Mike Bartels is the Vice President of Administration at Messmer Catholic Schools. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from UW-Platteville and a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from Cardinal Stritch University. Mike joined the Choice Schools Association board in 2015. Early on Mike recognized a need for an organization that supports schools by providing workshops that address best practices and practical discussions about important educational and administrative topics. When the Choice Schools Association merged with School Choice Wisconsin Action to create the Choice Schools Quality Committee Mike felt it was necessary that this important work continue. It is exciting to see the group come together, discuss topics that are important to the success of schools participating in Wisconsin’s school choice programs, and to provide meaningful support to administrators and teachers.
Stefanie Herbert currently serves as an instructional coach for the Center for Urban Teaching. Herbert works with many different schools in and around Milwaukee by developing and supporting teachers. Herbert volunteered for the school quality committee because she believes all students deserve access to high performing teachers and great schools. She is committed to being part of the change we would all like to see in our city.
Ed Rueter is a Senior Certified Public Accountant providing assurance services at CliftonLarsonAllen in Milwaukee. Rueter specializes in providing accounting, auditing and consulting services in the Not-for-Profit industry with a particular interest in private schools and schools participating in Wisconsin’s school choice programs. He was previously a high school teacher in Economics and History for over 5 years and brings a strong education background to all his clients. He holds a Master of science degree in accounting from the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education from the University of Stevens Point, WI.
Messmer Catholic Schools, Inc.
Director of Business Operations
Lori Saqer is the Director of Business Operations at Messmer Catholic Schools, Inc. As a former auditor of schools participating in Wisconsin’s parental choice programs and other non-profit organizations, Saqer has gained a deep understanding of the importance of having the business operations of a school functioning well and following best practices of the education industry. Since coming to work at Messmer Catholic Schools Inc., Saqer is now in the position of preparing for the auditors and implementing rather than recommending the best business and accounting practices. Saqer volunteered for the SCW Quality committee because she enjoys sharing her experience and knowledge with other schools and feels it is important to do what she can to help ensure that all children have access to a quality education.
Dr. Sam Seefeld
Dr. Sam Seefeld has served in various positions in education from elementary school to higher education over a 10 year career. Most recently he spent time with the Center for Urban Teaching’s summer school program as principal at St. Marcus Lutheran School, and as Dean of Students at Milwaukee Lutheran High School. Seefeld is currently the principal at Trinity Lutheran School of Freistadt in Mequon, WI. He holds a master’s in education with a focus on curriculum and instruction from Concordia University Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His educational interests include data-driven instruction, curriculum alignment, and leadership competencies. He is serving on the Committee for School Quality with the hope of empowering educators with the resources, tools, and best practices needed to produce a high quality learning environment for their school.