Advisory Council

The Wisconsin Character Education Partnership (WCEP) Advisory Committee is responsible for setting the direction and the strategic plan for the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership initiative.  This committee oversees the strategic areas that WCEP seeks to promote:  Eleven Principles training for state educators and policy makers, Leadership Academy for Principals, Wisconsin Schools of Character (advisory capacity to WSOC committee) and the Wisconsin Call to Character.  The committee works to find partnerships with legislators, businesses and educators to promote the intentional and proactive teaching of character to children in our public and private K-12 schools.

Mark Chapin, Principal, Meyer Middle School-River Falls School District, River Falls, WI.

Dr. William Hughes, Chief Academic Officer, Seton Catholic Schools. Former Director of Leadership Development at Schools That Can Milwaukee and former Superintendent of the Greendale School District in Greendale, Wisconsin. Dr. Hughes has served on the Milwaukee Area Technical College, the National Center for Learning and Citizenship, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Robert Kattman, Director, Office of Charter Schools, UWM; Past superintendent of Glendale School System.

Dr. Deb Kerr, Superintendent, School District of Brown Deer.

Dr. Demond Means, Superintendent of Schools, Mequon-Thiensville School District.

Dr. Rita Olson, Superintendent, South Milwaukee School District.

Richard R. Pieper Sr., Non-Executive Chairman of PPC Partners, Inc.; Character.org board member, and past President.

Harriet Schachter McKinney, Executive director of MAJC (the Milwaukee Area Jewish Committee), an independent affiliate of the American Jewish Committee, the oldest human relations’ organization in the United States. For over 25 years, Ms. McKinney has provided consultations and training, on social justice issues including unlearning racism, anti-Semitism, sexism and other forms of oppression.

Michael Swartz, Retired Superintendent of Jefferson School District. Jefferson School District,through their Character in Action, sponsored the statewide annual character education conference in June.

Pamela Woodard, Chief Facilitator/WCEP; Past co-chair of Southeastern Wisconsin Schools Alliance; Whitefish Bay School Board President.