Get to Know the Wisconsin Public Education Network Team

Regional and statewide organizers help the Wisconsin Public Education Network dive deep into local actions with educators, families, community members, and advocates in every corner of Wisconsin.

Executive Director:
Heather DuBois Bourenane

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Heather DuBois Bourenane is passionate about ensuring our public schools are places of joy for all students. She is a proud public school parent, a founding member of Support Sun Prairie Schools and the Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition, and co-director of the SPARC Local Action Fund 501(c)(3). She taught college English and literature and worked in K-12 outreach at UW-Madison before becoming the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Public Education Network. She has been with the Network since 2015.

Contact Heather at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org to get in touch with the Network!

Southeast Region:
Jenni Hofschulte

Jenni Hofschulte, SE Regional Organizer

Jenni Hofschulte is the regional organizer for the Greater Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha metropolitan areas, and throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. She is a well-connected advocate in the area through the Parents for Public Schools-Milwaukee, Schools and Communities United, and Milwaukee Public Schools.

Want to get in touch? Contact Jenni!

Northeast Region:
Denise Gaumer Hutchison

Denise Gaumer-Hutchison, NE Regional Organizer

Denise Gaumer Hutchison brings a background with the Wisconsin Education Association Council, WEA Trust, Champions for Green Bay Public Schools, and much more to the Network. She organizes local level action for statewide impact in Northeastern Wisconsin, from Oshkosh, Appleton, and Green Bay to the far northeast, and everything in between.

Want to get in touch? Contact Denise!

Northwest Regional Team:
Ann Francis

Ann Francis is based in Eau Claire and organizes the Wisconsin Public Education Network’s northwest regional partners, serving as a reference for the region including La Crosse, Eau Claire, Stevens Point, Wausau, Ashland, and Superior, and everything in between. She is a prominent advocate and organizer in the Eau Claire area.

Want to get in touch? Contact Ann!

Digital Organizer:
Christian Phelps

Christian Phelps is the Wisconsin Public Education Network’s digital organizer, helping broaden and deepen partnerships across the state through both relational and digital organizing strategies. He has previously worked in public education and multimedia journalism.

Want to get in touch? Contact Christian!

Northwest Regional Team:
Chris Hambuch-Boyle

Chris Hambuch-Boyle also works to organize throughout the northwest, from La Crosse to Wausau to Superior and beyond. Chris is a retired speech and language pathologist, early childhood special education teacher, a former president of the Eau Claire Area Board of Education, and a lifelong public education advocate.

Want to get in touch? Contact Chris!



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Organizing Intern:
Amelia Berendt

Amelia Berendt is a recent graduate of the UW-Madison Master’s program in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. As a Wisconsin Public Education Network organizing intern, she has streamlined the Network’s communications with partners and helped manage its events.