September Luncheon

Guest Speaker: Gina Madrigrano Friebus

Gina

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
Click the “Register Now” link or e-mail us tempokenosha@gmail.com

 

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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
E-mail us tempokenosha@gmail.com

 

 

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.

April Luncheon

Guest Speakers: Steve & Crystal Miller of Harmony Works

Crystal & Steve Miller

Entrepreneurs Crystal and Steve Miller, a husband and wife team, own Frontida Assisted Living and have had success in building teams in assisted living for the last 10 years, as evidenced by their Top Workplace awards for 5 years in a row from feedback given by their teams.

As a professional speaker, Steve has traveled the country sharing their team-building strategy with rave reviews. Crystal has earned awards for her intentional leadership, including the Kenosha Area Business Alliance Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is a frequent speaker and a leader in her community.

Please Join Us

When:       Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Speaker:   Steve & Crystal Miller
Where:      The Colerget Conference Center
6520 67th St Kenosha
Time:        11:45 Check In | Lunch 12
Cost:         $25 per person

RSVP by Friday, April 5, 2019
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March Luncheon

Guest Speaker: Dr. Michele Hancock, Ed.D. Professor of Practice in Education and Director of Accelerated Certification in Teaching

Dr. Michele Hancock

Dr. Michele Hancock, Ed., currently serves as Professor of Practice in Education and Director of Accelerated Certification in Teaching.

Throughout her numerous years in pre K-12 education and as an adjunct professor in St. John Fisher College’s doctoral program, she has taught in diverse communities and served as an educational leader addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. In her varied professional roles from classroom teacher to school principal, from central office administrator to school superintendent and higher education advocate, the equity initiatives promoted and implemented addressed creating equitable outcomes for all students and employees by closing equity gaps where they existed. In addressing adult learner needs, Prof. Hancock has taught and presented to numerous organizations, K-12 districts, and higher education institutions on topics such as equity-conscious leadership, pathways to equity and inclusion, culturally relevant instruction, crucial conversations, equity-minded teacher programs, etc.

Prof. Hancock completed her doctorate at St. John Fisher College earning an Ed.D. Her dissertation work received prominent recognition for research on how teachers recognize and challenge deficit-thinking in their schools. Other degrees received were a B.S. at University of Illinois, M.Ed. at National Louis University, and her Certificate of Advance Studies (CAS) in Education Administration at the State University of New York (Oswego).

Prof. Hancock has co-authored and published a couple of education articles in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Journal of Staff Development (JSD) on the topics of principal and teacher leadership, and faculty and staff professional learning programs.

She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, married with two sons, two granddaughters.

Please Join Us

When:      Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Speaker:  Dr. Michele Hancock
Where:     The Colerget Conference Center
6520 67th St Kenosha
Time:        11:45 Check In | Lunch 12
Cost:         $25 per person

RSVP by Friday, March 8, 2019
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February Luncheon

Guest Speaker: Jessica Gamez, Business Development Executive at Kenosha Visiting Nurse Association (KVNA)

 

Jessica Gamez

Jessica Gamez is a results-driven health care sales and business development professional with 10 years of experience with a focus on leadership and growth in home health, hospice assisted and independent living, skilled nursing and long term acute care hospital settings. She has experience in sales and marketing, operations and project management, strategic planning, finance, customer service, business development, process improvement and program development. She loves the challenge of navigating the ever-changing healthcare universe for best patient outcomes and census growth.

Jessica has a BA in Business Management and Leadership with a minor in Sales and Marketing. She is currently enrolled in Nursing Home Administrators Independent Coursework for NHA certification. She is well versed in programs for at-risk populations including Medicare, Medicaid, and Accountable Care Organizations.

Please Join Us

When:      Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Speaker:  Jessica Gamez, KVNA
Where:     The Colerget Conference Center
6520 67th St Kenosha
Time:        11:45 Check In | Lunch 12

Cost:         $25 per person

RSVP by Friday, February 8, 2018
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January Luncheon

Welcome Guest Speaker Cameron Swallow:

Cameron Swallow

Cameron Swallow moved to Kenosha in August of 2017 to join her husband, John, the new president of Carthage College. She has been a secondary school teacher for 18 years, teaching mathematics, English, French, music and drama. She enjoys reading good fiction, traveling, and playing and singing folk music. She has always been interested in projects that bring different groups of people together around a common purpose and she is looking forward to participating in such community-building projects at Carthage and in Kenosha.

 

 

Meet the 2018 Tempo Kenosha Scholarship Recipients:

Elizabeth Spevak

Elizabeth’s goal is to become a Registered Nurse and is currently working at Aurora Health Care as a CNA. She was nominated for the South Market CNA/MA/Tech Caregiver Excellence Award in March of 2018 for the care she provides to her Addition Medicine Patients. She volunteers her time at the local humane society and works with rescue animals until they are able to find a permanent home.

Giovanna Gutierrez

Giovanna is the Bilingual Admissions Counselor for the University of WI – Parkside. In 2013, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Art History and a Spanish minor. She is currently seeking her Master’s degree in Applied Professional Studies with a concentration on Public Service from UW – Parkside. She is passionate about helping underserved students obtain a high school credential and transition to college.

Please Join Us

When:      Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Speaker:  Cameron Swallow
Guests:     Tempo Scholarship Recipients

Where:     The Colerget Conference Center
6520 67th St Kenosha
Time:        11:45 Check In | Lunch 12
Cost:         $25 per person

RSVP by Friday, January 4, 2018
Click the “Register Now” link or e-mail us at tempokenosha@gmail.com

 

December Luncheon

Guest Speaker:

Rita Ramacci of Francine’s Fine Catering

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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 12, 2018
Speaker:  Rita Ramacci
Where:     The Colerget Conference Center
6520 67th St Kenosha
Time:        11:45 Check In | Lunch 12
Cost:         $25 per person

RSVP by Monday, Dec 10, 2018
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November Luncheon

Heather Lux

Guest Speaker:

Heather Lux
Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation

Heather Lux has served as the Regional Project Director for the Southeast Office for over 6 years. Under her leadership, the business education team has not only met but exceeded all of the area’s goals and deliverables. She oversees all daily operations in WWBIC’s Southeast Wisconsin office. She brings in vision, strategy and relationship building. Ms. Lux was formerly Director of Junior Achievement where she was responsible for special events, fund raising, networking, board development, partnerships and overall program sales. Prior to that, she was the territory and then, regional sales manager for a large paper mill on the east coast, receiving the “Top Sales” award for 9 out of 13 years. Ms. Lux earned her degrees in Business Administration and Public Relations from Carthage College, and recently completed her Nonprofit Leadership Certificate from the University of Wisconsin Parkside. She currently serves on the national board for the Association of Women’s Business Centers.

When:      Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Speaker:  Heather Lux
Where:     The Colerget Conference Center
6520 67th St Kenosha
Time:        11:45 Check In | Lunch 12
Cost:         $25 per person

RSVP by Monday, Nov 12, 2018
by emailing tempokenosha@gmail.com