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Volunteer Center of Racine County, Inc

Staff Members

Executive Committee

Marilynn Pelky

Executive Director Emerita

Michelle Ortwein

Executive Director

Jim Deibler

Jim Deibler
Vice President

Lateria Shaw

Pat Fogarty

Board Members

Neil Honsberger

Linda Laudonio

Jennifer Plocinski

Michael Phegely

Tim Zarzecki


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Michelle Ortwein

Executive Director


Michelle is a native of Omaha, Nebraska and attended the University of Minnesota. Michelle participated in a year abroad program in Ireland. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and a Masters Degree in Liberal Arts from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. While growing up she traveled with her family to Bangkok, Thailand and then relocated to Racine.

Since moving to Racine,  she has raised a family of three boys who are all musically talented.  She has been married to Jim for 32 years and he plays the Irish bohran and guitar.

Michelle was formerly employed at the Volunteer Center of Racine County, Inc. as the Youth Coordinator.  Michelle set up a volunteer and internship program for the Racine Art Museum and has spent over 20 years in the community volunteer.  Her career has included working as a community organizer, instructor and event planner.

Michelle stated “volunteering is one of the best ways I know to meet like-minded people, learn a new skill or make a valuable contribution to an organization you believe in”.


Bruce FinalBruce Davis

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Director (RSVP)


Bruce Davis joined the Volunteer Center of Racine County in 2010 as RSVP Director. Bruce is originally from Vermont and has lived in the Racine area since his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1973.  He is a graduate of the Defense Information School (DINFOS), and served as a Public Information Specialist (SP5) with the 45th ADA Brigade (Nike Hercules) at Ft. Sheridan, IL.

Bruce graduated from the University of Vermont before enlisting in the Army. He was a producer and on-air personality in his native New England while in college and worked in the Milwaukee and Chicago media markets while in the service.

Bruce was a financial adviser for over thirty years, including twenty years at Robert W. Baird Co. He retired in 2008.  Today, he still works on freelance projects and enjoys talking with fellow amateur radio operators (hams).  He holds the “Extra-Class” designation with the call letters, N9BBL.  Bruce enjoys keeping in touch with past professional and academic colleagues.

Bruce served as a board member and treasurer of the 21st Century Preparatory School. He is a Midwest alumni representative for the University of Vermont (UVM), organizing events for prospective UVM students from the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor.

Bruce enjoys speaking with organizations and individuals about volunteer opportunities for seniors in Racine County.


Steffane Timm

Youth Program Manager and Marketing Manager


Steffane served in the Army Reserves from 2002-2004 and was deployed to Puerto Rico for six months for further training. In 2004, she was honorably discharged due to a medical condition. After the military, she attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design. She worked at Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin from the beginning stages to completion of their Veteran Village for homeless veterans. She was the manager of their marketing, outreach, and overall function of the main office and was recognized for her hard work with the “Hometown Hero” award from Modern Woodmen. She has several years of experience in office management, customer service, and graphic design. She is dedicated and excited to becoming a strong part of the Volunteer Center. Her current position is Youth Program Manager and Marketing Manager.

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Southeast Wisconsin Citizen Corps Coordinator



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Volunteer Website Coordinator

Judie is a Racine native who loves to help others. She started her career at an early age by working at her family’s locally owned business. That job lead to her to working with various local businesses and manufacturing companies.

Having worked the majority of her life, retirement created a void. Judie began volunteering at the Volunteer Center in January of 2007. The Volunteer Center of Racine does so much for the community. Working with the Volunteer Center has opened the door to many others opportunities. She also volunteers with various organizations, does fund raising and contributes her other free time to the less fortunate,  and the elderly.

Judie has a Bachelors of Arts in Marketing and Business Administration. She and her husband David (who also volunteers) like to travel and do home projects together! They have one Labrador retrievers that is very spoiled.


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Joe Povkovich


Finance Administrator

Reporting to the Executive Director, Joe is responsible for the financial record keeping of the Center.  This position includes monthly Profit and Loss and Balance Sheet statement presentations to the Board of Directors.  It also includes annual operational budgeting and providing financial presentations for grant applications.





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Dave Voss

RSVP Outreach Coordinator

Dave is a retired Racine Police Officer. He is and has been a volunteer with Racine County Emergency Management as a Deputy Director for the past 30 years.

Dave is an avid ham radio enthusiast and volunteers with Racine County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES). Dave is also a ham radio instructor.

Dave is chairman of Racine County VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and chairman of Wisconsin Region IV Long Term Recovery Committee. He is also president of the Racine Community Outpost. This organization owns and maintains the Racine Police Community Oriented Police houses.

Dave enjoys doing community service work with the Kiwanis Club of Racine, the Kiwanis Holiday Lights Foundation, Racine County TRIAD, and the Wisconsin region of the International Police Association.

If you are interested in a volunteer opportunity, don’t hesitate to contact Dave.
Email: dvoss@volunteerracine.org

Dave is the Homeland Security Outreach Coordinator for the Volunteer Center of Racine County and Business Coordinator for the Volunteer Center’s SafeAssured-ID program.

If you need a speaker for your organization, just ask Dave.