Four people with strong community ties have been elected to the Board of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation.
Scott Chorski, Anna Prinsen, John Stuber and Antoiwana Williams will join the 20-member Board in January and serve three-year terms. They replace; Gregory Bonney (a past president who served seven years); and Ryan Clark, who served six years; as well as two members who resigned due to conflicts with new job duties, Jodi Ehrenberger and Tiffany Olson. Another Board member, Tennille Spears, has recently resigned due to personal reasons, but has not yet been replaced.
Scott Chorski has been General Manager of WKBT News 8 since March 2000. He has been active in many community organizations, including serving as chair of the Children’s Museum of La Crosse, and on the boards of the Family and Children’s Center, Downtown Mainstreet and the Viterbo University Board of Advisors. He also is past chair of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. He and his wife, Cinda, have an adult son who graduated from Central High School.
Anna Prinsen is vice president and chief financial officer at Fowler & Hammer, where she has worked for 10 years. She is a Central High School graduate with two daughters at Emerson Elementary (second and third grade). She has been active in several civic organizations, including the Rotary Club of La Crosse and the young professionals group of the La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce. Her mother, Sue Christopherson, is president of Fowler & Hammer and also chair of the La Crosse Community Foundation. Anna’s father, Bob Christopherson, is a retired Logan High School teacher. Anna is married to Brandon Prinsen, an attorney at Johns, Flaherty & Collins.
John Stuber is an attorney in solo practice concentrating in probate/trust planning, employment law and personal injury law. A La Crosse native and 1981 graduate of Marquette University Law School, John and his wife, Judge Ramona Gonzalez, have three grown children, including one who is a graduate of Central High School.
Antoiwana Williams is the Director of Multicultural Student Services at UW-La Crosse. She served in many roles on the UW-La Crosse campus, such as a Precollege Site Supervisor, ASI Program Director, and the Director of Upward Bound. She was promoted to her current position in 2010. She earned both her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s degree in College Student Personnel at UW-L. Antoiwana and her husband, Fred, are active in coaching youth sports and have three children: a daughter who graduated from Logan High; a daughter in 10th grade at Central High; and a son in sixth grade at Longfellow Middle.
The mission of the La Crosse Public Education Foundation is to enhance learning opportunities for students in the School District of La Crosse and to promote community understanding and support for public education. LPEF was founded in 1988 by some very forward-looking La Crosse residents who were passionate in their support of public education in La Crosse.
The Foundation expects to provide about $150,000 in support in 2017 to students and staff in the School District of La Crosse. This includes nearly $60,000 in classroom grants and about $20,000 for Random Acts of Kindness to meet needs of students in areas such as nutrition, hygiene, clothing, and transportation.