Daniel O. Magnuson, M.A., M.S.W.
Since 2014, Dan Magnuson has served as President/CEO of Lad Lake, Inc., one of Wisconsin’s largest and longest providers of support for vulnerable youth. Lad Lake and its staff of 300 fulfill its mission of guiding the growth of at-risk youth to reach their potential and live responsibly with a continuum of services in residential care, independent living, education, and community services such as in-home therapy, specialized mentoring, and supervised visitation.
Prior to his appointment at Lad Lake, Dan served for over a decade as CEO of Pathfinders – a Milwaukee area not-for-profit human service organization providing help for youth who are confronted by homelessness, sexual assault, and mental health challenges.
In the 1990s, Dan also served for 10 years in executive leadership roles at the national Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, including founding president of Ways to Work and co-founder of the Executive Leadership Institute. Prior to his tenure with the Alliance, Dan served as CEO of a mental health and addictions center in New York.
Dan holds two masters degrees; a Masters of Social Work from Syracuse University and a Masters of Arts from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and an undergraduate degree from Carthage College.
He is dedicated to empowering at-risk youth in Wisconsin and has been appointed to several key board and committee positions across the state including: The Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force; Alliance for Children and Families; Families in Society; and is the current Chair of the Board for Project Pivot (formerly Boardstar) – Wisconsin’s premier nonprofit board development resource. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife Linda.
Donelle Hauser, M.S.W.
Executive Vice President
Donelle Hauser has served at-risk children and families for over 20 years. Donelle brings executive experience to Lad Lake including: turnaround environments, team-building, strategic planning, trauma-informed implementation, systems development, continuous quality improvement, electronic health record systems implementation, advocacy, contract negotiations, fiscal management, and program design.
Donelle is currently the Executive Vice President for Lad Lake, where she oversees programs that address sex trafficking, high school drop-out rates, family stability, vocational preparedness, mental health supports, and homelessness prevention (for youth aging out of foster care). She previously served as Vice President of Residential Services at one of New York State’s largest nonprofit child welfare agencies. There, Donelle was instrumental in the development of five social enterprise programs providing vocational training and opportunities for youth. She also currently serves in several elected local and statewide positions including: the Alliance Executive Leadership Institute Alumni Board, the School Board, President of a State Juvenile Detention Association, and Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Family Services and Wisconsin’s Cross Systems Work group. She is dedicated to helping improve the Juvenile Justice System, and find innovative solutions to serve youth with complex needs.
Director of Finance
Judy Rich joined Lad Lake in 2016. She has extensive financial management experience, including budgeting, forecasting, grant management and strategic planning with over 30 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. Judy holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management.
Laura Melvin, M.S.
Director of Human Resources
Laura has been in Human Resources for over 20 years and has gained her experience from working in the non-profit and the corporate sectors. She is currently the Director of Human Resources for Lad Lake, Inc. where she oversees the human capital solutions for 300+ employees. Laura has her undergraduate from Drake University and holds a Masters in Management from University Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Director of Development
Dave has over 25 years of development experience working for nonprofits. Since 2012, Dave has served as Director of Development for Lad Lake where he provides leadership to the fund development and communications efforts. Dave joined Lad Lake because of his passion to the mission of Lad Lake: To guide the growth of at risk youth in order that they reach their potential and live responsibly. Prior to his appointment at Lad Lake, Dave served in leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America and Rawhide. He has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to advocate for young people his entire career. Dave has his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science / Youth Agency Administration from Rockhurst College, Kansas City. Dave enjoys everything outdoors and lives with his wife Diane in Wauwatosa.