Staff

  • Meet Our Team

    • Abby Andrietsch
      Executive Director

      Abby Andrietsch

      Executive Director

      Abby works with our Leadership Team and Board of Directors to set our strategy, keep us on track, and make sure we have the time, talent, and resources in place to execute our vision.

      Prior to co-founding Schools That Can Milwaukee in 2010 with veteran school turnaround expert Kole Knueppel, Abby was Vice President of Finance & Administration for INCOVA Technologies, a subsidiary of HUSCO International. Before that, Abby worked as the Director of Policy and Programs at The Doris & Donald Fisher Fund in San Francisco. She has also held positions with the Broad Foundation and Robert W. Baird & Company.

      Abby has a B.S. in Commerce with a concentration in Finance from the University of Virginia, and both a M.B.A. and M.A. in Education from Stanford University. She is a member of TEMPO Milwaukee, Alverno College’s Board of Trustees, HUSCO International’s Board of Advisors, and the United Community Center’s Education Committee.

      Abby and her husband, Omar, are kept constantly moving by their beautiful daughters, Page and Emma.

    Program Team

    • Rashida Evans
      Chief Program Officer

      Rashida Evans

      Chief Program Officer

      Rashida supports school leaders in executing their vision to close the achievement gap and send Milwaukee’s students to and through college.

      Rashida has worked in school leadership for the past 12 years as school turnaround principal, district administrator, academic director, and dean of students.  She is most proud of her seven years as an elementary school teacher, and for her work at a school that was honored as Charter School of the Year under her leadership.

      Rashida has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, a M.S. in Education Counseling from Concordia University – Mequon, and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from National Louis University – Wheeling Campus via KIPP.

      Rashida’s daughters, Olivia and Lauryn, keep her very busy. Together they are always laughing along with her husband, Terry, the lonely man of the family.

    • Stephanie Maney
      Director of Leadership Development

      Stephanie Maney

      Director of Leadership Development

      Stephanie directs the principal licensure program we operate with Alverno College, identifying high-potential leaders and developing them through a blend of rigorous study, coaching, and field experience.

      Prior to joining Schools That Can Milwaukee, Stephanie was a teacher and administrator in Milwaukee Public Schools. Most recently, she served as Director of School Turnaround. Her prior roles included teaching elementary and middle school children, 10 years as assistant principal at the Milwaukee Sign Language School and School of Languages, and 4 years as principal at Jeremiah Curtin Leadership Academy.

      Stephanie earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. Currently Stephanie is working toward her PhD. in Leadership, Learning, Service, and Research at Cardinal Stritch University.

      Stephanie, her husband Joe (a retired School Administrator) and their two daughters reside in Milwaukee.

    • Andy Vitrano
      Director of Partnerships

      Andy Vitrano

      Director of Partnerships

      Andy helps school leaders bring their visions to fruition. He guides leaders through implementing “good to great” strategies and change processes, with a heavy emphasis on human capital and relationship building.

      Prior to becoming a member of the Schools That Can Milwaukee team, Andy was a teacher and administrator in Milwaukee Public Schools. Most recently, he served as principal within the high-performing Milwaukee College Prep charter school network. As school leader of MCP’s Lloyd Street campus, Andy helped create a vibrant climate and culture in what was once a struggling school community.

      Andy earned a B.A. in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Marian University. He is also an alum of the New Leaders for New Schools initiative.

      Andy lives with his three amazing children.

    • Susan Sprenger
      School Leadership Coach

      Susan Sprenger

      School Leadership Coach

      Susan is passionate about effective and engaging teacher professional development and coaching, and curriculum planning and assessment. She coaches school leaders to seamlessly incorporate these practices into their school’s instructional culture.

      Susan came to STCM with 12 years of teaching and leadership experience in urban schools, serving as a classroom teacher, teacher coach, and instructional leader in Milwaukee schools.

      Susan has a B.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a post-baccalaureate teacher certificate and a M.S. in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. She is a licensed educator and administrator.

      Susan lives on the East Side of Milwaukee with her husband, TJ, and their three daughters.

    • Becky Owens
      School Leadership Coach

      Becky Owens

      School Leadership Coach

      Becky supports school leaders with their academic vision by defining their achievement “North Stars,” analyzing their progress to goals using school data, and executing their teacher support and development initiatives.

      Becky started her education career teaching in the South Bronx, and has spent the last decade teaching over 200 students and developing more than 50 teachers. She has served in many leadership roles at turnaround schools and high-performing charter networks, including Achievement First and Rocketship. Prior to joining Schools That Can Milwaukee, Becky was Manager of Teacher Leadership for Teach For America – San Jose. At TFA, Becky supported 30 teachers across 10 traditional district and charter schools and created professional development for more than 180 teachers.

      Becky has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a M.S. in Teaching from Pace University, a Coaching Certificate for Beginning Teacher Support and Assessments from the REACH Institute for School Leadership, and a M.B.A. in Education Leadership from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.

      In her free time, Becky enjoys hiking, farmer’s markets, and traveling.

    • Arianne Kailas-Stern
      School Leadership Coach

      Arianne Kailas-Stern

      School Leadership Coach

      Arianne provides coaching and support to leaders in STCM’s Burke Fellowship principal licensure program at Alverno College. She helps to create Leadership Action Plans that nourish the growth and potential of future building leaders.

      Arianne began her career as a Teach For America corps member teaching both 5th and 2nd grade in the South Bronx. Arianne then took on a school leadership role as the Assistant Head of Lower School at the Bank Street School for Children.

      Arianne has a B.A. in Psychology and French from Emory University, a M.S. in Elementary Education from Pace University, and a M.S. in School Leadership for Educational Change from Bank Street College.

      In her spare time, Arianne enjoys swimming, traveling and taking long walks by the lake with her daughter Cassie.

    • Jennifer Lopez
      School Leadership Coach

      Jennifer Lopez

      School Leadership Coach

      Jennifer supports school leaders and school leadership teams to strategically plan and execute their school turnaround efforts.

      Prior to joining STCM, Jennifer served as the Managing Director, Strategic Growth for Generation Teach, where she scaled summer teaching fellowships in partnership with district and charter schools in Boston and Denver. Before that, Jennifer worked as Chief of Staff at UP Education Network, as Director in the Sacramento City Unified School District, and as a middle school administrator and teacher.

      Jennifer has a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Occidental College and her M.A. in School Administration and Policy from Loyola Marymount University. She is an alumna of Teach For America.

      In her free time, Jennifer enjoys reading, running, and exploring her new home in the Midwest with her husband, Nic.

    • Jammie Poole
      School Leadership Coach

      Jammie Poole

      School Leadership Coach

      Jammie draws on a wealth of school turnaround leadership experience to help school leaders and their teams to achieve their school culture, academic, and operational goals.

      Jammie’s professional background includes 10 years as a high school teacher with Memphis City Schools (now Shelby County Schools) and six years as a school principal in Chicago Public Schools and Rich Township 227. He also spent time as a regional director for the Blueprint Schools Network in Denver and Boston and as executive director of a network of charter schools in Memphis, TN. Jammie is a product of New Leaders for New Schools, one of the nation’s premiere principal preparation groups. He was trained as a turnaround principal with the Academy for Urban School Leadership to lead the nation’s first turnaround high school in Chicago, IL. Jammie’s leadership transformed the school that was ONCE labeled one of Chicago’s worst to what the New York Times in 2008 called a “national model” for school turnaround. Jammie’s most recent position was Executive Director of Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering Charter School serving students in Memphis, TN.

      Jammie is a proud HBCU alum of Rust College, where he earned a B.A. in English. He also holds a M.Ed in Education Leadership from National Louis University.

      Jammie enjoys cooking, making his children laugh, and has a deep passion for working with those struggling from mental health issues.

    • Cassie Scheidegger
      Manager of School Support

      Cassie Scheidegger

      Manager of School Support

      Cassie supports our team of School Leadership Coaches, and also crunches our numbers so we can understand how to make an even bigger impact.

      Cassie’s experience working and leading in the education non-profit sector began with two years of service as a full-time AmeriCorps volunteer with City Year in Washington D.C. and Milwaukee, before she joined the City Year Milwaukee staff. As a Program Manager, Cassie managed teams of 8-10 AmeriCorps members yearly as they served as tutors, mentors, and role model in Milwaukee Public Schools. In her role as an Impact Director, Cassie supervised the day-to-day programmatic operations, relationship management, and achievement of service outcomes across six City Year partner schools, including managing six full-time staff members.

      Cassie has a B.A. in Political Science/History from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

      In her free time, Cassie loves to run, read, and travel.

    • Molly Long
      School Support Assistant

      Molly Long

      School Support Assistant

      Molly supports our team of School Leadership Coaches. In particular, she helps to ensure all trainings, events, and Collaboratives are excellent learning opportunities for our leaders.

      Molly is a student at Marquette University, where she is pursuing a degree in business. Before college, graduated from Divine Savior Holy Angels High School.

      In her free time, Molly loves spending time with her family and friends. At Marquette, she is a member of Sigma Kappa sorority and also a part of Midnight Run, a campus service club.

    Organizational Support Team

    • Mitzi Keel
      Chief of Staff

      Mitzi Keel

      Chief of Staff

      Mitzi manages the team of people who keep things running smoothly. A member of our Leadership Team, Mitzi takes the lead on team-wide operations and our development strategy, and also handles day-to-day management of our Board of Directors.

      Mitzi has 9 years of experience working in education non-profit recruitment, operations, and fundraising. Prior to joining Schools That Can Milwaukee, Mitzi worked for Teach For America recruiting corps members and staff members. She also coordinated operations for TFA’s 2009 and 2010 training institutes in Chicago. In 2010, Mitzi became the Director of Development and Community Partnerships for TFA-Milwaukee. Mitzi was also the key project manager at TFA for the first GROW in MILWAUKEE event hosted by TFA and STCM in 2014.

      Mitzi has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas.

      In her free time, Mitzi sings in the choir at the Basilica of Saint Josaphat.

    • Isral DeBruin
      Director of Communications

      Isral DeBruin

      Director of Communications

      Isral tells our story in ways that engage the community in our work. He is also a member of our Leadership Team.

      Prior to joining Schools That Can Milwaukee, Isral taught upper elementary students at La Causa Charter School, initially as a Teach For America corps member and later as an after-school tutor and long-term substitute. Before joining TFA, Isral was an award-winning education reporter covering suburban school districts for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s NOW Newspapers.

      Isral has a B.A. in Journalism & Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a M.Ed. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University. He is also a licensed educator.

      Isral and his wife, Joanna, are working to renovate a 100-year-old house in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.

    • Andrea Homan
      Manager of Development

      Andrea Homan

      Manager of Development

      Andrea connects our mission and goals with generous donors looking to make positive change in Milwaukee’s education landscape.

      Andrea joined Schools That Can Milwaukee after working on the fundraising team at the United Community Center, which operates Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, one of the schools that helped launch Schools That Can Milwaukee. Before that, Andrea worked for the Milwaukee YMCA, Milwaukee Health Services, Inc., and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, WA. Her first foray into fundraising was as a college summer intern at the Urban Ecology Center.

      Andrea has a B.A. in Technical & Professional Writing at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is currently working toward her Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) certification.

      Andrea lives with her husband Joe. Joe’s tuxedo cat, Colonel William Tavington, puts up with her existence.

    • Samantha Bronson
      Office Assistant

      Samantha Bronson

      Office Assistant

      Samantha supports our entire team through a variety of office management tasks.

      Samantha came to Schools That Can Milwaukee from the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland. At this fast-paced hunger relief organization, she coordinated a 30% increase in volunteers – from 13,000 to 17,000 individuals – over the course of just one year. Samantha has more than five years of administrative experience and seven years of experience working in education, working directly with students from kindergarten through graduate school.

      Samantha has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a M.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Social Transformation with an emphasis on Gender, Ecology, and Society from the California Institute of Integral Studies.

      In her free time, Samantha is a life-long learner who enjoys being in nature and practicing yoga. Her 3-year old daughter, Aurora, keeps her and her partner Brandon on their toes!