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Opening the Door to Education

Board of Directors


Eric Markusen - President

Born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin. Graduated from Marquette University Law School. Practice is focused on business and creditor/debtor law, tax law and litigation issues.  Eric serves as the Racine County Bar Association Board of Governors as its Treasurer and Treasurer of the Racine/Kenosha Tax and Accounting Professionals. Eric is admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court and the Wisconsin Tax Appeals Commission.


Chad Arents Vice-President

Chad is a 2002 Cum Laude University of Wisconsin Parkside graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He is employeed at Image Management as an account executive for website development. Chad is a movie buff and can be found at Miller Park or Lambeau Field if not at the office.


Mary Biesack - Treasurer

Education & Employment – MBA from UW-Parkside and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Committees – Finance, Program and Personnel.
Personal – Lifelong Racine resident and my hobby is reading.


DeBorah​ Wiltsey- Secretary

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.


Board of Directors 

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.


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.


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.  


Jane Nikolai

Jane graduated Magna Cum Laude from Carthage College with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a Master’s Degree in School Business Administration.  She is a Certified Public Accountant.  Jane is the Racine County Treasurer.  Also, she serves as a board member for several local organizations. She is a member and Past-President of the Kiwanis Club of West Racine.  She is proud to serve as the volunteer treasurer for the Empty Bowls fundraiser.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family and friends.


Nancy Margis

Nancy Margis has built her career around literacy and is a lifelong Racine resident.  She is currently an elementary educator in the Racine Unified School District.  She received a bachelor’s degree in education form The University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, and later earned her master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.  The third generation educator was honored by Phi Delta Kappa as an Outstanding Educator and was named an Encore award winner by RUSD. Nancy believes that the Racine Literacy Council serves a real need in Racine and proud to help with their mission. In her free time, Nancy enjoys reading, singing, traveling and spending time with her family.




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.