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Trustee Election | Candidate Bios

Candidate Bios

 

Trustee Candidate Statement:
Advocacy for our participants and responsibility for our plan to provide honest and honorable coverage have been the hallmarks of my Trusteeship.  I am proud to have been the first WEA Trustee to have earned the CAPPP (Certificate of Achievement in Public Plan Policy) from the International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans.  Also, I am honored to have been appointed the chair of the WEA Trust's Board Audit Committee, which I have chaired since its inception in 2011. I hope to continue my advocacy for you and would appreciate your support.

Employer/Occupation:  Retired Teacher

Work Experience:

  • Berlin Area School District—Berlin, WI (Teacher 1967–2014)
  • Stratford Public Schools—Stratford, WI (Teacher 1966–1967)


High School:
 Gale-Ettrick High School—Galesville, WI (1962) 


Postsecondary Education:

  • LaCrosse State University (1962–1966 Bachelor of Science Degree)
  • UW–Platteville
  • UW–Oshkosh
  • UW–Madison


Degrees or Professional Certifications:  

  • Certificate of Achievement in Public Planning Policy (CAPPP) from the IFEBP (International Foundation of Employee Benefits Plans)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree (1966)


Association Memberships/Offices Held:  

  • Berlin Education Association (President, Treasurer, Negotiator)
  • South Central United Educators (President, Treasurer)
  • Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) (Board Member, Secretary-Treasurer)
  • National Education Association (NEA) (Board Member)


Business, Professional, Occupational, or Civic Memberships:

  • Berlin Public Library Board of Trustees (Secretary, Chair of Personnel Committee)


Skills and Expertise:

  • Forty + years of board memberships, leadership, analytic decision-making
  • Chair of Personnel Committee of Berlin Public Library—hiring and firing and supervising of director(s)


Business or Corporate Experience:

  • WEAC (Secretary-Treasurer)

 

Non-profit or Public Board Experience:

  • Wisconsin Education Association Insurance Trust—Madison, WI (Board Member 1986–Present)
  • Berlin Public Library—Berlin, WI (Board Member–Secretary 1995–Present) 
  • WEAC—Madison, WI (Secretary-Treasurer 1996–2003)
  • NEA—Washington D.C. (Board Member 1986–1996)
  • WEAC—Madison, WI (Board Member 1980–1986)

 

Trustee Candidate Statement:
I have 25 years of teaching experience for Milwaukee Public Schools.  I am honored to be a Trustee for WEA Trust since 2005 and currently serve on the Audit Committee.  For 13 years, I was an elected officer for the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association and a member on the Wisconsin Education Association Council Board of Directors.  When I entered the field of education, I wanted to become a great teacher.  I soon learned that being a great teacher was only half the battle.  

Being a classroom teacher and union activist for the past 25 years, I have been a strong, articulate, and supportive voice willing to fight for many issues.  In our current challenging times, my past experiences have given me the expertise and the necessary skills and abilities to be an advocate for plan participants.  I understand and respect the fiduciary responsibility one must have as a Trustee.  I am someone who listens, reflects, and then acts for what is in the best interest for plan participants.  

I will continue to work with the other Trustees to find solutions so that the WEA Trust remains focused on member service and providing cutting edge plans and programs.  We must maintain the Trust’s role in protecting the economic security of its participants.  I will continue to educate members and others about the mission and the role of the Trust and continue to work with management to develop innovative and creative ways to protect the benefits for participants.

Employer/Occupation:  Milwaukee Public Schools, Bay View High School, Special Education Teacher/Transition Coordinator

Work Experience:

  • Milwaukee Public Schools—Milwaukee, WI (1991–Present)


High School:  Algoma High School—Algoma, WI (1983)

Postsecondary Education:  

  • Cardinal Stritch University (1992–1994) 
  • UW–Milwaukee (1989) 
  • UW–Green Bay (1983–1988)


Degrees or Professional Certifications:

  • 701 Broadfield Social Studies (Grades 7–12)
  • 725 History (Grades 7–12)
  • 740 Psychology (Grades 7–12)
  • 811 Learning Disabilities (Grades PK–12)
  • Professional Development Plan Reviewer (Grades PK–12)
  • Master of Arts Degree (1994)
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (1988)


Association Memberships/Offices Held:  

  • RedCat Foundation (Secretary 2010–Present)
  • Wisconsin Education Association Insurance Trust (WEA Trust) (Board of Trustees 2005–Present)
  • Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA) (Officer/Secretary 1998–2005; 2007–2012)
  • Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) (Board of Directors 1998–2005; 2007–2012)


Business, Professional, Occupational, or Civic Memberships:

  • Bay View High School (BVHS) School Governance Council (Chairperson-Present)
  •  BVHS Academy of Engineering (Director–Present) 
  • MTEA Building Representative at the Middle and High School Level (Present)
  • National Academy Foundation (Member–Present) 
  • WEAC Audit Committee (Member–Present)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Member)
  • Learning Disabilities Association of Wisconsin & Council for Exceptional Children (Member)
  • MTEA Officer (Secretary)
  • MTEA Teacher Bargaining Team (Member)
  • State Professional Standards Council (Member)


Skills and Expertise:

  • Current member of WEA Trust Audit Committee
  • Current member of WEAC Audit Committee
  • Former member of WEAC Budget and Finance Committee
  • Former member of MTEA Budget Committee
  • Open-minded and will listen to all viewpoints prior to making a decision
  • Ability to set priorities and follow through
  • Ability to establish goals and then craft strategies to reach those goals
  • Good communication and listening skills
  • Team player—in it for the good of the whole not as an individual 
  • Conflict resolution skills 
  • Encourage others to discuss all aspects of a situation
  • Integrity, patience, and creativity
  • Often seek advice of others
  • Attends every meeting and conference calls 
  • Willing to help/assist fellow board members


Non-profit or Public Board Experience:

  • RedCat Foundation—Milwaukee, WI (Secretary 2010–Present)
  • MTEA—Milwaukee, WI (Secretary 1998–2005; 2007–2012)

Trustee Candidate Statement: 

During the late 1960s into the 70s, I served on the WEA Legislative Committee which changed the Wisconsin Education Association (WEA) into the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), a union capable of many activities not permitted under law for the WEA.  WEAC then created and funded the Wisconsin Education Association Insurance Trust (WEA Trust) to serve its members’ insurance needs. 

I previously had the privilege of being elected to the WEA Trust Board, serving members for three years and then to the WEA Member Benefits Board serving for ten years. 

I sincerely hope to have the ability to again serve members on the WEA Trust Board. 

Thank you for your support and vote. 

 

Employer/Occupation:  Retired Teacher 


Work Experience:     

  • Marshall School District—Marshall, WI (History Teacher 1966-1997) 

 

High School:  Auburndale High School—Auburndale, WI (1957) 


Postsecondary Education:

  • UW–Madison (1965–1966 Master of Arts Degree—Education and History)
  • UW–Madison (1957–1963 Bachelor of Science Degree—Physical Education and History)

 

Degrees or Professional Certifications:

  • Master of Arts Degree (1966)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree (1963)

 

Association Memberships/Offices Held:     

  • NEA-WEAC-CAUS-North (Retired Life Member 1997–Present)
  • Negotiator—Waterloo Teachers (2000–2001)  
  • NEA-WEAC-MEA (1974–1997)
  • Negotiator—Marshall Staff (1966-1997)    
  • Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC)—Madison, WI (Board Member 1989–1995)   
  • WEAC—Retired President (two terms)  
  • WEAC Budget Committee
  • WEAC Political Action Committee (PAC) (two terms, Vice Chair for two years)  
  • CAUS-North (Negotiator Cadre for Support Staff Columbus and Waterloo 1985–1995)  
  • AARP Volunteer
  • MEA (President Several Times)
  • NEA-WEA-MEA (1966–1974) 

 

Business, Professional, Occupational, or Civic Memberships:      

  • AARP Volunteer 

 

Skills and Expertise:   

  • 28 years as a negotiator for teacher staff
  • 10 years as negotiator for two support staff groups   
  • Have served on WEA Trust Board and WEA Member Benefit Board  
  • Served on the committee that changed WEA to WEAC 

 

Business or Corporate Experience: 

  • WEA Trust—Madison, WI (Board Member 1995–1997)
  • WEA Member Benefits—Madison, WI (Board Member)
  • WEAC—Madison, WI (Retired President-two terms and Board Member 1989-1995)

 

Non-profit or Public Board Experience

  • WEA Trust—Madison, WI (Board Member 1995–1997)       
  • WEA Member Benefits—Madison, WI (Board Member)       
  • WEAC—Madison, WI (Board Member 1989–1995)

 

Trustee Candidate Statement: 

It has been my honor to serve the public employees of Wisconsin throughout my career.  Since 2010, I have been honored to serve as a member of the WEA Trust Board of Directors.  I take my responsibility to the Trust very seriously as, since my birth until recently, I myself was covered by Trust insurance.  I was raised by my parents, both former teachers, to know the value of the Trust and to work to support its mission.  

More than ever, we need to work to guarantee the continued success of companies like the not-for-profit WEA Trust that work to support the important work of public employees and guarantee them and their families a healthy life.  

Additionally, I have long dedicated my life to public employees in Wisconsin through my work at the local, state, and national levels with WEAC and the NEA (currently elected to serve as a member of a six-person NEA Executive Committee), and as a member of the AFL-CIO, culminating in running in the Wisconsin State Senate recall races in 2011 in Senate District 10.  

The WEA Trust is a unique company that I am proud to have served and I look forward to continuing my service to the Trust. 


Employer/Occupation:
 Ellsworth Community School District, Teacher 


Work Experience:

  • Ellsworth Community School District—Ellsworth, WI (Teacher 1998–Present)
  • United Council of UW System Students—Madison, WI (Shared Governance Director 1997–1998) 


High School:
 Beloit Memorial High School (1992) 


Postsecondary Education: 

  • UW–River Falls (2000–2006 Master of Science Degree—English Education)
  • UW–Stevens Point (1992–1997 Bachelor of Arts Degree—English, Theater Arts, Political Science, Education)  

Degrees or Professional Certifications:

  • National Board Certified Teacher (Adolescence and Young Adulthood/English Language Arts 2008)
  • Wisconsin Master Teacher License (2009–Present)
  • Master of Science Degree (2006)
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (1997) 


Association Memberships/Offices Held:

  • National Education Association (NEA) (Executive Committee 2015–Present)
  • Wisconsin Education Association Council (Board of DirectorsPresent)
  • NEA (Board of Directors 2005–2011)
  • Northwest United Educators (Vice President 2012–2014)
  • West Central Education Association (Executive Board 2005–2012)
  • Ellsworth Education Association (Various 1999–2014)  


Business, Professional, Occupational, or Civic Memberships:

  • Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English (Secretary/Board of Directors)
  • National Council of Teachers of English (Member)
  • National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (Member)
  • AFL-CIO


Skills and Expertise:
The world is changing and, more than ever, we need Trustees who can think differently about the health and well-being of the members in a way that guarantees a healthy life.  Also, I think it is important to have a breadth of experience and relationships that can allow for potential growth of the Trust outside of our current circle of public employees. 

Expertise:  Wisconsin public education, unions and their workings, national union relationships, and national understanding of public health entities. 

Non-profit or Public Board Experience: 

  • Center for Teaching Quality—North Carolina (Board Member 2016–Present)
  • EdTPA Council—Iowa (Board Member 2016–Present)
  • River Falls Community Theater—River Falls, WI (Board Member 2003–2006)
  • TurningPoint for Victims of Domestic/Sexual Abuse—River Falls, WI (Board Member 1999–2002)