Jesse Wright | Program Director | Entrepreneurial Engineering Program
Jesse Wright joined the Foundation as a program director in February of 2016. In this capacity he works closely with faculty in the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network to embed the entrepreneurial mindset into undergraduate engineering programs. Jesse’s decades of experience working with engineers and industry give him a unique perspective that helps advance KEEN’s mission. Before joining the team at Kern, Jesse served as vice president of recruitment and delivery for engineering and te...
Megan Nordvall | Program Assistant | Entrepreneurial Engineering Program
Megan joined Kern as a KEEN program assistant in December 2015. At Kern she supports the KEEN team in a variety of administrative and programmatic roles. Before working at Kern, Megan gained experience working as a mental health professional, an education specialist, and a marketing assistant. She graduated from Mount Mary University with a degree in Psychology & Behavioral Science, a minor in English & Professional Writing, and a peacebuilding certificate with an emphasis on conflic...
Thor Misko | Team Leader | Entrepreneurial Engineering Program
Thor Misko joined the Entrepreneurial Engineering Program 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 team leader and program director, Misko is responsible for broadening the scope and impact of the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network. Prior to joining PLTW, Misko served as PLTW’s affiliate director for the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and worked in various e...
Karen Wilken | Program Director | Entrepreneurial Engineering Program
Karen Wilken joined The Kern Family Foundation in September 2002 as the first program staff member. She has been a part of everything from early strategic initiatives to the development of the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network and our partnership with Project Lead the Way. Wilken now works with the Entrepreneurial Engineering Program where she focuses on streamlining processes within the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network, growing its strength and influence, and building effective m...
Doug Melton | Program Director | Entrepreneurial Engineering Program
Dr. Doug Melton, a director for the Entrepreneurial Engineering Program at The Kern Family Foundation, is passionate about developing engineering education that fosters an entrepreneurial mindset in students. Melton works closely with faculty and administrators at the universities that comprise the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN), which works to develop future generations of entrepreneurially minded engineers by investing in initiatives and programs at select institutions of hi...
Alayna Greenfield | Program Assistant | Entrepreneurial Engineering Program
Alayna Greenfield started at the Foundation in 2014 as a communications fellow before transitioning into her current role as program assistant with the Entrepreneurial Engineering Program in October 2014. Her responsibilities include administrative tasks, communications projects, and assisting with the grant management process primarily related to the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network. Greenfield received her bachelor’s degree in communicative arts – an interdisciplinary major of comm...
Annemarie Probst | Controller
Annemarie joined the Foundation as the controller in November 2015. In this role, she provides support for the finance team, grants administration, and human resources. Annemarie has a diverse background working in accounting at companies across several industries including Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology, Perfect Timing Brands, Graham Packaging, Super Lubes of Wisconsin, and General Mills. She has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and com...
Samantha Herrington | Bookkeeper
Samantha Herrington supports the Foundation’s CFO, Michael Senske, by overseeing administrative accounting tasks on a part-time basis. Samantha currently studies accounting at the University of Whitewater as a full-time student, and when not in class, she enjoys playing basketball as well as being with her friends and family.
Jill Eggebrecht | Manager | Stone Manor
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, she 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. Eggebrecht is passionate about exercise, spending time with her two adult daughters, and her husband of 28 years. Unlike her colleague Jen Becker, she prefers gardening flowers to vegetables.
Jen Becker | Chef | Stone Manor
Jen Becker believes that communication is better served through food than with words. Before joining The Kern Family Foundation as Stone Manor chef in 2014, Becker spent 16 years at Inspirio Youth Ministries, where she worked as a cook. An avid P90X fan, she enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, as well as gardening vegetables.
Julie Fracaro | Associate | Stone Manor
A Waukesha native, Julie Fracaro joined the Stone Manor staff of The Kern Family Foundation in early 2015 after working at the Kuenzi Family Pet Hospital for 17 years. Outside her Foundation work, she fills her time volunteering at her son’s school and shuttling him between baseball and basketball games. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, son, family, friends, and her book club, which she has been a part of for over 10 years. She also loves the feel of the sun on her face as she s...
John Klinko | Facilities Manager
John Klinko believes every day is an adventure, and brings this philosophy to everything he touches at The Kern Family Foundation. Klinko worked over 23 years at Generac and the Foundation, so there are few things he doesn’t know about. In his leisure time, he enjoys hunting, farming, fixing cars and motorcycles, fishing, and he recently bought a flock of sheep. He previously worked at General Electric for 10 years, and cut his teeth at Wehr Steel starting at age 17. He has been married for ov...
Clement Mariaselvanayagam | Grants and Network Administrator
Clement Mariaselvanayagam joined The Kern Family Foundation in 2010 as grants and network administrator. In that capacity, he keeps the Foundation’s information technology running smoothly and manages the lifecycle of the programs’ numerous grants, all while spreading cheer and inspiration to his colleagues. From 2006 to 2010, Mariaselvanayagam was the network administrator for The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. Prior to that, he served for seven years as a systems analyst at the Compuw...
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.
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 and auditing. Over the years, his work expanded 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. In 2000, Senske’s wide area of expertise led to ...
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.
Kyle Bode | Director of Strategy and 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.
Mallory Carr | Research Associate
Mallory Carr 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. During her time at Georgetown, Carr served in several sought-after internships with organizations like Americans for Prosperity, the Heritage Foundation, Townhall.com, and in two congressional offices on Capitol...
Emily Baylor | Research Associate
Emily Baylor began working for the Foundation as a research associate in September 2015 after graduating from Georgetown University with degrees in Theology and Medieval Studies. Before joining the Kern team, Emily gained valuable experience working as an account manager at a D.C. media organization, a GED tutor for a prison outreach program, and an intern for the State of California Department of Justice. At KFF, Emily provides support across the Foundation in a variety of administrative, c...
Megan Ellenberger | Executive Assistant
Prior to joining The Kern Family Foundation in August 2015, Megan served as a project coordinator at Ampco Pumps Company for seven years. Along with managing projects across multiple departments, Megan worked in customer relations, accounting, and inventory control. Megan studied Accounting and Business Management at Winona State University. Education B.A. in Accounting and Business Management, Winona State University
Ryan Olson | Team Leader | Character Program
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
Owen Rood | Program Associate | Character Program
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.
Amy Dozer | Program Assistant | Character and K12 Education Programs
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.
David Bramlett | Program Director | K12 Education Program
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. After serving as a Teach For America corps member in Metro D.C., Bramlett worked in Zambia as an education projects manager at the Jubilee Centre. He then became a graduate school fellow through Education Pioneers a...
Rose Axtell | Program Associate | K12 Education Program
A former elementary school teacher, Rose Axtell works in the K12 Education 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. Prior to that, Axtell worked at a magazine in Brussels, Belgium, an advertising agency in Milwaukee, and a renewable energy organization in Missouri. These diverse experiences instilled in her a love for writing and comm...
Work & Economics
Josh Good | Team Leader | Faith, Work, and Economics Program
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. Prior to AEI, Good spent four years as a consultant at ICF International where he worked on responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage initiatives, in partnership with TANF welfare officials. He also worked on a national ...
Fred Oaks | Program Director | Faith, Work, and Economics Program
Having served in a pulpit for 24 years, Fred Oaks works to grow the numbers and influence of pastors and churches actively integrating faith, work, and economics for ministry that produces human flourishing. He is passionate about developing pastors who are spiritually whole, relationally healthy, pastorally prepared, and culturally engaged. Oaks joined The Kern Family Foundation in May 2005. He has written several articles on pastoral leadership, and is author of the book “Welcome, Pastor! Bu...
Ben Stafford | Program Associate | Faith, Work, and Economics Program
Ben Stafford supports the Faith, Work, and Economics team as they grow and strengthen initiatives that equip pastors to integrate these critical elements into their ministries. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2014, Stafford served as the director of short-term ministries at Training Leaders International. He was the director of programs for the Foundation for Economic Education from 2008-2011. He earned a B.A. in economics from Hillsdale College. Education B.A., in Economics, Hillsdale Colle...
Elisabeth Mackett | Program Coordinator | Faith, Work, and Economics Program
Elisabeth Mackett brings a unique perspective to the Faith, Work, and Economics Program; she has been married to a pastor for nearly three decades. She is primarily responsible for managing the grants to seminaries who implement five year B.A. to M.Div. programs. Mackett joined the Foundation in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and experience in teaching, office administration, and IT support.Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown ...
Jean-Marc Le Doux | Creative Director
Jean-Marc Le Doux enjoys presenting good ideas well. Coming from an independent filmmaking background, he values the power of good storytelling. Employing his award-winning filmmaking skills, he endeavors not only to communicate the Foundation’s good ideas, but to effectively and artistically craft stories that captivate hearts and minds. Le Doux works closely with the senior leadership and program directors to effectively develop and tailor the Foundation’s creative content to a variety...
Michael Johnson | Digital Media Director
Michael Johnson creates and cultivates digitally diverse communities to further the Foundation’s mission. He joined The Kern Family Foundation as a communications associate in 2014. In this role, Johnson works to create and cultivate digitally diverse communities to further the Foundation’s mission. Before joining the Foundation, Johnson served as the director of new media for Herman Cain’s presidential campaign. He also worked with Cain after the campaign to create a broad and vibrant web...