Teresa Gross, President

Teresa Gross worked as an English teacher at Appleton East High School for 20 years. During her last 10 years of teaching, she completed her Master’s in Counseling. She interned and completed the 3000 hours required to achieve her status as a State of Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor while working at the Harbor House (Shelter for Abused women and children) and the Outagamie County Jail. She now has her State License as a Substance Abuse Counselor –in Training, and a Certification in Trauma Informed Care through UW-Milwaukee. Teresa has recently opened a counseling business in Appleton, “A Village.” Creating “A Village” of Support is the mission of her business, bringing people together with similar struggles and creating an environment of safety, education, sharing, and growing.

“I am so happy to finally see this dream of Education Not Incarceration, Inc., become a reality. Too often I worked with bright, young adults who were taking the wrong path because they experienced trauma or needed positive role models. I wanted a place, a home, for them to go that would be safe and provide clear direction. This is what we hope to achieve.”

 

Ellen Lutz, Vice-President

Ellen Lutz’s many decades of counseling includes work at St. Elizabeth Hospital, American Lung Association, Sexual Assault Crisis Center, Clair Koepke Outreach Center and Outagamie County Criminal Justice Treatment Center. She has a degree in Liberal Studies and a Master’s degree in Counseling. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a State of Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor. For the past twenty plus years, at Outagamie County, Ellen worked as a counselor and supervisor for future counselors-in-training. Ellen developed programming that targeted what she refers to as “integrated isolation.” This is a term used to describe incarceration – -persons with criminal behavior exposed to more criminal minds and limited opportunities to work on overcoming their past.

“I am excited to be a part of Education Not Incarceration, Inc., as this program offers support in the areas of health, addiction, academics, employment, etc., in an effort to alter past, present and future outcomes, in a positive way.

 

Chad Beauvais, Secretary

Chad Beauvais graduated from UW-Oshkosh in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In September 2003 he was hired as a Correctional Officer at the Outagamie County Sheriff’s Department, and was promoted to the position of Classification Specialist, which allowed him to expand his knowledge in the field of criminal justice. Recently, he has been working with the department to try to reduce recidivism. Efforts are geared to individuals who have some underlying issues that need to be addressed before they can be successful in the community, such as drug issues, family issues, housing issues, or any number of issues.

“My goal at Education Not Incarceration, Inc. is to bring my knowledge in the Criminal Justice Field and target individuals in need of help before they become criminally involved. Through my years of service with the Sheriff’s Department I have found that if we can assist individuals before they become criminally involved, they will have a greater chance of success in their personal lives.”

 

Kimberly Havisto, Treasurer

Kimberly Havisto graduated from Fox Valley Technical College in 2012, with an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. In October, 2013, she was hired as a Teller at First Merit Bank and quickly promoted to Personal Banker. In 2017, she was hired by Bergstrom Automotive and currently works as a Finance and Insurance Manager. During her career, Kimberly has assisted numerous individuals and companies with their banking and financial needs. She finds motivation in educating others how to manage their finances, build credit, and save for retirement. Kimberly plans on utilizing her own family experiences and education to teach individuals ways to achieve their personal goals.

“I’ve experienced homelessness, mental illness, sexual assault, and loneliness first hand. I intent to shed light on these topics and provide young adults with innovative ways to cope, get motivated, and live the life they’ve always intended. I look forward to using my financial background as a way to teach young adults in our program how to manage money, pay bills and for many, put food on the table. Education Not Incarceration, Inc. welcomes individuals who are ready to make a change in their lives.”

 

From Left: Chad Beauvais, Ellen Lutz, Teresa Gross, Kimberly Havisto