Candy Fields of Mt. Calvary, Lisa Olson of Hartford and Bur Zeratsky of Green Lake were sworn in as the newest members of the Moraine Park Technical College District Board, July 13. Fields will serve as an employee member representative for the eastern portion of the Moraine Park District, and Zeratsky will represent the western portion of the District as an employer member. Olson will serve as a school district administrator member.
John St. Peter, college legal counsel for Moraine Park, administers the Oath of Office to the College’s new District Board members, from left, Bur Zeratsky , Lisa Olson and Candy Fields.
The three new members bring strong community ties and numerous years of experience to the board. “We are thrilled to have Candy, Lisa and Bur join the board,” Bonnie Baerwald, president of Moraine Park, said. “Each one of them brings a remarkable set of skills and experiences that will help move the College forward.”
Fields is a Bilingual Offender Classification Specialist for the Department of Corrections at Taycheedah in Fond du Lac. She came to the United States 14 years ago as a non-English speaking immigrant. Her first educational experience in the United States was taking English Language Learning classes at Moraine Park. She studied Law in Cartagena, Colombia, and was employed there as a Paralegal. Fields is currently working to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City.
“One of my goals as a member of the Moraine Park Board is to find new ways to reach out to the Hispanic community and low income families in our area to help them access higher education,” said Fields. “I believe that establishing and maintaining responsiveness to community growth and student learning needs is a priority.”
Olson is the district administrator of the Hartford Union High School District. Prior to this position, she was employed as a business and information technology educator for 18 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education - Business. Olson served as an educational consultant for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction on the Career and Technical Education Team and currently serves on the GPS Education Partners Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Washington County Workforce Alliance and the Hartford Rotary Club.
“I have been involved with Moraine Park since I moved into the area in 1992--from an evening instructor at the West Bend campus to a transcripted credit instructor at Hartford Union High School to meeting with instructors and deans in seeking input for our programs at the school,” said Olson. “My experiences have always been positive, and I look at serving on the board as an opportunity to learn more at a different level and find additional ways to give back.”
Zeratsky is the executive vice president of National Rivet & Manufacturing Company, Inc., in Waupun, which is a fourth-generation family business that manufactures fasteners for industries including automotive and aerospace. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Economics from Regis College, Denver. Zeratsky served as a member of the Green Lake School Board from 1998-2007, was the former president of the Green Lake Sailing School, and currently is the president of the Green Lake Conservancy, a non-profit Land Trust.
“I look forward to representing the employer interests and ensuring a well-trained pool of potential employees. At National Rivet & Manufacturing Company, we use testing and training services offered by Moraine Park and have found them to be quite effective, from the standpoint of cost, availability and effectiveness,” said Zeratsky. “In addition, my father served on the Moraine Park Board and Foundation Board for many years, so I'm proud to carry on that tradition.”
In addition to the new board members, the board also nominated the following members to serve as officers: Vernon Jung of Kewaskum, chair; Mike Miller of West Bend, vice-chair; Kim Krueger of Randolph, treasurer; and Mike Staral of West Bend, secretary. Krueger will serve as chair of the Finance Committee, and all of the remaining board members will serve as committee members.
Appointments were also made for the district’s representatives on the Wisconsin Technical College System District Boards Association committees. Jung will serve as Moraine Park’s delegate to the association’s board of directors. Other appointees include Miller, Legislative Committee; Zeratsky, Human Resources Committee; Staral, Program Committee; Lowell Prill of Brandon, Marketing/Public Relations and Awards Committee; Jung, Interdistrict/Interagency Cooperation Committee; and Fields, Bylaws, Policies and Procedures Committee.
For over 100 years, Moraine Park has served communities surrounding its three campus locations in Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam and West Bend. Moraine Park offers more than 100 associate of applied science degrees, technical diplomas, apprenticeships and certificates delivered in a variety of options including classroom, online and blended courses. For more information about Moraine Park, visit morainepark.edu.