Wisconsin Executive Residence Foundation (WERF) is a nonprofit fundraising organization dedicated to preserving the history and beauty of the State owned Residence of the Governor of the State of Wisconsin.  The Foundation was established in 1966 by First Lady Dorothy Knowles with a mission to aid the public purposes of the State of Wisconsin through receipt of contributions of funds and/or property for use in the renovation, remodeling and maintenance of the state-owned residence of the Governor of the State of Wisconsin.  The foundation has accomplished numerous renovation, remodeling and maintenance projects including refurbishing the gazebo, repairing stucco on the exterior chimney, converting fireplaces to gas, updating the family living quarters and dignitary suite, replacing the sunroom floor, refinishing foyer stairs and conducting a remodel of the Executive Residence Kitchen which had not been updated in more than 25 years.

Wisconsin Executive Residence Foundation Board Members

Ellsworth Brown, Ph.D

Wendy Coomer

Patty Elson

Bridget Hagerty

Chelsey Hamilton

Holly Jensen

Kathy Kuhn

Laura Petersen

Cathy Priem

Janet Riordan

Chris Tackett

Tonette Walker