Southwest Tech Board

Southwest Tech is governed by a nine-member Board elected by the 30 school districts boards comprising the Southwest Tech district. Board Members serve staggered three-year terms.

Pursuant to Wisconsin Statute, the District Board consists of:

  • Two Employer members
  • Two Employee members
  • Three Additional members
  • One Elected Official member who holds a state or local office
  • One School District Administrator

2013-14 District Board Members

Eileen Nickels

Eileen Nickels

Elected Official Member/Board Chairperson
Platteville
Appointed: 2006
Term Expires: 2015
enickels@swtc.edu

  • Salesperson, Chester K. Bell Real Estate
  • Platteville City Council
  • Southwest Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission Board
  • Platteville Chamber of Commerce
  • Platteville Area League of Women Voters
  • Platteville Main Street Program
  • League of Wisconsin Municipalities
James D. Kohlenberg

James D. Kohlenberg

Employer Member/Board Vice Chairperson
Livingston
Appointed: 2001
Term Expires: 2016
jkohlenberg@swtc.edu

  • Owner/President – Jim's Building Center, Inc.
  • Wisconsin Retail Lumberman's Board
  • Served on Iowa-Grant School Board for 18 Years; 15 Years as President
  • Served on Wisconsin State School Boards Association 8½ Years
  • Fennimore Chamber of Commerce Board Member
  • Member, Livingston Community Improvement Corporation
  • Livingston Fireman
Darlene Mickelson

Darlene Mickelson

Employee Member/Board Secretary
Soldiers Grove
Appointed: 2012
Term Expires: 2016
dmickelson@swtc.edu

  • Executive Assistant - Grant County Economic Development Corporation
  • Graduate of Southwest Tech Accounting Program
  • Served as Treasurer of Southwest Tech's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
  • Member of Grant County Tourism Council
Chris J. Prange

Chris J. Prange

Additional Member/Board Treasurer
Lancaster
Appointed: 2011
Term Expires: 2014
cprange@swtc.edu

  • President and CEO, American Bank & Trust - Wisconsin
  • Grant County Economic Development Corporation
  • Lancaster Police & Fire Commission
  • Served on Grant Regional Health Center Board for 9 years
  • Served on the Lancaster School Board
  • Served on the Lancaster Housing Authority
Melissa J. Fitzsimons

Melissa J. Fitzsimons

Employee Member
Darlington
Appointed: 2006
Term Expires: 2015
mfitzsimons@swtc.edu

  • Registered Nurse – Doctor's Park Clinic, Platteville
  • Received LPN Degree and Associate Degree in Nursing from Southwest Tech
  • Served on Holy Rosary Church and School Educational Commission
  • Darlington Women's Volleyball League
  • Platteville Food Pantry
Diane Messer

Diane Messer

School District Administrator Member
Dodgeville
Appointed: 2012
Term Expires: 2015
dmesser@swtc.edu

  • District Administrator, Dodgeville School District
  • Wisconsin Association of District Administrators
  • American Association of School Administrators
  • SRTNC Board of Directors
  • DPI-ESEA Testing Advisory Council
  • Member of Dodgeville Kiwanis and Optimists
Russell R. Moyer

Russell R. Moyer

Additional Member
Barneveld
Appointed: 1981
Term Expires: 2014
rmoyer@swtc.edu

  • Owner, Moyer Dairy Farm
  • Served on Barneveld School Board for 27 years
  • Barneveld Education Foundation President
  • Barneveld American Legion Member
Rhonda Sutton

Rhonda Sutton

Additional Member
Richland Center
Appointed: 2010
Term Expires: 2016
rsutton@swtc.edu

  • Director of Human Resources– The Richland Hospital, Inc.
  • Alzheimer's Association South Central Wisconsin Chapter Memory Walk Committee
  • Wisconsin Society of Human Resource Administrator's Member
  • Society of Human Resources Management Member
Donald L. Tuescher

Donald L. Tuescher

Employer Member
Darlington
Appointed: 1994
Term Expires: 2015
dtuescher@swtc.edu

  • President, Tuescher Electric & Refrigeration, Inc.
  • President, Darlington Mutual Insurance Co. Board of Directors
  • President, Southwest Wisconsin Electrical Contractors Assn.