served as a dedicated member of the Board since its founding.
René Wälti
Advertising and Design

When René Wälti immigrated to Canada in 1972, he planned to gain experience abroad and improve his English. But like so many other Swiss immigrants with the same idea, he ended up staying. Wälti is the past president of the Toronto Swiss Club and is retired from a career in advertising and design.

His heritage brought him to the Toronto Yodeling Choir. Later he became a member of the Canadysli Carnival Group and he is regularly performing with the Theatre Group.
Beth Zurbuchen, President/CEO
As President of the Swiss Center, Beth Zurbuchen works closely with the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. and Swiss Consulates in New York and Chicago now closed) to identify the mandates and opportunities to help put the Swiss Center on the awareness map with the Swiss government and general public. Zurbuchen has a diverse audience to reach including Swiss Clubs in Canada and the United States.
With her strong Swiss Roots, she is proud of the accomplishments of the only Swiss cultural/heritage center in the United States and Canada.  The non-profit organization, based in New Glarus, Wisconsin actively promotes and protects Swiss traditions in the United States and Canada.
Zurbuchen joined the Swiss Center of North America as its President/CEO in September 2008. Her work history includes 23 years as a television news journalist where as a lead news anchor; she was journalist-in-chief as well as strategic spokesperson.

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