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VIDEO | Recipients of Cliff & Betty Nelson Leadership Award give thanks

Washington Co., WI – The United Way of Washington County hosted its annual Cliff and Betty Nelson Leadership Award event on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, at Timmer’s Resort on Big Cedar Lake.

Three awards were presented this year.

Tim Purman, President & CEO of Forte Bank

Tim has been a generous contributor of his time and talent for more than 30 years in Hartford and throughout Washington County. Tim’s service in key leadership roles include President of the Hartford Rotary Club, United Way of Washington County Campaign Chair in 2001, and the Capital Campaign Chair (with his wife Shari) at the Jack Russell Memorial Library in 2009.

Tim has also served on numerous boards of non-profit organizations in Washington County and championed economic development and downtown revitalization projects in the Hartford area. Forte Bank has been a longtime supporter of United Way under Tim’s leadership and one of the top local contributing banks.


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Chris Chlupp, Private Wealth Management Director with Baird

Chris has served and accomplished many community projects already midway through this career. His key roles include President of West Bend Noon Rotary and recipient of the Paul Harris award from this club, Vice President of the West Bend Community Foundation, Co-Founder of the West Bend Enchantment in the Park and President of the Economic Development of Washington County.


He has also been an active fundraiser for the Kettle Moraine YMCA, former Creative Council member of the Young Professional of Milwaukee, former member of the Governor’s Tax Blueprint Team and graduate of the West Bend Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership program.

Chris is currently serving on the West Bend Froedtert Hospital Foundation Board.

Jerry Aman, Account Executive with R&R Insurance

Jerry has more than 45 years of community service accomplishments, which includes his amazing dedication to our local United Way.


Each year, he joins the campaign chairs, campaign cabinet and the United Way staff and board to help meet the goal. He works to the very end.

In addition to his commitment to United Way, Jerry served on the Noon Rotary Club of West Bend, Kettle Moraine YMCA fundraising committee, board member of the Washington County American Heart Association, active with the America Red Cross, and with the non-profit Boys Ranch.

“It is an honor to be recognizing and celebrating these leaders in our community who devote so much of their time, talent, and resources to help improve the lives of so many in Washington County,” said Kristin Brandner, CEO of United Way of Washington County.

“The members of the selection committee were so impressed with the magnitude of all that these award winners have done to help the residents in the community,” Brandner said.  Purman, Chlupp and Aman join the following past recipients of United Way’s Clifford A. & Elizabeth M. Nelson Volunteer Leadership Award:

2019 – Peter Ziegler
2018 – Allan Kieckhafer

2017 – Tom Hostad

2016 – John Duwell

2015 – Mike Bloedorn

2013 – Prudence Pick Hway

2012 – Elizabeth M. Nelson

2011 – Kevin Steiner

2010 – Nancie Heaps

2009 – John R. Dedrick

2008 – Andrew Gumm

2007 – Charlie & Gaytha Hillman

2006 – Robert Rolfs

2005 – Mo Josten

2004 – Ray Lipman

2003 – James W. Kieckhafer

2002 – Doug Ziegler

2001 – George Prescott

2000 – Thomas R. Bast

1999 – Rick Edwards

1998 – Jerry & Nancy Mehring

1997 – Sharon S. Ziegler

1996 – Vic Albiero

1995 – Bernard C. Ziegler

1994 – Helen Hillman

1993 – Judie Lewis

1992 – John B. Torinus, Jr.

1991 – John F. Rozek

1990 – Robert J. Steiner

1989 – Joan Pick

1988 – Clifford A. Nelson


About United Way of Washington County

Our mission is to improve lives and community conditions in measurable and lasting ways. United Way is a volunteer-driven organization that serves all communities in Washington County. It is governed by a board of community volunteers, dedicated to providing funding and community resources for health and human service needs in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, and Health.

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