November Luncheon

Guest Speaker

Jonathan Reynolds, Titus Talent

Jonathan Reynolds

As CEO of Titus Talent Strategies, Jonathan is a visionary, entrepreneur and game-changer in the people space. He is energized by inspiring company leaders and equipping them with unique approaches to better understand their people, foster organizational alignment, and create optimum performance among their team members. His fun stories and British accent will draw you in, while his cutting-edge ideas and practical strategies will leave you wanting more. Jonathan has almost 20 years of experience in the recruiting industry and is sought-after for his innovative approach. He started Titus Talent Strategies after experiencing firsthand that the traditional recruiting model was broken and had to be changed to produce better results and create lasting partnerships. Jonathan currently leads a unique, fast-growing team of talent consultants across the country and consults companies on how to improve their talent strategy by focusing on their most important asset – their people.

Check out this great link to learn more about Jonathan!


Please Join Us

When:      Wednesday, Nov 13, 2019
Speaker:  Jonathan Reynolds
Where:     The Colerget Conference Center
6520 67th St Kenosha
Time:        11:45 Check In | Lunch 12
Cost:         $25 per person

RSVP by 8:00 am Monday Nov 11, 2019
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October Luncheon

Guest Speaker: Tamarra Coleman

Tamarra Coleman

Tamarra Coleman has been a lifelong resident of Kenosha County and was educated in the Kenosha Unified Schools (KUSD), graduating from Bradford High School. After attending college, Tamarra entered the business world, as a Director of Project Managers for 18 years before returning to public sector employment.  In addition to working, caring for her family and raising 3 talented daughters, as a parent Tamarra became actively involved in PTA’s, and participated on various Strategic Planning teams for KUSD and UW-Parkside, as well as serving on the KUSD Policy and Personnel committee, the Curriculum committee and the KUSD Transformation Team.  She was an adult advisor and mentor for African American girls with the SI.S.T.A.S. Empowerment Group.  Tamarra believes in making meaningful contributions to her community through role modeling, volunteerism, engagement and active participation.

Tamarra decided to pursue a political path in 2012 when she ran and was elected to the Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) School Board.  She made her presence known as an outspoken member of the School Board and she was re-elected to the School Board in 2015; for another three year term. She gained the trust and respect of her peers who selected her as Board President for four consecutive years, in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.  She has demonstrated strong leadership, compassion and an understanding of the needs of the community where she lives and works. She also serves on the Executive Board for Building Our Future; she is a Mahone Foundation Committee Member and is the Board Secretary for the Kenosha Community Health Center.

Tamarra left the business world in 2015 to become a member of the management team at the Shalom Center where she currently works as the Executive Director.  At her current position Tamarra demonstrates the same servant leadership spirit that has made her successful in the private sector, on the KUSD School Board, as a mother of 3 daughters and a community volunteer.  She is a great example for women and girls of all ages to follow, not only in the educational arena but in pursuit of life goals.  Tamarra Coleman has been married to her wonderful husband, Rev. Michael Coleman, for 24 years.

Please Join Us

When:      Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019
Speaker:  Tamarra Coleman
Where:     The Colerget Conference Center
6520 67th St Kenosha
Time:        11:45 Check In | Lunch 12
Cost:          $25 per person


RSVP by Monday, Oct 7, 2019
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September Luncheon

Guest Speaker: Gina Madrigrano Friebus


Gina Madrigrano Friebus is a Kenosha native who served as Vice President of Administration for W.O.W. Distributing Co.,Inc. , one of Wisconsin’s largest beer distributors from 1993 to 2009, when she retired.  Before joining W.O.W., she served as Vice President at 7UP Bottling Company/Kemmerer Bottling Company and Director of Administration at Jockey International. Having worked for her family owned businesses for the majority of her career, Gina is very proud of the distinguished award the Marquette University Center for Family Business bestowed on she and her siblings, Thomas and Aldo, and W.O.W. Distributing,  for their commitment to family and business over the years prior to her retirement.

Born, raised and educated in Kenosha, Gina is a graduate of St.Joseph High School, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Carthage College and a Masters of Science degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee.

Gina currently holds positions on the Board of Trustees at Carthage College, a member of the St Joseph Catholic Academy Foundation Board, and TEMPO Kenosha, a professional women’s organization.  She also is a member of the Italian American Ladies Auxiliary and Ciao, and the Pleasant Prairie Police Appreciation Association.  She received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Carthage College in 2011 and the Italian American Columbus Day Award.

She is the daughter of Thomasina (Montemurro) Madrigrano and the late Aldo M. Madrigrano.  For over three generations, the Montemurro and Madrigrano families have employed southeastern Wisconsin residents in their businesses.  At various times in her career she has worked with all of her siblings; Thomas, Kathy and Aldo.

Gina is an avid Milwaukee Bucks fan, enjoys Green Bay Packer games, traveling and photography.

Gina and her husband, Bill Friebus, live in Pleasant Prairie.


Please Join Us

When:      Wednesday, Sept 11, 2019
Speaker:  Gina Madrigrano Friebus
Where:     The Colerget Conference Center
6520 67th St Kenosha
Time:        11:45 Check In | Lunch 12
Cost:         $25 per person

RSVP by Monday, Sept 9, 2019
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July Luncheon

Guest Speaker: Laura Cox, Acupuncture & Wellness of Wisconsin


Laura Cox

Laura E Cox is the owner of Acupuncture & Wellness of Wisconsin, LLC. She is a practitioner of natural functional medicine and traditional Chinese medicine, offering acupuncture, nutritional consultations, wellness and lifestyle coaching, therapeutic massage and more. She holds a Bachelors in Nutrition and a Masters in Oriental Medicine and multiple certificates in subjects including autoimmune disease, post traumatic stress disorder, supportive care of cancer patients, smoking cession, etc. She recently completed her second year of an advanced certification in Natural Functional Medicine. She will be starting her pursuit of a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine in July at the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, TX.


Please Join Us

When:      Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Speaker:  Laura Cox, Practitioner
Where:     The Colerget Conference Center
6520 67th St Kenosha
Time:        11:45 Check In | Lunch 12
Cost:         $25 per person



June Luncheon

Guest Speaker: Nathan Thiel, Village of Pleasant Prairie

Nathan Thiel

Nathan Thiel’s one year anniversary with the Village of Pleasant Prairie was April 30,  2019. For the past 12 years, Nathan has served in municipal government in a variety of positions in Public Works, Finance, and Administration. His most recent position was as City Administrator for the City of Mauston, Wisconsin, where he worked for over seven years. He graduated with a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University the Maxwell School.

The best part of his job is helping communities solve decade old problems and establishing their legacy. The smartest thing he has ever done is marry Krystle, his wife of 14 years. His greatest joy is making his 5 daughters and 1 son smile.

Please Join Us

When:      Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Speaker:  Nathan Thiel
Where:     The Colerget Conference Center
6520 67th St Kenosha
Time:        11:45 Check In | Lunch 12
Cost:         $25 per person

RSVP by Friday, June 7, 2019
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May Luncheon

Guest Speaker, Becky Noble
KABA – Life Balanced

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Becky Noble is the Director of Marketing for the Kenosha Area Business Alliance (KABA), a role she has served for the past 12 years.  Becky is responsible for communicating KABA’s vision that Kenosha County is the premier destination for new investment and talent in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor throughout the region and beyond.  She maintains the web site and social accounts for KABA as well as producing all of the promotional marketing materials and overseeing many of KABA’s events.  Becky currently serves on the Governance Board of the Kenosha School of Technologically Enhanced Curriculum (KTEC) and on the Communications Committee for Building our Future.  She is a past board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha and the Education Foundation of Kenosha and served on the Rebranding Committee for the City of Kenosha. Becky holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.


Special Presentation, Hannah Skendziel
Spark Summer Camp

Hannah Skendziel graduated from Harborside Academy in Kenosha and now attends Carthage College. She is a senior, graduating in May, with a degree in biology. She is a Pre-Medical student and will be applying to medical school this June with the hope of starting fall 2020. Outside of school, she participates in neurophysiology research on campus. It was while presenting this research at a state-wide conference that she learned of a STEM camp in La Crosse specifically for girls. She realized that while the Kenosha area has a need for such a program, no one was offering it. She decided to start the camp herself with the mission of breaking down social and financial barriers, making STEM available to all girls who have the interest and passion.

December Luncheon

December’s Speaker is Rita Ramacci!

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Rita Ramacci has been in the food industry for more than 25 years opening her first business, Cookin’ Babes, in 1990. Over the next ten years, she and a partner built their business catering private parties, weddings and many events at the Kemper Center. Rita then moved on to work with Ladies Room 3 at one of Kenosha’s treasures, Frank’s Diner. In 2001 she opened Francine’s Fine Catering using the kitchen at Frank’s to prepare her food until she purchased her current location, 5147 33rd Avenue, in 2004.

After 3 months of renovation work with her father, Rita began utilizing her new kitchen. Rita focuses on corporate functions for area businesses including schools, museums and City and County events. She is the exclusive caterer for The Colergét Conference Center. In addition to her catering work Rita has also taught many cooking classes at the Kenosha Public Museum and as an adjunct at Gateway Technical College in the Culinary Arts program.

Prior to her career as a chef, Rita was a dress maker creating wedding dresses and costumes for the Madrigal feast as well as the Renaissance Fair. She earned a degree in Chemistry at the Metropolitan University in Denver, Colorado.

When: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Time: Check in 11:45 | Lunch 12:00
Where: The Colerget, 6520 67th St
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Cost: $25 per person

July Quest Speaker

Jessica Sippel

Jessica SippelSippel Law, LLC
Trust and Estate Planning

Jessica’s primary area of law practice is estate planning, probate, trust administration, and real estate.  She advises and counsels clients in estate and tax planning for multi-million dollar estates as well as clients who have smaller estates.  She has been an active educator and speaker for private families, financial planners and accountants and welcomes any opportunity to share the importance of estate planning with her professional and community fellows.  Ms. Sippel presently is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Bar Association, Financial Planning Association, Association for Women Lawyers, and the Association for Marquette University Women.  

Jessica Sippel (Wolff) grew up in Waterford, WI.  She attended St. Thomas Aquinas and Catholic Central High School.  She graduated cum laude from Marquette University in three years with duo majors in French Literature and English Literature.  She then went on to receive her law degree at Marquette University Law School in 2011.  She has been married for six years to her high school sweetheart Brian R. Sippel (also a Burlington native) and together they have two children, Jude and Natalie.  She enjoys spending time with her family, yoga, singing, playing piano, sustainable and organic living practices and the outdoors.


June Guest Speaker

JoAnne Brandes

Leadership Excellence Center

JoAnne BrandesJoAnne Brandes is the founder and co-president of the Leadership Excellence Center, an attorney, an outside Board member of several corporations, and speaker and consultant specializing in leadership development, corporate structure and governance, cultural transformation and change management. JoAnne retired after an over 25 year career with the  S.C. Johnson family of companies as the Executive Vice President, CAO, General Counsel and Secretary of JohnsonDiversey, Inc., responsible for all legal matters, Human Resources, Communications, Public Affairs and administration for the company and its over 65 international and domestic subsidiaries.  JoAnne was a member of the company’s management committee and had major responsibility for the company’s acquisition and integration within a few years of global companies adding over $2 billion in sales. JoAnne was named “Working Mother of the Year” by Working Mother Magazine several years ago for her work in developing corporate child care and other family friendly programs for employees.

May Guest Speaker

Christine Weyker

The KAC – Kenosha Achievement Center, Inc

Christine WeykerI grew up in New Berlin and moved to Milwaukee to pursue my degree in Education.  While attending college I met my husband and was married one month after graduating with my bachelor’s degree.  My husband’s job brought us to Kenosha in 1989.

While running a childcare facility in Milwaukee, I completed my Master’s degree in Leadership and Advocacy at National Louis University. I continued my work with young children through the Birth – 3 program and joined the KAC team in 1998.  My intention in 98’ was to establish the B-3 program at KAC then get a “real” job in corporate America. Now, 18 years later, I am KAC’s Chief Executive Officer.  Needless to say, I found my niche working on behalf of people with special needs.  I am proud to be part of a team whose mission is to remove barriers, change perceptions and build confidence.  Our goal is that people regardless of ability are given opportunities for personal growth and success.