BOARD SECRETARY Karen Bowen has been involved with civil rights and diversity issues since high school. Here in Oshkosh, she was one of the founding members of the Human Relations Council, and has been working on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration for over 15 years. Karen was on the Oshkosh Area School District school board for 12 years and has also served on the United Way board and a variety of other boards. She has volunteered for the public schools, First Congregational Church, and served on many committees and other activities during 34 years of employment at UW Oshkosh. There she taught for the Reading Study Center and the Department of Human Services, served as executive assistant to the chancellor, affirmative action officer, academic advisor, and assistant dean in the College of Letters and Science. "Fit Oshkosh has the power to revolutionize Oshkosh and the Fox Valley, and I want to be part of that revolution. "
BOARD MEMBER Angie Lee grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago, then lived in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois for seventeen years where she attended college, graduate school, and started her first teaching position as a special educator. She has since taught grades kindergarten to eighth in various schools, both as a cross categorical teacher and as a bilingual literacy interventionist. It was in these teaching experiences where she began to truly understand the impact of racism, white privilege, and inequity in education. She moved to Oshkosh, Wisconsin in the summer of 2015 when her husband, Jeremiah, was offered a position at the university as a sociology professor. Angie experienced somewhat of a culture shock upon moving here, having lived in very diverse communities for almost the entirety of her life. She also experienced interactions of both explicit and implicit racism from people in the community and her colleagues. She decided to get involved with Fit Oshkosh in the fall of 2017 because her beliefs strongly align with the organization's mission and she feels passionate about improving the racial climate of her community, especially for her biracial children. Angie hopes her background and unique experiences as a person of color will serve as a bridge in conversations and events in the community.
BOARD PRESIDENT Joe Wiedenmeier is a long-time resident of Oshkosh. He is married to Mary and has 2 adult sons, Brian & Ross. For 12 years he owned and operated a graphic arts and audio-visual production company. After selling the business, he worked 7 years as a computer technician for the Oshkosh Area School District and then 14 years as the IT Director for Lourdes Academy Schools in Oshkosh. He retired in 2016. He has a Bachelors Degree in Speech - Radio-TV-Film from UW-Oshkosh and is also the President of the Friends of Oshkosh Community Media. Joe has been active in social justice organizations and was one of the founding members of PFLAG of the Greater Oshkosh Area, working with Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual, and Transgender citizens and their Allies for equal rights and freedoms. He is a member of First Congregational Church in Oshkosh.
BOARD MEMBER Chris Washington is originally from Phoenix, AZ and has lived and worked in the Fox Valley for more than 7 years. The last four years Chris has been doing Change consulting work in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. Most recently serving large companies such as Johnson Controls, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, Spectrum Brands and Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis. Chris joined Change Management Communications Center, LLC in September 2017. Chris also owns CL Washington Organizational Change Management Solutions, LLC. He enjoys working in the C-suite and coaching leadership on how the technical side and the people side of change work together to help achieve greater adoption and utilization for business growth, profitability, and success. Chris has just recently become a member of the Fit Oshkosh Board as December 2017.
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