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Opening the Door to Education

Board of Directors

Officers

Dave Beach - President

Four years after completing my Ph. D .in Child Psychology, I joined the UW-Parkside faculty in 1972 and retired thirty-five years later in 2007.  My involvement with Racine Literacy Council reflects and embodies my life-long commitment to social justice.  I joined the Board of Directors in October, 2014 and became President in July, 2016.  Although my wife Carmen and I were only about seven blocks apart in the Bronx as children, we didn’t meet until 1993 here in Racine. 

Mary Biesack - Treasurer

Education & Employment – MBA from UW-Parkside and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  Employed at Johnson Outdoors Inc. as a Senior Tax Analyst

Committees – Finance, Program and Personnel.

Personal – Lifelong Racine resident and my hobby is reading.

Anna Samson - Secretary

Received her MA in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology at the University of New Haven in 2009. She moved to Wisconsin in 2013 and is currently working at CREE. She also is a Tupperware consultant and enjoys getting out and meeting people at her parties. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at RLC as the Secretary and is part of the Personnel and Fund Development Committees. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and loves reading. 

Board of Directors 

Atif Taj

Atif Taj has an undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a graduate degree from University of Wisconsin Madison.  He works at Johnson Outdoors as a Senior Analyst.  He has been associated with Racine Literacy Council since 2016 and serves in two committees: Finance Committee, Governance and Nomination Committee.  He is new father of 10 months old boy and his present activities revolve around him. 

Chad Arents

Chad is a 2002 Cum Laude University of Wisconsin Parkside graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Starting work at Image Management in 2003 as a Graphic Designer, Chad transitioned to the role of account executive for website development in 2009. Chad is a movie buff and can be found at Miller Park or Lambeau Field if not at the office or attending Racine Literacy Council Board Meetings.

DeBorAh​ Wiltsey

DeBorAh Wiltsey has continuously served on various boards since 1980, in positions from committee chair to president, to executive director. She enjoys sharing her time and talents with causes that are near and dear to her heart. An Oshkosh native, De moved to Racine in 1987 and owned and operated Camera Masters Portrait Studio for 25 years. In 2008, De accepted a position at S. C. Johnson & Son and is currently the Executive Assistant in SCJ's IT department. In her spare time, De enjoys glass fusing, traveling, gardening and cheering on the Packers.

Fawn Funderburg

Fawn Funderburg has been a Racine Literacy Council board member since 2015. She is a native Chicagoan who has been married for 25 years to Wendell, the love of her life as well as the proud parent of Wendell II. Fawn is employed by Gateway Technical College as the lead instructor in the Adult Education Center at Racine Workforce Solutions. She is also the CEO and founder of SAVVY School of Character and Personal Development. SAVVY provides training for youth and teens and is a Racine Unified School District contract provider for the after school program. Fawn enjoys spending time with friends and family, shopping, and cooking.

 

Rosie Maple

Rosie Maple is a long time resident of Mount Pleasant, Wi where she worked for the Johnson Wax family of companies for over 20 years. Rosie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Communications from Alverno College and went on to receive a Master of Science in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University where she served as an adjunct faculty member for six years. Her passion for education and concern for her community led her to become a Board Member. Her hobbies include decorating, reading and spending time with her family.

Tom Determan

My background consists of an Accounting Degree from the University of South Dakota and Master of Management from Cardinal Stritch University. I have also been a licensed Certified Public Accountant since 1975 and been married for 45 years to Sandra, my best friend. Presently a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Hobbies are reading, especially historical books at the present, gardening and odd jobs around the house.

Eric Hopkins

Eric L. Hopkins is an educator currently engaged in doctoral studies at National Louis. Previously he earned a BA in Political Science at Marquette University, and Masters in School Administration at Carthage College. Eric has been a RLC Board Member since 2014. He enjoys singing in his free time, and spending time with his wife and 3 kids.