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Facilitators and Speakers

Leadership Advancing Character and Culture in Schools (LACCS)

Daniel Tackes, M.S.

Dan Tackes currently is the assistant director of Summer School for the Hamilton School District in Sussex, Wisconsin. As a school administrator, he has worked with students and faculty at all levels. He has been a principal at the elementary level and alternative setting for students with handicapping conditions. As a director of Leadership Advancing Character and Culture in Schools (LACCS), he consistently assists school teams to target their work for outcomes that advance attendance, academic achievement, and good citizenship through appropriate knowledge, skills, and dispositions. He continually works to develop character education with schools by working with teachers, administrators, schools, and districts as they learn and develop concrete plans for youth and their families for the advancement of positive and productive citizens.

Margaret Tackes, Ed.D.

Margaret Tackes, Ed.D. has enjoyed, actually loved, her career in education. In addition to her love of teaching, she has been a school administrator for over 20 years at the elementary, middle and high school. She has directed teacher preparation programs at the college level and was the director of Administrative Leadership at Alverno College. Margaret has enjoyed students at all ages and stages of growth and learning. A passion of hers has been guiding students, faculty, and parents into developing the social and emotional well-being of all. As a director of Alverno’s Leadership Advancing Character and Culture in Schools (LACCS) she supports the development, implementation, and advancement of character education that ensures that students become productive citizens.

Nancy Athanasiou, Ed.D.

Nancy Athanasiou, Professor of Education, has been teaching at Alverno College since 2001. Nancy is an alumna from Alverno College where she received her B.S. in Elementary Education. Her M.S. and Ed.D. degrees are from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She taught middle school for six years in the Milwaukee Public School District and then moved to the Germantown School District where she worked for five years as an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher and Instructional Specialist. Nancy has consulted with school districts and university faculty, locally and internationally, in the areas of assessment and feedback. She also conducts workshops for school personnel on building positive culture and climate in schools.

Julie Borgealt, M.S.

Julie Borgealt is the Assistant Director for Alverno Colleges’ Institute for Educational Outreach. She has worked in continuing education for the college since 2008. Prior she planned professional development workshops, seminars and annual meetings for corporate clients and medical associations. Julie has a B.S. in Business from Indiana University. In 2015, she earned her Master’s degree in Community Psychology with a focus on program evaluation and research at Alverno. Julie has worked with the college’s character education programs, LACE and LACCS since their inception in 2010.  She is the primary coordinator for Wisconsin’s annual character education conference.  Julie also serves as a representative for Alverno College at Wisconsin Women in Higher Education Leadership.