John Beckord has been President of Forward Janesville since 2001. John is responsible for the overall management of the organization and economic development activities. He serves as one of the five professional economic developers responsible for executing the Rock County 5.0 initiative. John has worked in the association management field for 25 years including stops in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and Iowa City. He also worked for Alliant Energy for two years as an economic developer. Prior to falling into the field of economic development John spent a few years in Washington, D.C. working first for the U.S. Department of Labor and next, for the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.
Dan Cunningham is Forward Janesville's Vice President of Government Relations and Education, where he directs the organization’s government relations and educational outreach efforts. He lobbies lawmakers at every level of government on dozens of issues important to the area business community, including transportation infrastructure, tax policy and economic development. Dan is the co-founder and spokesperson of the Interstate 39/90 NOW Coalition, a group of citizens and lawmakers leading the charge to complete the $1.2 billion Interstate expansion project.
Prior to his service in Janesville, Cunningham was the Director of Government and Business Affairs for the Dubuque (Iowa) Area Chamber of Commerce. Before arriving in Dubuque, he was a lobbyist for the National Association of Home Builders in Washington, D.C. Dan began his career as a campaign volunteer for former United States Congressman Bob Etheridge, and rose through the ranks to become one of the congressman’s senior policy advisors. He holds bachelor degrees in English and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dan lives in Janesville with his wife Jennifer, daughter Gabby and son Chase.
Ruth Armstrong is Forward Janesville's Office Administrator and keeper of all confidential and financial information. She handles the books for Forward Janesville, the Forward Foundation, ARISENow Campaign, Rock 5.0 Campaign, Town Square Gran Prix , Ambassador fund, and the Westgate Business Corridor group. She also helps keep our lights on by paying the bills and handling all of our billing.
In addition to her duties at Forward Janesville, Ruth is a 400 hour Registered Yoga Teacher and offers weekly yoga classes at various locations in Milton and Janesville. Call her at 295-5177 if you are interested in finding your center! She also has a passion for dog rescue and fosters pups thru Paddy's Paws. Ruth lives in Edgerton with her husband Tim and a growing army of animals. Her two children, Katie and Jake are attending college at Winona State University in MN.
JoLynn Burden is Forward Janesville's Vice President of Development. In her role, she oversees membership (recruitment/retention) and also works closely with a great team of volunteer Ambassadors who are advocates for community involvement, business engagement and the Forward Janesville mission. She also manages fundraisers such as the annual awards luncheon, annual dinner, golf outing and Rock Regional Business Expo. December of 2017, JoLynn also took on the role of Director of Development & Community Engagement for AriseNow, a downtown public private partnership. Prior to joining FJI in the summer of 2014, JoLynn was the Executive Director of the Milton Area Chamber of Commerce. She also has experience in the non-profit environment working for the Boys &Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters in the capacity of Resource Development and Fundraising Director. JoLynn lives in Janesville with her two children, Booker & Callie, and their three golden retrievers, Kobe, Kash & Honey. She is an active volunteer with Paddy's Paws Rescue as a foster home.
Carol Engebretson has taken on the role of the Events & Membership Coordinator, where she will be responsible for membership recruitment, membership retention, event management and working closely with the volunteer Ambassador team to oversee their projects and activities.
From 1998-2016, Carol served as the Executive Officer of the South Central Wisconsin Builders Association (SCWBA), working with many local businesses involved with the building industry and planning many association meetings and events such as SCWBA's annual Parade of Homes and Home Show. Prior to that, Carol worked at the City of Janesville for 12 years as a Permit Coordinator. Carol spent the past year as a Procurement Buyer in the nuclear world of SHINE Medical Technologies.
Carol is a life-long resident of Janesville along with her husband Bruce. They have 2 children, Chad (Bridget) an electrician and Katy, software sales in Chicago. They both adore spending time with the 4-year old granddaughter Reilly.
Jenny Tschudy joined Forward Janesville as an Administrative Assistant /Receptionist in July 2015. She handles a wide variety of tasks for the organization including, but not limited to membership data management, assists in several projects and publications and provides over-all support for staff. Jenny lives in Janesville with her husband Vern. Together they have six children, Ashley (Noah) Knoble, Lindsay Zuelke, Josh Kilcoyne, Eric Tschudy, Nick Tschudy & Tanner (Rachel) Tschudy and 5 grandchildren, Chloe, Owyn, Max, Samantha and Harper.
Contact our staff:
John Beckord, President, email@example.com
Dan Cunningham, Vice President of Government Affairs & Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
JoLynn Burden, Vice President of Development, email@example.com
- Director of Development & Community Engagement for AriseNow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Engebretson, Events & Membership Coordinator, email@example.com
Ruth Armstrong, Office Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny Tschudy, Administrative Assistant, email@example.com