Our Team

Leadership Team

Sarah Beckman, she/her: 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 in 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 throughout northeast Wisconsin. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, cooking, home improvement projects and exploring the outdoors with activities like hiking and kayaking. She currently lives in De Pere with her significant other, two birds and a dog. Sarah can be contacted at: [email protected].

Ann McCotter, she/her: 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. Ann can be contacted at: [email protected].

Christian Roovers, he/him: Evidence Based Decision Making Manager

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. Christian can be contacted at: [email protected].

Justis Tenpenny, he/him: Communications Manager

Justis was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. He moved to Green Bay to attend the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he received his bachelor’s in Communication. He has communications experience with government, nonprofit, and other community organizations. Justis is a passionate advocate and volunteer for the LGBTQ+ community in Green Bay. Most notably, he led the development of the 9-week LGBTQ+ Equity Challenge, helped co-coordinate the installment of Green Bay’s first-ever LGBTQ+ mural at Napalese Lounge and Grille, and is the Communication Director for N.E.W. Pride Alive. When Justis isn’t working or advocating to advance the LGBTQ+ community in Brown County, you can find him hiking, kayaking, or exploring with his partner, Robert. Justis is also an avid reader. His nose is often in a book exploring the realms of science fiction and fantasy. Justis can be contacted at: [email protected].

Team Members

Mary Klos, she/her: 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. Mary can be contacted at: [email protected].

Haley Perkins, she/her: Data Communications Specialist VISTA

Haley is a second-year Data Communications Specialist VISTA with Achieve Brown County. 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. In her free time she enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, camping, and reading. Haley can be contacted at: [email protected].

Nabila Mahjabeen, she/her: Data Analyst VISTA

Nabila is a second-year Data Analyst VISTA 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. She also worked as an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She is excited to be working as a Data Analyst VISTA 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. Nabila can be contacted at: [email protected].

Daisie Mathias, she/her: Project Team Lead VISTA

Daisie is a first-year Project Team Lead VISTA at Achieve Brown County. 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. Daisie can be contacted at: [email protected].

Carl Derge, he/him: Volunteer

Carl is a long time volunteer at Achieve Brown County who currently works most closely with the Evidence Based Decision Making and FAFSA+ 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.

2021 – 2022 AmeriCorps VISTAs

  • Nichole Brown
  • Erika Ditzman
  • Randi Groff

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