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Tracy Loken Weber

Tracy Loken Weber
President and Executive Director

Tracy Loken Weber is Milwaukee Achiever's Executive Director and President of its Board of Directors. She is an educator by trade, who throughout her career has traversed sectors, bringing exceptional educational practices to K-12 and nonprofits alike. Tracy began her career in the K-12 sector, where she provided strategic implementation of technology integration, curriculum and instruction best practices in the schools. Throughout her career, Tracy has been an influential speaker on the topics of technology integration, adult literacy and workforce development. Her paper Technology in Adult Education was published by Pearson National Evaluation Systems and is on file with the Library of Congress. She has a bachelor'€™s degree in education from Bemidji State University and a master'€™s degree in curriculum instruction and design and technology from Bemidji State University. Tracy also holds a Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the UWM School of Continuing Education and the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management. She currently serves on the boards of Wisconsin Literacy, Executive Women International, Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers, and has also served on multiple other nonprofit boards and advisory committees. In 2012, Tracy was recognized as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal'€™s Forty Under 40 recipients and in 2013, she was inducted into the Professional Education Hall of Fame at Bemidji State University.

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414-463-8820

Jeri Jende

Jeri Jende
Development Coordinator

Jeri Jende joined the Milwaukee Achiever team in 2011, and has worked in philanthropy for 16 years. Jeri is responsible for donor development, grant writing, special events, communication, and marketing efforts. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the UWM School of Continuing Education and the Helen Bader Institute for Nonprofit Management. Jeri also enjoys photography and is often seen with a camera in her hands taking pictures of Milwaukee Achiever learners and tutors. Prior to working in the nonprofit arena, she worked in healthcare as a Medical Technologist.

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Phone:
414-463-8822

Tammy Knutson

Tammy Knutson
Accountant

Tammy is responsible for all day-to-day accounting functions including preparation of monthly adjusting entries and financial statements. Additionally, she oversees all human resource related activities. Prior to working for Milwaukee Achiever, Tammy worked for other small businesses in the Milwaukee area. Tammy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Ottawa University and is an active member of the Institute of Management Accountants and is a Certified Management Accountant.

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Phone:
414-755-3903

Ger Lor

Ger Lor
IT Operations

Ger was born in Laos and raised in Ban Vinai refugee camp in Thailand. He and his family migrated to the United States in 1992. Ger has been with Milwaukee Achiever since 2002 serving as an IT Support Specialist where he manages the organization'€™s computer network and supports all technology-related issues as well as website maintenance. Ger holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is also CompTIA certified from TechSkills in A+, Network+, and MCP. In his downtime away from work, he enjoys spending time with his family and working around the house.

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Phone:
414-755-3908

Holly McCoy

Holly McCoy
Silver Spring Center Coordinator

Holly McCoy is the Silver Spring Center Program Coordinator. She manages the daily operations for the Center (GED, MATC classes, English Language Learning, Computer skills, and Adult Basic Education) serving approximately 220 adult learners weekly. She also coordinates the Mount Mary College in the Community program and the Warehouse Worker Certificate program, as well as trains new volunteer tutors. Holly helps foster community partnerships through her outreach efforts, and frequently speaks on adult literacy issues and the adult literacy services available within Milwaukee. Holly graduated from Alverno College with her BA in English and Secondary Education, and is currently pursuing her MA in Adult Education and Organizational Development. Holly serves on several community committees related to adult literacy and workforce development, is a Literacy Coalition of Southeastern Wisconsin board member, and volunteers as the Weekend College Orientation Leader and external assessor for Alverno College.

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Phone:
414-308-1102

Kathy Kreie

Kathy Kreie, OSF
Silver Spring Center Assistant Coordinator

Sr. Kathy Kreie, OSF has been with Milwaukee Achiever for 3 years. She is the assistant coordinator at the Silver Spring location. Her duties included registration and testing of new learners, matching tutors and learners, and setting the curriculum and learning program for the learners. She has been a Sister of St. Francis of Assisi for 20 years and has a Masters Degree in Religious Studies as well as teacher certification. She is currently attending Cardinal Stritch University to get her Masters Degree in English as a Second Language and Reading Specialist.

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Phone:
414-755-3245

Aaron Goyette

Aaron Goyette
Layton Center Coordinator

Aaron is the Scott Center Coordinator, overseeing the ELL, ABE, GED, Computer and Bilingual Medical Interpreter programs conducted out of the Layton Center location. A Milwaukee native and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he joined Milwaukee Achiever in 2010 after nine years of teaching high school English language learners in Japan and the Milwaukee area. Starting as an instructor and coordinator at a Milwaukee Achiever-contracted learning lab, Aaron moved into his current role in September 2012 and continues to provide support for tutors and learners seeking to improve themselves and their communities through education. When he is not at Layton Center, Aaron can be found spending time with his family, visiting museums, going to Brewers games and pursuing his interests in cinema and philately.

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Phone:
414-755-1995

Laura Kiskunas

Laura Kiskunas
Layton Center Assistant Coordinator

Laura Kiskunas works in conjunction with Aaron Goyette to facilitate daily operations at the Layton Center. She primarily handles scheduling, prepares lesson plans, and manages student records. Prior to joining Milwaukee Achiever, Laura was an intern with the Literacy Network in Madison, Wisconsin, where she facilitated a small group of tutors and English language learners. She has also served as a volunteer tutor with the Rock County Literacy Connection, both in English language and basic computer skills tutoring. Laura has a bachelor'€™s degree in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she studied French, Japanese, Spanish, and Martial Arts.

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Phone: 414-755-3243

Sue Sterling

Sue Sterling
Substitute

Sue Sterling is a substitute teacher for Milwaukee Achiever. She has been with Milwaukee Achiever for nine years and has served as a GED Learning Lab instructor and coordinator. She holds a Masters degree in Educational Computing from Cardinal Stritch University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-€“Madison. She is a certified teacher. Prior to joining Milwaukee Achiever, Sue taught in private and public schools and was a human resources supervisor for a Wisconsin corporation. During her free time she enjoys gardening and working on her blog (www.pleasingpanorama.wordpress.com).

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Carol Josten

Carol Josten
MPS Parent Resource Center Learning Lab Coordinator/Instructor at North Division High School

Carol Josten began with Milwaukee Achiever as a volunteer tutor. As a staff member, she has served as an instructor for GED, ABE, and ELL learners. She now is the coordinator and instructor in the Community Learning Center at North Division High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Certificate in Urban Studies from Indiana University, a Master of Arts in Education from Mount Mary College, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

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Brooke Haley

Brooke Haley
MATC ELL/ESL Instructor, Layton Center

Brooke Haley is an MATC instructor contracted to work at Milwaukee Achiever as part of the Community Based Organization partnership. Brooke has been working part-time at Milwaukee Achiever in this capacity since 2007 and strongly believes in promoting success and empowerment through learning to those in the Milwaukee community. Brooke is also a full-time Adjunct Associate Professor of ESL at Marquette University and holds a Master of Arts in Foreign Language and Literature from UW-Milwaukee. When Brooke isn'€™t working, she enjoys traveling, planning trips, and cooking with her children.

Christie Carter

Christie Carter
MATC ELL/ESL Instructor, Layton Center

Christie Carter is an ESL/ELL instructor at Milwaukee Achiever'€™s Layton Center. She has worked with learners at all levels of language acquisition, both 6 – 12 and adults. Christie loves the challenge each day brings and helping students where they are and guiding them to where they want to be! Christie spent 5 years providing workforce-readiness instruction to employees of local Milwaukee area businesses for Milwaukee Achiever before joining the mini lab partnership with MATC. Christie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a bachelor'€™s degree in secondary English education with a minor in English as a Second Language. Prior to working at Milwaukee Achiever, Christie was an ESL teacher for the Whitnall School District. When Christie isn'€™t teaching she enjoys reading, crafting, spending time with her friends and family and skiing.

Julie Kerr-Nicholson

Julie Kerr-Nicholson
MATC ABE/ASE/GED Instructor, Silver Spring Center

The mini-lab at Milwaukee Achiever Silver Spring Center operates three days a week to assist learners in improving their academic skills and preparing them to take the GED tests. Julie assesses learners'€™ reading, math, and language levels and then sets them up with computer software and other appropriate curriculum to help them achieve their goals. Julie graduated from Carroll College with a bachelor'€™s degree in psychology and secondary education, then later earned a master’s degree in Special Education from Cardinal Stritch University. Prior to working at Milwaukee Achiever, Julie taught in the adult learning center at Goodwill Industries for 4 years, and full time with at-risk and special education high school students for 13 years.

 
 

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