General election voters guide for Whitnall School Board

Published on: 3/18/2014

Editor's Note: Candidates were asked to limit responses to 100 words.


Age: 33

Address: Hales Corners, street address not provided

Years in district: about seven

Employer/occupation: financial services industry

Education: bachelor's degree in organizational leadership and communication, Marquette University

Political history: first try for public office

Community involvement: committee chairman for Boy Scout Troop 574; member of St. Mary's Parish and Southwest YMCA; active with Croatian Eagles Soccer Club, Whitnall Youth Baseball and Franklin Fury tournament baseball team

Family: sons Julian, 14, Gavin, 10, and Roman, 7


What is the biggest challenge facing the Whitnall schools and how would you address it?

Solidifying Whitnall's status as a destination kindergarten through 12th-grade district, not simply K through 8. I would work with fellow board members, Superintendent Holtz, administrators, parents, parent organizations and teachers to maximize resources, encourage proactive thinking, promote awareness, streamline programs and communication and identify 'gaps' that could cause families to leave the district for other high schools.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

I am passionate about creating a vision, culture and environment for the Whitnall School District that provides our children with the resources, experiences, opportunities and education necessary to prepare them to become future leaders. I moved to, and have stayed in, this area because of the Whitnall School District and want the opportunity to work with my fellow board members to make this a destination district for future students as well.


Age: 49

Address: 6433 S. 122nd St., Franklin

Years in district: 15

Employer/occupation: veterinarian; pilot, U.S. Air Force Reserve

Education: bachelor of science in zoology, and doctor of veterinary medicine, both from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Political history: unsuccessful bid for Whitnall School Board, 2012

Community involvement: president of the Swiss Turners Boys Booster Club, a national championship gymnastics team in West Allis; adult member and merit badge counselor, Boy Scouts of America

Family: married, one son attending Whitnall Schools


What is the biggest challenge facing the Whitnall schools and how would you address it?

How to most effectively spend the limited tax dollars available to provide the safest and best educational environment for the children of our school district. Decisions the board has made on spending money has been a continuing concern of mine. We need to focus on ways to connect the excellent teachers in our district with our children in the safest and best possible environment to foster learning. Proven concepts like smaller classroom populations and staffing libraries deserve new focus. For our district to continue to prosper, reasonable decisions will need to be made concerning these and other budget issues.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

I have attended and participated in countless School Board meetings over the past seven years, as well as volunteered in and out of classrooms in our district. I am an engaged parent, with an awareness of what is going on in our schools and in the district board room. As a veterinarian and as an Air Force pilot, I also have extensive experience participating with and leading groups to solve difficult problems and achieve common goals. I am confident my experience will be a valuable contribution to the Whitnall School District, and therefore the community as a whole.


Age: 57

Address: 10034 W. Meadow Drive, Greenfield

Years in district: 23

Employer/occupation: human resources manager at Nordco Inc.

Education: associate degree in marketing from Gateway Technical College, Racine; bachelor's degree in business administration with a minor in finance from Lakeland College; master's coursework in management from Cardinal Stritch University

Political history: six years on the Whitnall School Board since 2008; held positions of president, vice president and clerk; chairwoman of the Personnel Committee; Whitnall representative on the Greenfield Parks and Recreation Board since 2008; appointed by Greenfield mayor to the Safe Routes to Schools Task Force, 2011-present

Community involvement: Emanuel United Church of Christ, Hales Corners, currently co-chair of silent auction committee; liturgist; past president (four years) past chair of trustee board; past chair of the building committee; past board member of Parks Edge Preschool, Hales Corners

Family: husband, Jeff; son, Tim, 20

Contact: (414) 427-9604;

What is the biggest challenge facing the Whitnall schools and how would you address it?

Whitnall's biggest challenge is finding the money to meet all our educational needs to achieve our mission of preparing students for a dynamic global society. 2013 brought the 1:1 iPad initiative to the middle school but now we need to find funds for the high school. The district has aging and safety building needs at all our facilities. We plan to continue to increase academic rigor and student engagement. We need to do all of this while keeping taxes as low as possible. I would continue to work with my colleagues, the administration and our community to conquer these challenges.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

I am hard working, knowledgeable and experienced. My decision-making process is thoughtful and in the best interest of students. I bring a multifaceted background to the board, including employee and union relations, benefits, and employment law. I served six years on the board so my Whitnall system knowledge is strong. During my tenure, we developed an excellent administrative team. I helped bring additional revenue to the district with the electronic billboard. Test scores have increased, and Whitnall's report card was outstanding. I will continue to be a voice for students and use my leadership ability to keep moving forward.


Age: 51

Address: 4559 S. 119th St., Greenfield

Years in district: 15

Employer/occupation: quality manager and safety manager for Spirit Manufacturing, New Berlin

Education: 1992, bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Political history: served on the Whitnall School Board from July 2009 to April 2012 (not re-elected)

Community involvement: served on the Edgerton Elementary PTO for several years culminating in a year as vice president; volunteered for Junior Achievement; served on the Whitnall Foundation for a year; coached many seasons of girls softball for Whitnall Youth Baseball and coached three years of Whitnall Youth Football; frequent chaperon for school events

Family: wife Carrie; four children, Taylor (17), Nicholas (15), Daniel (14) and Brooke (11)

Contact:; (414) 218-8690

What is the biggest challenge facing the Whitnall schools and how would you address it?

The biggest challenge facing the Whitnall Schools is conducting business at all levels in a manner that will satisfy the critics who have stated for years that the district does not communicate well. I will address this issue by being proactive in supplying information before the community asks for it and in seeking community input for a wider array of decisions. I will proactively invite and encourage community members to attend board meetings by electronically forwarding agendas.

What are the best reasons for people to vote for you?

The best reason to vote for me is my honesty. I will seek out your opinion and I will tell you mine and then I will participate in and listen to debate over every issue brought in front of the board. I will also do what is best for the students of the Whitnall Schools within the bounds of what is acceptable to the Whitnall School District residents.