About Literacy Network

Literacy Network benefits from strong leadership committed to ensuring our programs and services continue to have the greatest impact possible in our community. We maintain a high level of quality thanks to in-kind contributions and volunteer support from our community.

Literacy Network Campaign Steering Committee

Laurie Benson

Betty Harris Custer

Daniel Frazier

Fred Gants

Beth Gaytan

Peter Lundberg

Rich Lynch

Salli Martyniak

Dipesh Navsaria

Melanie Schmidt

Lindsey Slack

John Wiley

Literacy Network Staff Leadership

Jeff Burkhart, MEd, Executive Director  

Jen Davie, CRFE, Development Director

Board of Directors

Rich Birrenkott (Dean Health Plan, ASO Account Manager)


Anna Canty (PharmaSeek, Senior Contracts and Compliance Analyst)


Carol Cohen (Retired from Wisconsin Public Radio, Grants Writer)


Derrell Connor (Legacy Advisor Network, Benefits Advisor)


Nicole Cuellar (Newcomb Construction, Project Manager)


Kathleen M. Foley (American Family Insurance, Business Analyst)


Fred Gants (Quarles & Brady LLP, Partner)


Tim Heinrich (Alliant Energy Corp., Director – Customer Support Services)


Donna V. Hurd (Perkins Coie LLP, Director of Administration)


Summer Rector (QTI Consulting, Inc., Senior Consultant)


Erika Rosales (WIDA Consortium, Educator Outreach Specialist)


Carole Schaeffer (Miron Construction, VP Business Development)


Angela Thomas (Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, General Accounting Section Chief)


Raluca Vais-Ottosen (DeWitt, Ross & Stevens SC, Attorney)