Meet our Board of Directors

Kara Bzdusek

Tim Cigelske
Tim is Social Media Director at Marquette University and an adjunct professor teaching social media analytics and measurement, media writing and the honors seminar The Art and Science of Creativity. His daughter, Clara, attends Cumberland Elementary and his son, Xavier, will attend 4K in the fall. His wife, Jess, is a realtor with Shorewest.

Ana Conant

Samantha Cruz
Sam Cruz had the great fortune of teaching Cumberland students about music since 2003 and runs the Cumberland Student Council. She lives in WFB with her husband and young son who will be a Blue Duke one day! Sam is grateful to the WFB Education Foundation for supporting so many programs in place in our schools, including bringing ukuleles to the elementary level.

William Durkin

Tammy Herpel

Demaris Kenwood - Vice-President
Demaris has taught French at Whitefish Bay Middle School since 2008 and worked with the MS Green Team since 2010.  She loves exploring the world through world languages with students. She lives in Whitefish Bay with her husband and has two daughters who attended WFB schools. She is grateful to the foundation for supporting so many initiatives that make WFB schools great such as starting the Middle School Compost Program!

Laura Koski - Secretary

Ginger Lazovik

Carrie Osswald

Catherine Mattke
Catherine has a long family and personal history in the local education community. After graduating from Shorewood High School, she attended UW-Madison and studied Elementary Education. She taught sixth grade for 11 years at Lake Bluff elementary school in Shorewood, following in the footsteps of her mother, who taught in the Whitefish Bay School District for more than 30 years. Currently, Catherine has two children at Cumberland School, where she also runs the school book fairs and organizes the yearbook.

Jim Phillips - President
Jim has served on the Foundation Board since 2010, initially as a representative from the Whitefish Bay School Board during his 9 years as a Board member of the District.  Jim has been a resident of Whitefish Bay for over 35 years, and all three of his children attended Cumberland School, WFB Middle School and WFB High School. Jim is an attorney practicing tax and business law at Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Kathleen Reid

Angela Romersi

Russ Sagmoen
Russ Sagmoen joined the Foundation Board in 2018. Russ and his wife, Emily, have been residents of Whitefish Bay for over 10 years and have three children. His background is in commercial real estate and he is heavily involved with music in the area serving on the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Forte Leadership Board. He looks forward to working with the board to maintain what prior board members have created and increase awareness of the foundation in the community.

Curt Smith

Carleen Sook - Treasurer
Carleen has served on the Board since 2012. She is the current Treasurer for the Foundation.  She and her husband have two girls within the school system and have lived in Whitefish Bay for more than 15 years. Carleen has served the community on many committees including Richards PTO, Bay Ball, and the Middle School Christmas Bazaar.  As a result of working on the Foundation’s biggest fundraiser, Bay Ball 2010, Carleen wanted to learn more about the Foundation. She is currently working with the chairs of the Run The Bay 5K/10K Walk/Run to make it an even bigger success.  She looks forward to working with the board to increase awareness of the Foundation and its mission within the community.
Igor Stevic

Elissa Suechting

Jackie Thompson
Jackie has served on the Whitefish Bay Public Education Foundation since 1992 and is a member of the original Educational Foundation steering committee.  Jackie continues to lend historical perspective to the Board. She has headed the Nuss Grant committee, Whitefish Bay Spirit afghan sales, and Run the Bay. Both of her daughters attended Lydell, Richards, WFB Middle School, and WFB High School.

Jessica Wintheiser

Anne Kearney