Members of the Board of Education
Re-elected to the Board in April 2016, Kathryn Houpt brings a passion for education and a collaborative sprit. Throughout her 25 plus years of residence in the Mequon-Thiensville community, Kathryn has been involved in Junior Woman’s Club of Mequon-Thiensville, The Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce and on many levels in the Mequon-Thiensville schools. Most recently she was the Chairman for VOICES (Voices Offering Inspiration for All Children’s Education Support), a collaborative board of parents, MTSD staff and administration collaboratively advocating on behalf of students who struggle. Other services to the community include, PTO/PTSO Member, Homestead PTSO Liaison M-T Chamber of Commerce, M-T Junior Woman’s Club Meals on Wheels coordinator, Girl Scout and Cub Scout Den Leader.
After Graduating from University of Wisconsin-Stout with a Bachelors of Science in Retail Merchandising and Management with a Minor in Business Administration, Kathryn spent ten years as a Merchandise Analyst and Assistant Buyer for Kohl’s Department Stores. Since then she has been the financial manager for her family business. She and her husband Joe have two children; a daughter who is a 2012 Homestead Graduate and a son who is a 2014 graduate of Homestead High School.
Elected to the Board in April 2017, Krista Brookman is serving her first term. She believes that education is the pathway to reaching your fullest potential. Krista brings extensive business experience and perspective to the Board with an inclusive lens.
Krista has been a leader in the business community for over 20 years and is a Vice President at the non-profit Catalyst where she is responsible for the strategy and operations of corporate learning products and programs. Prior to joining Catalyst, Krista was at Deloitte where she held various roles in management, marketing, and business development.
Krista is active in a number of professional and community business organizations including TEMPO, Milwaukee Women inc., and serves on the board of directors for Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. In addition, she has served as a Donges Bay PTO committee co-chair and enjoys teaching Junior Achievement.
Krista, originally from Kenosha, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she earned her MBA and BA. In 2013, Krista was recognized as a “40 Under 40” by the Business Journal of Milwaukee and was recently nominated as a “Changemaker” by the White House United State of Women Initiative.
Krista and her family have been in the Mequon community for over a decade. Her son Josh is a student at Donges Bay and her three step-children are all Homestead graduates.
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 BA in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and her family have lived in Mequon since 1989. Her daughter attended MTSD K-12, graduating in 2007.
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.
Jon has extensive experience in the Education Industry. He has spent the past 9 years as a program manager at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) where he has overseen projects as diverse as a new literacy program for all of New York City’s Public Schools to the development of the Woodcock-Johnson IV suite of products. Currently, Jon is also responsible for the aggregation and dissemination of National and State Standards throughout HMH’s Riverside subsidiary. Prior to HMH, Jon founded two software development companies, was a senior director at Interleaf, Inc. and a senior consultant at Deloitte & Touche.
Originally from the southside of Chicago, Jon is a proud alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics. He also has an MBA from Northwestern University and an M.Ed from Concordia University. In 2004, Jon received Wisconsin teaching certifications in Mathematics, Business and Computer Science. His family has lived in Mequon since 1998. The four Jacobs children graduated from Homestead in 2013, 2007 (2), and 2005.
Cindy was elected to the board in April of 2015. She has served on a variety of volunteer boards throughout the greater Milwaukee community. In addition, Cindy has served in many positions on the PTO’s of the district including president and treasurer. Currently, Cindy serves on the policy committee for the school board.
Cindy attended Washington University in St. Louis where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. She currently manages a family business in investment real estate.
Cindy grew up in Mequon where she attended K-12 in the Mequon schools. She returned in 1993 and her children all went through the Mequon schools, graduating in 2005, 2008, and 2012.
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-VP 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 M-T 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 WI, 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 B.S. 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: their oldest a 2014 graduate of Homestead High School and their youngest in his senior year there.