Meet Our Board
Anne has been a member of the Wausau Noon Optimist Club since 1988. She was one of the first women members of the Club. She has severed as a Board Member several times throughout the years. She is a past President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.
She loves nothing more than helping people. She retired from Marathon County Employees Credit Union after 33 years of serving as President and living the credit Union motto of “People Helping People”. Her favorite projects are Rainbow’s End, Children’s Festival and Kid’s Voting.
She is currently CFO of Women Actively Enjoying the Great Outdoors as well as Treasurer of the Manson Lake Association.
Anne and her husband Eric have been married for 29 years. They enjoy biking, traveling, scuba diving, hunting and running Heggelund Tree Farm.
I joined Wausau Noon Optimist in 2020 with the expectation of being more involved in my community. I’ve been an agency owner with American Family Insurance since 1996. Our company encourages volunteerism and making a difference in the communities where we live and work. Joining the Optimists was a great choice that aligns perfectly with that mission and my own personal beliefs. My husband, Jeff, and I are lifelong residents of the Wausau area, we love to travel to new golf destinations and enjoy attending our grandkids sporting events. I feel honored to serve on the Wausau Noon Optimist board of directors and look forward to growing our club and serving our youth.
Scott has been a member of the Wausau Noon Optimists since 1996. He has severed as a board member several times throughout the years. He is a past vice president and president and has served on several committees both locally and in our district. He loves nothing more than helping people, especially children. That is the Optimists mission! He had worked in sales and sales management for Mid-Wisconsin Beverage (Pepsi) here in Wausau for 30 years before retiring in 2017. Scott and his wife Kelly have been married for 38 years, are both born and raised here in the Wausau area. They love traveling, friends and family and winters in Florida. They recently are spending time at their new place “up north” where the love to bike and sit by the campfire.
Mary Sue Edens Kuss
Internal Vice President
Mary Sue has been a member of the Wausau Noon Optimist since 1998, her sponsor was Jerry Fritz. She has served as the local Essay Contest Chair for many years and the WINUM Essay Contest Chair for two years. Mary Sue helped with the Oratorical Contest as a Judge. Soon after joining the Club, she wrote the newsletter, helped with Kids Voting at polling sites and tabulation of ballets, participated in the Dictionary Project putting stickers on each book and boxing up the correct number of Dictionaries to be distributed to the local 3rdgraders in the Wausau area, both public and private schools. Mary Sue helped feed students at Rainbows End, Membership Committee and many other events.
My late husband, Wayne Kuss, and I enjoyed the friendships we developed through the years and considered the Optimist Members as family. Together we have 4 adult children, 4 grandchildren and will be having 2 great grandchildren arriving soon. Daughter Kelly Kuss, played the Easter Bunny at Marathon Park many years ago. I retired from Banking after 38 years, at BMO Harris and USBank.
External Vice President
Tony has been a member of the Wausau Noon Optimist Club since 2003. He is a past president of the club and past Lieutenant Governor for the WINUM District. He has also served multiple terms on the board of directors. Tony feels privileged to be a part of a club that does so much for the youth of the Wausau area. He is Customer Service Supervisor for Nassco, Inc. and in his free time he enjoys reading and spending time with his wife and kids.
I joined the Wausau Noon Optimist in 2019 with the idea of wanting to be more involved in the community I live and help kids in our community. Growing up in Wausau as a kid, I always remember all of the great things the Wausau Noon Optimist for our community and schools. There were many events I would attend that were put on by the organization. When I became and adult, I knew I wanted to give back to the kids in this community as the organization had done for me. When not volunteering, my day job is a commercial banker. I look forward to many years of serving my community through the Optimists.
Originally from Madison, Craig and his wife Marty moved to Wausau in 1983. They have 3 grown sons 2 now living in Milwaukee and the other in Twin Cities. Craig worked most of his career at Wausau Ins/Liberty Mutual as a corporate attorney , and most recently joined the Wausau office of Reinhart, Boerner, Van Deuren a Milwaukee based law firm. Craig joined WNO in 2016.
Immediate Past President
I’ve been an active member of WNO since 2013, and have always strived to be involved with as many of our great projects and events as I can. This is why I’ve gladly served on the board of directors and would be proud to be elected to Internal VP this year.
Bob is a lifelong resident of the Wausau area serving many local organizations in service to youth. He has been a member of an Optimist club since 1982 serving as Honor Club President, Treasurer, and Board member multiple years. As a small business owner and manager in the Wausau area, Bob is committed to giving to the local community that has supported local businesses as well. Bob and his wife Linda are looking forward to their retirement years coming soon where they can spend time with their two children and four grandchildren.
Andrew has been a member of the Wausau Noon Optimist Club since 2012 where he found a passion for helping those in need in the community. Andrew uses his talents in social media, web page design, and other technical support to serve the Wausau Noon Optimist Club. Andrew is supported by his wonderful wife Angela and daughter Charlotte; to whom he owes a world of gratitude.
Jim has been a member of the Wausau Noon Optimist since 1991. He joined to club to help the youth in the community that he has dedicated his life to serving and protecting. Jim has served the Wausau Noon Optimist as Treasure since 2007 - keeping the club viable and fiscally responsible is very important to Jim. Jim and his beautiful wife enjoy spending time with their children, grandchildren, and seeing the world.