Staff

  • Leadership Team Open or Close

    James C. Rahn

    President

    James C. Rahn became president of The Kern Family Foundation in February 2008. In this role, he provides direction for the expansion and establishment of programs that support the Foundation mission to equip the rising generation of Americans to become tomorrow's leaders and innovators. He joined the Foundation in 2007 as the Education Reform program director.

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    Michael Senske

    Chief Financial Officer

    Michael Senske joined The Kern Family Foundation in October 2005. He began his career in public accounting with an emphasis in tax but including auditing as well, over the years expanding into other areas including estate planning, financial management, investment analysis and other services for high-net-worth individuals. These services included establishing and managing private foundations for clients and managing various charitable gifting programs. 

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    Tammy Hammell

    Director of Operations

    As the director of operations, Tammy Hammell is the engine that keeps our programs and administration running smoothly. She is responsible for developing and monitoring our tools and procedures, and makes effectiveness and efficiency her daily motto. In addition to managing ongoing staff development and training, Hammell oversees the Foundation’s yearly self-assessment project.

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    Kyle Bode

    Director of Strategy & Program Development

    Kyle Bode keeps his eye on the future, helping to develop the Foundation’s medium and long-term strategy. Bode works with Foundation staff to encourage collaboration between the Foundation's programs, grantees, and partner networks. He pursues special projects that focus on exploring new ventures and frontiers.

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    Mallory Carr

    Research Associate

    Mallory Carr is a research associate who joined the Foundation in June 2015 after earning her bachelor's degree in economics and government from Georgetown University. Carr supports the reach and development of the Foundation's work by providing background research support for each of the program areas.

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  • K12 Education Program Open or Close

    David Bramlett

    Program Director

    David Bramlett joined The Kern Family Foundation in May 2015 as a K12 Education Program Director. Bramlett supports program planning, development, and evaluation strategies to advance K12 objectives within the realms of school leadership, international competitiveness, and character.

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    Rose Grider

    Program Associate

    Rose Grider, a former elementary school teacher, works in the K12 and Character programs where she channels her passion for quality education. She joined the Foundation in 2014, after teaching at the elementary level in Milwaukee as a Teach For America corps member.

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    Amy Dozer

    Program Assistant

    Amy Dozer joined The Kern Family Foundation in October 2014 as program assistant to the K12 Education Program. Dozer’s responsibilities range from administrative tasks to supporting the grant management process for the program.

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  • Faith, Work, and Economics Open or Close

    Josh Good

    Program Director and Team Leader

    Josh Good is program director and team leader for the Faith, Work, and Economics (FWE) Program. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2015, Good managed the Values & Capitalism Initiative at the American Enterprise Institute, working closely for three years with the FWE team.

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    Fred Oaks

    Program Director

    Fred Oaks came to The Kern Family Foundation in May 2005. He serves in the Faith, Work, and Economics Program, working to grow the numbers and influence of pastors and churches actively integrating faith, work, and economics for ministry that produces human flourishing. His work has been dedicated to developing pastors who are spiritually whole, relationally healthy, pastorally prepared, and culturally engaged.

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    Ben Stafford

    Program Associate

    Ben Stafford joined The Kern Family Foundation in 2014. He supports the Faith, Work, and Economics team as they grow and strengthen initiatives that equip churches and ministries to integrate these critical elements.

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    Elisabeth Mackett

    Program Associate

    Elisabeth Mackett joined The Kern Family Foundation in August 2014 as the program assistant to the Faith, Work, and Economics program. Her responsibilities include administrative tasks, event planning, and assisting with the grant management process.

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  • KEEN Open or Close

    Thor Misko

    Program Director and Team Leader

    Thor Misko joined the KEEN team after working for a number of years with longtime Foundation partner Project Lead The Way (PLTW), where he served most recently as vice president of development. As KEEN team leader and program director, Misko is responsible for broadening the scope and impact of the Network.

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    Steve Hasbrook

    Program Director

    Steve Hasbrook joined The Kern Family Foundation in September 2013. He serves as a program director of the KEEN Program, bringing extensive senior management experience in non-profit and for-profit organizations. Prior to working at the Foundation, Hasbrook developed expertise in strategy development, program implementation, and team building at the Brady Corporation, a $1.3 billion global manufacturer based in Milwaukee, Wis.

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    Doug Melton

    Program Director

    Dr. Douglas Melton is passionate about developing a future for engineering education that fosters an entrepreneurial mindset in students. In his current role as the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) program director for The Kern Family Foundation, he has an opportunity to work with universities that share that vision. He enjoys interaction with faculty and students and the challenge of relating technical topics in a live and relevant manner and served as a faculty member for seventeen years within the department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at Kettering University in Flint, Mich. At Kettering, he served as the program director for Entrepreneurship Across the University.

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    Karen Wilken

    Program Director

    Karen Wilken joined The Kern Family Foundation in September 2002 as the first program staff member. Working with the Kern family, Wilken was responsible for the development of strategic initiatives, and was involved in the selection of the initial Kern Scholars and the establishment of the Kern Scholars retreat as a key networking event. At the same time, she originated grants to engineering colleges that eventually catalyzed both the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network and the partnership with Project Lead the Way.

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    Alayna Greenfield

    Program Assistant

    Alayna Greenfield started at the Foundation in June 2014 as a communications fellow and transitioned into the role as the KEEN program assistant in October 2014. Her responsibilities include administrative tasks and assisting with the grant management process.

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  • Character Program Open or Close

    Ryan S. Olson

    Program Director and Team Leader

    Dr. Ryan Olson leads the character work of The Kern Family Foundation. He joined the Foundation in June 2008 as program director and team leader for the K12 Education Program. In his current role, he works closely with other senior staff in program planning, development, and strategy implementation to advance the Foundation's mission in character formation.

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    Owen Rood

    Program Associate

    When Owen Rood joined the Character Program in June 2015, he was already familiar with its mission; he worked at the Foundation the previous summer as a Teach For America (TFA) Fellow conducting research on character education..

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    Rose Grider

    Program Associate

    Rose Grider, a former elementary school teacher, works in the K12 and Character programs where she channels her passion for quality education. She joined the Foundation in 2014, after teaching at the elementary level in Milwaukee as a Teach For America corps member.

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    Amy Dozer

    Program Assistant

    Amy Dozer joined The Kern Family Foundation in October 2014 as program assistant to the Character Program. Dozer’s responsibilities range from administrative tasks to supporting the grant management process for the program.

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  • Communications Open or Close

    Jean-Marc Le Doux

    Creative Director

    Jean-Marc enjoys presenting good ideas well. Coming from an independent filmmaking background, he values the power of good storytelling. Retaining his award-winning filmmaking skills, he endeavors not just to simply communicate the Foundation’s good ideas, but to effectively and artistically craft stories that captivate hearts and minds. To that end, it is his desire to tell the Foundation’s stories well, and to share its exciting ideas with the rising generation of Americans.

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    Michael Johnson

    Communications Associate

    Michael Johnson joined the Kern Family Foundation as a communications associate in December of 2014. In his role, Johnson works to create and cultivate digitally diverse communities to further the Foundation’s mission.

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  • Operations/Administration Open or Close

    Megan Bethke

    Executive Assistant

    Megan Bethke joined The Kern Family Foundation in August 2015 as an executive assistant. Megan's role is to provide administrative support to president and CFO and to the Kern Family Foundation staff.

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    Clement Mariaselvanayagam

    Grants and Network Administrator

    Clement Mariaselvanayagam joined The Kern Family Foundation in July 2010. He handles all grant and network administration.

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    Samantha Herrington

    Bookkeeper

     

  • Support Staff Open or Close

    John Klinko

    John Klinko believes every day is an adventure, and brings this philosophy to everything he touches at The Kern Family Foundation.

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    Jill Eggebrecht

    Stone Manor Manager

    Jill Eggebrecht joined The Kern Family Foundation in 2007, and has served as the manager of Stone Manor since early 2015. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jill worked in a variety of jobs, including as a manager for Brooks Fashion, in a dental office, and as a volunteer at her children’s school.

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    Jen Becker

    Stone Manner Chef

    Jen Becker believes that communication is better served through food than with words.

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    Julie Fracaro

    When she was young, Fracaro thought she would travel the world, but only made it as far as Chicago

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