When Michael first started his professional career, his passion for education had him interested in becoming a high school teacher. While he changed directions professionally, education remained a high priority and he became actively involved in education initiatives including Partners in Education (Green Bay), Business Education Alliance (Fox Cities) and several other education-focused organizations.
In 2017, after nearly 30 years of fundraising leadership experience within healthcare, higher education and health-related organizations, Michael became President at JA, where the mission was a perfect combination of his professional interests and personal passions. As President, Michael engages with every aspect of the organization, including working alongside a dedicated board of directors, volunteers, and team members. His greatest responsibility is to enable the forward momentum of JA’s mission while preparing the organization and team for the future.
Outside of JA, Michael is drawn to the outdoors. He enjoys reading in a hammock, golfing and has a love-hate relationship with photography. In another life, he might have become an electrician or a plumber.
Early on in Jeff’s Accounting career, people often asked him for help to better understand money, budgeting, saving and investing. When he came across JA, he saw a great opportunity to pair his extensive financial background with an organization that helps people better understand these important financial matters.
Jeff joined JA in 1997 as Controller, was promoted to VP of Finance in 2010 and now has over 30 years of accounting experience, of which 25 of those years have been with JA.
As VP of Finance, Jeff is responsible for all financial matters including reporting, compliance, budget planning and investment/asset management. As a member of the senior leadership team he also assists with setting the direction of the organization.
When he’s not working, Jeff enjoys traveling, cruising and hiking. He is a big Badger football fan and loves to watch and attend games whenever possible. You can also find him watching British television crime dramas on BritBox and Acorn.
Lori is a proud JA Alumna, having participated in JA programming when she was a high school student in Wausau, WI. In college she earned her degree in Economics and Finance, and also became a firm believer that making good decisions with the resources available gives everyone the personal power to own their happiness and success.
Because of her exposure to JA as a student, Lori joined the organization right out of college. She believed in the program and mission, and at the time, she simply thought it would be a great stepping stone to gain professional experience. That little stone then led to over 30 years with JA, starting out as a Satellite Program Manager, she helped implement JA programming in new communities and then received multiple promotions to Regional Director, Operations Director and VP of IS, IT and BI.
Today, she continues to serve as VP of Enterprise Services where she focuses on business intelligence, process improvement, and systems efficiency to contribute to organizational peak performance. She finds joy in providing the logical interpretation, strategic development counsel and building bridges between legacy and innovative ideas to strengthen engagement and drive decision-making.
Family is at Lori’s core and any gathering turns into a fun adventure. She loves to travel and has already crossed the lower 48 states off her list (Alaska is up next) as well as England, Scotland and Paris. Her extensive hobbies ground her in creative expression and “make good choices, drink lots of water” is her personal advice.
For the past 25 years, Jenny has been lucky enough to serve the Greater Milwaukee Community as a development professional.
As Director of Philanthropy and Stewardship for Junior Achievement of SE WI, she serves as the principal fundraising officer and grants manager. She is responsible for overseeing, planning, and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program that secures the financial resources from individuals, foundations, corporations, and others to support the JA mission.
Jenny graduated from Marquette University with a degree in Business Economics and has her MBA in Nonprofit Management from Concordia Univesity WI. When she’s not working, you will find Jenny surrounded by her family -- husband Mike, daughter Zoe, and dog Lucy. They enjoy golfing, going to local sporting events, and watching reality TV.
After receiving her Business Management degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Mari’s professional career was largely spent in retail management and purchasing, followed by 12 years as a stay-at-home mother. In 2007, she decided it was time to join JA as an Elementary Program Manager, not only so she would be back in the workforce, but so she could also continue to be involved with her kids at their schools while helping other students in the area.
Over the last 14 years, Mari’s role with JA has evolved from Program Manager to Marketing & Development Manager and then Regional Director to Senior Regional Director where she now oversees 2 of the 4 JA regions across the state of Wisconsin.
As Senior Regional Director for both the North & West Central Region and the Southcentral Region, she works with staff across six area offices to oversee their operations, working closely with them to develop fundraising strategies, program strategies and regional events.
Mari is a long-time resident of the Wausau area where she resides with her husband. They have two sons, one who just graduated from college and another in his third year of medical school. In her free time, Mari likes to enjoy the great outdoors while spending time at the family cottage up north. Each year she travels to Anna Maria Island in Florida to “escape” the Wisconsin winters.
After college, Brooke worked in event planning, fundraising, and community outreach which eventually led her to working for a corporate JA supporter. Over her nine years with the firm, she worked in recruitment as well as marketing and professional development, facilitating firm-wide community outreach and philanthropy. It was there she was introduced to JA when she began coordinating volunteers for JA Day at Neeskara Elementary in the Milwaukee Public Schools.
During one JA Day, Brooke learned about a JA Program Manager position that entailed working with local companies to recruit and train volunteers to deliver Junior Achievement programming. Since she was already passionate about the JA mission to empower young people, she knew it was the perfect fit and she joined the organization in 2015.
Today, Brooke is the Regional Director of Education Outreach for the Southeast Region of Wisconsin. She and her dedicated team work together to engage corporate, community and school partners across the Southeast Region, making connections to provide JA programming to students and show young people the many possibilities available for the future. She also manages the JA Capstone programs— JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park®.
Brooke is a very proud UW Oshkosh Titan alumna, serving on the UW Oshkosh Alumni Association Board since 2011, and currently serves as President of the Board. She and her husband love spending time in Door County, finding great restaurants, and hanging out with their rescue dog, Bess.
Jane has spent the majority of her career as a nonprofit professional with a strong background in administration, leadership and education. Her core personal and work values are centered on helping people to succeed and be their best selves which closely aligns with JA’s mission to inspire young people to succeed.
She joined JA in 2019 as Regional Director of the South Central Region of Wisconsin, where she works with JA partners across the region to make a measurable positive impact in young people’s lives and their local communities.
Outside of JA, you can find Jane exploring the natural wonders of the world and spending time outdoors gardening, bird watching, biking, canoeing and hiking. She also enjoys visiting museums and attending performing arts events.
After college, Adam sought to determine what he was passionate about and since then, he has been working for nonprofit organizations that fight cancer and others that help children, holding various fund development and leadership roles along the way.
It was his interest in business and entrepreneurship that brought Adam to JA in December of 2018, where he could pair those interests with an opportunity to work with kids and help them prepare for their futures.
As Regional Director for the Northeast Region of Wisconsin, Adam works with staff to raise funds and provide learning experiences for students across the region, and to keep JA’s mission at the forefront; to inspire and prepare young people to succeed.
Adam really loves the outdoors, especially running, biking, hiking, and U10 soccer with his family. When his mind needs a break, he enjoys watching movies and sporting events.
Susan’s career started in Television as a News Anchor and Reporter and from there she spent ten years working as a marketing professional for a healthcare software company. In August of 2008, Susan moved to Eau Claire, WI where she was introduced to a new job opportunity with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and knew it would be a great fit for her and her family.
Thirteen years later, Susan serves as Area Director for the Northwest and Coulee Areas where she oversees budgets, fundraising and staff to support the JA mission to empower young people.
In her free time, you can find Susan outside gardening, walking her dog, boating and downhill skiing. She enjoys watching her kids’ sporting events and taking part in food experiences, such as strawberry/blueberry picking and baking. She is also active with the Clear Water Kiwanis and Church.