Staff

Administrative Staff

Tracy Ogden

CEO
tracyo@bgcosh.org, Phone Ext. 116

Phone Ext. 116
Tracy joined the Club staff in November 2009. Tracy earned a degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She has worked at local non-profits for the last 15 years and as CEO is responsible for managing the strategic planning and operation of the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh in support of the organizational mission and goals.

What do you love most about your job
I love that every day is different from the next and that everything we do serves our mission.

Favorite words of inspiration
“We are called upon not to be successful but to be faithful.” - Mother Teresa

Jessica Carr

Director of Marketing & Communications
jessicac@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 115
Jessica became the Director of Marketing & Communications in March 2021. She was born and raised in Oshkosh and is a UW Oshkosh alum. During her time in college, she was an intern at the Club and fell in love with its mission to help kids and families. She’s spent the last eight years working in marketing and event planning, both with nonprofit and for-profit organizations in the fox valley area, and loves staying connected to her hometown. She is excited to be back at the Club as a full-time member of the team. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching the latest movies, and boating in the summer.  She lives with her husband, Kory, and their three dogs in Neenah.

What do you love most about your job?
I get to do what I enjoy, work with an amazing team, and make a difference in the community. The perfect combination!

Favorite words of inspiration
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” – J.K. Rowling

Alex Fischer

Development & Grants Coordinator
alexandraf@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 122
Alexandra Fischer was a Marketing Assistant at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh since 2018. After graduating in May 2020, receiving a degree in Communication Studies she joined our team as a Development & Grants Coordinator. Throughout her time at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, she has taken on many roles to become closer to the community through playing club lacrosse, working on community events and volunteering. Oshkosh quickly became a home away from her hometown in Milwaukee. She is excited to stay in a community that has a special place in her heart.

What do you love most about your job? 
What I love most about my job is that I am making a positive impact on the community that I live in and I get to do it with coworkers that have become family. 

Favorite words of inspiration
"At the end of the day, all that matters is your happiness. So don't go through life asking yourself will this decision make others happy. The real question is, will it make you happy?" -  My Father 

Angie Koepke

Administrative Services Coordinator
angelak@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 119
Angie Koepke joined the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh staff in February 2014. Angie is a graduate of Berlin High School. While Angie grew up in Berlin, she currently resides in Oshkosh with her daughter, Gwendolyn. Angie loves working with kids and in her spare time enjoys volunteering at her daughter's school, being a mentor at the Club and spending time with her daughter.

What do you love most about your job?
Our mission, helping children and families that need us the most.

Favorite words of inspiration
"There are three ways to ultimate success. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind." -Mr. Rogers

Proudest moment at the Club
I think my proudest moment is when I saw the thank you note that my mentee put up on the wall in the teen center. It said: “I am thankful for my mentor because whenever I have a problem she is there to help. She is one of the people who made a great impact on my life. She made me realize some important points in my life. I couldn’t ask for a better mentor.”

Nicole Kubichka

Director of Finance and Administration
nicolek@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 118
Nicole has served as Business Director since starting in May 2011.  Prior to the Club, she worked for a manufacturing company in Oshkosh.  Nicole attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison and received a Bachelor's in Psychology.  She worked with the Boys & Girls Club of Milwaukee as Americorps and then worked for non-profits in the Neenah and Appleton area.  She then attended the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, where she graduated with an additional Bachelor's in Accounting.  With a passion for helping others, Nicole oversees the Club’s finances and human resource functions.  As Director of Finance and Administration for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oshkosh, she leads all finance and accounting operations to ensure the fiscal strength of the Club. Nicole oversees financial reporting, cash management, forecasting, GAAP compliance, audit readiness, as well as financial oversight. Nicole is committed to maximizing the Club’s budget to ensure the continued growth and success of the Club’s mission to serve the children and families within its reach and providing transparency for the Club’s donors. Nicole lives with her husband, two children and two dogs in Fond du Lac and enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors.

What do you love most about your job?
I love the way the club has changed to help support the youth and families of the Oshkosh Community.  This has helped evolve my job and keep it ever-changing with new responsibilities.

What is the funniest thing you have heard a kid say over the years?
I love the chocolate milk!

Katie Talken

Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives
katiet@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 129
Katie joined the staff at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh in April 2015. Originally from Illinois, she moved to Green Bay to attend St. Norbert College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in English and Communication. After graduating, she was an AmeriCorps VISTA with the TechGYRLS program at the YWCA of Greater Green Bay. She has worked with several youth serving non-profit programs and loves to give back to the community. She is thrilled to be a part of the Club and helping children in the Oshkosh community.

What do you love most about your job
I love that my job gets to impact kids’ lives and that in some way I am making a difference.

Favorite words of inspiration
“Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain.”

Funniest thing you’ve heard a Club kid say
(A staff member was teasing another staff member for being a White Sox fan.) A little girl overheard this and said: “Why would you pick on someone for liking white socks?! I like white socks! AND I like blue socks and pink socks too!”

Program Staff

Danielle Bittelman

Director of Youth & Family Engagement
danielleb@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 124
Danielle graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin with a degree in Secondary Education and Broad Field Social Studies. In 2011 she began working with the Boys & Girls Club of Tri-County, first as a volunteer and then as a part-time member of the program staff. She joined the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh full time as the Education Director in April 2012. She was ultimately drawn to the club to be part of the mission to help improve the lives of others and work with youth in a variety of different area, such as homework help and outdoor education. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, spending time outdoors and helping out on the family farm.

What do you love most about your job
I love that our options are limitless in the ways we are able to positively impact the lives of others. Every day is different. Every day is an adventure. Every day is an opportunity to be great and impact the life of a child.

Favorite words of inspiration
“Some people will be boring this week. Not you. You've got too much awesome to spread.” - Kid President

Funniest thing you’ve heard a Club kid say
At Camp Radford there are a variety of funny random things that kids will ask or say, things ranging from “What's the Wi-Fi password?” “I brought all of my money, where's the gift shop and snacks?” “Do the alligators in the river bite?” “Are the cows going to attack us?” “Did you plant the stinging nettle just to keep us out of the tall grass?”

Jed Carlson

Graduate & Career Coordinator - Oshkosh North High School
jed.carlson@oshkosh.k12.wi.us

Phone 920-252-5589
Jed attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Work. Throughout his undergrad, he was able to work with teens in a couple of settings: volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh through the Mentoring Program for just under three years, and as an Individualized Youth Mentor for CESA 6 for a year. After graduating from college, Jed took a job at Rawhide Boys Ranch as a Residential Youth Care Worker. There, he helped residents with everyday living skills—from getting up in the morning and being on time for school, to helping them learn how to resolve conflict with one another. Anything to help prepare them for life beyond their teenage years.

What do you love most about your job?
I love being able to relate to students that may be struggling to figure out what to do after high school. Being able to provide hope and expose new things to the youth who attend the Club is a privilege and a great honor of mine.

Favorite words of inspiration
You never know unless you go.

Lindsay Clark

Director of Club Operations
lindsayc@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 114
Lindsay joined the staff of the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh in July 2012 as the Child Care Director. In August of 2019, Lindsay was promoted to the Director of Club Operations. Prior to working for BGCO, Lindsay was the director of a childcare center in Oshkosh for four years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Early Education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She truly enjoys working with children and families and has been doing so for over a decade. Lindsay and her husband Chris have a son, Ayden and a daughter Mila. Lindsay also has a step-daughter, Samantha, and a step-son, Brandon. She enjoys spending time with her family and meeting new people.

What do you love most about your job
The ability to always try new things, whether it be to make things better or just to change it up and do something different! We are always trying to improve and grow.

Favorite words of inspiration
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you!” - Dr. Seuss

Funniest thing you’ve heard a Club kid say
A letter to Santa from a 7-year-old: Dear Santa, I want nothing for Christmas because you know the true meaning of Christmas is not presents, it is spending time with your family and love.

Adam Cummings

Care & School Site Coordinator
adamc@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 126
Adam has been with the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh for 12 years. Adam wears many different hats as an employee with us. Through his time spent here, he has played a key role in our after school care sites. He spends his summers in our games room at the front desk of the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh. He's also our Drivers Education Coordinator.

What do you love most about your job?
My favorite part about my job is being able to watch the members grow into responsible and happy young adults throughout their time spent at the Club.

Jessica Horton

Director of Social & Emotional Wellness
jessicah@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 134
Jessica became the Director of Social Emotional Wellness in June of 2021. After graduating in May 2019, she worked as a behavioral therapist with children who identify with autism spectrum disorder. Jessica has eight years of experience working with a variety of different behavior types. She uses her experiences and education to combat challenging behaviors so that youth learn and develop to be the best they can be. Jessica grew up in New Jersey where she enjoyed spending time at the beach. In 2013 Jessica moved to Wisconsin with her family. Some of her favorite things about Wisconsin are; the weather in the summer, the number of lakes, and all the different trails to explore around the fox cities. In her free time, she enjoys painting, reading and spending time outside with family and friends.

Favorite words of inspiration
When you are living the best version of yourself, you inspire others to live the best versions of themselves.  -Steve Maraboli

What do you love most about your job?
Having the opportunity to reach kids in a way that can change their behaviors and therefore change how they approach challenging situations.

Elizabeth Karlovich

Teen Center Program Coordinator
elizabethk@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 112
Elizabeth (Liz) grew up in small town Green Lake, Wisconsin with her parents and younger brother. Liz played basketball and volleyball in high school and also played the saxophone in the high school band. One of her greatest accomplishments as a teen was graduating valedictorian of her senior class and speaking at her graduation. Liz went on to attend college at UW Oshkosh graduating with a degree in psychology and a minor in studio art. Liz started working for the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area in 2014 as a Youth Development Professional and went on to work for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley in 2017 in the same position before taking on the role of Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Coordinator. Liz began her role at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh in September 2018. She was inspired to join the Boys & Girls Club movement because of her passion to help kids and teens succeed and her desire to be a positive role model. Liz lives in Oshkosh with her two cats and dog. She enjoys spending her free time at the gym, playing with her pets and being home in Green Lake with her family.

What do you love most about your job?
Working on a team and making kids laugh every day.

Favorite words of inspiration
"Be brave in what you believe in, even if you stand alone."

Tim Lange

Graduate & Career Coordinator - Oshkosh North High School
timothyl@bgcosh.org

Phone 920-420-4565
Tim attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services Leadership. Throughout his undergrad, he was able to work with youth in several settings. He worked as the aquatics director at Gardner Dam Scout camp. In addition to that he also taught martial arts at Omro Tie Kune Do in Omro. He also worked part time at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh as a Youth Development Professional for two years before accepting a full time position. Tim is also passionate about the outdoors and never misses a chance to spend time outside.

What do you love most about your job?
I love that I get to work with teens and help them make a plan for their future. As well as help them realize what their talents and strengths are and how they can best utilize them to reach their goals.

Favorite words of inspiration
“Happiness is how I arrange my mind” -My dad and uncle

Funniest thing you’ve heard a Club kid say
“Aqua Man is the coolest superhero there is.”

Jessica McKenna

Graduate & Career Coordinator - Oshkosh North West School
jessicam@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 120
Jessica graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a bachelor's degree in communication and public relations. She has worked a variety of positions over the years including as a campus activities coordinator, as a marketing coordinator at a credit union and as a special education aide for both elementary and high school. She started working for Boys & Girls Clubs in 2009 while she was still in college. During her time at the Boys & Girls Club of the Fox Valley in Appleton, she worked as a Youth Development Specialist running a number of different programs. She then worked at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Green Bay serving as the Academic Coordinator. She was inspired to work in the Boys & Girls Club movement because she believes that children deserve every opportunity to become successful as they grow and having positive adult relationships is a big component. She is passionate about education because she truly believes that regardless of someone’s situation, being educated always opens doors to a better life. She recently purchased her first home in Neenah. In her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, collecting succulents and spending time with her family and her dog Alice.  

What do you love most about your job?
Connecting with members on a daily basis and getting to talk with them about how their day/life is going.

Favorite words of inspiration?
"A love of learning has a lot to do with learning that we are loved.”— Fred Rogers

Funniest thing you’ve heard a Club kid say?
Just all the random jokes that kids come up with. You never know where they're going which makes it fun!

Kevin Mueller

Director of Club Services
kevinm@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 121
Kevin has worked at the Club for over eleven years. During the school year, he oversees the after school care programs and the CLC staff. During the summer, Kevin directs the Great Explorers Program and the new Adventure Program at Peace Lutheran Church. He also runs the Club's membership management system. Kevin is currently a coach for a tournament level soccer team and plays volleyball and softball. Kevin volunteers at many of Oshkosh's local events, so you will see him helping out in many different ways throughout the year.

What do you love most about your job?
I love my job because it gives me the chance to transform children's lives and give them opportunities that they wouldn't normally have. There is never a dull day, or a day that I don't smile while working at the Club.

Favorite words of inspiration
I wasn't born to "just teach." I was born to inspire others, to make change, and to never give up; even when faced with challenges that seem impossible.

Funniest thing you’ve heard a Club kid say?
While at the Milwaukee Zoo: "Remember last year? When I asked you if we could take a monkey home as a class pet? You said 'No,' and I cried. How about this year?"

Lauren Nicholls

Middle School Coordinator
laurenn@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 137
Lauren is from Oconomowoc, WI where she lived with her parents and two brothers until she came to Oshkosh in 2012 for school. She has been a staff member of the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh since 2013. She began her career with the Club working at our Oshkosh School District after-school programs first as a 5 and 6-year-old teacher for our Great Explorers summer program for 5 years, then as a CLC Coordinator at Tipler Middle School. While working at the Club, she earned her Bachelor’s in Human Services and Leadership from UW Oshkosh. She's extremely excited to be back at the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh full-time as our Middle School Coordinator.

What do you love most about your job?
What I love most is that there is going to be something that challenges me every day. I love working with kids and seeing them grow into who they want to be and to be able to be a small part of their journey. I love working with a team that shares a passion for helping children, their families, and their community.

Funniest thing you’ve heard a club kid say?
One of our Great Explorers got sick on the bus on our way to a pool, as I was trying to get him situated with the garbage can and sitting in a bus seat he looks up at me and says, “you know you’re gonna make me throw my back out.”

Noah Potratz

Fitness & Health Coordinator
noahp@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 125
Noah attended University of Wisconsin- Superior and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education and Health Education. After graduation, he taught Physical and Health Education at Northland Scholars Academy in Dunbar, WI as well Co-Athletic Director and Boy's Basketball Coach. He also was the Program Assistant at Northland Camp over the summer. Looking to be back in the Fox Valley after growing up in Ripon, Noah was offered the Fitness and Health Coordinator Position at the Boys and Girls Club of Oshkosh. Noah enjoys anything involving sports as well as being outdoors and hiking.

What do you love most about your job?
I love that I get to be active and work with children of all ages to keep them active and healthy everyday.

Favorite words of inspiration
“Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.” –John Wooden

Funniest thing you’ve heard a Club kid say
“I can heal them, my grandpa is Santa Claus. That means I'm going to be Santa Claus one day."

Sean Purtee

Director of Teen Services
seanp@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 127
Sean joined the team in April 2021 as Director of Teen Services. Sean oversees all programming for teens and tweens including Be Great Graduate and our Mentoring Program. He was born and raised in Wautoma, WI and graduated from Ripon College with a degree in Sociology. Working with teens is a passion for Sean and he feels very lucky to have turned it into a career!  Whether it has been his past work with the Clubs at Tri-County and Milwaukee or with Upward Bound, he's been helping to shape our youth since 2009.  Some of Sean's favorite hobbies include riding motorcycles, classic cars, board/card games, being outside, and working on starting a podcast.

What do you love most about your job?
I love helping young people grow into whatever they want to become. Seeing a young person that may have been shy or awkward grow into a social butterfly or seeing someone find their passion and develop that into a career or field of study is what brings me the greatest joy!

Favorite words of inspiration
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne

Funniest thing you’ve heard a Club kid say
After explaining to a group of 5-year-olds that contacts were like glasses that you put on your eye, a little guy came up to me and said, "Mr. Sean, I don't care if you have a glass eye, it looks real to me!"

Jamie Wilcox

Director of Facilities
jamiew@bgcosh.org

Phone Ext. 111
Jamie Wilcox has been a dedicated and important staff member at the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh for over 35 years. He has played an integral role in the Club since he was 10 years old. Having grown up a member of the Boys & Girls Club, he has developed a strong passion for what the Club does for its members and families.

What do you love most about your job:
I get to help with a variety of things on a daily basis from programming, building related questions, to administration needs.

Favorite words of inspiration:
"Plan a program, they will come!”

Favorite Club memory:
My favorite memories at the Club have taken place during field trips we have the kids on over the years. Just last year we took a group of kids skiing, many of whom had never been skiing before and it was so neat to be a part of them trying something new that they had never done before. Many years ago, I remember going along on a fishing trip with the kids and I’ll never forget the looks on their faces the first time they ever caught a fish. They were so excited, it was priceless.

Susan Zimmerman

Academic Coordinator
susanz@bgcosh.org

Susan has worked at the club since 2016. She spent time at the after-school care locations and various program areas until she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and became our S.T.E.M. coordinator. Before working at the Boys & Girls Club she worked as a church administrative assistant. Susan has always loved working with children, whether it’s babysitting, tutoring, or working in the church nursery. In her spare time, she loves to golf, garden, and read. She and her fiance have a Labrador retriever named George.

What do you love most about your job?
I love when the kids first arrive at Club and we get to check in with them and see how they are doing. Even if they are having a rough day, it feels good to be able to talk them through it or be able to cheer them up. I also love it when we are doing S.T.E.M. activities and the kids are shocked or pumped up about the outcome of our experiments. It is so rewarding to be able to teach them in such a fun way!

Favorite words of inspiration
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

Funniest thing you’ve heard a Club kid say
I asked a question and the child answered with a perfect cat meow. He then proceeded to recite the entire Meow Mix advertisement jingle . . . you had to be there.