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Corporate Governance

Catholic Order of Foresters is a fraternal benefit insurance society comprised of chartered state and local courts, whose members perform fraternal and charitable activities.

High Court

Every four years at Catholic Order of Foresters' National Convention, COF state delegates elect executive officers and High Court Trustees (Board of Directors) to serve four-year terms. The members currently serving are listed below. The next National Convention will occur in 2020.

Executive Officers

High Chief Ranger/Chairman of the Board
David E. Huber, FLMI

Vice High Chief Ranger 
David L. Krebs

High Secretary-Treasurer
Rodney W. Oligmueller, CPCU, AIC, ALMI, FLMI

High Spiritual Director
Fr. Matt Pratscher
Pastor, St. John the Baptist, Winfield, Ill.

High Court Trustees (Board of Directors)

Peter J. Lemire, New Hampshire and Vermont
Eugene G. Even, Iowa
Rosalie M. Grams, Minnesota
Gene E. Hesse, Minnesota
Betty K. Fiegen, South Dakota
Susan M. Pereira, Michigan
John F. Taphorn, Ohio
Ronald J. Freund, Illinois
Julie M. Bries, Iowa
Mark J. Wessely, Wisconsin
Mark L. Connaughton, Kentucky
Beth A. McFarlane, Wisconsin


COF provides an established system of insurance and other benefit payments to members and their dependents. Although largely self-governing, COF’s state and local courts are subject to the Order's Constitution and Bylaws.

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