Members of the Task Force
A 13-year resident of Mequon and a parent of three Homestead graduates, Stephanie Clark served for more than five years on the MTSD Board of Education. Two of those years were as board vice president, as well as one as board president. Her children also attended Wilson Elementary and Steffen Middle School.
Stephanie holds a master of humanities degree from the University of Richmond and a bachelor’s degree in English with a psychology minor from Franklin and Marshall College, located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her work experience includes resource development and strategic planning with United Way Services and various volunteer positions, along with serving in college admissions at Gettysburg College.
Peter Stone and his wife, Leann, are 35-year residents of Mequon. Their three adult children are all Homestead High School graduates, and they also all attended Donges Bay Elementary and Lake Shore Middle School. Peter served for 15 years on the MTSD Board of Education, working with superintendents Karl Hertz, John Box, Bob Slotterback, and Demond Means. He also served multiple terms as board president.
Peter is an attorney and a retired partner at Foley & Lardner, where he practiced in the litigation department.
- Cindy Anderson
- David Delahunt
- Lesley Curro
- Anna Bakalinsky
- Nicki Depies
- Erin Eschrich
- Ajay Ganju
- Daniel Gannon
- Erik Hollander
- Brian Odeja
- Miriam Peltz
- Moshe Rapoport
- Cedric Rembert
- MaryNell Ryan
- Daniel Suhr
- David Teplin
- Deborah Tye
Cindy, her husband Matt and their two daughters (currently a sophomore at Homestead and an eighth-grader at Lake Shore) moved to Mequon six years ago from California. Cindy is the current president of the Mequon-Thiensville Education Foundation and has been an active member of PTOs since her children entered kindergarten many years ago. She also served four years on the Board of Directors for Clan Beglan, the nonprofit parent organization affiliated with her daughter's Irish Dance Academy.
Aside from her volunteer commitments, Cindy has a master's degree in public health and enjoys consulting on various community health and public policy initiatives. She also enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
A native of Milwaukee, David Delahunt has lived in Mequon for the past 30 years. He has two adult children, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He graduated from Marquette University and is an Air Force veteran. He is also a member of the American Legion Mequon-Thiensville Post #457.
In his career, David served as a real estate broker, where he gained more than 40 years of experience dealing with transferring executives and their families. As such, he understands the value of great schools and quality of life for a community. He is honored to participate on the task force and looks forward to working closely with his fellow members.
Anna Bakalinsky is the mother of a senior girl and a freshman boy at Homestead, as well as a fourth-grade boy at Donges Bay. All of her kids have been in the district since birth. Anna herself attended Wilson, Steffen, and Homestead in her youth.
As a business owner of Mila's European Bakery and a proud supporter of Mequon-Thiensville schools, she is pleased to serve on this task force.
Nicki Depies is a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in downtown Milwaukee. Nicki and her family have lived in Mequon for the past nine years. She has three children in MTSD: Jack is a senior and Sam is a freshman at Homestead, while Max is a sixth-grade Steffen Middle School student. Nicki’s husband works for Goodwill Industries.
Erin Eschrich and her husband have lived in Mequon for the past 11 years, and they have three children. They love participating in recreation department activities, playing at the parks and enjoying other festivals in the community. Two of her children currently attend Oriole Lane Elementary, while the third is not yet school-aged.
One of Erin’s daughters, Natalie, has a severe form of cerebral palsy that prevents her from walking, sitting and using verbal communication. However, she lights up the room with her smile and has the hearts of everyone who supports her.
Erin comes to the task force with a background in and passion for supporting children with unique needs and aims to help create a supportive environment for all students in MTSD.
Ajay Ganju moved to the Mequon-Thiensville community with his wife, Diana, in 2010. They have three children who all currently attend Wilson Elementary.
Ajay moved to Mequon because of its relative suburban feel, as well as the quality schools in the community. Prior to moving to Mequon, Ajay and Diana lived in downtown Milwaukee. Diana is originally from Lithuania and came to the United States in 2001.
Ajay is originally from Chilton, and he received his undergraduate degree from UW-Madison. He works for BOK Financial Securities and provides consulting services to financial institutions. The firm's services are focused on interest rate risk, investments and funding.
A 34-year resident of Mequon, Daniel Gannon has been an alderman and a member of various local civic committees. He is now a member of the Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club. Daniel has also served as a member of numerous boards and committees in the Milwaukee area, including PAVE (Partners Advancing Values in Education).
Daniel was a senior banking executive at medium and large commercial banks. His focus was lending and credit management, financial management, operations, computer, data management, the utilization of new technologies, acquisitions and the restructuring of organizations. He is a CPA and a former military officer.
Daniel is a graduate of Marquette University and holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is married and has three adult sons.
A Mequon resident, Erik Hollander is in his fifth year as a full-time faculty member at Concordia University. There, he serves as director of strategic growth and business development, faculty advisor to three CUW student groups and assistant professor of business. He is also a Certified Gallup Strengths coach.
Erik has worked in and around medical oncology, including in leadership roles, for more than a decade prior to entering academia. He is now finishing his Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) at USC. He also volunteers with Junior Achievement.
Erik’s wife teaches 4K in MTSD. They have two boys, who both attend Oriole Lane Elementary.
Brian Odeja moved to the Mequon-Thiensville area about four years ago. He is married with two kids: a son (15) and a daughter (5). Brian works in the marketing and advertising industry, serving small businesses in southeastern Wisconsin. In his free time, he enjoys doing projects around the house, watching sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Born and raised in Mequon, Miriam Peltz received a bachelor's degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting from UW-Milwaukee. She then started as an accountant for a consulting firm. Shortly thereafter, a client, The Next Door Foundation, hired Miriam and her boss as employees.
Miriam went on to receive an MBA from UWM. After completing her graduate degree, she tried out fund accounting at a mutual fund company, but found that the lack of human interaction was not a good match for her. From there, she was hired at Neroli Salon and Spa, and later became the director of finance. In 2013, Miriam, her husband and their children moved to Mequon from the east side of Milwaukee for the great schools. She is now a full-time mom to her three kids.
Cedric Rembert recently moved to the Mequon-Thiensville area, but has been involved in the local community since 1994. He graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin, receiving a bachelor’s degree in business management, and has served as a volunteer coach for the M-T Recreation Department, TYMBA Heat Baseball/Softball programs and Cardinal Youth Football program for several years.
Cedric has been involved in developing and improving school safety programs within Ozaukee County and MTSD. He has three children in the school district. Cedric also serves on several local, state, and national executive boards for professional and nonprofit organizations. He is currently an executive in the law enforcement profession.
Mary Nell Ryan is the parent of two children who attended the Mequon-Thiensville School District from kindergarten through high school. She is a professional educator for adults with more than 20 years of experience in training, learning and development. Her current role is as Director of Professional Development at the Next Door Foundation, where she helps to "build stronger families through education."
Mary holds a master's degree in adult education and is a senior professional in human resources. Her philosophy: "Learning is a lifetime journey."
Daniel Suhr and his wife, Anna, live in Thiensville. Their children, ages eight and six, both attend Oriole Lane Elementary. The Suhrs are active in their church (Christ Church Mequon), Cub Scout pack and an ever-increasing number of sports, although they cherish family game nights most.
Daniel is an attorney for the Liberty Justice Center, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan law firm that brings cases supporting free speech and free enterprise in courts across the country. He is a graduate of Marquette (BA, JD), Georgetown (LLM) and Missouri (MPA). Daniel previously worked for 6.5 years as a senior adviser in the Office of Governor Scott Walker in Madison.
A lifelong resident and business owner in Mequon, David Teplin is a graduate of Homestead High School. He and his wife, Heather, have two boys, one a Homestead senior and the other a Class of 2019 graduate. He has been a volunteer youth coach and currently serves as president of the Homestead Booster Club.