Our Board of Directors
Longtime resident of Eau Claire, Zach Halmstad is a graduate of Eau Claire North High School and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He graduated with a degree in music, but it was his work at UWEC's IT department that fueled his interest in Apple management. In 2002, Zach co-founded Jamf, which has grown to 15 offices and over 2,500 employees around the world. Jamf was acquired by Vista Equity Partners in 2017 and went public in 2020. In 2012, Zach co-founded Pablo Group, which has built a permanent home for Jamf in Eau Claire, renovated The Lismore hotel, and is a partner in the Oxbow Hotel, all in downtown Eau Claire. In 2017, Zach co-founded Pablo Foundation with Julia Johnson and Jason Wudi.
Julia Johnson's biography is forthcoming.
Jason Wudi's biography is forthcoming.
Power of Perception
Dennis Beale was born and raised on the south side of Chicago by his single mother. He never thought he would go to college, but after graduating high school, he did go to college to play football. At UW-Eau Claire, Dennis learned that his drive and passion were no longer about football, but academics. He left the team and focused on his studies, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and going on to complete his Master’s in Higher Education and Professional Development.
In 2017, Dennis founded Black Male Empowerment at UWEC, helping African American males find their voice and become the men they’re worthy of being. In 2020, Dennis launched Power of Perception, Inc., a mentorship program for African American and Biracial youth in rural and inner-city communities in grades 6-12. Dennis works tirelessly with these youth, and most recently secured a $150,000 grant to take 15 mentees to South Africa for a cultural immersion experience.
Dennis joined the Pablo Foundation to continue his efforts in supporting the greater Eau Claire community. His is a voice representing our diverse community members, which is fundamental when making decisions to help Eau Claire grow.
Dennis is a sought-after motivational speaker, trainer, coach, entrepreneur, and mentor, specializing in powerful keynote/motivational speeches, leadership development, talent management, and coach services for individuals and organizations. When he’s not traveling the country encouraging his audiences to find their passions and make personal and professional decisions that will enrich their lives, he is at home with his wife and three beautiful children.
Private Property Management & Ingrid Schaller Wellness
Ingrid grew up in rural Fall Creek and studied at UW-La Crosse and Colorado State Universities. In 2000, she returned to the Chippewa Valley where she and her spouse raised their two children through home schooling, public school, and public charter schools. She’s operated her own wellness business since 2014 and teaches meditation, yoga, and Pilates. Since 2018, Ingrid has been working part time in property management. Ingrid has been on the Wildlands Charter School governance board since 2013. Ingrid is delighted to be a director on the Pablo Foundation board because the grants provide educational opportunities, support organizations that offer stepping stones to sustainable living in its most basic sense, and encourage a healthy, vibrant community in Eau Claire and its environs.
When she’s not reading grant proposals for the board, supporting her family members’ endeavors, or teaching, Ingrid can be found exploring new places, walking in nature, and reading diverse subject matter.
Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility
Berlye Middleton's biography is forthcoming.
Katherine Schneider, Ph.D.
Retired UW-Eau Claire Clinic Psychologist & Author
Katherine Schneider, Ph.D. is a retired clinical psychologist living in Eau Claire, WI with her tenth Seeing Eye dog. She serves on several boards including the Eau Claire County Board, the Governor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities, and the Benetech/Bookshare Board. Katherine has published four books and blogs at kathiecomments.wordpress.com.
She originated the Schneider Family Book Awards for children’s books with disability content through the American Library Association and an award for superior journalism about disability issues through the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.
Locally, she started the Access Eau Claire fund through the Eau Claire Community Foundation to help non-profit organizations work toward full inclusion of people with disabilities. She’s a passionate advocate for access for all to the good things of life and joined the Pablo Foundation board because of their valuing of all kinds of diversity.