Our mission

Develop character and instill servant leadership values in our schools.

Our vision

Provide character curricula to all school districts in the Coulee Region.

Grow a servant leadership culture in our students, our schools and our community.

Sustain the culture of servant leadership by providing an avenue to celebrate character successes in our students, our schools and our community.

What we do

We teach values through a proven servant leadership curriculum. We teach:

  • Patience
  • Kindness
  • Humility
  • Respectfulness
  • Selflessness
  • Forgiveness
  • Honesty
  • Commitment

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Meet the team

Dave Skogen
Dave Skogen

Dave Skogen grew up in the grocery business, taking over his family’s small IGA stores more than 40 years ago and transforming the company into the statewide chain of Festival Foods supermarkets it is today.

Committed to servant leadership, Dave is the author of the book “Boomerang! Leadership Principles That Bring Customers Back,” and a widely requested speaker on servant leadership topics.

Dave is married to Barb Skogen. Together they have two children and four grandchildren. He’s proud to say he’s had one wife, one job and lived in one community for 75 years.

Patrick Clements
Patrick Clements

Patrick Clements serves as executive director for Character Lives. He brings 30 years of leadership experience to the post, having completed a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force.

While in the Air Force, Clements commanded at the flight, squadron and group levels, including a remote combat support group in Korea. He was the director of the Continuous Process Improvement/Business Process Improvement Division at Air Education and Training Command where he developed and began execution of the Air Force's Lean Six Sigma College.

More recently he served as human resources director to a four-star commanding general in charge of 250,000 combatant warriors in the Middle East. As lead planner for personnel operations, Patrick earned the Defense Superior Service Medal—the second highest non-combat medal—awarded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense for his outstanding efforts in support of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and civilian personnel during wartime operations. His other decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

Misty Lown
Misty Lown

Misty founded her first business, Misty’s Dance Unlimited, at age 21. Since that time she has founded several more companies including More Than Just Great Dancing™, Everything Dance, Midwest Dance Connection and A Chance To Dance Foundation.

She is also a managing partner of EduCare, LLC, and Lown Family Enterprises and a general partner in three real estate investment partnerships.

Misty has encouraged and inspired hundreds of entrepreneurs and young women in the past fifteen years and continues to share her positive and humorous perspective on business and life through her writing, speaking and mentoring.

Marvin Wanders
Marvin Wanders

Marvin and Michelle Wanders started in the real estate business while attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Currently, Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions, LLC is the umbrella entity that oversees all the day-to-day business operations of the multiple ownership entities in which Marv is involved. This dynamic organization plans, develops and manages real estate holdings from mixed use brownfields to the repositioning of multi-family communities.

The name Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions comes from the full circle of professional real estate services the company provides, combined with the company’s dedicated servant leadership focus that results in projects having tangible positive impacts. Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions, LLC’s development decisions are made with four critical points of positive impact; the development must positively impact the team members, the customer, the neighborhood and the community before Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions LLC will commit to a project.

In addition to overseeing Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions LLC business operations, Marv is active in the La Crosse community. He has also served on many community committees and nonprofit boards. He is a passionate outdoor recreation enthusiast and a founding member of Outdoor Recreation Alliance.

Marv resides in La Crosse with his wife Michelle and their three daughters.

John Norlin
John Norlin

John helps students, educators, and community leaders learn how to become servant leaders. His mission is to spread the word of the power of servant leadership while teaching others how to build influence in the lives of those around them.

John has committed his entire time as a student, and now his professional career, toward helping people and schools transform themselves into places that truly care about the well-being of others. As a student at Wenatchee High School, John began to learn first-hand that even a single person being intentional with their actions can create a tidal wave of positive change. John spent a decade as a leadership teacher and ASB (Associated Student Body) advisor at Sumner High School in Washington State, where he taught five servant-leadership and character development classes every day each semester. John’s influence has spread throughout the city, region, state and beyond.

John holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University. He is the program administrator for the Whole Child and director of student leadership and community involvement for the Sumner School District in Sumner, Washington, the president of Norlin Consulting and co-founder of CharacterStrong with Houston Kraft. John is the director for the Association of Washington School Principals-sponsored Mount Adams High School Leadership Camp each summer in Washington State.

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