National Guardian Life Celebrates 100 Years

Mark Solverud, President and COO
Steve Phelps, V.P. & Director of Marketing
Carl Wackerle, Ass’t V.P. & Director of Sales Development

Business come and go; Downtown Madison continues to evolve, but one business, National Guardian Life, with its headquarters in the heart of Madison, stands tall with quiet pride as it continues to grow and meet the insurance needs of people throughout the country. Surviving and thriving over 100 years does not happen without reflection and change. Reinventing itself in the 1990’s was part of the process.

Mark Solverud, Steve Phelps, and Carl Wackerle highlight the company’s long history, the challenge of remaining competitive, the need to embrace change, and NGL’s steadfast commitment to being a good neighbor and strong corporate citizen.

Meeting Life’s Challenges

Guest: Shelley Peterman Schwarz

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis over 30 years ago, Shelley turned her disability into a positive force to help others cope with life’s ups and downs. As a columnist, author, television guest expert, internet radio host, and motivational speaker, Shelley inspires people with disabilities and personal challenges to take charge of their lives and focus on their strengths. Her tips tell people how they can make life easier.

Now Shelley is auditioning for the Oprah Winfrey Network to take her message to a national audience. To view Shelley’s audition tape and vote for Shelley, go to or and type in Shelley.

Caregivers: Just In Time Training

Guests: Jean Mueller, registered nurse and caregiving trainer

Many people become caregivers overnight without having the basic skills or training to take on such a responsibility. Through Catholic Charities, Jean Mueller will present free four-hour comprehensive training sessions overs four Saturdays in July on the substantive skills required to care of another person. Skills such as falls prevention, lifting, medication safety, tolieting and dressing, dealing with incontinence and communicating effectively with health professionals, family members and the person receiving care.

Sessions will be held at the Waunakee Senior Center, July 10, 17, 24, and 31. For more information go to or call Diane Walder at 442.7248.

The Respite Center: Benefactor Of The Attic Angels Sale And House & Garden Tour

Guests: Nancy Latta, Attic Angel Association
Meg Miller, Executive Director, The Respite Centr

The popular Attic Angel re-sale (Thursday, June 17 at High Point Church) and their House and Garden Tour (Monday, June 21 in Middleton Hills) not only provide attendees with great bargains and a glimpse of homes in the community living environment of Middleton Hills, the vision of the late Marshall Erdman, but proceeds benefit area organizations. This year’s recipients are The Respite Center, SAIL, and the Attic Angel Resident Aid Fund. For more details, go to or call 662-8900.

Meg Miller of The Respite Center awakens our awareness to the need for support for children and families who have no where else to turn. The Respite Center offers a fun, safe place for children and a time out for families who are dealing with stress and life challenges. Through real life stories, the unique and expert services of The Respite Center are highlighted. For more information, go to or call 244-5730.

June Is Dairy Month: Meet Alice In Dairyland

Guest: Cheryl O’Brien, 62nd Alice in Dairyland

Promoting Wisconsin’s $59.16 billion agricultural industry is big business, and one of agriculture’s most recognizable spokespersons is Alice in Dairyland, a full-time public relations professional with the Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Behind the wheel of a Flex Fuel Tahoe, Cheryl O’Brien has covered the state and beyond this past year, educating the media, youth and audiences of all ages about the many facets of the economic and health impact of our state’s agricultural and dairy industry. Hear her tips for Drinking Healthy, Eating Local, Going Green and Boosting Wisconsin’s Economy.