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Connecting Families… Empowering People


Mary Ann Hitch - President

I was born and raised in Appleton, attended UW-Madison where I completed my masters in Social Work.  I’m married to Bill Hitch and we moved to Green Bay in 1983. We have 4 grown children - in college, working, or going back to college! They live in Madison, Chicago, Quebec City, and soon, Providence, RI.

I am employed as a school social worker at Keller Elementary, Green Bay Area Public Schools. Prior to the schools, I have worked at Family Services Crisis Center, Bellin Hospital, and American Foundation of Counseling Services.

I have been on the HCRC Board since 1999, assisting with the planning and fundraising for the current building. The resource center combines services to Howe Elementary School and the community as a whole. The programming focuses on the immediate needs of students and families and helping families meet their goal to be self-sustaining.  

I am a first generation American, and my parents did not speak English until my siblings and I were in school. Although we were white, my parents experienced discrimination that current immigrants face – assuming lack of intelligence because they did not understand or speak English well. Current immigrants experience even more discrimination because of their broken English, their brown skin, or their religious beliefs. The resource center is the place all families can come to receive the help they need, with no worries about discrimination, so they can be self- sufficient.

Brittni Lessuise  - Vice President

Brittni Lessuise was born and raised in Green Bay and graduated from UW-Green Bay with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has been in the banking industry for over six years and is currently a Private Banker for Nicolet National Bank. Brittni is an active member in the community where she volunteers at House of Hope and she currently serves as the Vice President of the board for the Howe Community Resource Center. With small children of her own, Brittni has a passion to keep children in the Brown County community safe, happy and healthy.

Joel Steber - Treasurer

Joel Steber, CPA, MBA joined Bank First National in March 2012 as Vice President, Business Banking. Joel has over 10 years of banking experience. Prior to banking, Joel was a Senior Manager for a Regional CPA

Firm for over 13 years. Joel holds both his MBA and bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement and as Treasurer for the Howe Community Resource Center.

Paul Hannemann - Secretary

My name is Paul Hannemann and currently I serve as the Secretary of the board for the Howe Community Resource Center.  I started serving on the board in October of 2010.  Then in October of 2012 I moved into the position of vice president.  Finally, I began serving as the board president In October of 2013 and held the position to 2016. In my professional life I am an elementary teacher at Howe Elementary.  I started teaching in the fall of 1996.  My first three years were in special education at Aldo Leopold.  I moved to a regular classroom at Howe Elementary in the fall of 1999. Howe is a wonderful school with a diverse and rich culture.  It is a fun, challenging, and rewarding place to teach.  What draws me to both Howe Elementary and the Howe Community Resource Center is the chance to be actively involved in the community in which I live.  I feel strongly that the strength and health of a community is built from the people and families that live there.  To keep a community strong it is important that we are all involved and work together to make a positive difference in the world around us.

John Ravizza - Board Member

Dr. John Ravizza is a native of San Jose, California. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University. He received his teacher certification in secondary education from the University of San Diego and a Master's degree in Educational Administration from Boston College. In 2010, he received a Doctorate in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. John has experience teaching at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He is currently the Principal at Notre Dame Academy-- a Catholic high school in Green Bay. In this position, he seeks to work with students, parents, teachers, staff and administrators to develop an educational community that is informed by gospel values and that meets the needs of all students.  Prior to working to Notre Dame, he spent five years working in the Teacher Education program at St. Norbert College, including one year as the Interim Director of the Center for Adaptive Education and Assistive Technology. John's wife, Dr. Bridget Burke Ravizza, is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at St. Norbert College. John, Bridget and their three children are members of St. Norbert College Parish in De Pere. John joined the HCRC Board in 2013.

Katie Klaus - Board Member

Katie has been a member of the Board of Directors for two years.  Professional experience includes over seventeen years of working in higher education. Experience includes recruiting, academic advising, marketing, financial aid and teaching.  Katie’s own higher education degrees include Bachelor of Science from Ball State University, Bachelor of Arts from Lakeland College and Master of Arts in Counseling from Lakeland College.  Katie is a proud active member of Union Congregational United Church of Christ.   When not at work, Katie enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  Katie is especially proud to be the Grandmother of two delightful young grandchildren.

Vanya Koepke - Board Member
Vanya was adopted from Tomsk, Russia at the age of 10. He is second oldest of eight children. Vanya grew-up in West Bend, WI. Vanya received his Associate degree in 2013 from UW-Washington County, where Vanya served as Student Government President and campus representative to the UW-System. In 2015 Vanya graduated from UW-Green Bay with his Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and Political Science. Currently, Vanya lives on the east side of Green Bay. He works as an account executive for Team Apparel and Specialties, Inc. He serves as an ambassador for the Current Young Professionals of Green Bay. He is also serves on the mission advisory board of the Salvation Army. Vanya is committed to serving and furthering the mission of the Howe Community Resource Center out of a desire to give back; a passion that was instilled in him through the example of his parents.

Faith Hill - Board Member
Faith joined the Board in spring of 2016. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay, and has been a Green Bay/De Pere resident for the last 13 years.  Faith works for PAi in De Pere, as the Project Development Leader, and was a graduate of the 2016 Class of Leadership Green Bay.  Faith’s commitment to HCRC stems from a desire to help give children in our community the support and opportunities they need to become engaged and successful adults in the future.

Monica Moe - Board Member
Monica is the current Director of the St. Norbert Fund, at St. Norbert College. Within this role, Monica secures funding for student financial aid. Previously, she spent 4 years employed as the Development Director at YWCA of Greater Green Bay. There she managed all aspects of fund development for the organization. Monica was a 2014 Leadership Green Bay graduate as well as a 2014 Future 15 Recipient. During her time in Leadership Green Bay, she partnered with a group of area community leaders to create a community garden in the Olde North Neighborhood. Monica is also a Volunteer Advocate for CASA of Brown County. Where she acts as the voice for an abused or neglected child in the courtroom. Monica resides in De Pere, WI, where she enjoys spending time with her two German Shepherds: Delilah and Sherman.

Katie Turkiewicz – Board Member
Katie joined the HCRC board in fall of 2016. Katie grew up in Green Bay and recently moved back to the area from Milwaukee to take a position as an Assistant Professor of Communication at UWGB. Katie’s research and teaching emphasis is health communication. Katie received her MA and Ph.D. In Communication from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Katie’s involvement and interest in the HCRC comes from a strong belief in providing health and social support services to young children and their families. Prior to moving to Green Bay, Katie was involved with the Ozaukee County Adult Literacy Center as a tutor. Katie resides in De Pere, WI with her husband Kevin and their son Ben.

Georgette Van Den Heuvel - Board Member
Georgette VanDenHeuvel became a board member in Fall of 2016. She was born and raised in the Green Bay area, and is the parent of both Howe and East High School students. Georgette is an active volunteer with Howe students for Junior Achievement and is currently a Brownie/Daisy Girl Scout Leader for Howe. Georgette is also a Girls Scout Service Team Member in the Green Bay Metro Area.

Amy Kallioninen - Board Member