Officers & Directors

Officers & Directors

Board of Directors

Kathryn Sawyer Gutenkunst
DIRECTOR
Kathryn Gutenkunst is an attorney at Cramer, Multhauf & Hammes, a full-service law firm headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Ms. Gutenkunst concentrates her practice on civil litigation, family law, municipal law, and law related to land use and development, real estate and eminent domain. Ms. Gutenkunst’s knowledge of real estate law provides the board with valuable business acumen and knowledge of the real estate market in our market area.
Jose A. Olivieri
DIRECTOR
José A. Olivieri, age 61, is the Managing Partner of the Milwaukee office of the full-service law firm Michael Best & Friedrich LLP. Mr. Olivieri’s practice includes representing management in employment related matters and business immigration law. He is also the leader of the firm’s Higher Education Practice, and served as Chair of the Michael Best’s Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group from 2007 to 2015. Outside of his legal practice, Mr. Olivieri has served in a variety of leadership positions for local organizations. Mr. Olivieri provides the board with valuable legal insight with respect to certain business and employment matters. Mr. Olivieri received his J.D. from Marquette University Law School in 1981.
Michael J. Pjevach
DIRECTOR
Michael J. Pjevach is Senior Vice President-Midwest/West Region of Coach USA, Inc. Mr. Pjevach has over 30 years of general business administration and corporate and financial experience. This experience provides the board with financial sophistication and general business acumen.
Edward H. Schaefer
President, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Edward H. Schaefer is president and chief executive officer of First Federal Bank of Wisconsin, positions he has held since July 2016. Prior to this appointment, from 2010 until 2016, Mr. Schaefer served as president and chief executive officer of Citizens Community Federal NA, a national bank headquartered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and its publicly traded holding company, Citizens Community Bancorp, Mr. Schaefer has over 25 years of banking experience, including managerial as well as all aspects of credit administration and underwriting. In addition to his extensive banking experience, during his career Mr. Schaefer served for seven years as president and chief executive officer of Huntsinger Farms, Inc., and its subsidiary Silver Spring Foods, Inc., Eau Claire, Wisconsin, one the world's largest 124 grower and processors of horseradish and horseradish related products. Mr. Schaefer’s broad business, banking and managerial experience, including his knowledge of commercial and residential lending, provides the board with a perspective on the day to day operations of First Federal Bank of Wisconsin and assists the board in assessing the trends and developments in the financial institutions industry on a local and national basis.
Christine A. Specht
DIRECTOR
Christine A. Specht, age 44, is the Chief Executive Officer of Cousins Subs, a sub sandwich chain headquartered in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, a role she has held since January 2019. Prior to this from 2015 until 2019, in addition to Chief Executive Officer, she also held the role of President of Cousins Subs. Ms. Specht first began her career at Cousins Subs in 2001 as the Human Resources Manager. In 2008, she became the President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2015 assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer. In her current role as CEO she remains the visionary for the brand focused on continuing a strong culture throughout Cousins’ system and leading growth and business strategy. Ms. Specht serves in leadership positions for a variety of local organizations. She has received the Cum Deo award from the Lutheran High School Association in 2017 in honor of her Christian service and accomplishments in business. In 2018, Specht was honored as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Women of Influence and recognized in Fast Casual magazine’s “Women in the Lead” series. Ms. Specht brings vision and experience in growth and business strategy to the board.
James A. Tarantino
CHAIRMAN
James A. Tarantino is the Founder, Sole Member and serves as Chief Operating Officer of Capri Communities LLC, one of the largest senior living operators based in Wisconsin. In addition, Mr. Tarantino serves as Managing Member of a portfolio of over 14 senior housing developments and campuses in southeastern Wisconsin. Mr. Tarantino’s expertise includes real estate development, debt and equity structuring, design and construction, real estate and health care management. Mr. Tarantino serves as Chairman of the Board and his extensive experience as a business owner provides the board with an important perspective on managerial oversight and on the development of product offerings.

Executive Officers

Edward H. Schaefer
Edward H. Schaefer is president and chief executive officer of First Federal Bank of Wisconsin, positions he has held since July 2016. Prior to this appointment, from 2010 until 2016, Mr. Schaefer served as president and chief executive officer of Citizens Community Federal NA, a national bank headquartered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and its publicly traded holding company, Citizens Community Bancorp, Mr. Schaefer has over 25 years of banking experience, including managerial as well as all aspects of credit administration and underwriting. In addition to his extensive banking experience, during his career Mr. Schaefer served for seven years as president and chief executive officer of Huntsinger Farms, Inc., and its subsidiary Silver Spring Foods, Inc., Eau Claire, Wisconsin, one the world's largest 124 grower and processors of horseradish and horseradish related products. Mr. Schaefer’s broad business, banking and managerial experience, including his knowledge of commercial and residential lending, provides the board with a perspective on the day to day operations of First Federal Bank of Wisconsin and assists the board in assessing the trends and developments in the financial institutions industry on a local and national basis.