Bill Foster

President, Founder and Owner
bfoster@schoolperceptions.com

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville with dual degrees in Engineering and Business Administration, Bill served the Kelch Corporation for 14 years as Vice-President and General Manager. During his time at Kelch, Bill volunteered at a local high school, first working with special needs students and later designing and teaching a class offered to gifted high school seniors. It was during these experiences that Bill developed an appreciation and passion for education.

Dr. Tim Mikula

Dr. Tim Mikula

Vice President of Technology

Tim served as a school board member for thirteen years and has been a business partner for twelve years. Prior to joining School Perceptions, Tim was the president and CEO of System Management Software, Incorporated, a software company he founded in 1989 and later sold. In addition to private consulting, Tim has served as an adjunct professor of Computer Science and Statistics at St. Thomas University in St. Paul and as an analyst and consultant for 3M where he focused on Artificial Intelligence product development. He earned his bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees in Computer Science, with minors in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Rob DeMeuse

Dr. Rob DeMeuse

Research Director

Dr. Rob DeMeuse is a Project Manager at School Perceptions. A proud product of rural Wisconsin, Rob earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, where he researched school finance and the politics of school referendums. Prior to graduate school, Rob was a high school social studies teacher in Evansville, WI, and a trainer at Epic Systems Corporation.

Daren Sievers

Daren Sievers

Project Manager

Daren Sievers is a Project Manager at School Perceptions. Daren worked for the Slinger School District for 27 years in a variety of roles, including the last nine as Superintendent of Schools. Under Daren’s leadership, the Slinger School District consistently ranked in the top 10% in Wisconsin academically and in the bottom 10% in terms of spending on a cost-per-student basis. Daren has bachelor’s degrees in Business Management and Psychology and master’s degrees in K-12 School Counseling, K-12 School Leadership, and District Administration.

Cari Udermann

Cari Udermann

Project Manager

Cari Udermann is a Project Manager at School Perceptions. Cari attended St. Cloud State University and Syracuse University, earning degrees in Psychology and Nursing, respectively. Throughout her career she has worked in the medical field, for community-based organizations and, most recently, in a school setting. It was during her years working in education that she became aware of the importance school climate has on students’ ability to learn, and inspired her desire to help make that environment a reality for all students.

Beverly Zukowski

Beverly Zukowski

Project Manager

Beverly Zukowski is a Project Manager at School Perceptions. Beverly pursued a degree in Early Childhood Education and earned an Administrative Credential.

Beverly's most recent work experience was at the Slinger School District as an administrative assistant and open enrollment coordinator. Prior to that she was a director of a local child development center and also worked as a Program Coordinator for Kohls' Corporate Child Development Center. Beverly has a passion for building strong relationships between schools and their communities.

Scott Girard

Scott Girard

Project Manager

Scott Girard is a Project Manager at School Perceptions. A lifelong Madison resident, Scott graduated from UW-Madison with degrees in journalism and political science before reporting about schools professionally for a decade. That reporting included coverage of referendums in multiple communities and writing about issues of school climate. Talking to students, parents, staff and school board members throughout his reporting helped Scott develop a passion for education and understand the long list of considerations that go into leaders’ decisions.

Jerry Kember

Jerry Kember

Project Manager

Jerry Kember has served public schools in New York and Wisconsin since 1970. He retired as Superintendent of Schools after 22 years as an administrator in the School District of La Crosse. Upon retirement Jerry taught at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse and as well as served as the Dean of the College of Education, Science and Mathematics at Viterbo University. Kember earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Ithaca College, a Masters of Science in Communication from Syracuse University and certification in Educational Administration from UW-Milwaukee and Winona State University. Kember brings a strong background in education administration, strategic planning as well as staff and parent engagement to the School Perceptions team.

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