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  • Friday, January 27, 2023 7:50 PM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    Sharon Johnson is the CFO/Vice President of Finance and Administration at Gateway Technical College.

    Tempo Racine treasurer Lynelle Saunders and Sharon had lunch at Racine Gem Blue Bear to get to know each other better.

    Sharon grew up South Carolina where, she stressed, it is HOT. She and her husband moved to Wisconsin for his job. Shortly after arriving, she began working at Gateway, which she enjoys.

    Sharon has four grown children and two grandchildren whom she gets to see daily. Sharon enjoys exploring and learning all about Wisconsin and the people who live here.

    Why did you become a member of Tempo?

    I was interested in professional development and increased community development. I was connected to Tempo by my boss, Bryan Albrecht.

    What do you most appreciate about Tempo?

    I appreciate the networking opportunities with other professional women. Tempo is really helping me to move out of my comfort zone and get to know women and businesses in the Racine community.

    What is your favorite thing to do/place to visit?

    My favorite thing to do is to explore different areas in the fall to view fall foliage. I also just generally enjoy exploring new areas and seeing beautiful, unique cultures and learning about their history.

    What piece of advice could you share for a female leader?

    Never allow anyone else to set limits on what you can achieve. Another person's opinion of what you can achieve can never stop you, only you can. So, follow your dreams and make a difference in your sphere of influence!

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2022 7:25 PM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    For our December Membership Spotlight, Tempo Racine Program Chair Liz Hanson-Will sat down with Alison Sergio, executive director of Health Care Network.

    Having earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work and a Master of Business Administration, Alison Sergio, Executive Director of Health Care Network since 2014, has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 26 years. Alison is also an adjunct instructor at UW-Milwaukee's Child Welfare Partnership Program within the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. She has abundant experience in grant writing as well as program development and implementation with a proven track record of positive outcomes.

    What led you to becoming a Tempo Racine member? What do you most appreciate about in regard to Tempo?

    I was introduced to Tempo by Lynelle Saunders.  What drew my interest was all of the interesting women who were already members and the prospect of building a bigger network.  Not being from Racine, I was looking for a way to learn more about the community and the “movers and shakers” within this community.  I have enjoyed my many connections and have found it not only a socializing experience but have also made connections related to my work.  I truly believe that both learning and change can only happen when people make strong connections with each other, and that building rapport is the foundation for every positive impact we make.  Because of this, I greatly value my Tempo Racine membership.     

    What is an important piece of advice for female leaders?

    Throughout my 20-year career in nonprofit management, I have been afforded many opportunities that have gotten me to where I am today.  I have had so many incredible experiences that have taught me so much and molded not only my career, but my entire life.  Because I have been given so many opportunities, I believe that it is my responsibility to share my knowledge with those who are just beginning their careers or who are questioning what they want their futures to look like.  Mentorship is so very important!  And I encourage women leaders to participate in some level of mentoring, whether it be in a school setting or within the workplace.  This only serves to make our community stronger!

    Do you have suggestions for what Tempo can do better/different/more of to enhance membership value?

    I am so impressed with the changes that Tempo has made and the many more offerings there have been (meeting with other Tempo groups, and extra evening meet ups).  I am also very excited about this year’s holiday celebration!  At this time, I cannot think of other suggestions, but I sure do like the direction we have been going! 

    What is your favorite thing to do in Racine?

    When I first learned of the career opportunity at Health Care Network, I admit that I was less than thrilled that the organization was located in Racine.  I didn’t know anything about the community.  However, it did not take long for me to learn of what a gem Racine really is.  And so, I have spent time exploring the many offerings.  Racine offers a beautiful beach and a fabulous zoo that I like to visit.  But I think my favorite part is the many amazing people that I can now call friends in a city I am proud to be a part of!

    Carolynn Friesch

    President, Tempo Racine

  • Sunday, November 06, 2022 7:10 PM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    I recently sat down with Kelly Fragassi, executive director of Volunteer Center of Racine County. Kelly was recently appointed Executive Director in September and joined Tempo Racine in October.

    Kelly holds both her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's degree in Business Administration from National Louis University Chicago, IL and her dynamic background includes leadership roles in Finance, Procurement and Operations Management. She is known to lead by example, volunteering and participating in the events that she coordinates as well as her notable sense of compassion for those she serves.

    A Chicago native, Kelly has resided in Wisconsin for the past six years and enjoys raising her daughter Alana to have the same passion for volunteerism as she. Kelly is inspired by her coworkers’ dedication to the enhancing the well-being of the community and her commitment to working hard in collaboration with her team will lead the Volunteer Center of Racine County into a bright future.

    What led you to becoming a Tempo Racine member?

    I was interested in Tempo because I love the idea of connecting with women who are in similar positions and who have come up in the same environment as myself, so I can learn from their experience and also share my experience with them as well. By learning from each other’s successes and failures we are able to draw from knowledge that we don’t always have firsthand and those perspectives can only help us become better leaders in the end.

    What is an important piece of advice for female leaders?

    Any opposition to your vision is simply an opportunity to enhance or cement your vision. You do not need to take everyone’s advice; just choose what you think is best and learn from your mistakes. Have faith that you will rise to your full potential regardless of what anyone says to you, so as long as you persevere.

    What is your favorite thing to do in Racine? 

    My favorite thing to do in Racine is to sit by the water and watch the lake while sitting on a park bench. I usually find a spot on the south side where I can go and just relax and get away from all the noise and action of the city. But now that the word is out, I may have to find a new spot!!

    Carolynn Friesch

    President, Tempo Racine

  • Sunday, October 23, 2022 10:27 AM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    Over the past year, I’ve shared insights and information on Tempo Racine through my blog, Carolynn’s Corner. This year, I’d like to put the spotlight on our membership by highlighting individual members. Recently, I sat down with Liz Hanson-Will, owner, operator, and outpatient mental health therapist at Therapy Solutions.

    Liz grew up in Racine and proudly attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work. After moving away for a time, she returned to Wisconsin in 2000 and began working with children and families in treatment foster care. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Wisconsin who has also worked as a school counselor, outpatient mental health therapist and Executive Director at Family Service of Racine. Liz now owns her own outpatient solo practice in town.  She and her husband enjoy travel, gardening and reading in their free time.

    What led you to becoming a Tempo Racine member?

    Jenny Eastman invited me to a luncheon, and I found the women very welcoming and supportive.   At the time I joined, I was the leader of a local non-profit and being the leader can be isolating as you don't have peers within your organization to whom you can vent.  I found the women of Tempo to be the peer group I needed in terms of support and ideas.  I then had a chance to see the upcoming programming and really liked the variety offered. 

    What is an important piece of advice for female leaders?

    Seeking collaborative work in an organization is not being "unwilling to make the tough decisions" as it is sometimes portrayed.  Rather it is investing in team building, gaining buy-in from staff and providing stabilization for the organization as a whole and therefore it is critical.

    What is your favorite thing to do in Racine?

    I love the variety of locally owned restaurants and bakeries that we have!

    Thanks to Liz for being our first membership profile! The Board and I look forward to sitting down with more members and sharing their experience and advice with you.

    Carolynn Friesch

    Tempo Racine, President

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2022 7:06 PM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    When you focus on your greatness you elevate everyone around you. – Gabrielle Bernstein

    Tempo Racine’s fall meeting schedule is full of opportunities to focus on expanding your understanding of local organizations. We hope that you’ll add our upcoming meetings to your calendar.

    On October 14th, Angela Zimmerman, executive director of the Racine Public Library, joins us for an update on the many happenings and changes occurring at the Racine Public Library. She will share the vision behind the current 2nd floor renovation of the library which includes an emphasis public spaces that foster connections. Registration is now open through October 5th.

    Looking to November 10th, we will highlight the arts in Racine. Our guests will be Kathi Wilson from the Racine Arts Council and Denise Zingg from Spectrum School of the Arts and Community Gallery. We’re looking forward to learning about wonderful work of these organizations and our thriving arts community. Due to seasonal changes at Meadowbrook, this meeting will take place at The Summit Restaurant.

    Our annual holiday luncheon is always a fun opportunity to ring in the season with friends. This year, we will be at Hot Shop Glass Studio & Gallery on December 8th for a fun-filled, group activity. This will be an event for members only.

    I hope you’ll join us to learn more about these great Racine organizations.

    Carolynn Friesch

    President, Tempo Racine

  • Sunday, August 28, 2022 1:45 PM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    Welcome back for a new year of engaging, informative programming with Tempo Racine!

    Our meetings will continue to be held on the second Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. We will start off at Meadowbrook on September 8 with Kimberly Kane, president and CEO of Kane Communications Group. She will share the research her team conducted in 2021 about the state of working women in Wisconsin and strategies women can put in place to fuel success and professional growth. This is sure to be a great meeting!

    We are always accepting nominations for new members. For those interested in nominating someone, please send your nomination letter to our email address which is The nomination letter should highlight the person’s work experience, community service, and education. The Membership Committee and Board of Directors reviews nomination letters on a rolling basis.

    To be considered for membership, nominees are required to meet at least three of the following five criteria:

    • At least 7 years of work experience
    • Holding a mid-level leadership role or higher in her organization
    • Community Service Experience 
    • Holding a post-secondary degree or certification
    • And relevant additional achievements (Leadership Racine graduate, Woman of Distinction).

    If you have questions on the nomination process, please reach out to us at

    I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming meeting!

    Carolynn Friesch

    President, Tempo Racine

  • Saturday, July 23, 2022 9:22 AM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone who joined us at the annual picnic. It was wonderful to see many new faces and enjoy a relaxing lunch on the patio. A great time was had by all!

    For those interested in nominating a new member, please send your nomination letter to our email address which is If you are interested in seeking a nomination but don't know a current member, reach out to us via email as well and we will assist you.

    The Membership Committee reviews nomination letters on a rolling basis. Earlier this year, the membership criteria was revised to better reflect our community and commitment to advocating, accelerating, and elevating women across Racine County.

    To be considered for membership, nominees are required to meet at least three of the following five criteria:

    ·        At least 7 years of work experience

    ·        Holding a mid-level leadership role or higher in her organization

    ·        Community Service Experience 

    ·        Holding a post-secondary degree or certification

    ·        And relevant additional achievements (Leadership Racine graduate, Woman of Distinction).

    If you have questions on the nomination process, please reach out to us at

    A quick reminder that we do not have a meeting in August. We will resume our programming on September 8th at Meadowbrook Country Club. In the meantime, please feel free to visit our sister organizations like Tempo Kenosha. I plan to attend their wine tasting event on Wednesday, August 10th. Hope to see you there!

    Enjoy the rest of the summer and see you in September!

    Carolynn Friesch

    Board President

  • Friday, June 17, 2022 10:48 AM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    Today, women play a more significant role than ever before across our global economy as leaders and contributors. In Racine, women serve at all levels of business, nonprofit, government, education, and more. Tempo Racine is focused on providing a space for women to advance their careers, share their knowledge and experience with others, and advocate for the needs of all women in our community.

    Tempo Racine members fulfill the organization’s mission through their participation in our monthly meetings, additional offerings, and annual support. I would like to extend a huge thank you to current members, Lynelle Saunders, owner of the Compassionate Peer Support and Training, LLC, and Anna Clementi, vice president of operations of RAMAC, for their continued membership and increased support of Tempo Racine. Please join me in welcoming Compassionate Peer Support and Training, LLC and RAMAC - Racine's Business Champion to our growing list of 2022-23 Networking Sponsors!

    Lastly, I am extending my sincerest gratitude to Andrea Kiemen-Rognsvoog, Tempo Racine past president, and Beth Bender, program chair, for their time and assistance over the past year. Although I am sad to see them leave the Board, I am delighted that they continue to support our organization. I look forward to honoring them, as well as other members at the upcoming annual picnic on Thursday, July 14 at Meadowbrook Country Club. Registration will open soon.

    Until then, take care and stay well!

    Carolynn Friesch

    President, Tempo Racine

  • Saturday, May 14, 2022 1:27 PM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    This year, we have enjoyed a fabulous list of guest speakers. Starting in September with Debbie Rudan and her presentation on developing a coaching mindset, Tempo Racine members and their guests have enjoyed a variety of educational and interesting topics. We are pleased that many of these guest speakers have been recommended by you, our loyal members.

    As we start to plan for next season, we’d like to hear from you. Do you have a speaker or topic you’d like to recommend? Tempo Racine members are welcome to attend the next Programming Committee meeting on Tuesday, June 7th at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom. During this hour-long meeting, we encourage members to share their thoughts on the upcoming 2022-23 schedule.

    If you are unable to attend, please feel free to send your suggestions to us at Although we cannot accommodate every suggestion in the coming year, we will add your ideas to our list for future consideration.

    Kudos to Programming Chair Beth Bender, and the Programming Committee members, Michelle Ortwein and Lynda Knutson, for a wonderful 2021-22 season!

    Looking to become more involved in Tempo Racine? We’re looking for committee members for both programming and membership. Please email your interest to us at

    Carolynn Friesch

    President, Tempo Racine

  • Saturday, April 16, 2022 11:01 AM | Carolynn Friesch (Administrator)

    Networking is an essential part of the Tempo Racine membership experience. A way in which the organization lives out its mission to advance the impact of women leaders is by providing opportunities for influential women to connect and foster relationships.

    With that in mind, I am delighted that Tempo Racine and Tempo Kenosha will gather on Thursday, May 5th from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Kenosha Country Club. This members-only event will include lightly guided networking, appetizers, community-themed door prizes, and a cash bar. The event is generously sponsored by Johnson Financial Group.

    Advanced registration is required. Please visit to secure your spot by April 30th.

    The Tempo Racine board of directors is pleased to provide this opportunity as part of our 2021-23 focus on enhancing member engagement, building support through external community partners, and building the organization’s brand.

    Should you have questions or want to share your thoughts on our focus areas, please contact us at or complete the annual member survey by April 30th.  

    I look forward to seeing you at the Tempo Racine/Tempo Kenosha Networking Event on May 5th!

    Carolynn Friesch

    Tempo Racine President 

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