2017-2018 Regional Officers

The 2018-2019 Regional Officer Team:

Regional President, Adrianna Truax, Northcentral Technical College

Hello Wisconsin Phi Theta Kappans! My name is Adrianna Truax, and I’m your 2018-2019 Regional President. I’m currently a student at Northcentral Technical College (NTC) where I’ll graduate in Spring of 2019 with an Associate Degree from the Paramedic Technician program. Upon graduating, I plan on working as a paramedic for a year before determining if I’d like to continue schooling as pre-med, continue my career as a paramedic, or join the Army.

I decided to pursue Phi Theta Kappa after my friend introduced me to her fellow Phi Theta Kappans and advisor. After seeing the opportunities to get involved on campus and the amount of comradery there was within the group, I knew I had found the place I belonged. I was motivated to complete the requirements to be invited into PTK, and I accepted membership in July of 2017. Since then, I’ve had the ability to listen to several inspirational speakers through the three conferences I’ve been to, travel to Kansas City, Missouri and walk across the stage at the 2018 Catalyst celebration, and—the endeavor I am most proud of—run for Wisconsin Regional President.

I get asked quite frequently, “Why did you run for a Regional Officer position?” Just like anyone, my decision was influenced by all the benefits that came with not only earning the position but also just the act of running. In order to be selected, I was required to write and present a professional speech in front all of the Wisconsin PTK chapters at the Regional Convention in March 2018. This not only provided me an opportunity to do something I had never done before, but also to feel comfortable with speaking enough to present at induction ceremonies, focus groups, and other presentations on campus.

Another aspect that heavily influenced my decision to run for a Regional Officer position was that I wanted to give back to an organization that has already given me so much. I’ve made new lifelong friends, gained leadership skills, become more comfortable in front of groups, and overall, found a place where I belong. I will forever be grateful for all that PTK has done for me!

As your Regional President, I vow to be a resource for not only your chapter but also for each individual Wisconsin PTK member. I hope that I can support you in achieving your goals and to help ensure Wisconsin continues to be recognized as an award-winning region.

Regional Vice President, Heather Schroeder, Fox Valley Technical College

Hello! My name is Heather Schroeder, and I’m the Regional Vice-President for the Wisconsin Region for 2018-2019. I attend Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) in Appleton, Wis., and I’m in the Individual Technical Studies Program for Educational Consulting. Once I finish my program in the Spring of 2019, I’ll transfer to a four-year college to earn a degree in Special Education and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and become a certified English Teacher and teach in China and South Korea.

As a non-traditional student, I’ve worked through a year-and-a-half of college and was recently inducted into Phi Theta Kappa in March. Through the support of my chapter, Beta Epsilon Omicron, I campaigned for the Regional Vice-President position at the Spring Regional Conference in Appleton in March. With support from my chapter, other chapters, and advisors, I’ve been able to achieve more than I could’ve ever dreamed.

The Regional Vice-President role allows me to learn more about leadership development and how to teach others these skills, how to serve my community and surrounding areas, and public speaking skills. As an entrepreneur, the public speaking experience will significantly help me grow as a business owner and as the Regional Vice-President, a leader in my community and Phi Theta Kappa.

I’m an experienced instructional aide, tutor, and mentor through my jobs at the YMCA, northeast Wisconsin public schools, and Fox Valley Technical College. I have five years of experience as an instructional aide, four years of experience in special education, and five years of experience as an academic tutor. In April, I won first place at the Fox Trap Pitch Contest for my business that works on assisting “at risk” students and students in special education become autonomous learners. Because of this success, I’m traveling to China this May to see if my business can work globally.

As the Regional Vice-President, I hope to help increase the number of students who complete college and to help current members know of all the benefits of being a PTK member.

Phi Theta Kappa is what you determine you want out if it. Serve your community and be active in your chapter and help represent the growing community of Phi Theta Kappans!

Regional Communications Director, Mary Williams, Western Technical College

My name is Mary Williams, and I am proud to be the Wisconsin Region’s Communications Director for the 2018 – 2019 school year. I attend Western Technical College in La Crosse where I have completed a Technical Diploma for the Educational Assistant Program. This summer, I will begin pursuing a degree in the Administrative Professional program.

I joined Phi Theta Kappa in April of 2017. After the induction ceremony, I really wasn’t active until I attended the Fall Leadership Conference in Madison. It was there that I decided that I liked this Phi Theta Kappa thing, especially the fellowship. I enjoyed gaining new friends and learned that all members—not just officers—could be involved in chapter projects.

Subsequently, I helped with my chapter’s College Project, attended meetings, and helped with other chapter initiatives. Because of my involvement, I was nominated by my chapter and received an award for Distinguished Chapter Member. I enjoyed being able to participate and experience the benefits that membership in Phi Theta Kappa had to offer. The desire to continue experiencing the benefits and opportunities of Phi Theta Kappa led me to seek a Regional Officer position.

This past year was exceptionally difficult for me, but through everything, I have kept going. Because I kept going, I am now a Regional Officer for the Wisconsin Region of Phi Theta Kappa. I want to encourage all members not to give up on their goals. If a road block is ever put in front of you, go around it—and keep going. Do not let it stop you.

As your Regional Communications Director, I pledge to help you learn about the advantages that come with your membership and to support you as you try to make your membership meaningful (both for today and for your future).