Meet the VGR Board of Directors
Tom Buhler currently serves as the President of the Board. Specifically, as President, Tom presides over all Board meetings. He regularly networks with community leaders to encourage participation in Visioning activities and raise funds for VGR. Tom has over 30 years of experience as a leader – he is the Director of Business Development of ButterBuds, a local business that distributes its products nationally.
Tammy Hayward currently serves as the Vice President of the Board. Tammy assists with communications, such as radio interviews, newsletters, etc. She is active in the community and regularly serves on nonprofit boards. She is the former president of the Racine Interfaith Coalition, and the Vice-President of WISDOM. Ms. Hayward has a M.A. in History, and is a retired teacher.
Al Johnson currently serves as the Treasurer. Specifically, as Treasurer, Mr. Johnson keeps tracks of all receipts and disbursements of VGR’s funds. Al solicits funds for VGR regularly through networking with community leaders. Al attended the School of Business the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Bill Streeter
Bill Streeter serves as Secretary of the Board. Bill is a Caledonia resident, active member of multiple community organizations and former Vice Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Bill earned his Doctorate from the University of Michigan in Higher Education.
Bonnie Prochaska spearheads VGR’s initiative to map its networks and resources in the community. Ms. Prochaska has over 30 years of volunteer Board experience. She is the former Executive Director of the Racine Symphony Orchestra and other local nonprofits. Currently, Prochaska is the President of a nonprofit management consulting firm working with regional Boards doing strategic planning and Board development.
Chief Art Howell
Chief Art Howell is a life-long Racinian and public servant who has served the city of Racine in the Police Department and as an active member of many non-profit boards including the United Way of Racine County. Chief Howell has a M.A. in Management and a B.A. in Human Services, and is currently the Chief of Police for the Racine Police Department.
Dr. Micheal Frontier
Mike Frontier is a former City of Racine Alderman and current member of the Racine Unified School District Board of Education, once serving as Board President. Mike has worked in education as an administrator in schools and leads peace initiatives in Greater Racine.
Amy Connolly is a member of the Governance Committee for Visioning a Greater Racine. She is the Director of City Development at the City of Racine and oversees planning, building, and economic development for the City. She also serves as the Executive Director of the City of Racine Redevelopment Authority. Amy has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Masters Degree in Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University.
Ola Baiyewu is the founder of Human Asset Development Corporation d/b/a First Choice Pre-Apprenticeship Training. Ola recruits and prepares individuals interested in careers in the building and construction trades. Ola is a graduate of Carthage College, Kenosha. He serves on various Boards including Women's Resource Center. His purpose is to bring equity to the under-served in our community.
Ben Pfeilstifter is an open minded husband and father of three who works as a Project Manager at SCJ, strategically planning and executing launches of new innovation into the marketplace. Ben holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UW Madison with a Master degree in Business Administration from UW Parkside. He serves on the Leadership Racine Alumni Committee.
Clair Holland assists the Board by drafting and implementing communications platforms. Clair has a M.B.A. and a history of business experience and is active in local non-profit organizations.
Ray Koukari Jr.
Ray Koukari, Jr. is the Dean of Academic Affairs for the Racine Campus and the Dean of Business and Information Technology departments (BIT) and currently Interim Dean of Manufacturing, Engineering, and Transportation. Ray started his career at Gateway as an adjunct faculty member teaching IT courses. He became a full-time faculty member in August 2004, teaching IT on the Racine campus. In January 2008 his accepted a position as Associate Dean of BIT. In July 2009, he was promoted to his present positions. In addition, Ray became the Interim Dean of MET in July of 2017. Ray has served on several boards prior to becoming a board member of Visioning a Greater Racine.
Rod French to Racine in 1981 as a reporter for the Racine Journal Times. In 1984, Rod opened a Racine branch of Sales Promotion Ideas a promotional agency started by his father, Russ. Rod currently works for QRG in New Berlin helping clients create Raving Fans by empowering their brand and engaging their people.
Dr. David Rhoads
Dr. David Rhoads is Director of Greening Greater Racine, a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting and fostering activity that brings about a healthier and more sustainable life in greater Racine.