Board of Directors

Tara Panasewicz

Tara Panasewicz - President

Tara was born and raised in Kenosha and currently resides there with her daughter who is in her Master’s Program at Concordia University and her three adorable dogs. 

With a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Concordia University, Tara holds the position of Chief Executive Officer for Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha.  Prior to her role at Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha, Tara served as CEO for United Way of Kenosha County and prior to that, spent two years as the Vice President of Cash Management for Southport Bank and spent 14 years working for Johnson Bank holding various positions throughout her career. 

Tara currently serves on the Board of Directors as President for Lakeside Curative Services, Band of Blue, and Kenosha County Workforce Development.  In addition, she is on the Leadership Table for Building Our Future, and a steering committee member for Kenosha’s County’s strategic health plan. Tara is passionate about volunteerism and is a Foster Mom for Tiny Paws Small Dog Rescue and a Big Sister for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kenosha County.  In recognition of her volunteer and fundraising efforts, Tara was honored as the 2013 Young Professional of the Year for Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce, the 2012 Community Service Award winner for Johnson Financial Group, and was a 2016 Community Trustee Honoree for the Journal Times Positively Racine Publication.

Alicia Schmitz

Alicia Schmitz - Vice President

My personal mission statement is very simple and straight forward. Serve others before yourself. I try to live by that in everything I do both personally and professionally.

My job allows me the opportunity to server in a professional manor. Working with leaders and decision makers of organizations to partner with them to help them achieve their company’s goals through technology.

I also have the opportunity to serve my community through several non-profit organizations that I belong to. This allows me the opportunity to work to make a difference not just as an individual but a group.

My greatest passion is being a mother to my three children and a wife to my husband. Providing for them not just financially but also emotionally and spiritually. I do my very best to lead by example and not just words.

Amanda Cupertino

Amanda Cupertino - Treasurer

Amanda began her career in the banking and financial services industry in 2002. Prior to joining U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management, Amanda most recently worked as a Relationship Manager in U.S. Bank’s Business Banking Group. Her professional background includes commercial banking with a focus on credit management as well as developing, managing & retaining relationships.

As a Private Banker, Amanda provides personalized service for the day-to-day management of her clients’ financial activities. Amanda specializes in tailoring custom strategies for her clients’ personal and business lending and deposit needs.

Amanda is a board committee member of Lakeside Curative Services and a committee member of Racine Development Group.

Amanda resides in Racine County. When she is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three active children.

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Debra Karp - Secretary

Debra Karp is Director of Community & Business Engagement at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside. She has over 25 years of experience both in fostering capacity in nonprofit organizations and developing regional and local community-campus partnerships aimed at engaging students in meaningful activities and initiatives that enhance their learning and serve the community. 

A 2008 graduate of Leadership Racine, Debra currently serves as the facilitator of Leadership Kenosha and is on the board of the Racine Arts Council and Lakeside Curative Services as well as being involved in a number of other community organizations in Racine and Kenosha.

She holds a Master of Business from University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Josh Covelli

Josh Covelli

Josh Covelli is the Marketing & Promotions Manager for the Village of Pleasant Prairie. A lot of his responsibilities are focused at the RecPlex, the largest municipal recreation facility in America. He began his career with the Village almost 13 years ago when he graduated from Carthage College with a bachelor’s degree in Communication, Digital Media & Graphic Design. Josh was born and raised in Kenosha and lived there his whole life minus the time he spent in the military. Josh enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school where he was the Finance Director for an Engineer Battalion and stationed in California and North Carolina.   

Josh is on the Kenosha Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Education Foundation of Kenosha - Board of Directors, Start Up Kenosha - Board of Directors, Pleasant Prairie Convention & Visitors Bureau - Commission Task Force, Leadership Kenosha - Steering Committee, Village of Pleasant Prairie - Communications Committee, Kenosha West Rotary Club - Member, Alzheimer’s Association - Volunteer Committee, Downtown Kenosha Inc. - Volunteer Committee.

In his free time, Josh is very active in the community and attends a lot of events, festivals and almost anything involving sports or recreation. Since a lot of his job involves advertising, sponsorships and business partnerships, he likes to support local businesses, restaurants and establishments whenever possible.

Ed Egan

Ed Egan

Ed Egan came to LCS via his involvement in the Leadership Kenosha Program and is the owner of the Business Consulting company Double E Workplace Solutions LLC. Before starting his own business, Ed spent 26 years at a Fortune 100 company and held roles that included Shop Floor Operations, Quality Control, Supply Chain, Continuous Improvement, and Learning and Development.

Ed has resided in Western Kenosha county his entire life and graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a B.S. Degree in Management and a Certificate in Human Resources Management. 

Ed has a passion for helping people enhance their Organizational Effectiveness, Talent Development, Continuous Improvement, and Training Systems and sees the LCS mission as a perfect fit to drive his personal and professional passions. 

Victor Frasher

Victor Frasher

Victor Frasher is a financial literacy advocate for advising and educating the community of best financial practices. Starting his financial career as a co-op teller at a local financial some 20 years ago, Victor has been involved in the credit union movement ever since 1999.

As a lifelong resident of Racine, Victor dedicates his time to various local organizations. Additionally, Victor is a Board Member of Junior Achievement Racine/Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin Woman Business Initiative advisory team for southeastern Wisconsin, and the City of Racine’s Community Development Committee.

In 2019 Victor completed Wisconsin Credit Union’s League Leadership Institute. Victor was proud to accept the 2018 Governor’s Award for Financial Literacy for Educators Credit Union. Victor also serves on the advisory boards for Oak Creek High School, Kenosha Unified School District and Racine Unified School District. Past service includes Hispanic Business Professionals Association, Young Professionals of Racine and LGBT center of Racine.


Barry Fries

Barry Fries began his career at Johnson Financial Group in 2010. In his current role as AVP, Commercial Banking, Barry generates and manages commercial relationships with current and prospective clients by providing financial solutions to help grow their business.

Barry is a lifelong resident of Racine and is a graduate of the Leadership Racine program (LR 19). He received his BA in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and his MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. 

Prior to joining the Lakeside Curative Services Board of Directors, Barry served as the Chair for RCEDC’s Loan Advisory Committee. Throughout his career in banking, Barry has worked with several non-profit organizations and is eager to use his knowledge gained from managing these relationships to contributing to LCS’s mission and strategic plan.

Cyndean Jennings

Cyndean Jennings

Cyndean Jennings is the Dean of Pre-College Division and Racine Campus Affairs at Gateway Technical College. Prior to Gateway Technical College - Cyndean served as a guidance counselor for Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Cyndean has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and a Master of Science in Education - School Counseling from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. 

Cyndean has been in education for over 25 years. She is dedicated to removing barriers for students so that they are able to pursue their education and career dreams.

Kate Trudell

Kate Trudell

As Vice President, Wealth Fiduciary Advisor, Kate fosters and grows relationships with clients in order to provide the best products and services for every individual, family, and organization. She is passionate about helping people manage affairs that are both personal and important to them, their families, and their businesses.

As a former employment law attorney, Kate is skilled in working with multiple stakeholders to achieve satisfactory solutions to challenging problems. Through her collaborative approach and genuine curiosity for each person’s story, Kate grows strong client relationships built on transparency and trust.

Community Involvement

  • Kenosha Habitat for Humanity from 2010-2019
  • STEPP Expulsion program in RUSD from 2019-2020 
  • ECLA Urban Outreach Clinic from 2016-2018
  • Kenosha County Small Claims Mediation from 2014-2018

herb katt

Herb Katt

My background is in commercial and industrial construction. I started during high school working for a residential contractor on weekends and after school. Prior to starting Katt Construction I worked for various local construction companies.