Facilitators and Speakers
Leadership Advancing Character and Culture in Schools (LACCS)
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 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.
As an educator for more than 20 years, Ronett Jacobs, has been an advocate for students and families, designed innovative learning environments, delivered student-centered instruction, and coached teachers toward best instructional practice. Ronett is particularly interested in Critical Race Theory, Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and attrition of Black teachers. Ronett currently serves on the Board of Directors at Eastbrook Academy in Glendale and is a Program Director for Leadership Advancing Character and Culture in Schools. She is also the Program Coordinator for Teach for America at Alverno College which prepares "on the job" Master's licensure students for teaching assignments in underserved schools in and around the city of Milwaukee. Ronett holds an M.A. in curriculum and instruction from Marian University and a B.A. in Education from Alverno College.
Amy Karsten has nine years of teaching and four years of administrative experience at the middle school level. Prior to her current role she taught English, ESL and journalism at a leadership academy in Delafield, Wisconsin. She especially enjoys working with middle school students as they navigate the complicated world they live in. She appreciates that, in some way, she is helping to shape the character of tomorrow’s leaders. She holds a bachelor's degree in professional communication from Alverno College and a master's degree in education from Carroll University. As a Program Director and Outreach Coordinator for Leadership Advancing Character and Culture in Schools, she works to assess and address each school's culture and climate and find solutions that meet their individualized needs.
Margaret Tackes 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.