Daniel J. Zimmerman, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired)

Foundation President

Daniel J. Zimmerman is a career Army Intelligence officer and former Combat Engineer soldier.   Hailing from New Berlin, Wisconsin, Dan spent his 25 year military career serving in various command and staff positions in support of the tactical Army worldwide.   A decorated combat veteran, Dan has been honored with two Bronze Star Medals, five Meritorious Service Medals, and numerous other Army, NATO, and foreign medals and awards.

Residing with his wife and four children in Ripon, Dan is very engaged civically.  Recently, he has held two non-partisan elected offices – Vice President of Ripon’s Board of Education and Chairman of Big Hills Lake Management District.  Along with his museum work, he remains as President of the New Berlin West High School Class of 1983 Education Foundation, a tax-exempt public charity.  Additionally, Dan serves as coach and booster for several local youth sports organizations and as a leader in Ripon's downtown historic district redevelopment.

Dan holds a Master of Arts degree in Homeland Security specializing in Intelligence operations and a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with a Political Science emphasis as well as basic and advanced certifications in Leadership and Military Intelligence operations.  He is also a seasoned university-level educator and recognized academic scholar, having graduated top in his class for both his university and military schooling.

    William J. Woolley, PhD

    Chief Historian

    William J. Woolley is a retired Professor of Modern History at Ripon College where he was holder of the Victor and Carrrie Palmer Chair of Leadership Values.  He taught at Ripon for thirty-one years receiving many awards recognizing his teaching and work with students.  He has worked extensively with College Archivists to create the College museum mounting several exhibits.  He also developed a course in Public History which included student projects on developing museum displays.

    Since his retirement, Bill has been active with the Ripon Historical Society and the Little White Schoolhouse (the location of the founding of the Republican Party).  At the Society, where he was President for six years, he initiated the development of the Society’s current museum and played a major role in developing its initial three exhibits.  He also set up the initial museum exhibit in the Little White Schoolhouse.

    Bill got his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Indiana University.  He has collaborated on a reference book on American Military history, published several scholarly articles, and presented a number of papers at scholarly conferences.  Bill is presently finishing a history of the American Army in the period 1919 through 1939.

      Christopher J. Schaefer

      Collections & Exhibition Manager

      Christopher J. Schaefer is a leading expert on the American presidency and presidential history.  Currently, Christopher serves as policy director and chief of staff to a Wisconsin State Representative.  He has also served as Policy Director at the Pax Americana Institute, a Madison, Wisconsin-based think tank where he was responsible for formulating policy proposals, editing and formatting the Institute’s publications, media outreach, and lecturing on the American presidency.  In 2012, Christopher founded the Christopher Schaefer Company, specializing in electoral strategy, foreign policy and health care.  He later went on to serve as an independent insurance agent, representing Aflac and several leading major medical health insurance providers.

      In addition to his work as a political consultant and analyst, Christopher possesses years of campaign experience including serving as the 2006 Northeastern Wisconsin GOTV coordinator for a gubernatorial campaign, managing a State Assembly campaign, serving as College Republican Outreach Coordinator for a 2010 gubernatorial campaign, and managing a former Wisconsin State Treasurer’s campaign for Outagamie County Executive.  In addition, Christopher served as a Field Director for the Republican Party of Wisconsin, propelling the Governor to a twenty-eight point victory in Northeast Wisconsin.

      Christopher is the author of five books.  He graduated summa cum laude from Ripon College with a degree in Politics and Government, and minors in National Security Studies and History.  He graduated with highest honors from the George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management receiving his Master’s degree in Political Management.  Christopher is in the process of applying to Ph.D. programs in American history, with an emphasis on the American presidency

        Kim Davis

        Director of Administration

        Kim Davis serves as the Director of Administration for the Museum responsible for Human Resource Management and Grant Writing.  Kim is retired from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with 30 plus years of experience in Human Resource Management including recruitment, staffing, labor relations, training, facilitation, and organization development.  She has received numerous awards for her service in the federal government.

        Having worked through some historic times in the the FAA, Kim was in the Chicago-based Labor Relations Office in 1981 and followed President Reagan's mandate to remove the striking Air Traffic Controllers from the agency's roles; and she was serving in the Air Traffic Division during the 9-11 terrorist attacks helping to coordinate and communicate the agency's response following the unprecedented aftermath of these events.  She has served an active role in Aviation Education and as Student Services Counselor at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City.  In Kansas City, she designed and delivered numerous management and leadership training courses.  In addition, Kim worked closely with many of the Air Traffic Control personnel conducting organizational assessments and interventions around the country resolving conflict, EEO complaints, and union grievances.

        Kim remains active in the community volunteering as a Grant Writer for local non-profits, coaching individuals in their job pursuits, on resumes and interviewing skills, and serving at church.  Kim has a B.A. in Human Resource Management from DePaul University School for New Learning, Chicago, Illinois and an M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

          Renee Jaeger

          Executive Director

          Renee Jaeger is the Executive Director and Development Director.  She is responsible for achieving the capitol campaign fundraising goal that will bring the National Republican History Museum to Ripon, Wisconsin by the summer of 2019.

          Renee is also the owner/director of RJ Strategic Marketing; a boutique public relations and marketing agency that serves the small business and non-profit industries with uniquely designed and goal-oriented comprehensive marketing plans.  Her 30 plus years of marketing and fund development include the arenas of professional sports, entertainment, political campaigns, start-up businesses, and non-profit companies.   She remains committed to offering her services to local community projects, such as the Abundant Life Food Pantry in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

          Renee graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Political Science from Marquette University.

          Shaunda Jennings

          Director of Education K-12

          Shaunda Jennings is the Director of Educational Programs.  She is responsible for developing engaging history programs for K-12 students for the Museum.

          Shaunda has been an educator serving students in both urban and rural public school systems for over 20 years.  Her diverse classrooms of students include all levels of education from Kindergarten through eighth grade with specialization in Gifted and Talented students.  She has also instructed at Ripon College working with Teacher Education candidates preparing them for the teaching profession.

          Utilizing research and innovative practices, Shaunda incorporates evidence based learning strategies and creates engaging and interactive lessons.  She develops and provides meaningful experiential activities giving life to content. She has been commended for her creativity and innovation in challenging students to incorporate multiple perspectives, solutions, and methods.  Her passion for providing rich learning experiences along with her expertise in teaching 21st century skills has allowed her students to gain an appreciation of learning which she will bring to the Museum’s K-12 programs.

          Shaunda graduated Cum Laude with her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.