January Guest Speaker

Jackie Zach

Action Coach of Elm Grove

Jackie Zach

The 7 Most Important Things You Need to Know About ActionCOACH Jackie Zach

1) Jackie is a certified business coach. She has been certified by ActionCOACH, the World’s #1 Business Coaching Firm.

2) Jackie is also a business owner, just like you. Jackie also owns a gourmet specialty store so she understands the successes and challenges you face as a business owner.

3) Jackie understands how working with a coach made a positive difference to her and her business. Jackie started her business in December 2008, right in the middle of one of the worst economic periods in the recent past. Working with a coach helped her face the challenges of that time, hold her accountable and grow her business into the profitable enterprise it is today. Jackie wants to pay it forward by working with other business owners to grow their businesses and reach heights they never thought possible.

4) Jackie understands the importance of sales and cash flow in your business. Cash is king! Jackie can work with you to help you increase your sales and better manage your cash flow.

5) Jackie understands the importance of working ON your business, not just IN it. When you work IN your business it can only grow to your capacity. Once you start working ON your business the possibilities are endless. Jackie will work with you to develop a business that isn’t just a job but a “commercial, profitable enterprise that works without you.”

6) Jackie knows the importance of having a great team as you grow your business and have FUN doing it! People are the backbone of any business. Jackie can show you a proven process for recruiting great people. She can also work with you to make sure that you have the systems in place to train and retain great people once they are part of your organization.

7) Jackie is a Milwaukee native. She graduated from Greendale High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She gives back to her community through her involvement as an executive committee member of the Brookfield Convention and Visitors bureau, a member of the marketing committee member of The Plaza and a member of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce.

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December Guest Speakers

Anita Potts, BA, CCM | Ashley Bardwell
Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center

Anita M. Potts, BA, CCM
Anita PottsWhen Anita graduated from college, she had no idea that she not only would become a caregiver for family, but would engage in a career that would involve becoming an advocate for many adults with disabilities, mental illness, developmental disabilities and seniors.  Anita returned to college at 36 years old and graduated from Carthage College earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  Anita also received a Certificate in Case Management from the University of Wisconsin/Milwaukee.   Anita enjoyed internships with community programs that included Meals on Wheels, and Daybreak adult dementia day program which allowed her to ease into becoming a Case Manager for Lutheran Social Services providing services and support to adults for the Community Options Program.    Six years later, the Wisconsin State funded Community Options Program became the now known Family Care Program and is provided by the Community Care Organization where Anita was employed for 7 years.  During Anita’s employment at both Lutheran Social Services and Community Care, Anita enjoyed being on the Board of Directors for the Daybreak program and volunteered for Meals on Wheels delivering meals to homebound seniors for 9 years.

Anita also was a Case Manager with Kenosha Area Family & Aging Services and provided information related to community services and support for adults 65 and over via the federal funded Community Living Program.

Anita initiated and for the past 6 years has been a certified co-leader for Powerful Tools for Caregivers in Kenosha County.   Powerful Tools for Caregivers is a six-week program for adults where caregivers develop a wealth of self-care tools to reduce personal stress; change negative self-talk; communicate their needs to family members and healthcare or service providers; communicate more effectively in challenging situations; recognize the messages in their emotions, deal with difficult feelings; and make tough caregiving decisions.

Even though Anita is retired, she continues to be active in the Kenosha community as a co-leader for the Powerful Tools for Caregivers program; Community Outreach Specialist for Right At Home –a home care agency, in which she provides presentations to adults with information pertinent to aging seniors and caregivers; and is certified from the Arthritis Foundation as an exercise instructor teaching water exercise at the Pleasant Prairie RecPlex, exercise instructor for seniors whom reside at Beech Pointe Senior Apartment Complex, and aerobic/exercise sub-instructor at the Kenosha Senior Center.
Enjoying working with seniors, Anita also worked at Kenosha Estates Nursing Home (previously Beverly Healthcare) as an Admissions Coordinator.  Always interested in healthcare, Anita worked at Victory Hospital (now Vista Healthcare) in Waukegan as an Administrative Assistant/Physician Referral Coordinator.

Anita continues to advocate for seniors at various community health fairs throughout Kenosha and has personally cared for many family members through- out the years.

 Ashley Bardwell
AshleyBardwellAshley Bardwell is a Long Term Care Specialist at the Kenosha County Aging & Disability Resource Center.  She has received certifications in Powerful Tools for Caregivers, Alliance of Information & Referral for Aging and Crisis Intervention.

She is currently the Wisconsin Alliance of Information & Referral Systems Board Vice President and Affiliate Representative for the National Alliance of Information & Referral Systems.

Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Conflict Analysis & Resolution Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Her professional experience includes working as a Physical Therapy Technician at the Balance & Wellness Center and a Marketing Assistant for Sports Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists.

Ashley is a lifelong resident of Kenosha and is expecting her first child in the New Year.

November Guest Speaker

Sandie Bisciglia |
Carthage College |  “The Book That Changed My Life”

Sandie BiseigliaSandie Bisciglia is Director of Diversity and an Assistant Professor of Religion at Carthage College.  She received an MA in Theology from Sacred Heart School of Theology and teaches courses in Understandings of Religion, Women and the Bible, Marketing of Religion and The Theology of Science Fiction.  Her areas of interest are ways to become a fully integrated person and finding holistic and healing intersections that lead to successful lives.