February Luncheon

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Tara was born and raised in Kenosha and currently resides there with her daughter who is a Junior at Mount Mary University majoring in Social Work and her three adorable dogs.  With a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Concordia University, Tara holds the position of Chief Executive Officer for the United Way of Kenosha County.  Prior to her role at United Way, Tara worked as the Vice President of Cash Management for Southport Bank and prior to that, spent 14 years working for Johnson Bank holding various positions throughout her career.

Tara currently serves on the Board of Directors for Lakeside Curative Services, Band of Blue – a nonprofit organization with a nationwide focus on providing support to the children of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, and Kenosha County Workforce Development.  In addition, she is on the Executive Committee for Building Our Future, a Kenosha County initiative where our vision is everyone will achieve their personal potential from cradle to career. Tara is passionate about volunteerism and is a Foster Mom for Tiny Paws Small Dog Rescue and a Big Sister for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kenosha County.  In recognition of her volunteer and fundraising efforts, Tara was honored as the 2013 Young Professional of the Year for Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce, the 2012 Community Service Award winner for Johnson Financial Group, and was a 2016 Community Trustee Honoree for the Journal Times Positively Racine Publication.

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January Luncheon

Dr. Jeanette De Witt
6 Steps to Building Your Health Naturally  
                                                                                          

Dr. Jeanette De Witt is the owner of De Witt Physical Therapy & Wellness, LLC. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training as a University Scholar from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH in 1996. She earned her Master of Physical Therapy from Allegheny University of Health Sciences in Philadelphia, PA in 1998. She completed five examinations and a research project to earn her Certification in Precision Neuromuscular Therapy in 2012. Later that year, she returned to her academic studies while continuing to practice full-time. Dr. Jeanette received her Doctor of Physical Therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA in 2014. She is a native of Cincinnati, OH and moved to Kenosha, WI with her family in February 2012.

Dr. Jeanette has practiced in both hospital-based and private outpatient orthopedic physical therapy practices. She opened De Witt Physical Therapy & Wellness, LLC in 2015 to serve the Kenosha and Racine Communities with a practice of “well-care” instead of “sick-care.” With her 19 years of experience treating a variety of patients from 6 months old to 98 years old, Dr. Jeanette helps people in Southeastern Wisconsin get back to doing what they love without painkillers even if other treatments, including surgery, have failed. Her mission is to empower people to make better decisions about their health and brighten the day of anyone who walks through her door. She is passionate about teaching how physical therapy is a natural alternative to opioid/pain medication and how exercise can be used as medicine to prevent many chronic diseases like asthma, cancer, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

Dr. Jeanette celebrates her 12-year marriage to Joel De Witt. He is the Director of Mental Health with Armor Correctional at the Milwaukee County Jail and Franklin House of Correction. Yes, her husband goes to jail every day AND comes home every day, too! Their two daughters, Lydia (age 8) and Madelyn (age 7) attend Christian Life School. Dr. Jeanette also acts as Assistant Coach for Cross Country and Track at Christian Life School. Their family attends First Christian Church in Kenosha and enjoys family fun time by playing board games, watching Star Wars movies, visitng the Kenosha County local parks and Six Flags Great America.

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

Monthly Luncheon

November Luncheon

Save the Date: November 8th

unnamedA lifelong resident of Kenosha, Nicole Thomsen is thrilled to commit her full-time work and passion towards the revitalization of Downtown Kenosha. With a unique background and unconventional way of finding herself in the business world, she is thrilled to take on the role of Executive Director of Downtown Kenosha Inc.

Nicole’s journey started at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she was accepted into the Nursing Endeavor Program, a program that guaranteed her a clinical seat come Junior year. While going to school full-time, Nicole worked as an OB-Tech assisting in C-sections and deliveries. Once Nicole began her clinical rotations she realized that Nursing wasn’t her passion. She knew a decision and a drastic change had to take place. That summer she interned at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin in the Community Engagement department. It was that summer that she found her passion lies in Community Impact and the Non-profit sector.

That Fall, Nicole enrolled at the University of Wisconsin Parkside pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Business Management.  At Parkside she interned with the Foundation working on fundraising and event planning. Later that year she received a job offer to work remotely for a non-profit tech company in Silicon Valley called One Degree. One Degree helps bridge the way out of poverty for low-income families by providing access to information on social services. From emergency shelters to a free meal, One Degree’s impact is inarguable as they begin to expand nationwide.  Also, during her time at Parkside, Nicole had the opportunity to compete in a National Sales Competition in New Jersey, bringing home first place for the university.

All of these unique experiences have helped shape Nicole as she takes on her new role striving to make a substantial impact in our Downtown Kenosha.

August Luncheon

When:      Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Speaker:  Kristina Guttormsen

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

RSVP by Monday, August 8th, 2017
email us @ tempokenosha@gmail.com

KristinaKristina is a native of Kenosha and went to Tremper High School before attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison. After graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, she moved to Chicago and started working as a Corporate Recruiter for the Association Management Company, SmithBucklin. From there she spent a brief year in Dallas employed by Ford Motor Company before realizing that the Midwest will forever have her heart. Since returning to Chicago in December of 2015, Kristina has been working at LinkedIn. In her first role there she was the Sales Development Team Lead and has most recently stepped into a Relationship Manager position. In her free time, Kristina enjoys cooking and watching every Packer and Badger game.

August Member Spotlight

Lynn Biese-Carroll

The Shalom Center

Lynn Biese-Carroll

Our member spotlight this month features Lynn Biese-Carroll. In 1992, as a chiropractor, Lynn moved to Kenosha where there were no female chiropractors. At that time, Kenosha had fewer chiropractors than anywhere (except 2 counties) in the U.S. It was these demographic stats that attracted Lynn to Kenosha. She opened her first chiropractic office in 1992. As an adjunct professor at Palmer College, Lynn was committed to mentoring chiropractic interns which she melded with her business strategy of franchising group practices and developed into 6 chiropractic clinics and 14 doctors within 10 years. Mentoring women was important to Lynn. To date, 7 of 14 chiropractors that began their careers with the Biese Chiropractic Clinics were female and all went on to run successful practices on their own.

In 2008, Lynn retired from practice to return to Loyola University to obtain an Executive MBA. She has been a member of the Advisory Board and Board of Directors of the Mahone Foundation for 15 years and the Board of Directors for Women and Children’s Horizon for 25 years. She has taught Anatomy & Physiology at community college, was Executive Director of the Sharing Center (Paddock Lake) and Clinic Administrator of the Kenosha Community Health Center before taking the position of Executive Director of the Shalom Center in Kenosha.

Lynn’s life has been dedicated to supporting and teaching people in need and empowering young women to find their place in the world, where they, too, can make a difference.

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.