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

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October Luncheon

Amy Trottier

Amy Trottier is a CPA with Andrea & Orendorff LLP in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and has over twenty years of experience in the public accounting industry.  Before Andrea & Orendorff, the majority of her experience came from being a tax manager with VBL & Associates, S.C. in Kenosha and Clifton Gunderson LLP, a mid-sized national public accounting firm.

In her position with A&O, Amy focuses on tax planning and compliance for individuals and small business owners.  She has also developed a niche in estate accounting and income taxation.  Working with local attorneys, she helps families navigate the probate process and fiduciary income taxation.  She enjoys helping clients understand the complex tax code and make intelligent and informed decisions.

Originally from Waukegan, Illinois, Amy has been a resident of Kenosha for over 20 years.  Amy and her husband of seventeen years have two children and a high-energy Border Collie/Black Lab mix.  While most of her free time is spent being a mother and a wife, Amy also enjoys scrap booking and listening to live music.

When:      Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Speaker:  Amy Trottier, CPA
Where:     The Colerget Conference Center
6520 67th St Kenosha
Time:        11:45 Check In | Lunch 12
Cost:         $25 per person

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February Luncheon


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.

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

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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.