Our Team

Operations Team

Sarah Beckman: Executive Director

Sarah grew up in Wausau, WI and is a first generation college graduate who earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UW – Green Bay and master’s degree in Business Administration from St. Norbert College. She has worked in the nonprofit sector throughout northeast Wisconsin her entire career in roles ranging from AmeriCorps member to fundraising and nonprofit leadership roles. Sarah is a systems thinker and always looking for ways to improve processes, collaborate and ensure impact is measured and achieved. Sarah has been named Young Professional of the Year by the Greater Green Bay Chamber of Commerce (2017), Outstanding Emerging Leader by Brown County United Way (2017) and a Top 10 Young Professional of the Year by the Sheboygan County Chamber of Commerce (2019). Volunteerism has been a huge part of Sarah’s life from an early age to present day. She has volunteered globally in Guatemala, enjoys volunteering when traveling throughout the United States and has served on committees and boards locally in northeast Wisconsin. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, home improvement projects and exploring the great outdoors with activities like hiking and kayaking. She currently lives in De Pere with her significant other, two birds and a dog.

Ann McCotter: Director of Collaborative Action

Ann leads our efforts to drive system change within a project management focus. Prior to assuming the CI Director role, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Continuous Improvement Coordinator with Achieve Brown County. She spent the majority of her twenty-plus-year career in strategic HR leadership roles within multiple industries. Her favorite days at work are spent working to support positive change efforts. As a life-long learner, she is thrilled with the challenge of diving into the non-profit, education, and healthcare sectors as she works to support the collective impact work of Achieve Brown County. In her free time, Ann enjoys volunteering throughout the community and within her church, connecting with friends at local coffee shops, and cooking meals with her family that include fresh produce from her organic garden and the farmers’ market.

Leah Thompson: Operations Manager

Leah joined Achieve Brown County in February 2016. She has had several roles while with the organization ranging from Office Administration to Community Engagement/ Communications and now to Operations Manager. She has found her natural talent for juggling multiple tasks at once has proven essential in all her roles throughout her career. She joined ABC to follow her desire for helping others and finds fulfillment in ABC’s message that ALL children succeed in our community. Some of her favorite things are coffee, being in nature, spending time with friends and most of all family, which includes her grand dogs.

Mary Klos: Senior Data Analyst

Much of Mary’s career has been spent doing market research, forecasting and strategic planning for Wisconsin Public Service Corporation. More recently, she has worked as a consultant helping utilities and states across the country to evaluate their energy efficiency programs.

Along the way, Mary has helped build local community by being a Girl Scout leader, a soccer coach, a Destination Imagination coach, a Sunday School teacher, the local coordinator of the SHARE food program, and a regular visitor to inmates in the Wisconsin Correctional system. Mary is thrilled to be working where she can put her decades of experience in data analysis toward a good purpose – helping all kids achieve success in their careers and personal lives.

Christian Roovers: Evidence-Based Decision-Making

Christian joined the full-time staff as the Community Information System (CIS) Manager in July 2019. Prior to assuming the CIS Manager role, he served as an AmeriCorps VISTA for two terms as a Continuous Improvement Coordinator. He holds a B.A. degree in Psychology from St. Norbert College.

Carl Derge: Volunteer

Carl is a long time volunteer who currently works most closely with the Evidence-based Decision Making and FAFSA plus teams. He is proud to contribute to efforts making positive changes in his community. Living in Brown County since he was a child, Carl received a BA from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay in English and communications. In his free time he enjoys reading, playing video games, listening to music and podcasts, and writing.

AmeriCorps VISTAs

Erika Ditzman: Communications Coordinator

Erika is Achieve Brown County’s VISTA Communications Coordinator. She is a 2021 graduate of St. Norbert College where she completed a double major in English and communications with a minor in graphic design. Prior to joining Achieve Brown County, she worked as an Obituary Representative for Gannett, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the St. Norbert Times, Digital Archives Assistant in the Mulva Library and Publication Associate in St. Norbert College’s Office of Communications. Erika has also published literary research in North Wind: A Journal of George MacDonald Studies. She enjoys growing exotic plants and exploring abandoned locations. Her dream is to tour Chernobyl!

Haley Perkins: Data Communications Specialist

Haley is the VISTA Data Communications Specialist. She graduated from Northland College in 2019 with a B.S. in Biology and Natural Resources. Haley previously worked at the Center for Rural Communities at Northland College as a research assistant working on improving the quality of life for communities within the Northwoods region of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. She is excited to work on creating data visualizations to share with the community at ABC. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, camping, and reading.

Nabila Mahjabeen: Data Analyst

Nabila is working as a VISTA Data Analyst at Achieve Brown County. She is a Civil Engineering graduate and completed her MS from Civil and Environmental Engineering Department of University of South Carolina, USA. She also worked as an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Green bay. She is excited working as a Data Analyst at Achieve Brown County and hopes to create a positive impact on the Brown County community through her work. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, reading, listening to music and cooking.

Daisie Mathias: Project Team Lead

Daisie is one of Achieve Brown County’s VISTA Project Team Leads. She has recently re-entered the workforce after being a stay-at-home mother to three children for 14 years. Daisie is also pursuing a bachelor’s degree in human resources and organizational leadership with the goal of making a difference in the lives of others. She is excited to continue to learn and grow both personally and professionally while helping others do the same. Daisie enjoys spending time outdoors, learning, playing games, listening to music, writing and spending time with her friends/family, especially her three children: Austin, Jade and Addie.

Nichole Brown: Project Team Lead

Nichole is one of Achieve Brown County’s newest VISTA Project Team Leads. She is married and has five daughters (Dayanna, Sharonda, Shamyia, Sabrina and Dajanae). Before joining Achieve Brown County, Nichole worked for JBS. During that time, she decided that she wanted to impact the lives of children. She is currently enrolled at NWTC in their Human Services Associate program, as well as Substance Abuse Counseling. Nichole enjoys gardening, walking, cooking and spending time with her family.

Randi Groff: Project Team Lead

Randi is one of Achieve Brown County’s newest VISTA Project Team Leads. She is a 2021 graduate of St. Norbert College where she earned her degree in Communication and Media Studies. During her time at St. Norbert, she was heavily involved on campus as the president of the LGBTQ+ Spectrum Alliance, a student group, for multiple years. She was able to evoke change by advocating for gender inclusive housing and by creating more LGBTQ+ programming on campus like SNC’s Annual “Coming Out Week” and Spectrum’s Annual Drag Show. She enjoys cooking, playing with her kitties, and traveling with her fiancé, Delaney.

2020 – 2021 AmeriCorps VISTAs

  • Megan Enderby
  • Mai Chong Her
  • Shallen Gurtler
  • Nikki Erdmann

2019 – 2020 AmeriCorps VISTAs

Recipient of the 2020 Governor’s Service Award , AmeriCorps VISTA Program of the Year.

  • Ajai Meeks
  • Bailey Schmid
  • Kennedy Metoxen
  • Sarah Oakley
  • Orpita Nilormee