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Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Receives $733,000 from Funds and Foundations within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region

These Grants Will Support the Community First Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Center, a Partnership of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and Fox Valley Technical College

Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Junior Achievement of Wisconsin has received $733,000 in grants from funds and foundations within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region to support the Community First Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Center (“Center”), a partnership of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and Fox Valley Technical College.

These include: The David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund, Frank C. Shattuck Community Fund, The Boldt Company, Bright Idea Fund, William Siekman Junior Achievement Fund, Doug & Carla Salmon Foundation, Professional Plating, Inc. Charitable Fund (within the Brillion Family of Funds), and an anonymous fund.

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin with Fox Valley Technical College (“FVTC”) launched a $2,715,250 campaign in May 2018 to support the creation of the Community First Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Center located on the FVTC Appleton campus.

Michael Frohna, President of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin said, “The generosity of donors in Northeast Wisconsin is extraordinary. We are truly grateful for the vision and commitment of these donors who choose to charitably benefit our students through the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region.”

“From my perspective, the Center is not a win, not a double win, but an exponential win for this region - a worthy project for Northeast Wisconsin,” said Dr. Susan May, President and CEO of FVTC.

Cathie Tierney, President-CEO of Community First Credit Union, the Center’s lead investor said, “This is an investment in our children’s future for years to come. An investment that will ensure they will be better equipped to manage their money, experience budgeting in a safe environment, explore career options and see opportunities that entrepreneurship can hold.”

The Community First Career Exploration and Financial Literacy Center will open to the public in January 2020, with a goal of reaching more than 15,000 Northeast Wisconsin students each year. The Center is a “hands-on, minds-on” experiential learning facility, representing Northeast Wisconsin’s communities and economy. The Center’s programming will integrate FVTC’s Career Exploration program with Junior Achievement’s JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park® programs. Through classroom instruction, relevant hands-on activities, and active participation in this simulated economy, students develop a strong understanding of the relationship between what they learn in school and how it can be applied in the real world.

Junior Achievement Awards Scholarships to 18 Wisconsin Students

Over $25,000 in scholarships awarded to reduce college debt and support career preparation
Junior Achievement of Wisconsin today announced recipients of their 2018-2019 scholarships. Eighteen Wisconsin students were selected based on criteria of the specific fund awarded and included accomplishments in areas, such as academics, leadership, business, and community service or participation in Junior Achievement programs. 
Over $25,000 in scholarships were awarded to help students reduce college debt and to encourage entrepreneurism and career preparation. According to a recent Junior Achievement (JA) survey, 94% of teens plan to go to college, yet 71% of U.S. college graduates have student loan debt, according to The Institute for College Access & Success. 
“These scholarships continue Junior Achievement's mission of giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices,” said Michael Frohna, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.
High school students who received scholarships from the Junior Achievement Women’s Association are:
Rachel Anderson - DeForest
Samantha Delain - New Berlin
Dustin Eilers - Howards Grove
Lauren Eiselt - Windsor
KaFruit Her - Milwaukee
Madalyn McCabe - New Berlin
Ana Rank - Appleton
Nathaniel Russell - Menomonee Falls
YoYo Vue - Milwaukee
Ean Weber - Muskego
PaChai Yang - Milwaukee
The recipient of the Junior Achievement Women’s Association college scholarship was Preston Krautkramer of Marathon, Wisconsin.
The Friend of JA scholarships were provided to Chai Her of Milwaukee, Kiersten Larson of Fall Creek, and Mason Lawrenz of Appleton.
Junior Achievement’s Maria Schreyer Memorial scholarships went to Milwaukee Public Schools students: Angelina Herr, MaLee Lor, and Cartoon Vue.

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Announces New Board Members

Ten Milwaukee area businesses represented on Junior Achievement Board of Directors

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin today announced the appointment of ten new members to the 2018-2019 Board of Directors.

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin's Board of Directors is comprised of executives, business, and community leaders who represent the diverse aspects of the state’s economy. The members’ wide range of backgrounds and professional expertise provide a powerful and committed team that has a hands-on approach to positioning Junior Achievement (JA) as a leader in economic and career education.

“Our board of directors’ offers visionary and strategic leadership to forward Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s mission of offering exceptional work and career readiness programs, entrepreneurship opportunities, and financial literacy education for our young people,” said Michael Frohna, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.

The new members of the Junior Achievement of Wisconsin Board of Directors include:

Katrice M. Cotton, Ed.D., serves as chief school administration officer for Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Dr. Cotton started as a teacher in MPS and worked at John Audubon Middle School where she would also serve as an assistant principal and principal. She has served as a district administrator in various capacities. Dr. Cotton received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and has two master’s degrees; one in curriculum and instruction from National Louis University and one from Marian University in educational leadership. She received a doctorate in education from National Louis University.

Stephen M. Cramer is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Equix, Inc. located in Fond du Lac. Previously, he held roles as the chief financial officer for Brunswick Bowling and Billiards, Mercury Marine, Bemis Manufacturing and Alliance Laundry Systems. Steve is a CPA in the State of Wisconsin and holds undergraduate degrees in accounting and business administration from Mount Saint Clare College, and a master’s of business administration degree from Loyola University Chicago. Cramer serves on the Board of Directors of the Fond du Lac Area Foundation and has served in the past with the Red Cross of Wisconsin, Boy Scouts of America Bay Lakes Council, Fond du Lac Association of Commerce, Lutheran Homes and Health Services, and the Fond du Lac Economic Development Corporation.

Thomas L. Doerr, Jr., serves as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Manitowoc Company, Inc. He previously was general counsel and secretary and also vice president of Jason Industries, Inc. Prior to Jason Industries, he served as associate general counsel for The Manitowoc Company, Inc., where he was responsible for overseeing the legal matters for Manitowoc's crane segment. He joined Manitowoc as legal counsel, and then expatriated to London, England and eventually to Lyon, France where he served as assistant general counsel - international and responsible for all legal matters for both Manitowoc's crane segment and Manitowoc's foodservice segment in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. He later moved back to the United States and assumed global legal responsibility for Manitowoc's crane segment. Prior to joining Manitowoc, he was with the law firm von Briesen & Roper, s.c. in the firm's Milwaukee office. Doerr is a graduate of Marquette University Law School and the University of St. Thomas.

April Dunn is the senior vice president, chief marketing officer of ManpowerGroup where she is responsible for the global marketing and positioning of Manpower, Experis, Right Management and ManpowerGroup Solutions. Prior to ManpowerGroup, Dunn spent over twenty years at GE progressing to leadership roles in global marketing and strategy with her most recent role as CMO of global services for GE Healthcare. Dunn holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and an undergraduate degree in engineering from Queen’s University in Canada. She currently serves on the board of the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and recently was on the board of the Metro Milwaukee chapter of the American Heart Association.

Patrick Goris is the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Rockwell Automation. Prior to his current role, Goris was vice president, investor relations and vice president, finance of the architecture and software segment. He has held many roles of increasing responsibility within finance which include: vice president, finance for corporate financial planning & analysis and finance leadership for Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Asia and Canada. Prior to joining Rockwell, Patrick worked with Graphic Packaging International for 10 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from European University, Brussels, Belgium. He also has an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, Georgia.

John Haynes III serves as director of corporate HR for Johnson Controls International and business partner to C-suite leaders. In his previous position with Johnson Controls, he served as a center of excellence leader for organizational development and steering committee member for African American Business Resource Group. Previously, Haynes was vice president of human resources for GridPoint, Inc., an Energy Management company and vice president of human resources for TruGreen LandCare. Haynes also serves as a leadership coach and has served as a career advisor for presidential appointees and leaders of the Obama administration. He was a board member and vice chair for the Ryan Odelle Mance Memorial Scholarship Foundation and manager for their leadership mentoring program and is a member of the Corporate Advisory Board for the Sustained Dialogue Institute. Haynes holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Old Dominion University and resides in the Mequon area.

Tom Iannacone is an assurance partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers with clients in various sectors, including oil and gas services, telecommunications, software, steel, aerospace, chemicals and automotive. As lead engagement partner for several multinationals, he has travelled extensively, working with various offices within the PwC global network. His experiences in Asia Pacific in connection with two separate tours also provided him with the opportunity to develop strong relationships with partners outside of the United States. He has served as US risk management partner and as the quality review partner on numerous public companies. He also is a former member of the Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas Board of Directors, Houston Food Bank finance committee, The Menil Collection audit committee, New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants Board serving as vice president and trustee, Scholar's Institute Advisory Board scholarship fund committee, Commerce & Industry Association of NJ Board, and United States Council for International Business executive and finance committees.

Timothy Ploetz, CTP® , AAP® , is the senior vice president, private banking managing director for U.S. Bank - Private Wealth Management in Milwaukee. Ploetz brings many years of experience in the financial services industry, specializing in wealth management, middle/large commercial markets, commercial lending and deposit and payment system solutions. He previously served on the Board of Directors of March of Dimes’ Minnesota region and continues his membership on the Waukesha/Ozaukee/Washington Counties - Workforce Development Board. Ploetz obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and his master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

James Quinlan is the senior vice president, regional managing director for Wells Fargo Wealth Management in Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Prior to this role, he served as senior vice president, market leader – regional private banking manager for these Midwest states. He also was community bank president for numerous areas of Wells Fargo Bank in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He also held sales and marketing and retail product management positions for the financial institution. He received his bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Creighton University and his master of business administration (MBA) in banking, corporate, finance, and securities law from University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management.

Holly L. Reilly, MBA, FACHE, is the vice president of human resource operations for the Froedtert Health & Medical College of Wisconsin in eastern Wisconsin. Reilly has over 25 years of leadership guiding human resource initiatives of major healthcare enterprises, such as University Hospitals of Cleveland, The Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Health System, and Froedtert Health and Medical College of Wisconsin. Reilly has been a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) since 2006 and holds an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. She has served as president and president-elect for the Maryland Healthcare Human Resources Association; co-chair of Cleveland Regional Workforce Investment Board for the Healthcare Sector; and as a board member for Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation, Greater Cleveland Hospital Association, and the French American Chamber of Commerce in Cleveland. 

Welcome to the 2018-19 board members!

View a complete list of the JA of Wisconsin Board of Directors

Kohl’s Donates $1 Million to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin

This morning Kohl's announced a $1 Million donation to Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, funding that will help more than 70, 000 students.

Kohl's senior vice president Jen Johnson aptly states, “Kohl’s is honored to continue our partnership with Junior Achievement of Wisconsin to help local students discover, learn and grow their business and financial knowledge through experiential learning.” 

Study reveals many teens worry about financial independence

Today's TMJ4​  in Milwaukee shared the Junior Achievement and Citizens Bank study regarding teens and personal finance. 
As news anchor Vince Vitrano states about teens and finance, "These are skills that are taught, not innate, and someone has to teach them these skills."  That's where Junior Achievement comes in.
Teens worry about financial independence
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