We’re excited to introduce you to one of our new board members for 2014, Ryan Kupres. Ryan has been a great asset to our board this year, and we’re all impressed with his ability to quickly catch on and respond to the growing needs of our organization financially. He keeps all our ducks in a row as far as accounting and reporting, and is always there to lend a hand.
1. Tell us a bit about you – your hometown, family, and your interests/hobbies.
I grew up in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. I attended Edgewood College, graduated with a degree in accounting & work for KMA Bodilly CPAs & Consultants. My girlfriend of 5 years, Kristin, and I bought a house a little over a year ago. We have a yellow lab named Sadie who hops on command. In my free time, if any, I enjoy hanging out with friends and exercising.
2. How did you come to be involved with Tri 4 Schools?
I started working with Tri 4 in 2012 to prepare their tax return. I also worked with Katie to set up QuickBooks in a way that best met the organization’s needs.
3. What made you want to be a board member?
A large part of preparing a non-for-profit tax return is fully understanding the organization and the different functions it performs. While working with Katie on the tax return and QuickBooks I decided I really needed to volunteer at a couple events to fully grasp what exactly the organization does. Going into my first volunteer event I was not entirely sure what to expect since I do not have children or much experience with them. It was truly amazing to see how excited and energized the participants and their parents get at the events. Seeing this definitely showed me what this organization is about; encouraging youth and their families to get out and be active, and getting them to discover how much fun and how rewarding exercising can be. Attending a few events also gave me opportunity to meet a number of other board members and see what a wonderful group of people this organization has behind the scenes, making this all possible. When I was approached to consider joining the board to fulfill the need of someone with a financial background it was a no-brainer.
4. What are you most excited about for Tri 4 Schools in 2014?
I have not been involved for a long time, but working with them, thus far, has been an absolute pleasure. This organization is growing quickly and each year is just a step closer to reaching more youth and making an even larger difference for the communities we are involved in. I am excited for this year’s events, including the “Summer Shindig”. A lot of thought has been put into each event to ensure they are not only fun, but also raise as much money as possible for area schools. 2014 is also the launch year for our new after school program, “Exercise to Achievement” which has received a lot of attention and is just one more way this organization is making our community stronger.