Our Team

Operations Team

Spencer Bonnie: Executive Director

Spencer brings a breadth and depth of insights, perspectives, knowledge and experiences from 23 years of championing youth development and collective impact at both the local and national levels, most notably with the YMCA. From the very beginning of his career, he has been most passionate about one thing: helping young people overcome whatever barriers stand in their way to realize their full potential and thrive in school, work and life.  Spencer is thrilled to have the opportunity to pursue that passion through Achieve Brown County’s work in his home community.

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 Manager to Community Engagement/Communications and now to Operations Manager. She has found her natural talent for keeping multiple balls in the air 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 friends and most of all family, which include 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.

AmeriCorps VISTAs

Nikki Erdmann: Communications Coordinator

Nikki is Achieve Brown County’s Communications Coordinator. She graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Spanish and a Certificate in Digital Studies. Prior to joining Achieve Brown County, Nikki was actively involved with Bucky PR and PRSSA UW-Madison. Nikki looks forward to spread awareness of the groundbreaking work Achieve Brown County is doing in her community. In her free time, Nikki enjoys photography, yoga, cooking, antiquing and spending time with her dogs, Fritz and Toby.

Nabila Mahjabeen: Data Analyst

Nabila is working as a 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.

Mai Chong Her: Project Team Lead

Mai is a 2016 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She received her B.A. in Accounting and Management. As a first generation college graduate, she is passionate about helping others realize their dreams of obtaining a higher education. She hopes to be able to drive change in her community as a member of ABC so that ALL children will succeed in life. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to podcasts and spending time with her family and friends.

Megan Enderby: Project Team Lead

Megan is a Project Team Lead at Achieve Brown County. She has lived and worked in Brown County for the past 10 years and is passionate about creating positive systems change in our community. She started her career as a copy editor at the Green Bay Press-Gazette and continued to hone her communication expertise as a proofreader at Wipfli LLP. Most recently, she worked for the EdTech firm ThinkCERCA writing curriculum to support teachers and engage students. She was raised by a teacher and has seen firsthand the dedication and grit required of educators. Megan graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in global studies. She lives in Howard with her husband Matt and their two spirited daughters. In her free time, she loves visiting Door County and exploring marinas on both the Bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan.

 

Shallen Gurtler: Project Team Lead

Shallen is working as one of the Project Team Leads at Achieve Brown County. She received her degree in Biomedical Engineering and continued on with a masters degree in Forest Molecular Genetics and Biotechnology. She looks forward to helping the community with her VISTA work. In her free time she could be found reading, playing board games, baking, or spending time with her friends and family.

Haley Perkins: Data Communications Specialist

Haley is the new 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.

2019 – 2020 AmeriCorps VISTAs

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