BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JUSTIN J. WATT
Dream Big Work Hard. Those four simple words have helped to transform Pewaukee native JJ Watt from small-town Wisconsin boy to NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The journey from backyard football to the big stage of the NFL was not always smooth, never easy and filled with adversity, but with unbelievable support from his friends and family, JJ turned his childhood dreams into reality.
Growing up a multi-sport athlete, JJ excelled not only on the football field, but also on the ice, the baseball diamond, the basketball court and in the shot put circle. After completing his career at Pewaukee High School, JJ started at tight end for the MAC Champion Central Michigan Chippewas before transferring to Wisconsin to play defensive end for his home-state Badgers and eventually being drafted #11 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.
After finishing his career at Wisconsin as an All-American, it didn’t take long for JJ to take his game to the next level in the NFL. In only his second season, JJ led the NFL in sacks, batted balls and tackles for loss and as a result, he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year and Unanimous 1st Team All-Pro. Along the way, he became the only player in NFL history to have over 15 sacks (20.5) and 15 batted balls (16) in the same season.
CONNIE L. WATT
Connie Watt is the proud mother of JJ Watt, defensive end for the Houston Texans and 3-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year; Derek Watt, fullback for the San Diego Chargers; and TJ Watt, outside linebacker for the Wisconsin Badgers.
In addition to raising three successful student athletes with her husband, Watt had worked for Independent Inspections, Ltd. (IIL) for 23 years as both Vice President and Human Resource Manager. During that time, she managed the budget, daily operations, business and health insurance decisions and administration of both office and field staff.
As one of the founders and Vice President of the Justin J. Watt Foundation, Watt handles the organization’s day-to-day operations with the help of a dedicated group of volunteers. In 2012, she decided to focus her efforts full-time on the Foundation.
Under Connie’s leadership, the Justin J. Watt Foundation launched its first-ever event in Texas, the JJ Watt Charity Classic in 2013 which has since become our largest annual fundraiser.
Funds raised from events, merchandise sales and other donations directly support the foundation’s mission to provide after-school opportunities for children in the community to become involved in athletics, so that they may learn the basic character traits of accountability, teamwork, leadership, work ethic and perseverance while in a safe and supervised environment with their peers.
Above all else, Watt is proud to be the mother of a tight-knit family. She gives tirelessly of herself and is a living example of the Foundation’s “Dream Big Work Hard” tagline.
JONATHAN W. SINGER, MBA
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Jonathan Singer is a Production Manager in West Union, South Carolina. Jonathan is responsible for the scheduling and operations of the production floor and personnel. Jonathan must also administer various performance metrics in regards to shift performance. Previously Jon worked as an Operations Team Lead where his main duties included facilitating divisional and global meetings in order to standardize processes of the business unit. During this time Jonathan was nominated as a team member of the top divisional continuous improvement projects of 2012.
While earning his degree in Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education (EA-MC), Jonathan enjoyed volunteering with the Big Brothers of Metro Milwaukee, along with various works in grades 1-8 in settings such as Racine Unified Schools, Waukesha STEM Academy and Milwaukee Public Schools. Jon was also a coach for youth football and high school wrestling after playing two years of collegiate football. Jon is currently working towards his Doctoral Degree in Business Administration.
With Jon’s background in education and coaching he is a natural fit to review applications and research the schools and programs that request funding.
RICHELLE MARTIN, JD
Richelle Martin, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, negotiates contracts for the Office of Industrial Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has been involved with the Foundation since 2010, when as a student attorney in UW’s Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic she helped the Foundation establish as a legal entity and obtain 501(c)(3) status. Richelle continues to work with the Foundation, providing legal advice on issues such as trademark protection and review and preparation of documents, and as a participant in fundraising activities. She volunteers with a variety of other groups, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Habitat for Humanity, and offers pro bono legal advice to newly formed non-profit organizations.
As a Board member, Richelle will help evaluate funding requests and organize events, and will work with the rest of the Board to guide the Foundation toward continued success.
TERRY JANNSEN, CPA, CFP
Terry Jannsen is a CPA, CFP® and President of Jannsen Wealth Management, headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Terry received his B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He began his career with Jannsen + Company in June of 1989 and was named President in 1998. During his tenure, the company tripled in revenue and expanded its core focus of accounting to include wealth management, information technology, human resources consulting, and payroll services.
Known and respected for his innovative business perspective, Terry now focuses on serving clients through the wealth management area of the firm and in the last several years he also added financial planning for athletes as a core service area. His foresight led to several inventive partnerships with an emphasis on athletes’ finances.
Terry’s accomplishments have been recognized with awards such as the Don Richards Leadership Award, Pewaukee Person of the Year and Five-Star Wealth Manager. In addition, Jannsen Wealth Management, Inc. has been honored as a Diamond Eagle Firm for the past five years.
Along with his professional success, Terry also leaves an impact on his community as an active volunteer board member of the Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation, Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County, Waukesha County Business Alliance, and YMCA of Central Waukesha County and in addition to the JJ Watt Foundation. His commitment to service permeates his company’s culture.
In addition to professional success, Jannsen also leaves an impact on his community by donating time, talent and treasure to the following organizations – Waukesha County Business Alliance (WCBA), YMCA of Central Waukesha County, Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation (BRPF), Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County and the JJ Watt Foundation. His commitment to service permeates the Jannsen + Company culture.