O4E Education Commission

Mission Statement

Our mission is to ensure that our schools prepare children to be productive, lifelong learners and who upon graduation are ready to start their careers and/or are prepared to enter an institution of higher learning.

Our Role

To carry out this mission, the Education Commission will be charged with the evaluation of measureable goals and monitoring progress in the development and implementation of the Oshkosh Area School District’s Strategic Plan.

The panel will report their findings to the OASD Board of Education and the public on a quarterly basis and at an annual communitywide presentation each fall.

The commission will work with key informants around issues of public interest in education and workforce development, bring to the forefront those issues and work with key partners to help the OASD accomplish the priority goals set in the strategic plan.

The commission and OASD develop a Communication Framework in 2014 to help guide communication of key messages tied to areas of distinction within our schools.

O4E Education Commission Members


Amy Albright, Oshkosh Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.

Amy Albright is the Executive Director of the Oshkosh Convention & Visitor’s Bureau.  Prior to this, she had a 20 year career with the Oshkosh Community YMCA focusing on marketing, membership, public relations, community relations, fundraising and development. As an Oshkosh native, Albright has dedicated herself to enriching the Oshkosh community and is passionate about letting people know that Oshkosh is an awesome place to live, work, visit and play.  She is a current member of various event committees and non-profit boards throughout Oshkosh.  Amy is married to Bob Albright, Owner of RJ Albright Construction.  Bob and Amy are proud parents to two teenagers, Cami & Bobby.

Tom Belter, National Exchange Bank

In November of 1992 I first walked into my new office in my new job in the unknown City of Oshkosh. That same day I attended the Chamber of Commerce annual meeting- knowing no one in the room, signed up for leadership Oshkosh and began to let this great city take over my life. 21 years later I am still doing my best to help us move forward as the Chairman of the Oshkosh Redevelopment Authority and the Chairman of the Oshkosh Chamber economic development advisory council. I firmly believe that education is a core requirement for the future success of Oshkosh.

A product of public education in Baraboo, with a business degree from UW-Madison and an MBA from UW-Whitewater I have been lucky to learn from many outstanding teachers and coaches who have taught me to strive to do my best. Oshkosh now has this responsibility to show everyone our best.

Stephanie Carlin, Oshkosh Area School District Board of Education

Stephanie holds a B.A. in Political Science from Franklin & Marshall College and an M.A. in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University. She spent many years as a business consultant at Arthur Andersen and the American Productivity and Quality Center.  She is currently a part-time business writer and consultant.  

Stephanie is a member of the Oshkosh Area School District Board of Education, and she serves the school district because she believes that strong schools are crucial for a strong community. She has lived in Oshkosh since 2000 and has three children in the school district.  She was actively involved on the past three referendums, and she served on the design committees for Oaklawn and Lakeside Elementary schools.

Vickie L. Cartwright, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools – Oshkosh Area School District

Vickie L. Cartwright, Ph.D., has over twenty-two years of experience in public education and currently serves as the Superintendent of Schools for the Oshkosh Area School District. Cartwright took office on July 1, 2018.

Before leading the Oshkosh Area School District, Cartwright served as the Associate Superintendent for Exceptional Student Education (ESE) in Orange County Public Schools (OCPS). Located in Orlando, FL., OCPS is the ninth largest district in the nation with over 207,000 students. In this position, Cartwright oversaw the ESE department – responsible for supporting over 47,500 students and leading principals, central office administrators, instructional personnel, and classified staff. Additional leadership experience includes previously directing the Accountability, Research, and Assessment Department in OCPS, as well as currently serving as the Vice-President of the American Educational Research Association for the Division of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment in Schools.

In addition to working in OCPS, Cartwright taught graduate students as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Florida for multiple years. She also served on committees and provided leadership at the local, state, and national levels in the areas of school accountability, evaluation, research, assessment, and exceptional student education. Additional administrative experience includes being a secondary level school assistant principal and principal in suburban communities. Prior instructional experience includes serving as an elementary school music teacher and a middle and high school band director.

Cartwright graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She continued her education at the University of Southern Mississippi, where she completed a Masters in Music Education and a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Administration. She has been married to Dr. Carl Cartwright for 27 years and has a son, Dylan, who is attending college.

John Casper, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

John A. Casper is the President and CEO of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, one of only seventy 5-Star accredited Chambers of Commerce in the US and the fifth largest Chamber in Wisconsin. He has served as the Oshkosh Chamber’s President and CEO since January 1991. He previously served as the Director of Commercial Development for the Oshkosh Chamber. He served as President of the Wisconsin Chambers of Commerce Executives Board of Directors and was a member of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Board and its Executive Committee. John received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. He completed the Institute for Organization Management, a nationally recognized leadership development program of the US Chamber of Commerce and was awarded a certificate in Organizational Management at the University of Notre Dame in 2000.

Trisha Castle, Chair, Oshkosh

Trisha attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and developed a passion for helping others, especially children. Upon graduation she worked as an AmericaReads Tutor and as an AmeriCorps member at Webster Stanley Elementary School. During that time she ventured into her biggest role as a wife and mother. In 2010, she joined the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh.  This experience has been fundamental in enriching her passion for serving the needs of children.  Trisha is committed and eager to have a more active role within the Oshkosh school community.  She is married to Tom Castle, CEO of Castle Pierce, and they have two daughters attending school in the Oshkosh district.

Julie Dumke, Oshkosh Area School District

Julie Dumke and is a lifelong resident and the proud mother of 2 daughters. All three are products of the Oshkosh Area School District. She has been an educator in the OASD for 25 years where she have held several roles; classroom teacher, gifted and talented teacher, instructional support teacher and presently a peer coach and the community based learning coordinator. Each and every one of us, no matter who we are or where we live, have value to offer our community. Her goal is to bring our students out into the community and the community into our schools, together continuing to make Oshkosh the great place it is to live, work and play.

Barbara Herzog, Oshkosh Area School District Board of Education

Barbara is vice-president of the Oshkosh Area School District Board of Education. She obtained education degrees from UW Oshkosh and from UW Madison. Her professional career has been spent in k-12 public schools as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and central office administrator. In addition, she has served as an instructor and academic staff member at the university level. Meeting the needs of all students has always been important to her.

Barbara believes that everyone in the community has a stake in how well our students are educated. The quality of education makes a difference for students, their families, and the entire community.  She believes that Oshkosh is a great place to live, learn, work, and play and wants to serve as an advocate for all students.

John Fitzpatrick, City of Oshkosh

John Fitzpatrick is the Assistant City Manager / Director of Administrative Services for the City of Oshkosh and has over 25 years of public sector experience ranging from work as a Custodian to Acting City Manager.

He holds degrees in Public and Environmental Administration from UW Green Bay, Business Administration with a special emphasis in Human Resource Management from UW Platteville and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from UW Oshkosh.

John’s experience was developed by working for a variety of University of Wisconsin System institutions as well as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation before accepting his position with the City of Oshkosh in 1999.

In his current position, John is responsible for supporting the City Manager in any and all responsibilities assigned by the Oshkosh City Council to the City Manager and also for performing all activities required of the Director of Administrative Services.

As Director of Administrative Services, John oversees several functional areas. These areas are; Central Services, Facilities Management, Oshkosh Community Media Services (Television Channels 2,10 and WOCT Radio 101.9 FM), Information Technology, Risk Management, Payroll, Benefits, Human Resources, Purchasing and Safety.

As Assistant City Manager, John researches, develops and manages the City of Oshkosh’s strategic planning, performance evaluation / management initiatives, supervises the City’s Management Assistant Program and is regularly assigned a variety of short-term projects by the City Manager. He also assumes the responsibilities of the City Manager in the event that the Manager is unavailable for any reason.

John represents the City of Oshkosh at various gatherings inside and outside the City. He acts not only as an administrator but also provides a direct link between our local government and the citizenry.

Erin Kohl, Oshkosh Area School District

For the past 19 years, I have spent my entire career serving the Oshkosh Area School District as a teacher and principal. I was principal at Lincoln Elementary School for 2 years, Washington Elementary School for 4 years, and was recently named principal of Oshkosh West High School. I grew up in Winneconne but have resided in Oshkosh for the past 19 years with my husband and our three children who all attend school in the Oshkosh Area School District. It is truly and honor to serve the students, staff, parents, and greater Oshkosh community!

Melissa Kohn, Fox Valley Technical College

Director, Oshkosh Campus Fox Valley Technical College Engaging in a working relationship with educational partners within the Oshkosh community can put us in a position to help shape the institutional practices that will benefit and support the community at large.

Megan Hoopman Lang, First Weber Group

I am a lifelong resident of Oshkosh and a proud graduate of the Oshkosh Area School District and UW Oshkosh! Professionally, I am a Realtor at First Weber Group and a partner in Black Teak Properties, LLC, which owns commercial and residential properties primarily in Downtown Oshkosh. I currently serve on the following boards in the community: Downtown Oshkosh Business Improvement District (BID), Oshkosh YMCA and Hooper Community Center. In the past I have served on several other boards, some include: Propel, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Oshkosh Area Economic Development Corporation and NeighborWorks.

I believe that having a top quality education system in our community is important on a variety of levels and crucial for our community’s long term success. Access to great schools and opportunities throughout the District help ensure the future of our entire community and all of our neighborhoods. Through my career in real estate, I am constantly working with people who are evaluating “where they want to live” and a part of that consideration is almost always the education system. I want our community to attract new residents and retain residents in part, because of our top quality education system and opportunities available throughout the community!

Lindsay Loewe, Collaborative Wellness

Lindsay is a Mental Health & Substance Abuse Counselor in private practice. Her primary office is currently in Ripon, WI but she also works with area school districts (including Waupun, Omro, Ripon & Winneconne) to provide in-school services. Lindsay has been in the field for over 10 years and holds a Masters Degree in Art Therapy. She utilizes alternative therapy modalities as well as traditional modalities, all tailored to meet individual client needs. Specializing in work with children and adolescents, she also enjoys working with the adult population from a trauma-informed care perspective. Lindsay is currently a member of the FVTC Alcohol & Drug Abuse Advisory Committee, the Odyssey Academy of Virtual Learning Governance Board (Ripon District), the Ripon Opioid Initiative, and the Community Coalition for Youth Mental Health

Sue Panek, Oshkosh Area United Way

Sue Panek is currently the Executive Director of the Oshkosh Area United Way, a position she has held for the past 20 years. Committed to lifelong learning she is most interested in a “cradle to career” approach to education, especially in the area of early learning – birth to five. She was awarded the “Friends of Education” award in 2006 from the Oshkosh Area School District.

Prior to United Way, she worked for two Girl Scout Councils (Wausau, WI and Utica, NY) where she gained hands-on experience in an informal educational setting with girls and adults. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of WI La Crosse in Recreational Leadership and a Masters of Management from the State University of NY, Binghamton, NY

Stacy Potter, Oshkosh

Stacy graduated from Iowa State University in 2000 with a degree in Journalism and worked as a Sales Trainer for Starz Encore Group and as a pharmaceutical sales rep for Schering Plough before resigning to focus on raising her kids and volunteering in her community.

Currently, Stacy is a member of the Service League of Oshkosh, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and enriching the lives of women and children in Oshkosh. She has also served on the Legacy Board for the Fox Valley Cru organization.

Stacy is married to Loren Potter, Orthopedic Surgeon at Aurora Medical Group. They have three kids – Keagan, 7th grade at Carl Traeger, Reid, 5th grade at Oakwood and Olivier, 1st grade at Oakwood. Stacy has volunteered in her kids schools in many different capacities over the last eight years. Stacy’s son, Olivier, is adopted from Haiti, and becoming his mom has ignited a deep desire to see diversity championed in all of our public schools and her family is grateful for the amazing educators in the school district who have helped Oli make amazing strides in his speech, language and social development. Stacy is excited to be a member of the Oshkosh 4 Education committee and to play a role in helping our public schools thrive!

Michael Ruhl, Oshkosh Area School District

Michael Ruhl is a lifetime resident of Oshkosh and lives with his wife and their three sons.  Michael is a product of the Oshkosh Area School District, as he is an alumni of Franklin, Tipler and Oshkosh West.  Prior to beginning his teaching career in 1999, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for Elementary Education and Math.  He began his career as a 6th grade teacher at Eden Elementary School.  During that time he led district initiatives in standards based assessment, and in the use of formative testing data to inform instruction.  He became the principal of Eden Elementary during the summer of 2011 and during his time leading Eden Elementary his school improvement plan focused on implementation of a systematic RTI program.   During the summer of 2014, he gladly accepted the role as the principal of Emmeline Cook Elementary School here in Oshkosh.  Since accepting the role his focus has been to remove students’ barriers to learning through a positive and focused learning environment.

Julia Salomon, Affinity Health System

Julia Salomon is the Corporate Dietitian for Affinity Health System and Community Health Improvement Leader for St. Elizabeth Hospital. Before joining Affinity in 2011, she worked as a state specialist in nutrition with the University of Wisconsin-Extension, focusing on expanding the school breakfast program throughout Wisconsin. Julia earned her bachelor’s degree in bacteriology and her masters degree in community nutrition from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Rural Health Initiative of Outagamie County and the Community Advisory Board for the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Julia has lived in Oshkosh since 2009 with her husband, Mark, and her daughter Sofia, who attends ALPs. Julia serves on the Governing Council at ALPS, and prior to that, was the Vice President of the Oakwood PTO. She also serves on the Oshkosh School Wellness for Students committee.

Patti Andresen-Shew, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce

Patti Andresen-Shew manages and implements Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce-sponsored college and career readiness programs for students in Oshkosh schools. She functions as the advocate between Chamber member businesses and the K-12 and post-secondary education systems. She also represents the Oshkosh Chamber in regional labor skill development efforts and initiatives. BACKGROUND: Patti is a member of Kiwanis and life-long resident of Oshkosh. She has received bachelor’s degrees in psychology and human services and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Prior to accepting her position with the Chamber, she held positions in sales, marketing and human resources. She resides in Oshkosh with her husband and son, who attends Oshkosh North High School. PERSONAL STATEMENT: I feel strongly that providing a quality education for students is paramount to our long-term business and economic development of the community.

Dean M. Smith, Chief of Police, Oshkosh Police Department

Chief Smith has more than 27 years of law enforcement experience with 16 years as a command level officer. His law enforcement career began in 1988 at the North Augusta Police Department in South Carolina. In 1989, he was hired by the Suffolk Police Department in Virginia, and retired Jan. 1, 2016, as Deputy Chief. He was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Oshkosh on Jan. 7, 2016. Chief Smith has a wide variety of police operational and command experiences, ranging from managing a department budget and major criminal investigations to incident command in catastrophic events such as hurricanes and tornados. At the Suffolk Police Department, Chief Smith held command positions in all areas including Uniform Patrol Precincts and Criminal Investigations and Administration. He was the commanding officer for the department’s SWAT Team for seven years and the Dive Team for 10 years. He led the implementation for virtually all new technology initiatives for the Suffolk Police Department since 2004 and developed the Computer Crimes Unit, Taser program and Body Worn Camera program.

Burk Tower, former Oshkosh Mayor and retired University of Wisconsin Oshkosh faculty and administrator

A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Burk received a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from the University of Cincinnati. He received an MBA and doctorate in Business Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University. He served as a faculty member at the University of Kentucky before joining the faculty at UW Oshkosh, where he served as Assistant Dean and Director of Graduate Programs in the College of Business. He served as interim dean from 2008 to 2010, and has served as associate dean, department chair and faculty development director before retiring in 2010.

Tower was elected to the Oshkosh City Council in 2004 and served six terms, including two as Mayor. He ended his run in city politics 2015.

Burk and his wife, Chris, live in Oshkosh and have four children and six grandchildren.

Jason White, Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp.

Jason White is CEO of the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation (GO-EDC) and has 15 years of professional leadership experience working for governmental institutions and public/private non-profit organizations.

White was formerly the executive director of the Warren County Economic Development Corporation (WCEDC) in Indianola, Iowa. White also has served as executive director for the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation, a four-county economic development group in west central Iowa, executive director of the Appanoose Economic Development Corporation in south central Iowa, and redevelopment specialist for the City of Coralville, near Iowa City. He has held political positions in the Iowa House of Representatives, Iowa Senate, and as a campaign consultant.

White and his wife, Kelly, grew up in western Dubuque County, Iowa. They have three kids – Nathan (10), Emma (8), and Claire (5).

Beth Wyman, Past Chair, Education Commission

I have been an active community initiative participant for many causes since my return to Oshkosh in 1988. My husband, Bill and I graduated from UWO in 1980 and explored different areas of the country before returning to make Oshkosh our home. It is not until you return to this city that you realize the benefits that the community offers especially as it relates to raising a family. The public school system in Oshkosh has offered my children not only wonderful educational learning opportunities, but also team building, sports, social and arts experiences. The inspiration and mentoring shown to them by teachers and coaches helped mold them into the people they are today. I believe it is important for us to connect our public school system with our community to bring out the positive qualities inherent in both. Together, we can make great things happen.

Currently, I am member of the UWO Foundation Board and Vice Commodore of the Inland Lakes Yachting Association Board. My husband and I own The Waters and UFIT Personal Training. We are dedicated to making Oshkosh better place to live, work and play.

Bill Wyman, Oshkosh Area Community Foundation

Bill Wyman born and raised in Oshkosh WI. He attended Ripon College and graduated from UWO in 1980. He was employed in his family business, Oshkosh B’Gosh, sitting on the BOD and working in many different marketing/sales areas for 25 years, until the business was sold in 2005. In 2007 Bill and his wife, Beth, purchased UFIT Personal Training and The Waters and have been successfully running these businesses for the last 6 years.

Bill has a strong passion for Oshkosh. He has been involved in many non-profit community minded boards. He is committed to make Oshkosh a great place to live and raise a family.

Inquires about the O4E Education Commission may be directed to Beth Wyman at [email protected].