Fit Oshkosh is committed to an ethnically- diverse Executive Board to provide governance and oversight.
Our current Board consists of professionals with a variety of expertise that includes background in education, community organizing, change management and finance, to name a few.
The Board meets on the third Thursday of each month at 36 Broad Street.
Angie Lee, Board Member, President Angie 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.
Darcy Pierson, Vice President Darcy joined Oshkosh Corporation in May 2018 as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to her role at Oshkosh, she served in a similar role at Associated Bank for the last five years. She is a board member at Fit Oshkosh and dedicated to expanding racial literacy in our workplaces and communities.
Amanda Heise, Board Secretary Amanda has lived in Oshkosh for most of her life. After graduating from UWO with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies she began her writing career and is currently in graduate school studying theology. Growing up in Oshkosh, Amanda has had a chance to see the growth that the city has experienced, but has also seen where growth is still greatly needed—particularly in making Oshkosh a place that is welcoming and safe for people of color. After joining Fit in 2017, she has been learning more about what needs to be done in her community and working to increase her own racial literacy. As part of the Fit board, she hopes to be able to help others do the same.
Christopher Washington, Board Member Christopher Washington is an Appleton resident and became intrigued with what Fit has to offer when he first met Tracey. He saw Fit as a way to reconnect with the community. “Fit Oshkosh is a good organization for me,” he said. “It appeals to the broader community, not just one group.” Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, he has lived and worked in the Fox Valley for more than seven years. For the past four years, he has been a consultant for small and medium-sized business in Northeast Wisconsin. He coaches and consults with the executive leaders of companies that are going through changes. His role is to help implement software or policy changes and help people during the disruption of corporate adjustments and the uncertainty of change. He enjoys working with executives and coaching a company’s leadership on how information technology works. He works with the people side of change and helps them work together to help them adopt and use change for business growth, profitability and success. He is an independent consultant and has his own company, CL Washington Organizational Change Management Solutions, LLC. He is also a member of a larger organization that does this work in the Madison and Milwaukee areas. His career takes him all over the Fox Valley. Most recently, he has worked with Johnson Controls, Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, Spectrum Brands and Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis.
Joe Wiedenmeier, Board Member Joe 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.
Tim Franz, Board Member Tim Franz joined the Fit Oshkosh Board of Directors in August 2018. “I believe the work of Fit Oshkosh is important because I see how, in society, we still are judging each other by race and not by our character,” Franz said. “There is work to be done to get us past this by having conversations that lead to understanding and appreciating each other.” Tim recently retired after 32 years with the Oshkosh Fire Department, including 18 years as chief. During his career, he served as a firefighter, paramedic and equipment operator. During his tenure with the department, he expanded training programs. Firefighters in Oshkosh now go through an eight-week training program and a year-long probationary period that includes further training. Franz has an associate degree from FVTC in the fire protection program and completed paramedic training there. He was named Fox Valley Technical College Alumnus of the Year in 2017. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire safety and engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He earned executive fire officer status from the National Fire Academy — the highest level of professional certification in firefighting. He served on FVTC’s fire protection program’s advisory committee for 15 years and was an adjunct instructor at FVTC.
Alicia Johnson, Board Member
Executive Board Committees
Tim Franz Angie Lee Kadihjia Kelly
Darcy Pierson Chris Washington
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