About Us

The Friends of the Appleton Fire Department was founded and organized as a not-for-profit, charitable IRS designation 501(c)3 in 2011, with the purpose of supporting the safety, health, education of firefighters and the projects and programs they provide to the community.

The Friends of the Appleton Fire Department Board of Directors consists of champions in our community. The Board also consists of two Appleton Fire Department members (who serve the department as the Public Education Finance Team). The chief of the fire department also serves as a non-voting ex officio member.

Click here to read the Friends of the Appleton Fire Department’s overview brochure.

Board Members

Mike Kemmeter
Board President
WHBY

Jon Fischer
Board Vice President
McCarty Law

Scott Karpinski
Board Secretary
Appleton Fire Department

Scott Pelkin
Board Treasurer
Appleton Fire Department

Brad Brautigam
Board Director
Appleton Fire Department

Ken Kostizke
Board Director
Appleton Fire Department, Retired

Nathan Litt
Board Director
Quill Creative

Charlie Schmalz
Board Director
East Wisconsin Savings Bank

Ruby Wells
Board Director
Gabriel Furniture

Emily Rock
Board Director
History Museum at the Castle

Fire Chief Len Vander Wyst
Board Director, ex-officio
Appleton Fire Department

Adam Paiser
Board Director
Appleton Fire Department

Tony Gonzalez
Board Director
United Way Fox Cities

Mike Mueller
Board Director
Appleton Fire Department