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 chairperson 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 the 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 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.
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 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.
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.