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.
Dr. Bill Streeter
Bill Streeter serves as Vice President 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.
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.
Kamaljit Jackson is the Senior Accountability and Efficiency Officer at Racine Unified School District. Kamaljit leads and champions the district's performance management strategy by collaborating with district leaders to use data to evaluate efforts, and then identify opportunities for improvement, including working better together to serve the district's internal and external community constituents, respond to needs, and demonstrate results. She is a certified Black Belt and holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin Parkside.
Amy Connolly is a Secretary of the 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.
Jomarie was raised in Milwaukee's southside in a Spanish speaking home, and is a current resident of Racine since 2004. She has a passion for social justice and equity, focusing on education, child welfare, civil, labor and human rights immigration, and human trafficking. An alumni of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, where she completed her undergraduate in Community Engagement and Education with certificates in Latin American and Caribbean studies, and Culture and Communities, and her Master's program is in the Cultural Foundation of Education (focus: underrepresented students in higher education, social justice and educational policy). Currently, she works for Gateway Technical College as a Student Support Specialist in the Multicultural Program of the Racine Campus since August of 2014. There, she works in student development, advocacy and leadership. Prior to, Jomarie worked many years in child abuse prevention for a local non-for-prior in Kenosha County. As a agent of change and active in the community, Jomarie has volunteer her time for many causes that range from homelessness prevention to community re-entry programs.
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.
Born in Racine, Joycelyn is the director of marketing and development for the Racine Theatre Guild. A proud Racine transplant, she holds a degree in organizational communication from Viterbo University and has worked in tourism, education, housing, and healthcare nonprofits. Joycelyn currently serves on VGR's communications committee and both the Cultural & Rec and Vibrant Atmosphere for Young Adults WAVE teams.
Chuck Goodremote retired as Chief Information Officer from Modine Manufacturing Company in 2016. During his 35-year career at Modine he held numerous management and executive positions including Plant Superintendent, Engineering Manager, Global Research Director, General Manager, Managing Director of the Automotive Division in Europe, and 8 years as Global CIO. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UW-Stout and an MBA from UW-Parkside. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Board to the Dean of the College of Business, Economics, and Computing at UW-Parkside, the IT Practice Center Board at UW-Parkside, the IT Network Board under Higher Expectations, the Racine Vocational Ministries Board, and the Deacon Board of Fellowship Baptist Church. In the past, he served as Treasurer on the Racine Unified School Board.
Nick Postorino is Racine native who returned home after living away since attending university at Purdue. During that time away he has lived in Seattle, England, and Italy while traveling the globe as a Boeing Maintenance Training Instructor. He returned to Racine to work for a family construction subcontracting company and to be near family. He brings an enthusiasm and dedication to continuing the work of making his hometown a great place for all residents to live, work, and play.
Patrick Fogarty is the Treasure of the Board for Visioning a Greater Racine. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Pat has decades of experience as a certified public accountant (CPA). He has run his own accounting business in Racine for over 30 years and specializes in preparing financial statements and tax returns. His focus is non-profit accounting, estates, and trusts.