Meet Our Board Members

Peter Fromm Wade


Peter Fromm Wade was born in Milwaukee, WI and raised in the Town of Hamburg, Marathon County. Peter attended Maple Grove School grades 1-6, Trinity Lutheran School grades 7-8 then Merrill Area Public School 9-11. Peter graduated High school from Wayland Academy, Beaver Dam, WI. He attended University Wisconsin Stevens Point and Marathon Campus and graduated from Northcentral Technical College, with an Apprenticeship Plumbing degree. Peter worked in the Plumbing, Soil Testing, and Well industry and is currently employed by Marathon Co. as a Waste Water Specialist. Peter and his wife reside in the Town of Corning, Merrill, WI.

Cindy Artus


Cindy Artus has had ties to the Hamburg area since before she was born. Her great-grandfather built his homestead in Hamburg in the late 1800’s. This house is the same house her Mom was born and raised in and Cindy spent every school vacation visiting. As a young child, Cindy remembers driving past the Maple Grove School on her way to her Grandparent’s house, and always saying, “I wish I could go to school there!” After graduating from Merrill High School in 1979 and then from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1983, Cindy returned to the area and married a “Hamburg man”. She and her husband have raised 3 children in Hamburg; their 2 sons attending Maple Grove School and their daughter who is “special needs” and required special education services, attended school in Merrill. At that time special education services were not offered at Maple Grove, however, when Maple Grove became a charter school, special education services are now available. Cindy is a very active proponent of keeping special education available at Maple Grove knowing what it was like not to have a child be able to attend the school in the community where they lived. Both of Cindy’s sons received the Walter and Mabel Fromm Scholarship and have returned to Hamburg after college graduation and plan to raise a family in the township as well as send their children to Maple Grove. Cindy has been a substitute teacher for Merrill Area Public Schools for 18 years and since 2017 has devoted her availability as a substitute only to Maple Grove School. Ironically, Cindy’s daughter, Emily, although unable to attend Maple Grove School as a student, now volunteers every day in the Kindergarten class room as a classroom aide. Cindy has been helping with the fight to keep Maple Grove School open when it was threatened to be closed in past years and she plans to continue to work hard to keep the doors of this amazing school open for many years to come.

Pam Plisch


Pam was born and raised in Hamburg, Wisconsin. Her Hamburg roots run deep back to when her grandparents moved here over 100 years ago. She attended Maple Grove School for grades K-6 and graduated from Merrill High School in 1985. She received the Walter & Mabel Fromm scholarship for furthering her education at NTC. Pam’s husband, their two children, as well as numerous other family members of hers went to Maple Grove. She is a part of four generations that attended this great rural school. Her two children were also recipients of the Walter & Mabel Fromm Scholarship and both received bachelor degrees in education. Maple Grove has been an important part of her whole life through going there herself, getting involved with her children, and staying involved as an active community member. Pam wishes that the traditions of the “little red schoolhouse” can be continued with current and future students and their families and that this school impacts others’ lives as it has her life.

Kristin M. Natzke, Director



Kristin is the newest elected Maple Grove Foundation board member.  She grew up on a Registered Holstein dairy farm in Marathon, attending K-8 at Marathon Area Elementary School, and graduated from Marathon High School in 2008.  Kristin went on to attend University Wisconsin Marathon County and NorthCentral Technical College, and is currently employed at the Bone & Joint Clinic, S.C.  Kristin has three children, two are enrolled at Maple Grove for the upcoming school year, and another child will attend in the future.  Kristin and her husband chose to send their children to Maple Grove for the rural charter school experience with hands on project based learning.  She believes that a child’s elementary school education is the foundation to a lifetime of learning and success, and that every child deserves a great start to learning.  Kristin is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Maple Grove, and to providing a high level education to students in both rural communities, and students open enrolling to attend Maple Grove.  Kristin and her family currently reside in the Town of Scott, Merrill, WI.



Our Goal

To ensure Maple Grove Charter School continues both now and for generations to come.