Featured Speakers


John McHugh

John McHugh has served on the Board of Directors since 2015. John currently serves as the Director of Corporate Communications, Leadership Development, and Training for Kwik Trip, Inc., based in La Crosse, Wisconsin. In his role at Kwik Trip, John has helped the company achieve recognition as a top workplace in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the Des Moines Register.

Before joining Kwik Trip in 2004, John was an instructor and principal at Aquinas High School in La Crosse. He holds degrees from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and the Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. He sits on the boards at Viterbo University, Trust Point, 7 Rivers Hospice House, and Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. He is also a member of Branch 742.




      Maria Ferrante-Schepis

Join us in welcoming Maria Ferrante-Schepis, the newest director on BetterLife’s Board of Directors (effective January 1, 2022, upon Tom Johnson’s retirement). Ferrante-Schepis holds a BBA in Marketing and MBA in Management from Hofstra University and serves on the board of advisors for four Fintech/Insurtech startups. With over 30 years of industry experience, including her current role as president at Maddock Douglas and a best-selling author (Flirting With the Uninterested: Innovating in a “Sold Not Bought” Category), it’s needless to say that Ferrante-Schepis is a thought leader in the insurance industry.

She’s also an active volunteer in her community; she and her husband Jim passionately support multiple nonprofits including Feeding America, Make-A-Wish, their local parish, and Kids Around the World.



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