Meet our Board Members
Jane Thompson, President:
Jane Thompson is co-founder of Rock University High School and the former Dean. She is a former Spanish teacher and international programming advisor for the School District of Janesville. After retiring from the School District of Janesville, she works as a freelance interpreter/translator and serves as a Global Education Consultant for schools and organizations.
José Carrillo came to the United States as a migrant worker to southern California. He quickly joined the farm labor movement in the 1960’s as a labor organizer making his way to Wisconsin. He is a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering and retired from General Motors after working in the auto industry for 30 years. Currently, he is an executive board member of the United Migrant Opportunities Services, Milwaukee and is a co-founder of Rock University High School. He is a student advocate and serves as a mentor in math and sciences.
Dr John Pruitt is Professor of English and Women's & Gender Studies, Department of Integrated Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Rock County campus. John Pruitt has taught for the University of Wisconsin since 2004, and teaches the occasional writing and literature course for RUHS. He's currently experimenting with creative writing as his piece "The Scar Collector" is in press in the current issue of ImageOutWrite.
Gail Graham is Business and Employer Services Coordinator at Southwest Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. She is responsible for planning, delivery and management of services provided directly to businesses and employers. Gail collaborates with Job Center partners to streamline processes to provide full service employee recruitment and coordinates On the Job Training contracts. In her position, she conducts other analysis and activities that identify and address employer focused training needs. She is a former president of the United Way of North Rock County.
Lynn Neitzel currently serves as the Director of Teaching and Learning Resources at Blackhawk Technical College where she oversees Testing and Tutoring Services, Access and Accommodations, Adult Basic Education and GED, Learning Commons Library and FlexLab Learning Services as well as the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning. Lynn is a former K-12 educator, teaching World Languages in grade K-12 for 23 years in the state of Wisconsin. She continues to teach as an adjunct instructor in Teacher Education as well as for the Wisconsin Virtual Schools as a Japanese instructor.
Deanna Sorenson is the Independent Business Owner of AngelMoon LLC: AngelMoon Creations, Rock County Mega Sales, and Independent Consultant for Close to My Heart® (Stamping and scrapbooking company). Prior to being a business woman, Deanna worked many years in social services utilizing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Deanna was instrumental in initiating the parent organization and she served as leader of the group for the 2016-17 & 2017-18 school years. Deanna joined the board as a parent liaison and was voted in as a continuing board member in August of 2018. Deanna's perspective as a parent of a former student and local business owner is an asset to the RUHS Board.
Chris Comella MBA:
Small business is the way of the world and a very deep personal passion. Growing up, my father was the sole proprietor of his own auto repair business while my grandfather was the last owner operator of a hometown grocery store my great grandfather founded.
Undergrad degree in Education from The Citadel, Masters of Business Administration from UNC Chapel Hill my career has allowed me to work for large and small, public and private corporations in numerous industries, at various phases of the business cycle, facing challenges requiring thoughtful consideration. Starting in operations management, then progressing to process improvement and for the last 2 decades focusing on talent, learning and culture. Currently working as a business partner for Inclusa. Chris and his wife Kathy actively volunteer in the community, garden and work numerous house projects.
Shannon is in Quality Improvement and specializes in support services to individuals with intellectual disabilities. Her volunteer work focuses on opportunities that impact equity and inclusion such as working with victims of domestic violence, immigrants and those with housing and/ or food insecurities. Shannon has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Spanish and a master of business administration. She joins the board as a parent liaison who has a son currently attending RUHS.