Nicholas Kelly will lead strategic planning efforts to make sure SCW remains a leader in the parent choice movement in Wisconsin. He is devoted to ensuring parents throughout the state have educational options and will advocate for the rights of all parents to make educational choices for their children. Working with school, business, and other community leaders, he will build statewide support for parent choice.
Before joining School Choice Wisconsin, Nicholas was the Principal of St. Thomas More High School. He and his team improved the schools’ academics and infrastructure while building a solid culture among faculty and staff.
Nic holds a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education and Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. He recently received the prestigious Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Principal Leadership Award.
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, onboarding assistance, and strategic program updates. She seeks to be a trusted resource to help schools succeed in the program and increase the number of high quality options available for families.
Ultimately, Carol believes in the power of a good education to help each child develop their God-given potential. Her broad program experience uniquely equips Carol to both come alongside schools and provide strategic input into SCW’s policy agenda.
Carol holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska.
Tim Young EagleDirector of Development
Prior to joining the staff of School Choice Wisconsin, Tim served as Executive Director of Lutheran Indian Ministries (LIM), Interim Executive Director for the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee (LHSAGM), Executive Vice President of Mission Advancement for the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee (LHSAGM), Senior Principal Gifts Officer for the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee Foundation (LHSAGM Foundation), and National Director of Development for Bethesda Lutheran Communities.
He earned designation as a Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) from 2014 – 2020. He also holds a Certificate in Fund Raising Leadership from Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy.
Tim is a passionate, long-time advocate for school choice who twice testified in favor of the program before the Wisconsin State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance.
He is the current chairman of the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Urban Mission Initiative (LUMIN), a past board member of the Lutheran High School Association of Greater Milwaukee (LHSAGM) and the National Christian Foundation (NCF).
Tim received his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Michael MetoffExecutive Assistant
Michael Metoff provides personalized and timely support to executive members in their business-related tasks. Mike will create reports, engage in research, organize events, and mange our CRM system.
Before joining School Choice Wisconsin, Michael was the Dean of Students at St. Thomas More High School. Michael’s roles included daily operations of the school, communications with students and families, data entry and analysis, all with the goal of remaining focused on the mission, values, and goals of the school.
Michael holds a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University and a Bachelors of Arts in History from University Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Lexi DittrichContent Writer
Growing up, Lexi experienced the full range of what an education could be: she has received private, public, and homeschool instruction, and attended several of the college prep classes available at her public high school. She knows firsthand how a well-fitting education can benefit the life of a developing learner. Now, she wants to do her part to help make a prosperous education experience possible for all Wisconsin kids.
Lexi serves as the content writer for School Choice Wisconsin. She captures the stories of how school choice has touched Wisconsin families, and brings you the information about school choice that families, teachers, and administrators need to know.
Prior to joining SCW, Lexi was a research associate for the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, where she served as lead researcher on climate change policy and Medicaid expansion. She has published in-depth analyses on the 2021 – 2023 Wisconsin state budget and COVID-19’s progression in the state.
Lexi received her Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Alverno College. She spent a year of her college studies in rural northern Japan at Akita International University, where she studied world politics and volunteered to help teach English to countless Japanese students.