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Meet our Board Members

Jane Thompson, President:Jane is a retired educator and former Rock University High School Dean of Students. She serves as a Global Education Consultant and provides Spanish Language services.  Jane's global connections assist with expanding the reach of student research. She was the impetus for the partnership which allows RUHS students to research and present at the yearly Critical Issues Forum focused on nuclear non-proliferation.  

Carlo Govantes, Vice President: Carlo is an alumnus of Rock University High School. He was a member of the first graduating class of Rock University and has remained active with the guidance of the school since graduation.

Lisa Jacobus: 

Jose Carillo: Jose is a retired General Motors engineer. Jose has served as a local and state representative for the United Automobile Workers Union. Jose was recently selected to serve on the Rock County Board.

John Pruitt: John is Professor of English at UW-Whitewater at Rock County. He partners with RUHS staff in teaching college-level reading and writing​.

Michael McKinnon: Michael is a retired educator and curriculum coordinator. He is currently serving as an adjunct faculty member of Cardinal Stritch University. Michael provides students with feedback on their research when in process and serves as a panelist for many of their final capstone presentations.

Lynn Neitzel: Lynn is Director of Teaching and Learning Resources at Blackhawk Technical College. Lynn works with students who are studying the Japanese language. Lynn is the past president of the Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers. Lynn was instrumental during the transition to the Blackhawk Technical College campus.

Deanna Sorenson: Deanna is a self employed business woman operating crafting and event planning businesses.  She offers crafting workshops, classes, and scrapbooking events (Crops) as well as creates and sells crafts under the name AngelMoon Creations. She is also the owner and coordinator of the Rock County Mega Sales which are indoor flea market sales.  Prior to being a business woman, Deanna worked many years in social services utilizing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.  Deanna joined the board as a parent liaison and has remained on the board after her daughter graduated from RUHS in 2018.

Gail Graham:  Gail is the Business Services Coordinator at the Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. Her expertise on pathways for college and careers is a tremendous asset for RUHS students.

Chris Comella: Chris  is the Human Resource Director at Bliss Communications, Inc. He has a degree in secondary education and a Masters in Business Administration.