Leadership Board President John Ruf (beginning service in January 2014) has been a life-long member of Galilee. Pastor Andersen taught his confirmation class. John grew up in Pewaukee, where sailing has been a huge part of his life. In 2013 John won the Disabled National Championship which was sailed in Milwaukee for the first time; in 2010 he won the US Sailing’s Paralympic Sportsman of the Year for the third year in a row, and had his first podium finish at US SAILING’s Rolex Miami OCR in the Paralympic 2.4mR class where he won a bronze medal, then later in the year he won gold against a fleet of 13 sailors at the 2010 2.4mR U.S. National Championship in Darien, Connecticut where he was awarded the Nick Scandone Trophy which honors the late Paralympic Gold Medalist’s sailing accomplishments; in 2009 he won the Open World Championship (sailing against both able body and disabled sailors); and in 2008 he was the Paralympic Bronze Medalist. John graduated from Washington University in St Louis and University of Madison Law School.
Leadership Board Vice President Theresa Opie (beginning service in January 2014) has been a life-long member of Galilee. She and her husband Tom live in Pewaukee with their three children. Theresa was baptized, confirmed and married at Galilee with her children following in her footsteps. She is a graduate of Marquette University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, then worked at Rockwell Automation Headquarters as an environmental engineer. “I am blessed to have the opportunity now to stay at home to raise my children and take care of my family.” states Theresa, “I continue to grow in my faith journey as I explore more opportunities to become involved in Galilee.” In her spare time, Theresa enjoys cooking and baking, gardening, exercising and volunteering at the Pewaukee schools.
Leadership Board “Member-at-Large” Doug Dehler (beginning service in January 2014) has been attending services at Galilee for six years. Doug and his wife Mary Keziah-Dehler were married at Galilee in 2011, and together have four children. Doug has most recently been involved with the Sunday School program (first as a Shepherd and now as one of the teachers for the 3rd and 4th Grade students), serves as a Lector and has participated in the Christmas program. He is an attorney, practicing with the law firm of O’Neil, Cannon, Hollman, DeJong & Laing, S.C. in Milwaukee. Doug also enjoys being active in the Pewaukee Youth Baseball program, currently serving as the Treasurer for that organization.
Pete Klatt has been a member at Galilee for almost two years, and a former member at churches, where his wife Karen and he lived during the past 48 years. He has served on many committees and some leadership roles. He is retired from his second career as an instructor at WCTC where he taught desktop software and project management courses. Prior to teaching, he worked in IT for a large Milwaukee manufacturer, for a network services company, as a co-owner of a software company, and as a consultant. He graduated from UW-Whitewater with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He and Karen live in Pewaukee. His children’s families (with grandchildren) live in Madison and Oklahoma. Since retiring, he has spent much time traveling, exercising, volunteering, and gearing up to play golf & tennis. He plans to apply stewardship principles to all of the gifts our Lord has given to Galilee, its Leadership Board, and to him.
Paige Rudolph has been a member at Galilee for over two years. She graduated from UW-La Crosse with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Currently, she works at Milwaukee Center for Independence, a nonprofit agency that serves adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. She feels blessed to be able to work at an agency where she has the opportunity to take clients outdoors for leisure purposes. While participating on the Leadership Board, she believes she can bring a different perspective from a younger generation.