I am running for the position of WCA Recording Secretary-Liaison and would appreciate your vote.
I earned bachelors degrees in both elementary education and Spanish from Carthage College in 1996. I earned my masters degree in professional development from UW-LaCrosse in 2002. My thesis was on diversity consciousness. I taught for 15 years in the public school setting at all grade levels. For the last five years I have been one of two ABE/GED teachers at the Wisconsin Secure Program Facility.
I joined the Wisconsin Correctional Association this year, but want to use my knowledge and skills as a board member. I have been a member of both the Commission on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and the Correctional Education Association-Wisconsin (CEA-W) since 2018.
During my 13 years with the Prairie du Chien Jaycees, I served in many board positions and chaired many projects. These projects all involved working jointly with other agencies and the community, scheduling, budgeting, committee meetings, marketing, writing a chairman’s planning guide, and fundraising. As a regional director, I led my Southwest chapters to a 9th place ranking in the nation. I served on a national board of directors as the 85th State President for Junior Chamber International (JCI): Wisconsin. I coordinated state conferences and teambuilding. I oversaw 29 chapters (approximately 600 people). As a board member for both the Friends of the Villa Louis Historic Site and the JCI Wisconsin Foundation, I held various offices—including secretary—and helped with grants, scholarships, budgeting, fundraising, membership, and updating bylaws. I would like to bring that skill set to the Wisconsin Correctional Association for our members.
By becoming active on the board, I hope to share some of the knowledge and skills I have gained throughout my career in education and my community service organizations to help those in corrections be heard. I am also excited about the possibility of expanding my knowledge and experiences while being an advocate for WCA. I feel with my experience, skills and enthusiasm, I would be an excellent fit for the WCA Recording Secretary-Liaison position. Thank you for your time and consideration of my candidacy. Please support me with your vote.