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 to get in touch with the Network!

Director of Digital Organizing & Communications:
Christian Phelps

Christian Phelps is the Wisconsin Public Education Network’s director of digital organizing and communications, 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 Organizer:
Chris Hambuch-Boyle

Chris Hambuch-Boyle 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!

Northeast Regional Organizer:
Denise Gaumer Hutchison

Denise Gaumer-Hutchison, NE Regional Organizer

Denise Gaumer Hutchison brings a breadth of experience in both professional and volunteer organizing in public education 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, and serves in a fundraising and development role.

Want to get in touch? Contact Denise!

Southeast Regional Organizer:
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!

Interesting in joining Team Public? We’re hiring new Regional Organizers, Digital & Communications Organizer(s), and Legislative Policy & Administrative Intern(s)! Visit to read more, and submit an application at! Positions are open until filled. (Posted Aug. 30, 2022.)