Board of Directors & Staff
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.
Frederic Behrens was raised in a Swiss-American household. Growing up with a father from Switzerland and a mother from rural Pennsylvania has instilled a strong sense of Swiss culture and heritage.
Behrens currently works as an international investment advisor at Thun Financial Advisors in Madison, Wisconsin. He primarily advises American expats and cross-border families with connections to Switzerland, Great Britain, and Hong Kong on tax and financial matters.
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.
Born and raised in New Glarus, Tim is proud of his Swiss heritage with strong ties to the Canton of Glarus, especially the village of Elm. He celebrates that pride through music and family. His roots are in the first settlers of New Glarus and in Switzerland.
Donald G. Tritt, Honorary Director
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.