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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Agrace Hospice & Palliative Care has appointed Karen Christianson, Judith Martinez, Terry Murawski and Bill Schendt to its Foundation board. Agrace is Wisconsin’s largest nonprofit community hospice and palliative care agency, providing end-of-life care and related services to people in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. The Agrace Foundation Board guides fundraising, helping to meet the current and future needs of the organization.
Karen L. Christianson
Christianson, of Madison, is owner and president of VCPI, a Milwaukee-based long-term care IT company, and co-owner and founder of Mezlight Inc. She also owns Christianson Ventures, LLC, a Madison-based, family-owned property management firm. She was employed as a computer solutions sales professional by IBM for 13 years. Her extensive volunteer and fundraising experience includes service with YMCA of Dane County, Breast Cancer Recover, Junior League of Madison, Overture Center, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, YWCA of Dane County and Grace Episcopal Men’s Shelter. As an Agrace volunteer, Christianson has made companionship visits to hospice patients in their homes and at the Don & Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center.
Judith D. Martinez, J.D., CFP®, ChFC®
Martinez, who lives in Madison, is a director and financial advisor at The Burish Group of UBS Financial Services, Inc., Madison, where she leads the financial planning team and provides wealth management services. Previously, she was an account manager at The Ayco Company, L.P., a Goldman Sachs Company. Martinez received a bachelor of science degree, summa cum laude, from University at Albany, Albany, N.Y., and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Albany Law School of Union University. She is a member of the New York Bar, a Certified Financial Planner TM professional and a Chartered Financial Consultant®.
Murawski, who resides in Fitchburg, is president of Murawski & Associates, LLC, – Mass Mutual Insurance Company. He works with individuals and companies on planning strategies to meet their financial goals. As executive director of the National W Club in Madison, he was an integral part of organizing events that supported the University of Wisconsin–Madison athletics. Murawski received a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University, Anderson, Ind., and a master’s degree from UW–Madison. He also serves on the Community Relations Committee of the Madison Visitors and Convention Bureau.
Bill Schendt, CPA
Schendt, of Janesville, is the retired vice chairman and secretary of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, and served in many roles throughout his 35 years with the company. He holds undergraduate degrees in accounting, finance and economics from Marquette University, Milwaukee. He is also a certified public accountant (CPA). Schendt sits on advisory boards for St. Elizabeth Manor Assisted Living Center and St. Elizabeth Nursing Home, SSM St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation and ITU AbsorbTech, Inc. He is treasurer of the ElkhartCares Board of Directors, and is a patient-care volunteer for Agrace.
“We are delighted to have these four active community leaders join the Agrace Foundation Board and continue Agrace’s legacy of supporting our community with services across the health care continuum,” said Marcia Whittington, chief development officer for Agrace. “The work of the Agrace Foundation helps ensure that Agrace can continue to serve people from every walk of life who need our care, regardless of who they are or whether they can pay.”