Board of Directors

Education: Marquette University

Giovanna has been actively involved in the Kaukauna community for over 40 years. After spending two years as the Adult Library assistant at the Kaukauna Public Library, she spent the next 35 years as the Head Children’s Librarian for the city. In that role, Giovanna touched many families and made a significant impact on the lives of many young people.

Giovanna currently serves the following organizations:

  • Life Tools Foundation Board of Directors
  • Kaukauna Area School District Board of Education 9 years
  • President 3 years and currently
  • Wisconsin Association of School Boards Assembly Delegate
  • Kaukauna Alumni Association board of directors

Over the past 40 years, Giovanna has served on the following committees:

  • Strategic Planning Kaukauna Area School District for many years
  • Kaukauna Alumni Association, Past President, Vice President, and Chairman of the Board
  • Kaukauna Community Health Associates
  • St. Paul Elder Services Community Outreach
  • Pied Piper Nursery School Board of Directors

Giovanna resides in Kaukauna with her husband John.

Education: St. Norbert College, Bachelor of Science

Jane is currently retired but stays very busy through her involvement at US Venture and her volunteer teaching.  Jane spent much of her life, beginning as a young child, assisting at US Venture / Schmidt Oil in a variety of capacities.  She continues as an active member of the US Venture / Schmidt Family Foundation.  Jane’s passion is math and helping young people develop the skill sets they will need to be successful in the world.  During the week, you will find her assisting students in classrooms all over the Fox Cities, volunteering her time to empower young people in need of a hand up.

Community Involvement:

  • Life Tools Foundation Board of Directors
  • Volunteer Math Instructor:
    • St. Nicholas Elementary School in Freedom
    • St. Ignatius Catholic School in Kaukauna
    • St. Thomas Moore Catholic School in Appleton
    • Holy Spirit Catholic School in Darboy

Jane resides in Combined Locks.

Education: University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, BBA, Accounting

Jim is currently a shareholder at Schenck SC, a public accounting firm, in their Green Bay office.

His experience includes providing tax planning and compliance services for individuals and family- held businesses. He has experience with a variety of clients including manufacturing, construction, real estate, and retail. Jim joined Schenck as a manager on the Green Bay tax team in 1999. Prior to joining Schenck, he held the position of tax manager with a privately-held company in the Fox Valley for five years, and also spent ten years in the tax department of a regional CPA firm in the Fox Valley.

Community involvement:

  • Life Tools Foundation Board of Directors, Treasurer
  • Center for Childhood Safety, Treasurer
  • Rotary Club of Green Bay
  • Greater Green Bay Optimist Club, Past Board of Directors
  • Appleton Sunrise Optimist Club, Past President
  • WINUM District, Optimist International, Past Secretary/Treasurer

Jim resides in Wrightstown with his wife and daughter.

Education: University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, BBA

Matt is a Managing Director – Financial Advisor with Raymond James in Appleton, Wisconsin. He manages investment portfolios and provides financial planning services to individuals and closely-held businesses throughout the United States. Prior to entering the financial services industry in 1992, Matt worked as an account executive for the Coca-Cola Company.

Community involvement:

  • Life Tools Foundation Board of Directors
  • St. Francis Xavier Catholic School System Foundation Board of Directors / Executive Committee, Vice President
  • St. Pius X Parish Finance Committee, Past Member, Multiple Terms
  • St. Bernard Parish Endowment Committee, Past Member, Multiple Terms
  • Ongoing supporter of Xavier High School and the Kaukauna Quarterback Club
  • Active member of St. Pius X Parish in Appleton

Matt resides in Greenville with his wife and two children.

Education: St. Norbert College, BA Humanities

Beth is an Instructor at Fox Valley Technical College within the Business Technology Department. She provides instruction to adult students on various topics including computer software applications and business etiquette. Beth works primarily with at-risk students who are struggling with a variety of challenges that create barriers to successfully completing their educational goals. In addition to her work at Fox Valley Tech, Beth and her husband, Mike, own and operate a local tutoring company, Life Tools Tutoring LLC, providing one-on-one in-home tutoring to students K-12 in all major subject areas.

Community involvement:

  • Life Tools Foundation Board of Directors
  • St. Ignatius Catholic School Home and School Association, Co-President
  • Kaukauna Catholic School System School Board, Past Vice President
  • St. Joseph’s Food Pantry Volunteer
  • Many years of coaching youth volleyball
  • Active member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Kaukauna

Beth resides in Combined Locks with her husband and five children.

Education: St. Norbert College, BBA

Mike spent the first 20+ years of his professional career working in the paper industry in the greater Fox Valley area. He held various positions including Marketing Manager, Sales Manager, and General Manager for several local companies involved in engineering services and paper/packaging. Mike, along with his wife Beth, are currently owners of Life Tools Tutoring LLC, a business they started in 2013 to provide one-on-one tutoring services to students K-12 in the greater Fox Cities area. Mike is involved and responsible for many aspects of the management of the business in addition to much of the student tutoring.

Community involvement:

  • Life Tools Foundation Board of Directors
  • Appleton Literacy Coalition tutor – 7 years
  • Kaukauna Social Concerns Committee – 7 years
  • Many years of coaching youth baseball
  • Active member of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Kaukauna

Mike resides in Combined Locks with his wife and five children.