Leadership & Board of Directors

Executive Leadership Team

Ruth Schmidt

Ruth Schmidt

Executive Director

Under Ms. Schmidt’s leadership, WECA’s flagship programs have continued to thrive while new and comprehensive initiatives have been implemented. During her tenure, WECA became a consortial partner in the statewide implementation of  the YoungStar program, and a leading voice on both state and national levels for strengthening the child care workforce throught policy and systems improvement.

Ms. Schmidt earned her bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College and has extensive executive leadership experience that includes management consulting with organizations, associations, counties and municipalities across Wisconsin. Ms. Schmidt is actively involved with the Wisconsin Early Learning Coalition, the National Birth to Five Policy Alliance, and the  Peer Advocate Roundtable.

Location: Madison
Phone: 608-729-1042 #
Jeanette Paulson

Jeanette Paulson

Director of Workforce Initiatives

During her tenure with WECA Ms. Paulson has been instrumental in bringing the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood® Wisconsin Scholarship Program to Wisconsin. Prior to becoming the Director of Workforce Initiatives she was the director of both the T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship program and the  REWARD Wisconsin stipend program. Ms. Paulson has 25 years experience working with infants through school- aged children in a variety of settings. She holds a a Master of Arts degree in Continuing and Vocational Adult Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Location: Madison
Phone: 608-729-1025 #

Board of Directors

The purpose of the Board of Directors is to focus on the effective operation of the association as well as carry out the legal and fiduciary responsibilities of WECA. Five members are selected by the Member Advisory Council and two are elected by the members.

Sue Schimke

Sue Schimke

President
Location:
Beloit, WI
Organization:
Kidspace Learning Center
Luke Chirhart

Luke Chirhart

Secretary
Location:
Libertyville, IL
Organization:
TenMarks Education
Robin Fox

Robin Fox

Location:
Whitewater, WI
Organization:
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Dipesh Navsaria, M.D.

Dipesh Navsaria, M.D.

Location:
Madison, WI
Organization:
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Henry Wilde

Henry Wilde

Location:
Madison, WI
Organization:
Acelero Learning

Abby Abrisham

Abby Abrisham

Location:
Madison, WI
Organization:
C.P.Child Care, INC.
Rafat Arain

Rafat Arain

Location:
Milwaukee, WI
Corrine Hendrickson

Corrine Hendrickson

Location:
New Glarus, WI
Organization:
Corrine's Little Explorers
Bonnie Schey

Bonnie Schey

Location:
Madison, WI
Organization:
Wingra School