“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” -Margaret Mead

Our Mission

DAYS Foundation empowers youth to serve and improve their local community by contributing inspiration, structure, guidance and grant opportunities.

The DAYS Foundation is a non-profit organization that was created to empower the youth of the Delavan-Darien community for positive change. We believe that many young people have great ideas for improving the community, and we aim to help these ideas become realities. DAYS provides inspiration, mentoring and grant opportunities for student-initiated and student-led service projects.

The DAYS website also serves as a resource for high school students who wish to help the community – visit the ‘Volunteer’ page for a list of local service projects.

The chance to serve others is an opportunity for students to increase community ties, develop skills, strengthen talents, widen horizons, increase pride and open doors to the future.

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is passionate about helping youth and serving our community.

Julie Alder Supernaw

Julie grew up in Delavan. After graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she chose to live, work and raise her three children here. She served as Principal at St. Andrew’s Parish School for 19 years before becoming Coordinator of the Gifted and Talented Education program in Elkhorn. Julie loves volunteering and has enjoyed serving in a wide variety of programs and tasks including: Wisconsin Literacy Network, University of Wisconsin Discovery Center Summer Science program, Delavan’s Aram Public Library Board of Trustees, Elkhorn Rotary Club, and the Delavan-Darien High School Booster Club as well as Strategic Planning Committee. Starting the DAYS Foundation has continued her dream of inspiring and empowering youth to help make the community of Delavan an even better place.

Jeremy Andersen

Jeremy is a life-long Delavan resident and a supporter of youth programs in the area. A graduate of Delavan-Darien High School and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, he returned to DDHS in 2000 to teach social studies. In 2015, he was hired as the Assistant Principal at Burlington High School. Jeremy has coached kids of all skill levels in football, basketball and baseball. He recently joined the Delavan-Darien Scholarship Foundation Board to help award scholarships to graduating seniors. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys traveling with his family, staying active in many community events, and supporting the Badgers, Brewers, and Packers throughout the year.

Adam Alter

Adam is a lifelong resident of Delavan. He graduated from DDHS in 1994 and earned his bachelor’s degree from Marquette in 2000. He and his wife, Kerry, have two sons. His parents are also graduates from DDHS. He has taught Social Studies in the Delavan-Darien School District since August of 2000. He loves the city and is committed to helping students give back to the community. In his free time Adam enjoys running, biking, and spending time with his family.

Laura Patterson

Laura has been Vice President/Bank Manager for the Delavan office of BMO Harris Bank for the past 20 years. She and her husband Rob and their three children have lived in Delavan for the last 11 years. Laura has served on several local boards and a variety of committees including: Wisconsin School for the Deaf Foundation, Walworth County Economic Development Alliance, St. Andrew’s School Committee and the Delavan-Darien School District Strategic Planning Committee. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Delavan Soccer Club and Chairperson of the City of Delavan’s Room Tax Committee.

Trish Martin Kumlander

Trish was born in Delavan. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master’s of Science Degree in Education from Nazareth College. Trish taught in the Rochester City School District before returning to Delavan in 2011. She teaches kindergarten at the Delavan Nursery Center. Her involvement in the DAYS Foundation comes from a desire to continue to support the youth of the area. She is inspired that the people of Delavan have retained their core commitment to community.

Debra Alder

Deb has lived in Delavan most of her life. After attending Delavan-Darien High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Deb and her husband Jeff spent a few years living in various cities as part of the U.S. Navy. Afterwards, they moved back to Delavan where Debra joined the family business and, with Jeff, raises their three children. Debra has served on the board of the United Way of Walworth County, Delavan-Darien Education Foundation, VIP Services, Delavan Chamber of Commerce and Delavan-Darien Athletic Booster Club. She currently serves on the St. Norbert College Board of Trustees and the Board of Visitors for the UW-Madison School of Human Ecology.

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