Meet our 2018-2019 Board of Directors
The YWCA Greater Green Bay is fortunate to have this outstanding group of strong, inspirational women on its board. Thank you for leading and serving our community!
Pooja Agarwal is a lecturer for the Austin E. Cofrin School of Business at UW-Green Bay. She received a BS from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University in 1997. She received an MBA from HIMCS in 2000 and an ME from Kent State University in 2001. Pooja’s teaching interests include Computer Applications, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, and Statistics. Her research interest is in the area of the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is currently teaching undergraduate Human Resource Management, Marketing, Statistics, and Management Information Systems/Quantitative Methods.
Tenaye Francois-Arneson holds a Bachelor of Accounting degree from McMuarry College and Master of Accounting degree from University of Illinois. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Certified Internal Auditor with more than 20 years of Internal Audit experience. Tenaye currently is senior Auditor with University of Wisconsin System Administration serving all UW institutions and a member of various professional organizations: such as Institute of Internal Auditors, Association of Fraud Examiner, and Association of University and College Auditors. When not working on audit or investigation, Tenaye enjoys spending time with her son and husband, watching the Packers, traveling, and cooking. Tenaye believes on giving back and supporting her community, especially supporting women and children. She currently serves on the audit committee of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes and a Board member of Francois Bere foundation supporting a nonprofit primary school in her birth country, Ethiopia.
Vice President of Human Resources, Aurora Health Care
Gwen serves as Vice President of Human Resources for the North Market Group of Aurora Health Care. In the role of Vice President Human Resources, Gwen provides strategic direction for human resources functions within the market group and is also responsible for ensuring human resources strategies and practices align and effectively support the achievement of the organization’s objectives and mission. Other groups important to Gwen are the Greater Green Bay Health Care Alliance which is a consortium of health care employers, colleges and universities and the Workforce Development Board. Gwen has co-chaired a Clinical Placement sub-committee with the Health Care Alliance for over three years. Gwen has a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and a Master’s of Science in Management and Organization Development from Silver Lake College. Health and wellness are important to Gwen; in her spare time, she enjoys biking and exercising. Travel is also a favorite past time. Gwen also spends time visiting her daughter and family in Raleigh, North Carolina and her son who is currently in a traveling role where ever he happens to be.
Melissa Cheslock graduated with her Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. Immediately upon graduation the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office hired her as a law clerk and then as a Deputy District Attorney. During her tenure with that office, Ms. Cheslock prosecuted a variety of cases including: fraud, domestic violence, and juvenile crimes. While assigned to the Juvenile Division, Ms. Cheslock was tapped to coordinate a diversion program for children and youth who became entangled in commercial sexual exploitation. During her time as Coordinator it became clear to her that for society to improve, the needs of women and children must be prioritized. Ms. Cheslock retired from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office after the conclusion of the diversion program. A Green Bay native, Ms. Cheslock and her family returned to the area in 2017. Ms. Cheslock is currently a member of the Northeast Wisconsin Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., UW-Oshkosh Head Start Program Board of Advisors, and the City of Green Bay Sex Offender Residence Board.
Juliet Cole holds a Bachelor’s degree in social change and development and a master’s degree in cross-cultural counseling from UW-Green Bay. In addition, she holds a Cambridge University Certificate in Modern Management/ Administration, Jersey, Britain. Juliet is involved in several Green Bay- and Fox Valley-area committees and organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce Leadership Green Bay, Green Bay School District Equity in Education Committee, African Heritage Inc., Appleton, MLK celebration planning committee and chairs the MLK Contest committee. She is currently a staff of the Wisconsin Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network (DTAN), serving as a Co-coordinator for the DPI Collaborative Conference and a co-facilitator for Beyond Diversity (Courageous Conversation about Race). She is also a trained facilitator for Diversity Circles (Every Day Democracy). She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and she’s an active member of the community.
Gail is responsible for the administration and efficient operations of both the retail and private banking services in Northeast Wisconsin. Her goal is to maximize client satisfaction in an inviting atmosphere. Gail specializes in business development activities and strategies to increase bank awareness while introducing clients to a broad range of products and services. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, joined Johnson Bank in 2012 and has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry. Gail’s community involvement includes Appleton Downtown Rotary Club, NeighborWorks of Green Bay and UW-Fox Valley Foundation Board.
Sandy Fragale is a graduate of UW-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and she is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Sandy currently serves as CEO at Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialists of Green Bay, SC. An active volunteer, Sandy is currently the Board Chair for Bellin Orthopedic Surgery, a committee member for NEW Arthritis Foundation and a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Johanna Garrigan holds a Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College. Johanna is currently the Purchasing Supervisor for KI’s Bonduel division with over 19 years of experience in purchasing, continuous improvement, supply chain management and procurement. An active community member, Johanna is involved at St. Bernard Parish as part of the 6:30 Sunday Night Worship Band and serves as president of their Altar Rosary Society. Johanna and her husband Mark, are long-time residents of the Green Bay area. All four of her daughters have attended YWCA’s child care, and are learning to swim at the YWCA.
Digital Media Specialist, Carnivore Meat Company
Mackenzie Hanus is a digital media specialist at Carnivore Meat Company, where she manages all social media and digital content for their international consumer brand, Vital Essentials raw pet food.
A graduate of St. Norbert College, Mackenzie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Media Studies. Mackenzie also serves as the President of the American Advertising Federation Fox River Club, and enjoys engaging with the community through volunteering. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, attending concerts, and being outside.
Monica is a Business Consultant and Adjunct Instructor specializing in the areas of Business, Management, Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Management. Monica is currently volunteering with the Green Bay Packer Mentor-Protegee Program as a business mentor and teaches as an Adjunct Instructor at Fox Valley Technical College. She has also taught and developed classes for Wright State University, Syracuse University’s business incubator and Sinclair Community College and lived abroad in Hong Kong immersing herself in various entrepreneurial endeavors throughout China and Southeast Asia.
Tori Kluess is a partner at the Law Firm of Conway, Olejniczak & Jerry, S.C. She has over 26 years of experience practicing in the areas of Intellectual Property Law, computer and internet law, commercial and business law, estate planning and charitable giving. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Production and Operations Management from UW-Whitewater, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and her Law Degree from Marquette University, also graduating Magna Cum Laude. Tori has served on the boards of various organizations, including: Chairman of the Board and Vice Chair of Government Affairs for the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, the Brown County Ethics Board, the Advisory Board for Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Corporate Striders Committee for the American Cancer Society’s Health Trek, the Brown County United Way Campaign Cabinet, Acts 1:8 Ministries, the Fox Valley Lutheran High School Foundation and The Family (Christian Radio). She is also involved in many professional associations and organizations.
Director of Development, Regional Campuses, for the Medical College of Wisconsin Medical School
Tanessa is a certified fund raising executive with a strong desire to build Wisconsin families and communities through the power of philanthropy. Her background in for-profit marketing began with The Mark Travel Corporation in Milwaukee and continued with a role in strategic marketing for The Carver Boat Corporation in Pulaski. Wanting to make a meaningful impact in a greater sense, Tanessa entered the fundraising profession in 2009 by leading the development efforts at Cerebral Palsy, Inc (CP Center) for five years. Tanessa is now leading the philanthropic campaign to launch the state’s newest medical school campuses with the Medical College of Wisconsin: MCW-Green Bay and MCW-Central Wisconsin. In addition to this role with the YWCA Greater Green Bay Board, Tanessa is a past board president for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northeastern Wisconsin Chapter and a member of the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce’s Partners in Education. She resides in Pulaski with her husband Joe, their children Isabella and Landon, and dogs Tiko and Charlie.
Becky is a First Vice President with Graystone Consulting, a business of Morgan Stanley. Becky has over 31 years of industry experience, including 22 years at Morgan Stanley, having joined Graystone Consulting in 1994. Becky has been a part of the Green Bay community her whole life. For fun and relaxation, she enjoys boating, gardening and spending time with her dogs. She is passionate about the well-being of animals and volunteers her time working with no-kill animal shelters and supporting local organizations such as the Bay Area Humane Society and Happily Ever After Animal Sanctuary.
Grace Meyer is a Manager of Hospitality Services for Aurora BayCare Medical Center managing a combined non-medical staff of 65 in multiple locations. In her role, Grace is charged with creating and implementing procedures for each department that she manages as well as facilitating customer service retreats and conducting group presentations. Grace feels very strongly about giving back and is very involved in the community. She is serving her third term as President of the De Pere Rotary Club, she is the Vice President of the St. Norbert Alumni Board, and the Treasurer of the Packers Women’s Association. Grace has done extensive volunteering including Board involvement for Literacy Green Bay, and the CP Center among others. Grace received her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from St. Norbert College and her MBA from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Rebecca is a 2011 graduate of Santa Clara University with a BS in Psychology. Since graduation she has worked at the American Foundation of Counseling Services, Schneider National, and is currently the Director of Marketing and People Operations at Flexagon. Rebecca has been involved in the community with the Neville Museum Foundation, The Volunteer Center, the East High Fine Arts Institute, and the Women’s Fund of Greater Green Bay.
Tori Szkodzinski holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from St. Norbert College and a Master of Taxation degree from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. With over ten years of experience, Tori Szkodzinski is a senior tax manager at Wipfli and provides the highest-quality service to both individuals and corporate clients. Though she serves a wide variety of clients, her emphasis is on the manufacturing industry. Tori is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants, she was also the treasurer of Management Women, Inc.
Academic Advisor, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Katie joined the NWTC Academic team in Fall 2013, and finds joy in helping students achieve their academic and career goals. She also serves on the NWTC Diversity Team and the NWTC Title IX Team. Katie strives to help make NWTC a welcoming place for all indivduals. She has worked in the field of higher education for the majority of her career. She earned her Master’s Degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Marquette University in 2011, and her Bachelor’s Degree from Loyola University Chicago in 2007, studying Anthropology, Sociology and Women’s Studies.