School Choice Wisconsin Staff

Mary McIntoshPresident
Mary McIntosh brings her extensive experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors to School Choice Wisconsin. Before joining SCW, she was the President of St. Thomas More High School — a high-performing school that participates in the parental choice program— where she was responsible for operational administration, advancement, marketing, public relations, strategic planning, and mission sustainability. Under her leadership, the school had a successful capital campaign, executed a new strategic plan enabling steady enrollment growth, strong board governance, secure and robust network infrastructure, and solid financial sustainability.

Before serving at STM, Mary was the President of Notre Dame School in Milwaukee. When she started in 2008, the school had approximately 120 students in grades 5 through 8 in one location. When she left in 2015, Notre Dame had two campuses with over 360 students in grades KS through 8, a very generous group of donors, and solid financial footing and sustainability. Her strengths lie in team-building and getting initiatives off the ground, and flourishing. Before her calling to the world of education, Mary worked in various marketing and operations roles in the health and financial services industry.

She is a true believer in transformation through education, allowing all parents to have the freedom to make the right choice to educate their children, regardless of their zip code.

Mary holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. She has four dogs, three border collies and a golden retriever, allowing her to spend time in the great outdoors; she is a true lover of nature and all things living.

Carol ShiresVice President of Operations
Carol has a 20-year history with the Parental Choice Program. For the past ten years, she has worked as the Director of Operations at School Choice Wisconsin, and has recently been promoted to VP.

Carol oversees the day-to-day operations of SCW and is the primary liaison between private schools and the Department of Public Instruction. In addition, she has extensive experience in a school environment having served ten years with Eastbrook Academy, primarily in the role of Business Manager.

Carol supports private school administrators with Choice Program compliance concerns and seeks to be a trusted resource to help schools succeed in the program and increase the number of high quality options available for families.

Carol holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska.

Jodi JensenResearch Attorney
Jodi provides support for School Choice Wisconsin’s public policy initiatives. She practiced administrative law for eight years, designing regulatory compliance plans and representing clients in administrative and regulatory matters before state and federal agencies.

Jodi also has extensive experience in state government, having served as chief of staff to the Wisconsin State Assembly majority leader and speaker, as staff to the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, as an executive staff member at the Wisconsin Department of Administration and as legal counsel to the governor of Wisconsin.

Jodi has authored articles and provided training on Wisconsin’s administrative rulemaking process and its lobbying and ethics laws to clients and lobbyists.

Georgia JosephDirector of Strategic Communications
Georgia advances School Choice Wisconsin’s marketing and communications efforts in order to educate legislators, parents, donors, schools, and the general public on important educational choice issues.

Prior to joining SCW, Georgia was Digital Director at Concept Co., a digital-first brand agency in Milwaukee. She also founded Content Strategy Solutions, a marketing consultancy providing content-based digital campaigns. Previously, she served as Director of Content Strategy for Moody Global Ministries and at Five Q, a software and services agency, as Production Director and as Director of Digital Strategy.

Georgia holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing Emphasis from Biola University. She also earned a clear teaching credential in California and taught in the classroom for five years.

Georgia serves on the Advisory Council for the Christian Leadership Alliance and speaks on Content Strategy, SEO, Social Media, and Digital Marketing.

Tammy OlivasDirector of Hispanics for School Choice
Tammy, works to educate schools, parents and community members throughout the state on how to engage the Hispanic Community and provide school choice options.