Forward Kenosha
Promoting Peace & Ensuring Dignity

Our Team

Board Members and Founders.

 

The Board.

Learn more about the Founding Board and Current Board behind our organization.

 
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Founding Members

Gina Walkington, Julia Kozel, Jodi Muerhoff, and Shawn Wolf.

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Board Members

Charlie Breit, Gina Walkington, Jodi Muerhoff, and Julia Kozel.

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Julia Kozel

Bio coming soon.

Charlie Breit

Charlie lives in Pleasant Prairie and joined the board in February 2017. He received a B.A. in Business Administration from Illinois State University and a M.B.A. from Northeastern Illinois University. Charlie has nearly 17 years of experience in marketing, brand building, digital, innovation and customer experiences. He’s held executive level positions at leading financial services companies.  

Charlie was previously involved in politics and community activism when he ran for Board of Trustees of the College of Lake County in Illinois in 2009 and supported several federal and state political campaigns in 2010. He has also attended Camp Wellstone, a training program designed to provide practical skills in progressive political action. Today, Charlie is a member of the Kenosha County and Wisconsin Democrat party.

Charlie and his wife are raising their 3 young children in Pleasant Prairie after moving to Wisconsin from Grayslake, Illinois, a far north suburb of Chicago, in 2014.  

A self described progressive moderate, Charlie’s passion is to drive solutions that put people first and ensure experiences, programs and policies are centered around everyday Americans and their needs. He believes that all people should be able to participate in the American dream, enjoy our country’s freedoms and share in America’s abundance. Charlie advocates for responsible fiscal strategies that provide a strong return on investment and strive to maximize the benefits for all Americans. He is committed to bringing positive change for all citizens through his work with Forward Kenosha.

 

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Gina Walkington

From the earliest days of Forward Kenosha, Gina has brought a fresh perspective and tireless energy to the gcore of this group. Spending her formative years in a mid-western small town, Gina eventually moved to Chicago where she attended Northeastern Illinois University, settling on the north side and taking in all the city has to offer. The diversity of her life experiences are melded seamlessly in a woman who is both sincerely grounded in mid-western values and urbanely aware of modern political realities. After a brief hiatus, Gina completed her B.A. in Psychology with emphasis on substance abuse in 2011. 

Gina moved with her husband to Bristol, Wisconsin in 2009. She was a volunteer for the Presidential campaigns of Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012; in 2016 she supported Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for President, eventually working on the campaign to elect Hillary Clinton. The importance and historic significance of the presidential choices in 2016 – and the potential for Americans to lose so much of what has been hard-fought – has galvanized Gina’s resolve to develop a progressive organization locally that can make an impact in the state and the nation.

Today, Gina is raising three young sons with her husband in Bristol, Wisconsin. The impact of her children continues to inspire her to participate locally: she has served as Treasurer of the Bristol School PTA, and is the current PTA President. Her children are a constant inspiration for her “to stand up for your beliefs” and to exercise that belief in advocacy. 
 

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Jodi Muerhoff

Forward Kenosha founding member and sitting board member, Jodi Muerhoff is a native of Racine, WI and  graduate of UW Whitewater.  She has 10 years experience as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher.  A resident of Kenosha for over 20 years, she is a wife and mother of four adult children. 

Muerhoff has served on the boards of the parent teacher organizations at Southport Elementary, KTEC middle school and Tremper High School. She started and ran the student newspaper club at KTEC.  Muerhoff co-chaired the Kenosha County PTA Founder’s Day Auction for 5 years and has served as a volunteer and fundraiser with Women and Children’s Horizons for the past two years.

While Muerhoff canvassed for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and made calls for the Democratic Party in 2016, she had very little interest in politics prior to the 2016 election. Since the election Muerhoff has become inspired  to understand the issues and motivated to work toward making Kenosha a safer, more diverse and inclusive place for all of its citizens through her work with Forward Kenosha.