Members of the Board of Education
Elected to the Board in 2018, Shelley and her husband Doug are longtime Mequon residents and their two grown daughters are graduates of the Mequon-Thiensville School District.
Shelley has a long history of involvement in the district through volunteering in classrooms, field trips, athletics, and special activities. Shelley served as Treasurer of Safe Play 4 All, raising $60,000 to replace playground equipment at the elementary schools. Notably, Shelley found her niche in PTO newsletters, migrating the Wilson and Steffen newsletters from print to online and developing the Short Kilts, the weekly, online, high school newsletter.
Shelley has earned BS degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Heidelberg College; an MS in Clinical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University; and an MBA in Operations from the University of New Hampshire.
Currently, Shelley works for iVantage Health Analytics, helping hospitals and health systems improve performance with a combination of consulting, software products and data analytics. Her job didn’t exist when she graduated from college: similarly, one of the challenges Shelley is most excited to address as board member is preparing children for futures we can barely imagine.
Wendy Francour has been a member of the board of education since 2014. Wendy has over 35 years of experience in sales, marketing and fund development. She presently represents Kellogg’s in a sales capacity.
Wendy has served the school district for more than 20 years in volunteer roles ranging from high stakes committees, advisory boards, task forces, PTO leadership and fundraising.
Wendy received a bachelor of arts in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and her family have lived in Mequon since 1989. Her daughter attended the district from kindergarten through 12th grade, graduating in 2007.
John Daniels III is a native of Milwaukee who gained his educational experiences in the MPS School System, Marquette University High school and then moved onto the University of Michigan. He is further pursuing his education in a master’s program in organizational leadership at Marian University.
With a heart for seeing young people flourish, he started a mentoring program called ALIVE, Administering Life In Vocational Experiences. ALIVE offers exciting and inspiring interactions for youth to work with professionals in diverse career fields, to help their own personal aspirations come alive. John has been a teacher and key leader in Information Technology for the Holy Redeemer Educational Campus, supporting the CH Mason Clinic, Daniels-Mardak Boys & Girls Club, elementary and high schools. His innovation, commitment and skills provide unique contributions to the expanding vision of the Wisconsin First Jurisdiction under the leadership of Bishop Sedgwick Daniels. John also serves as Director of Operations for OneMke, whose mission is to transform leadership and relationships across the diverse pipeline of talent in the city of Milwaukee. Additionally, he serves in the WI First Jurisdiction leading the growing ministry at Old Mt Zion New Jerusalem COGIC on the east side of Milwaukee.
John and his wife Erickajoy have a son, John Daniels IV, who attends Wilson Elementary.
Paula Taebel was appointed to the board in June 2017 and is serving her first term. She brings in-depth knowledge and extensive involvement in the district, having served for the past 12+ years in a variety of leadership positions, including co-vice president and co-president positions on the Lake Shore PTO and Homestead PTSO, several district level committees, the Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation (MTEF), and the community at large. Most notably, Paula worked collaboratively with the district and the community to launch a successful pro-referendum campaign in 2015, securing much-needed funding for necessary improvements and upgrades throughout the district.
Paula has a spirit of helping others. In addition to her extensive volunteerism for the school district, she has been actively involved in her church, Junior Woman’s Club of M-T, the Red Cross, the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight of Southeastern Wisconsin, and she currently volunteers as a preschool teacher, helping to instill a passion for learning to the next generation.
Paula completed her education at the University of Cincinnati, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor of science in health care administration and planning, and completing graduate studies at the School of Business Administration. She then built her career working in strategic planning, marketing and regulatory compliance for large health-care organizations, with her final position being that of Director of Strategic Planning at the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, OH.
Paula and her husband Scott moved to Mequon in 2001, and share a love of their community with their two boys who are both Homestead High School graduates.
Chris Schultz served our school district as a chemistry, AP chemistry and biology teacher at Homestead High School for 17 years, retiring in June 2015. Prior to returning to school to earn her masters degree in chemistry (University of Illinois at Chicago) and teaching certifications (UW Milwaukee), she worked in the food industry as a quality control chemist.
Chris brings collaboration and communication skills and the perspective of an educator to the board.
Chris and her husband, a Homestead alumnus, moved to Mequon in 2002. She has three grown children and a granddaughter.
Elected to the board in 2019, Akram Khan and his wife, Ayesha Syed, are longtime residents of Mequon. They have two young children currently on their hero-quest with the help of the district’s best educators at Wilson and Steffen. Akram brings 27 years of strategy planning, sales, and communication experience including 20 years of entrepreneurial adventures.
A graduate of UW-Milwaukee in Finance and Business Administration, Akram has always known that education is the singular key that unlocks enormous human potential. As a director of instruction at Kumon Math & Reading Tutoring Center in Mequon, he has been helping students ages 3 and up unlock their academic potential for the past 11 years.
Erik Hollander was elected to the board in April 2020 and is serving his first term. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Business and Director of Strategic Growth and Business Development for the Batterman School of Business at Concordia University Wisconsin. Prior to that, he worked for over 10 years in healthcare (oncology) in a variety of roles (including leadership) and also supports a variety of clients as a Gallup® Certified Strengths Coach.
Erik recently served as a member of the MTSD Community Task Force. He has also served as parent volunteer and Junior Achievement volunteer at Oriole Lane Elementary.
Erik earned a BS in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University; a MBA from Concordia University Wisconsin in Healthcare Administration; and a doctorate of Education in Organizational Change and Leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and supports the state WI-ACHE chapter.
Erik and his wife Beth, a MTSD teacher, moved to the Mequon-Thiensville area in 2016 and together have two boys who attend Oriole Lane Elementary.