Emily Mayer | Membership Secretary

Emily has been a part of the club since her birth, joining the Kindergruppe when she was just 4 years old. She danced with the Jugendgruppe through her early adult life and is currently an active member of the Kulturgruppe and Frauengruppe. Outside of the club, Emily works as an Accountant and enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to music, and cooking and baking.

Katlin Schmieder | Second Vice President

Katlin has been a member for her entire life, and has been our Kindergruppe leader since 2009. Katlin is currently also an active member of our Kulturgruppe. Katlin enjoys spending time at the club as well as supporting the other local German clubs. She sits on the Landesverband North America board as Landeskinderleiterin,  and is involved with the German-American Societies of Milwaukee as the co-coordinator of the Miss German-American Societies Queen Contest. She also dances with the S.V.E.V D'Oberlandler Milwaukee. In her free time, Katlin enjoys spending time with family and traveling with her boyfriend Zach.

Carrie Gagnier | Corporate Secretary

Carrie has been a member of the club since 2013, when her two children began dancing in the Kindergruppe. She and her family have enjoying the opportunity to learn more about their Donauschwaben family roots. Her children continue to dance in the jugendgruppe, and they enjoy participating in club events as a family. Carrie teaches 5th grade in a French immersion program. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and spending time with her family.

Mark Mayer | First Vice President

Mark has been a part of the UDoM since 1983, when he started dancing with the Jugendgruppe at the age of 13, and where he met his lovely wife, Jenny. Two years later, he also started dancing with the Kulturgruppe, with whom he is still dancing today, now alongside their two daughters. In addition to his position on the UDoM/GACF Executive Board, Mark also is a member of the Jägerverein, Spaß Milwaukee, and is one of the co-leaders of the Jugendgruppe. Mark's profession is Mechanical Engineer, and in his free time he enjoys golfing, shooting sports, and is an avid alpine ski racer. 

Carol Gdula | President

Carol lives in Oconomowoc with her husband, Greg. She has been involved with the club her entire life, and is also the Director of the Jugendgruppe, a member of the Kulturgruppe, the Frauengruppe, and Spaß Milwaukee. In her daily life, Carol is an office manager for Aspen Orthopedics. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around the state with her husband, Greg, in search of the best Prime Rib dinner.

Jenn Erickson | Director of Marketing

Jenn has been a member of the UDoM for over 20 years. She's been a Board Member since 2008, and on the Executive Board since 2016, as Director of Marketing. Jenn is a former member of the Jugend and still dances with the Kulturgruppe. By day, Jenn works as the Director of Operations for Prescription Analytics in Hartford. She loves to spend time cooking and baking, and chasing after her 1 year old son with her husband Matt.

Meet Our Executive Board

Jenny Mayer | Treasurer

Jenny joined the UDoM when she was 13 and has been involved with the German community ever since. A former member of the Jugendgruppe, today she dances with the Kulturgruppe along with her husband Mark and their two daughters. Jenny is also a member of the Frauengruppe and is a o-leader of the Jugendgruppe. Jenny works as an Accounting Manager and enjoys cooking, baking, and spending time with her husband and daugters who are all involved in the club as well.