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Brittni Lessuise - President
Brittni Lessuise was born and raised in Green Bay and graduated from UW-Green Bay with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has been in the banking industry for 9 years and is currently a Private Banker for Nicolet National Bank. Brittni is an active member in the community where she volunteers at House of Hope and she currently serves as the President of the board for the Howe Community Resource Center. With small children of her own, Brittni has a passion to keep children in the Brown County community safe, happy and healthy.
Monica Moe - Vice-President
Monica is the current Director of the St. Norbert Fund, at St. Norbert College. Within this role, Monica secures funding for student financial aid. Previously, she spent 4 years employed as the Development Director at YWCA of Greater Green Bay. There she managed all aspects of fund development for the organization. Monica was a 2014 Leadership Green Bay graduate as well as a 2014 Future 15 Recipient. During her time in Leadership Green Bay, she partnered with a group of area community leaders to create a community garden in the Olde North Neighborhood. Monica is also a Volunteer Advocate for CASA of Brown County. Where she acts as the voice for an abused or neglected child in the courtroom. Monica resides in De Pere, WI, where she enjoys spending time with her two German Shepherds: Delilah and Sherman.
Joel Steber - Treasurer
Joel Steber, CPA, MBA joined Bank First National in March 2012 as Vice President, Business Banking. Joel has over 10 years of banking experience. Prior to banking, Joel was a Senior Manager for a Regional CPA firm for over 13 years. Joel holds both his MBA and bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement and as Treasurer for the Howe Community Resource Center.
Faith Hill - Secretary
Faith joined the Board in spring of 2016. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and has been a Green Bay/De Pere resident for the last 13 years. Faith works for PAi in De Pere, as the Project Development Leader, and was a graduate of the 2016 Class of Leadership Green Bay. Faith’s commitment to HCRC stems from a desire to help give children in our community the support and opportunities they need to become engaged and successful adults in the future.
Paul Hannemann - Board Member
My name is Paul Hannemann started serving on the board in October of 2010. In October of 2012 I moved into the position of vice president. Finally, I began serving as the board president In October of 2013 and held the position to 2016. In my professional life I am an elementary teacher at Howe Elementary. I started teaching in the fall of 1996. My first three years were in special education at Aldo Leopold. I moved to a regular classroom at Howe Elementary in the fall of 1999. Howe is a wonderful school with a diverse and rich culture. It is a fun, challenging, and rewarding place to teach. What draws me to both Howe Elementary and the Howe Community Resource Center is the chance to be actively involved in the community in which I live. I feel strongly that the strength and health of a community is built from the people and families that live there. To keep a community strong it is important that we are all involved and work together to make a positive difference in the world around us.
John Ravizza - Board Member
Dr. John Ravizza is a native of San Jose, California. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University. He received his teacher certification in secondary education from the University of San Diego and a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Boston College. In 2010, he received a Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. John has experience teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He is currently the Principal at Notre Dame Academy-- a Catholic high school in Green Bay. In this position, he seeks to work with students, parents, teachers, staff and administrators to develop an educational community that is informed by gospel values and that meets the needs of all students. Prior to working to Notre Dame, he spent five years working in the Teacher Education program at St. Norbert College, including one year as the Interim Director of the Center for Adaptive Education and Assistive Technology. John's wife, Dr. Bridget Burke Ravizza, is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at St. Norbert College. John, Bridget and their three children are members of St. Norbert College Parish in De Pere. John joined the HCRC Board in 2013.
Vanya Koepke - Board Member
Vanya was adopted from Tomsk, Russia at the age of 10. He is second oldest of eight children. Vanya grew-up in West Bend, WI. Vanya received his Associate degree in 2013 from UW-Washington County, where Vanya served as Student Government President and campus representative to the UW-System. In 2015 Vanya graduated from UW-Green Bay with his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Political Science. Currently, Vanya lives on the east side of Green Bay. He works as an account executive for Team Apparel and Specialties, Inc. He serves as an ambassador for the Current Young Professionals of Green Bay. He is also serves on the mission advisory board of the Salvation Army. Vanya is committed to serving and furthering the mission of the Howe Community Resource Center out of a desire to give back; a passion that was instilled in him through the example of his parents.
Katie Turkiewicz – Board Member
Katie joined the HCRC board in fall of 2016. Katie grew up in Green Bay and recently moved back to the area from Milwaukee to take a position as an Assistant Professor of Communication at UWGB. Katie’s research and teaching emphasis is health communication. Katie received her MA and Ph.D. In Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Katie’s involvement and interest in the HCRC comes from a strong belief in providing health and social support services to young children and their families. Prior to moving to Green Bay, Katie was involved with the Ozaukee County Adult Literacy Center as a tutor. Katie resides in De Pere, WI with her husband Kevin and their son Ben.
Georgette Van Den Heuvel - Board Member
Georgette VanDenHeuvel became a board member in Fall of 2016. She was born and raised in the Green Bay area, and is the parent of both Howe and East High School students. Georgette is an active volunteer with Howe students for Junior Achievement and is currently a Brownie/Daisy Girl Scout Leader for Howe. Georgette is also a Girls Scout Service Team Member in the Green Bay Metro Area.
Amy Kallioninen - Howe Principal
I was born and raised in Negaunee Michigan. I received my undergraduate degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from Northern Michigan Universtiy. I received my first master's degree from Universtiy of Wisconsin Oshkosh in Special Education and my second master's degree in Administrative Leadership. I moved to Green Bay in 2003. This is my 15th year in education. This is my first full year as the proud Principal of Howe Elementary. I have been the interim principal and associate principal at Howe for the past three years. I was formerly the Dean of Students at Dickinson Elementary for 3 years and a special educator at Green Bay East High School for 8 years. My mission is to support students and families to have the best possible educational experience. I am a passionate advocate for students and I believe that education is the key to the success of our communities. I am married to my husband Jesse and I have 3 children. My son Jacob is 10, my daughter Brynn is 7 and my youngest daughter Kaitlyn is 5. I love to read, be active, and spend time with my friends and family.
Bill Hinkfuss-Board Member
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Kristin Phillip-Board Member
Kristin has been a Board member since Spring of 2017. She has been a resident and neighbor in the Astor park Neighborhood for the past 21 years. After working for the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce 15 years, Kristin was able become a full time mother and community volunteer. Kristin has volunteered with many Green Bay organizations, such as the Salvation Army, Brown County Library, Board of Director for Literacy Green Bay, Evergreen Theater and Unity Hospice (with her Therapy Dog Mabel). Kristin is currently a substitute for the Green Bay area school system and mother to two children who are a part of the GBAPS school system.
Nicole Collar-Board Member
Nicole joined the Howe Community Resource Center Board in September 2018. She graduated from UWGB with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources. Nicole is a Human Resources Manager at Associated Bank where she has worked since 2006. Nicole’s volunteer interests are with organizations focused on empowering and supporting families. She likes to spend her free time with family and friends and enjoys camping, reading, and traveling.
Mickell Harris-Board Member
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Jessica Reed-Board Member
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Heather Milbach-Board Member
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