Board Members

To contact anyone on the board, you may email witesolboard@gmail.com and your message will be forwarded on. 

Past President   

Kathy Stamos has been teaching ELLs at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau since 2003. She has taught all levels of ELL classes, both for international students as well as community members on campus and in workplaces such as a large dairy farm. She was instrumental, as a curriculum writer and instructor, in the creation of an Intensive English Program at NTC. During the summers of 2015 and 2016, she taught classes in the Intensive English Program at UW-Green Bay. Kathy has a BA in English Education and an ME-PD specializing in TESOL from UW-Eau Claire. She lives in Wausau with her husband and has two adult children.

President

Kari Johnson has been teaching in the School District of Fort Atkinson for the past fifteen years as an elementary EL teacher.  She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UW-Whitewater. Kari holds teaching licenses for Elementary/Middle Education and English as a Second Language. In addition to maintaining the WITESOL website and social media sites, Kari monitors the organization’s email account.  She is also the membership secretary. 

Treasurer

Leeanna Shultz is born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin, and graduated from Ripon College with her Bachelor’s in Anthropology and Spanish. After graduating, she worked for Beloit College for five years as Associate Alumni Director where she learned the ropes of nonprofit and budget management. In 2017, she changed careers and became the Program Coordinator/ESL Instructor for Stateline Literacy Council in Beloit. Leeanna’s current work experience finds her responsible for both the financial and programmatic aspects of managing an adult literacy nonprofit, which positions her well for WITESOL’s treasurer position. She lives in Beloit with her son, Julian and is currently enrolled in a Masters TESOL program through The New School in New York.

Secretary

Catherine Wilson is in her fourth year of teaching at Fort Atkinson High School as an EL teacher.  Before teaching full time, Catherine worked in Sheboygan Falls Elementary School with EL students on a part-time basis.  She has also taught overseas in Kazakhstan where she learned Russian as a second language.  Catherine is excited to serve as secretary for the WITESOL Board. 

Members-at-Large

Mari Bodensteiner is a lecturer in the Department of Languages at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire (UWEC). Recently, she served as a two-year English Language Fellow in Laos where she worked with government officials to improve communication skills in diplomatic settings. She also mentored university professors in a Community of Practice. Bodensteiner’s M.Ed. in Higher Education is from Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and her B.S. is from UWEC in Elementary Education and TESOL. 

Heather A. Linville, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and TESOL Director at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. Heather prepares future teachers to work equitably and effectively with English learners in all teaching contexts. Heather has several publications, including most recently the co-edited volume (with James Whiting) Advocacy in English Language Teaching and Learning (Routledge, 2019). Her research interests include advocacy, critical language awareness, and social justice for ELs. She has traveled and worked in Chile, China, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, and Panama.   

Melanie Schneider is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, where she coordinates the ESL and Bilingual Education Licensure Program. She is interested in promoting collaborations between IHEs and school districts that lead to professional growth among teachers, university students, and university faculty. In addition to teaching students of all ages, she enjoys working with practicing teachers. A long-time member and supporter of WITESOL, Dr. Schneider has served on the WITESOL Board in various capacities.

Lori Menning is an EL, Bilingual-Bicultural, World Languages Consultant at CESA 6. Prior she taught 16 years in the School District of New London since 2002 where she is also the District ELL/Bilingual Coordinator. Lori is passionate about second language acquisition and education and is proud to serve as WITESOL Advocacy Chair.