Andrew NeumannPresident, Open Sky Education | Chair
Andrew is an educational entrepreneur driven to ensure all children in America have access to excellent learning opportunities which maximize their potential to fulfill Greater Purpose and live flourishing lives.
Committed to this mission, he began his career as a teacher serving students at the high school and college levels while finishing his Ph.D. in educational mathematics. In 2006, he joined Educational Enterprises and serves its Executive Chair/CEO working to support the team to advance its mission nationally by growing its school networks (HOPE Christian Schools and EAGLE public charter schools), Christian wraparound programs (Compass Educational Programs), and the Character Formation Project. In 2016, Educational Enterprises changed its name to Open Sky Education.
Jamie LuehringPrincipal, Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School | Vice Chair, Secretary
Jamie currently serves as principal of Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (2014-Today) in Jackson, WI, a proud participant in both the Milwaukee and Wisconsin Parental Choice Programs. Previously, Jamie served as the executive director of HOPE Christian Schools (2012-2014). As executive director, Jamie drove HOPE’s continued growth in both quality and quantity to achieve its purpose of inspiring, supporting, and equipping serving leaders to transform the world around them. Jamie also served as principal at HOPE Christian School: Prima (2007-2012) which was recognized as one of the top 12 schools in the country by author Samuel Casey Carter in On Purpose: How Great Schools Form Strong Character. Under Jamie’s leadership, students closed the achievement gap in math after being at Prima for 2 years.
Mike BartelsMessmer Catholic Schools
Mike Bartels is the Vice President of Administration at Messmer Catholic Schools. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from UW-Platteville and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Cardinal Stritch University. Mike joined the Choice Schools Association board in 2015. Early on Mike recognized a need for an organization that supports schools by providing workshops that address best practices and practical discussions about important educational and administrative topics. When the Choice Schools Association merged with School Choice Wisconsin Action to create the Choice Schools Quality Committee Mike felt it was necessary that this important work continue. It is exciting to see the group come together, discuss topics that are important to the success of schools participating in Wisconsin’s school choice programs, and to provide meaningful support to administrators and teachers.
Lori SaqerMessmer Catholic Schools
Lori Saqer is the Director of Business Operations at Messmer Catholic Schools, Inc. As a former auditor of schools participating in Wisconsin’s parental choice programs and other non-profit organizations, Saqer has gained a deep understanding of the importance of having the business operations of a school functioning well and following best practices of the education industry. Since coming to work at Messmer Catholic Schools Inc., Saqer is now in the position of preparing for the auditors and implementing rather than recommending the best business and accounting practices. Saqer volunteered for the SCW Quality committee because she enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with other schools and feels it is important to do what she can to help ensure that all children have access to a quality education.
Steve BaasMetropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
Brenda WhiteSiena Catholic Schools of Racine
Erik SeversonValley Christian School
Jean Kacanek Retired, Tamarack Waldorf School | Treasurer