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.
Jodi JensenDirector of Government Relations
Jodi oversees School Choice Wisconsin’s government relations program, directing the development of policy and legislative agendas and advocacy efforts with state public officials. Jodi brings 25 years of experience in government and policy to SCW, including 10 years spent in the state Capitol.
She served as chief of staff to the Wisconsin State Assembly majority leader and the 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 also served as government affairs counsel to Wisconsin corporations and trade associations, assisting with the development of legislative agendas, lobbying strategies and grassroots campaigns.
Most recently, Jodi practiced administrative law before state and federal agencies, focusing on tax exempt organizations, campaign finance and lobbying regulation, government procurement and state regulatory issues.
Jodi holds a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Wisconsin.
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.
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 in Donor Development 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 Science in Business Administration, Marketing Emphasis from Biola University. She also earned a clear teaching credential in California and taught in the classroom for five years. She serves on the Advisory Council for the Christian Leadership Alliance and speaks on Content Strategy, SEO, Social Media, and Digital Marketing.
Tammy OlivasDirector of Parent Engagement
Tammy Olivas was born in California, grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico, has called Wisconsin home for the last 13 years. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Commercial Relationships from the Chihuahua Institute of Technology and recently graduated from the Leadership Program of the Rockies.
She had experience establishing and developing the marketing department for a money transfer company in California which provided her with a deep understanding of the hispanic community in the United States. Tammy had the opportunity to teach elementary grade students at Colegio AngloEspañol and college students at the State’s University, in Tijuana, Mexico; it was then that she discovered her passion for education and the power it has to transform communities.
Hispanics For School Choice has given Tammy the opportunity to fulfill her passion, making sure that every child has access to the best education possible. For the last 8 years she has been removing students’ barriers to succeed, bringing schools and communities closer to the states’ educational options. She has hosted local, statewide and national reaching events, with guests from local and state government officials, to the Secretary of Education and the Vice-president of the Nation. She has organized community events throughout the state, partnering with hundreds of local organizations and has given away thousands of backpacks. She educates and empowers parents and community leaders on school choice in Wisconsin and is transforming communities one family at a time
Tammy spends her free time hiking beautiful Wisconsin alongside her husband and their mini poodle. Tammy’s invitation to join the school choice movement is simple, it takes only one person to initiate change, the rest will follow.