Mary Borsecnik has been a resident of Oshkosh for nearly 25 years. She has participated in a number of FIT Oshkosh events, including several Color Brave community book reads. In addition to reading, her interests include sports and fitness, watching foreign films and gardening. With a professional background in marketing and communications, Mary is looking forward to contributing to the mission of Fit Oshkosh.
Sharon Bowen is a retired teacher and school counselor of 31 years, has a B.S. in elementary education and master's in school counseling (K-8) and higher education counseling. Her last 23 years were with the Appleton Area School District at Houdini, Madison, and Columbus. She has volunteered for Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities since 2004, serving as co-chair of the Board, board member, Education and Outreach committee member, and coordinator of and facilitator trainer for the Community Conversations program. I volunteer for Fit Oshkosh when I have time because we have an overlap in our missions for the two organizations, CDFC and Fit Oshkosh. There is much work to be done in our community and world and I am glad to be a small part of it.
Terrace Davis is a major in Human Services and a Minor in Sociology and Coaching at the University of Wisconsin. He chose to intern at Fit Oshkosh because he knows Racial Literacy work is past due in Oshkosh.
Chris Dempsey is from Oshkosh. She is a retired first grade teacher who now enjoys time spent with her grandchildren in addition to the many pleasant involvements within a variety of local women's groups. It has been a pleasure to see her hometown grow, especially with new cultural influences. A surprising liveliness bursts forth in the lush exchange of cultural heritage, traditions, and values. She looks forward to participating in upcoming Fit Oshkosh events. She believes, "our lives are invigorated as we move forward together with positive purpose by providing accessibility for all...certainly a welcoming collaboration of heart and mind and hands around the table."
Menna Tafesse Garedew was born in Addis Ababa Ethiopia. She is currently working at UW Oshkosh Graduate Research Assistant, helping with the Annual Oshkosh Citizens Survey and is developing her own grant proposal in hopes to establish a nonprofit for the homeless in Ethiopia. Menna says, "People are my passion and I believe that serving others is my true calling. I am truly excited to be part of the Fit Oshkosh team and can't wait to see what kind of positive change I can bring to the table."
Ben Giles is a UW Madison graduate and currently works at the Fond du Lac YMCA. He is very passionate about equity and inclusiveness and how that intersects with race. He has dedicated much of his professional career to youth development and creating environments where individuals are can talk about society's most pressing issues in a safe and constructive way.
Amanda Heise is a graduate of UWO and has lived in Oshkosh for most of her life. She is a housewife and writer invested to the community of Oshkosh and it's further betterment. She's joined in membership with Fit Oshkosh because she knows that in order to see change happen someone has to step up, so why not her?
Dani Hoeper has a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, but has worked in Human Resources for almost 20 years. She has worked in Oshkosh for the past three years. She chose to volunteer with Fit because she wants to do what she can to help make Oshkosh a more welcoming community for all who come to live and work here. She wants all people to feel valued and respected so they want to stay, because Oshkosh is a truly great city with a lot of wonderful things to offer.
Randy Hughes is a retired educator/administrator and coach. He has lived in Oshkosh for 46 years and was a high school basketball coach for 20 years. He has been a youth worker all his life in various ways and thought the Kids and Cops Basketball Game would be a great fit for him.
Mandi Butterfield Isaacson, a Wisconsin resident for 40 years, co-runs monthly poetry readings with three others at Evergreen in Oshkosh. She is the treasurer for the First Presbyterian Church Quilters and Prayer Shawl Knitters. She is the Chaplain, the Star Award Chair, and serves on the Bylaws and Audit committees for a chapter of P.E.O. in Oshkosh. She helps edit articles for the Fit Newsletter, has written book reviews, and helps with the Color-Brave Library, checking books in and out, shelving books, entering new patron information in to the system, and has read to Oshkosh elementary students in their classrooms. Mandi volunteers at Fit because “race does matter. And, at Fit there are numerous ways to learn about advancing the cause for racial and social justice issues and then taking action.”
Merrilee Janness is a concerned citizen. She dislikes the hate and violence that is happening in this country. She likes to help where she can. She is currently the caregiver of her very active 92-year-old mother.
Alicia Johnson (she/her/hers), originally from south central Minnesota, moved to Oshkosh in July 2016 to work at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She holds a PhD in Sport Socio/Cultural Studies from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. When Alicia was selecting her next place to live and work after Knoxville, it was important to her to find a community where there was work being done to address racial inequities. Volunteering with Fit Oshkosh has helped Alicia connect with others in solidarity and help Oshkosh increase its racial literacy.
Lorraine Jones has over 17 years working in and with community organizations. She is a people person who loves to read, write, and talk about what matters to her community.
Sylvia Love is a passionate entrepreneur and active member in her community. She will always believe in empowering other, understanding other, and witnessing others become more successful while paving the success path for her children and many generations to come.
Shelly Maxwell has lived in Oshkosh since 2002. She enjoys being a mother to her son and daughter and works in Ascension's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) as a counselor. Shelly became involved as an advocate in college when she started the student group, Advocates for Cultural Diversity, after a string of hate crimes on campus. Though her social work experience and graduate studies, focused on advocacy and intercultural engagement, it wasn't until working at UWO's Counseling Center that the term 'white privilege' was used by her mentor/supervisor. During Shelly's twelve-year tenure at UWO she worked in various committees and advised several student groups to advocate for underrepresented students and staff and to address the impacts of privilege. She became certified as an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) administrator in 2008 and has worked with numerous UWO departments and universities throughout Wisconsin providing IDI profiles and strategic planning.
Courtney McLean moved to Oshkosh in 2016 with her husband and both have loved getting to give their time to impact the community through work, church, and incredible organizations like Fit! Having been adopted into, and married into, a white family has her feeling particularly empowered and excited about contributing to racial equity work and she's grateful to get to partner with Fit to do just that!
Judy Mugerauer was born and raised in Oshkosh. She worked in accounting at various places until she retired. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren. Since her retirement she has been active in social justice organizations. She has been aware of Fit since it started and has attended many of their events. She is looking forward to working as a volunteer and learning how she can help get Fit Oshkosh's message to others.
Shannon Rawski is an Assistant Professor of Management and Human Resources in the College of Business at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She is also the faculty adviser for a UW Oshkosh College of Business student organization, the Alliance for Diverse Professionals. She is also the faculty adviser for a UW Oshkosh College of Business student organization, the Alliance for Diverse Professionals. Shannon volunteers at Fit Oshkosh in order to develop the racial literacy and diversity management skills of her students at UW Oshkosh and other community members in the Fox River Valley. Shannon is also a volunteer at Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services. To start, Shannon will be assisting with training evaluation and data analysis.
Marion Scott is an active member of the Oshkosh Community for 20+ years, she is committed to helping her family, friends and neighbors grow in the area of Color-brave literacy thru training, volunteering and relaying the information from Fit Oshkosh, Inc. throughout the community.
Devi Shastri is from the Chicago suburbs and went to Marquette University. She used to work at the Oshkosh Northwestern, but now works at the Appleton Post-Crescent. She was really involved in diversity efforts at Marquette and is looking to learn about Oshkosh.
Aaron Smith is a student at UW Oshkosh and works at Evergreen Retirement Community. He feels that everyone should feel welcomed and valued in our community and that it is our responsibility as neighbors to proactively pursue that cause in order to bridge the gap between ideal and reality.
Shavana Talbert earned a double Bachelor of Arts in African and African American Studies and Human Biology from Stanford University. She currently serves as District Equity Coach for the FDL School District. Shavana carries out her passion for diversity and inclusion through facilitating racial equity for the district at large and chairing the District Equity Leadership Team (DELT). She is extremely excited to join Fit Oshkosh and expand her work through the greater Fox Valley.
Diana Hammer Tscheschlok, MSW, is a White resident of Fond du Lac and a Community, Natural Resource, & Economic Development Educator for the University of Wisconsin – Extension, Fond du Lac County. In that role she designs and facilitates effective group processes with community leaders to meet the challenges of non-profits and public organizations. She also builds relationships with entrepreneurs of color, expanding access to local business development services, and works to improve university programming so it is relevant to all area residents. She is looking forward to applying her skills with Fit Oshkosh to grow her own racial literacy with others.
Kim Wojszynski had the opportunity to grow up in a diverse community in Beloit, WI. She is an artist, an educator, and a mother of three. Kim and her family enjoy the outdoors, basketball, and movies. Fit Oshkosh does relevant and important work building positive connections through their events and resources. She would like to help Fit to build respect, courage, and an open dialogue in her community. It is her hope that her actions can serve as a model to others about how they can take simple steps to break the silence.
Kate Yarbro met Tracey at the Oshkosh Area Writers Group and discovered some similar interests. Kate started following Tracey’s blog and it was a short leap to start volunteering for Fit Oshkosh events. “Fit is a such an engaging project that I returned again and again,” Kate said. While working at Fit events, she ran into people she already knew and made some new friends, she said. Now she volunteers on Wednesday mornings writing news articles, editing the newsletter, writing correspondence and “doing anything else that Tracey asks me to.” She is a retired journalist, so now I do creative writing, knitting, quilting, gardening and also volunteers at Algoma Boulevard United Methodist Church.
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