A statement of values: The new MARC facility offers
people with disabilities the dignity they deserve
Despite a torrential rain, program
participants at MARC East were thrilled
June 2 to cross the threshold of the new
MARC facility at 66 Buttonwood Court in
the American Family complex. Smiles
were broad as heads turned slowly to take
in the wonder of the new center, which at
once achieves a gentle sense of inviting
warmth and a feeling of clean, well-lit
“The beauty of this place,” said MARC’s executive director, Russell King, “is that when you walk
in, you can immediately feel that it’s a different kind of place – a place where you’re safe to
dream, encouraged to learn, and inspired to create. At the same time, it says to the world: This
is how people with disabilities should be served; this is the
level of dignity that each of them deserves.”
The facility was designed by Potter Lawson and built by
Stevens Construction with the supreme generosity of the
Clack Family Foundation. MARC leases the building from the
Clack Family Foundation as a hub for its community-based,
integrated supported employment activities, micro-
enterprise incubation and development, pre-vocational
training, and day services.

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Contents – Summer 2014
The new MARC East 1
Raising awareness 3
Golf Classic 4
Awards banquet 6
MARC West 9
Mt. Horeb 11

“It’s humbling to be here on the first day,”
King said, “and stop to think about the years of
determined work and unflagging hope that
went into its making. The Clack family, of
course, has earned our gratitude and
admiration, as have MARC’s former executive
director, Richard Berling, the MARC Board of
Directors, the MARC Foundation Board of
Directors, the MARC East program director,
Debi Webb, and the entire MARC East staff.
This is what can be accomplished when a
community works together as the MARC
community has.”
Debi Webb said, “We are so excited to have
moved into our new building! Come see us
sometime. You will be amazed, as I am each
day I come to work in such an amazing facility.
Everyone is settling in slowly to our new
routine, and finding their way around.
Deliveries of new equipment and furnishings
continue as we speak. A huge thank you to
everyone that has been helping in this process
(You know who you are)! “
“Our new salt water aquarium is being
installed in the main gathering area. It is
already beautiful, and we don’t even have fish
yet. I can only imagine how much enjoyment
our clients will get from watching this
wonderful gift when it is completely finished.
“Landscapers are hard at work planting in our
spacious outdoor area. Clients have enjoyed
spending time on the patio after lunch watching it all come together.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house are being planned. Please watch the MARC web
site and Facebook page for more information.


Gary Johnson (l) and Russell King (c) representing
MARC on channel 57’s “Talk of the Town.”
MARC seeks to raise awareness
MARC has been selected as a “news
partner” of television channel 57.
This will bring MARC, over the course
of the next 12 months: monthly
appearances on Talk of the Town,
airing five times a week; 30-second
commercials featuring MARC and
airing 50 times a month; wand a
weekly scroll ticker on the Madison in
the Morning show. Watch for the
show here: Direct TV 57, Dish 57,
Charter SD 2, Charter HD 616, AT&T
SD 57, and AT&T HD 1057. Watch the
MARC web site and Facebook page
for Youtube links.
MARC has also been selected as a featured non-profit in the July “Charitable Giving” edition of
In Business magazine. Thanks to the generosity of the Boardman and Clark Law Offices, MARC
will benefit from a full-page color ad in the magazine. The intent is to foster greater awareness
among local business leaders about MARC’s supported employment opportunities.
MARC has begun a direct mail and telephone contact campaign targeting Dane County’s largest
employers, with the goal of raising awareness of MARC’s mission and the opportunities
inherent in MARC’s supported employment program. As relationships are established with
these business leaders, opportunities for employment for people with developmental and
intellectual disabilities will be sought, assessed, and cataloged in a computer database, creating
a powerful tool in matching available jobs with the needs, interests, and abilities of program
participants. This database will also assist other supported employment agencies and school
transition coordinators.
As part of this awareness campaign, MARC has developed a branded series of brochures
featuring supported employment, production, micro-enterprise, day services and the MARC
Foundation. MARC has also produced a booklet of frequently asked questions for area
employers who are thinking about participating in supported employment.


Everybody wins at the 11th Annual MARC Golf Classic
The 11th annual MARC Golf Classic was another huge success, with 46 golfers in 12 teams
ramped up their friendly competition in a “best ball tournament.” The outing was held at the
Meadows of Six Mile Creek in Waunakee on June 17.
The Tricor Insurance team finished in first place, followed by the Oemichen family group team
from Mt. Horeb, and the Karklus family team.
Golfers competed for eight hole prizes out on the course, as well as four different hole-in-one
opportunities. A great box lunch in the carts was followed by an outstanding buffet dinner in
the clubhouse.
Golfers and supporters had the opportunity to bid on silent auction items that ranged from
dinner for eight to Brewer’s clubhouse tickets, a Bo Ryan-autographed basketball, and a
canvass print of the Sports Illustrated Final Four Badger cover.
The 11th Annual MARC Golf Classic raised more than $9,250 to support MARC programs.
A special thanks to all the volunteers who helped make MARC’s 11th Golf Classic happen, and
to Jerry and Patti Fellenz and Tim, and Sondra Abraham, for their cash donations to the outing.
Thanks, too, to the generous businesses that donated raffle items and silent auction items, or
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Anchor Bank
Angelo's Italian Restaurant
Axley Law Offices
BMO Harris Bank - Fish Hatchery
Burger King Restaurants
Chula Vista Resort
Circus World
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
The Egg and I
Four Star Video
Foxboro Golf - Oregon, WI
Gates & Brovi
Harbor Athletic Club
Hawks Landing Golf Club
Hilton Garden Inn - Madison West
Holiday Inn Harbor View - Port Washington
HuHot Mongolian Grill
Imperial Garden – West
Knuckleheads Amusement Park - Wis. Dells
Lake Veterinary Clinic
Liliana's Restaurant
Lisa Young DDS
Little Amerricka
Magnuson Grand Hotel
Dr. Irving Marcus
Matt Kenseth Museum
Karen and Bill Matteuzzi
Milwaukee Admirals Hockey
Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Bucks
Nevada Bob's Golf
Poelpka Trenchard Glass - Door County
Quivy's Grove Restaurant
Riverside Golf Course – Janesville
RS and Company Salon
Schuster's Playtime Farm
S&L Hospitality
Sun Prairie Athletic Club
Taliesin - Spring Green
Ten Pin Alley
Thrivent Financial
Tricor Insurance
The Ultimate Spa Salon
Ultrazone Laser Tag
U.W. Athletics
Von Klaus Winery - Baraboo
Von Rutenberg Ventures

MARC’s 2014 awards banquet celebrated
a community of compassion

Much of the MARC family
gathered for an evening in May
to celebrate the community of
compassion that enables MARC
to meet its mission. Attendees
took advantage of the
opportunity to buy from MARC
micro-enterprises, purchase
raffle tickets for attractive prizes,
and compete against one
another in a silent auction – all
while enjoying a great dinner and
even better company. The main
event, of course, was the
presentation of awards, and this
year’s winners follow:

One of MARC’s greatest strengths is the dedication of its employees.
 Awards for five years of service went to Carol Glass at Stoughton, Ann Cerne at West,
and Kari Peterson, also at West.
 Awards for 10 years of service were earned by Jean Messan and Rhiannon Wiegel at
West, Cathy Loerke and Heidi Krieger at RES, and Ying Zhang at South.
 Awards for 15 years of service to MARC went to Jamie Gulseth and Scott Thompson at
RES, Margo Klassy at West, and Laura Johnson at Stoughton.
 For 25 years of service, Sandra Braund at Stoughton and Karen Gussert at RES were
warmly recognized.
 Randy Klein at West received an award for his 35 years of dedication to MARC.

MARC’s emphasis on supported employment makes our partners in the Dane County business
realm vitally important and MARC noted that importance with the following Employer
Appreciation Awards:
 Guy Kitchell– Klima;
 Thor Anderson– Doctor’s Park Dental;

 Brandon Courts-High Point
 Super Wal-Mart Personnel
Department- Monona;
 Eileen Ahearn-Project SEARCH
Business Liaison-VA Hospital;
 Tom Wright– Wright’s Auto; and
 Premier Coop-Mini Mart.

Volunteer and Community Appreciation
Awards were presented, with much
gratitude, to:
 Karen Darcy-Madison Metro Paratransit;
 Brad Bensman– Bensman Marketing Group;
 Karen Lambright– DVR; and
 Michelle Erschen– Project SEARCH .

The awards presentation culminated with two of MARC three major awards. The Vivian T. Pope
Memorial Award was presented by: Mel Pope to Peggy Roth, a MARC employee at Mt. Horeb.
The Joan Portal-Foster Award was presented by Joan’s daughters Kim Anderson and Netha Staff
to Kari Peterson, a MARC employee at West.

Fran Bicknell, a member of the MARC Board of Directors, offered a tribute to the memory of
State Rep. Mary Lou Munts, a long-time and effective advocate for the disability community.

MARC’s executive director, Russell King, opened the ceremony with the following remarks:
Thank you for coming…. We’re here today to acknowledge the contributions of a great
many who make the MARC community what it is – particularly those who give us the
benefit of their labor. To give you a glimpse into who they are, let me share a few of
their stories:

There is the story of the MARC employee whose car was an inoperable hunk o’ junk and
her co-worker who traded cars with her, then used the hunk o’ junk as a trade-in on a
new vehicle.

There is the story of the group of MARC employees who, wearing T-shirts that honored
MARC consumers, embraced a moment of insanity and lept together into a frozen lake
in the dead of winter to raise charitable funds.

There is the story of the MARC
employee who gave 190 hours of
sick time to help out a new co-
worker who was going out on
maternity leave, and did not
have sick time available.

There is the story of two MARC
employees who spent a weekend
on their hands and knees
scrubbing a center in preparation
for a new program director’s

There is the story of a MARC employee who is going through chemo treatment who
recently completed a 5K run to raise money to fight leukemia in others.

Although they are exceptional when we look at them in context of our broader culture,
they are almost ordinary in the context of the MARC community. MARC’s supply of
people who move through our world as a quiet, gentle force of compassion, dignity, and
hope is breathtaking.

It’s my pleasure to watch as, day after day, MARC employees demonstrate that the
satisfactions of being good men and women among we common folk are, indeed, great
enough to sustain us.

As you might expect, they don’t think of themselves this way – which, in a time when
humility seems a lost art, only makes them all the more admirable.

So, thank you. Thank you for coming tonight and helping us celebrate the kind of
people they are and the kind of values they bring to the task of carrying out MARC’s
mission. If you are a MARC employee, please, allow yourself at least a moment of pride
and know that you are cherished.

If you are one of MARC’s many volunteer leaders, business partners, or supporters – if
you are an active member of the MARC community – please do the same. Accept both
our gratitude and our respect. You, too, are a big part of the treasure we call MARC.


Pre-vocational Spotlight: conference name badges
Many of us have attended
training seminars. Many of us
have received a name badge
holder to wear for our name
tag. Have you ever wondered
where the name tag with the
elastic band was assembled?
Many of these products are
assembled and packaged at
MARC’s West location on
Forward Drive. Through
collaboration with a local
Middleton business, MARC is
able to offer paid work
opportunities for many people
with disabilities. Over the past decade, people with disabilities have been able to complement
their income and work skills. Ultimately, these partnerships lead toward business satisfaction,
job skill growth, and individual knowledge on how to succeed in the job market.

MARC West case managers
Email is a very effective form of directly communicating. Here are the email addresses of the
case managers for MARC West:
 Yu Cheung Shum ycshum@marc-inc.org
 Rhiannon Wiegel rwiegel@marc-inc.org
 Margo Klassy mklassy@marc-inc.org
 Kim Gobrecht kgobrecht@marc-inc.org
 Agnes Meier ameier@marc-inc.org


Young visitors bring moments of joy and learning
On May 2, Hilary Nguyen’s kindergarten class from Leopold Elementary School visited MARC-
RAC and MARC South. The students are dual-language learners and they entertained us with
songs in Spanish. Together, students and clients participated in an art project, designing people
like planters with grass seed for hair. The clients are excited to watch the daily progress of hair
growth in the planters. The students also amazed us at how much they have learned about two
digit numbers this year as they participated in Bingo with clients. Students needed little
assistance and were able to help clients find their numbers. The highlight of the bingo game
was watching as people received a prize. Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon. MARC thanks
the Leopold staff and students for sharing their time with us.

A renewal of life to honor
a friend who has passed

This year, the RAC decided to plant
the raised flower bed in honor of
Eva, a client that passed away in
April. She was a warm person, with
whom everyone in the RAC enjoyed
being. In her honor, the clients
planted the flowers in the shape of
a heart. The flowers were donations
from Wal-Mart and the Sun Prairie
High School greenhouse program.
The clients are excited for the
garden to fill in, but for now they
are enjoying watering it.

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The Project SEARCH class of 2013-14 enjoyed welcoming the summer with a splash! Organized
by Dr. Eileen Ahearn, the business liaison for the VA Hospital, all of the students participated in a
water balloon fight on the hospital grounds. It was fun for all. Who knew Eileen had such a good
throwing arm?

MARC Mt. Horeb

In Mt. Horeb, we are collecting and
recycling galvanized livestock
watering troughs to be made into
raised bed gardens to allow MARC
participants to use their gardening
skills in an accessible way. We are
growing flowers, vegetables, and
herbs in troughs donated by local
farmers. They will be painted in fun
summer colors and everyone can
participate in the growing and

Michael Steinhauer, MARC’s director of job and
fund development, has been selected by the
University of Phoenix as the Outstanding Faculty
of Year. Michael teaches health care management
for the university
MARC out and about
Russell King, MARC’s executive director,
represented MARC at the American Family
United Way awareness event.
American Family’s United Way panel (L to R): Gary Jordan, life services manager; Anita Short, MARC board
member; Jack Salzwedel , CEO; Cesar Pinzon, life company sales director; Brad Bodden , agent