Where Past Meets Present

Rock County Historical Society Announces Five New Board Members

Janesville, WI— The Rock County Historical Society announces the appointment of five new members of its Board of Trustees, as well as new officers and board members for 2016.

Joining the Board of Trustees are Richard Gruber – President, Keith Steinbeck, Autum Hall, Jim Schultz, and Amy McCann Badertscher. “Each class of incoming board members are a special group. These talented and passionate professionals were strategically selected to move the Society forward into the next chapter of its exciting history, with specific emphasis on seeing its Campus Master Plan come to life.”, Michael Reuter, Executive Director.


Richard Gruber

Mr. Gruber has been has been responsible community advocacy and development for Mercy Health since 2002. He is responsible for community advocacy; government relations at the federal, state and local levels; relationship management with regional, not-for-profit, health-related agencies; and community services development. Mr. Gruber holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Kennedy College as well as a master of public administration degree from University of Wyoming. Prior to joining Mercy, Mr. Gruber enjoyed a career in local government management and administration spanning more than 25 years.  Mr. Gruber is a member of the Public Policy Council of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Chairman of the Board of the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board, Past Chairman of Forward Janesville Inc., a private economic development agency, Board Member of the Walworth County Economic Development Agency, Board Member of Walworth County Alliance for Children, Member of the Program Directors Board of the Rock County Alliance for Children (Carehouse), Board member of Health Net of Rock County, and a member of the Rock County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.


Keith Steinbeck

Keith and his husband, Brad Yarmark, have called the Janesville area home since moving here in April 2004. Keith was born in Paducah, KY, the home of the National Quilt Museum. He moved to Memphis, TN and lived there for 37 years.

He is a Radiologic Technologist who has worked in a hospital setting for 31 years. At Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Keith held staff and management positions in his 23 years there. Keith also worked for Philips Healthcare in Marketing and Sales for 13 years. He enjoyed traveling the US and internationally for Philips. However, in time, he missed being involved with a church, local organizations, and being home. Currently, he works in the Radiology Department of Fort Healthcare in Fort Atkinson.

Keith has experience in Marketing, Project Management, Personnel Management, and Strategic Planning. He has been on the Janesville Presents! Board as a member and as Board President.  He has also been a member of the JPAC Programming Committee. He is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and currently is their Senior Warden.

Keith’s hobbies include music, piano, keeping up with Broadway musicals, singing in his church choir, and helping Brad with their garden. He appreciates old architecture, homes, churches, and has learned that each has a history to share. Janesville and Rock County are rich in history should be shared and enjoyed by all.


Autum Hall

Autum Hall is a junior at Rock University High School. She has lived in Janesville since she was born. She currently works as a dietary steward at Cedar Crest. After leaving high school, she plans to study biomedical engineering. Autum is also an active member of 4-H and enjoys showing her dog and other animals. Her hobbies include reading and training her dog.


Jim Schultz

Jim is a lifelong resident of Janesville, growing up learning the family business at the City Ice Co., with his uncle Earl Schultz. Working for over thirty years delivering ice to local businesses throughout Southern Wisconsin, Jim shifted careers and began work for Blain Supply, where he has held the role of distribution supervisor for 32 years. He and his wife Debra have two daughters, Meghan and Madison. Jim’s hobbies include collecting ice harvesting and Janesville related memorabilia.


Amy McCann-Badertscher

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The slate of board members for 2016 is listed below.

Richard Gruber, President

Vacant, Vice-President

DuWayne Severson, Treasurer

Lisa Kim, Secretary

Timothy Maahs

Kathy Boguszewski

Jeni Lindstrom

Matt Ryan,

Molly Ryan,

Bill Vogt

Jim Carney Paul Stengel Greg Smith

Amy McCann-Badertscher

Autum Hall

Keith Steinbeck

Jim Schultz

Brian Schweigl, City of Janesville Ex-Officio

Nick Osborne, Rock County Ex-Officio

Jackie Wood, Emeritus

Anda O’Connell – Emeritus

Michael Reuter, Executive Director


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The Rock County Historical Society enriches and engages the communities in Rock County, Wisconsin through preservation and dissemination of the unique history and heritage of our area.


Gathering here today in the Rock River Valley, the Rock County Historical Society (RCHS) acknowledges the Indigenous People whose ancestors thrived for thousands of years in this region. RCHS welcomes all the First Nations as the nations pass along their native language and traditions to younger generations.

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