Deb is a lifelong resident of Janesville and has served as an ARISE Board member for 2-3 years now. She has also served as a Realtor Liaison for a Special Policy Committee in the past for several years. She is married to Jeff DeWitt, retired Janesville Firefighter, has 2 children, Ben and Bri, both graduated from Parker HS, are married and still reside in Janesville. Bri is a Janesville teacher and Ben has a 4 yr old son Brandt, making Deb a very happy Grandmother. Deb serves the ARISE Board with passion and cares a great deal about Janesville's unique Charter School and the opportunity it affords it's students.
My name is Renee Barnett. My husband and I moved to Janesville in 1999 from Flint Michigan. I have 4 children and 6 grandchildren that I love spending time with. My youngest son is a Junior at ARISE. We have 1 dog and 1 cat. In my spare time I enjoy baking, reading, and collecting anything with squirrels.
Alan J. Hackbarth grew up in Northern Wisconsin and taught high school mathematics for ten years, followed by ten years as a middle school principal and school district technology coordinator. He is currently and Assistant Professor of Education at UW-Rock County and UW Colleges Online.
My daughter has been an AVA student since 2015. Her anxiety was a huge issue for her in regular school. Thank goodness we were directed to AVA and we have been more than grateful ever since. My hobbies include photography, costuming, and a few other not so interesting ones. I have lived in Janesville most of my adult life, but I grew up in Edgerton, WI. My daughter Emily, and I are very close. As a single mother, her wellbeing is extremely important to me, as well as her education and how her anxiety affects her. If it were not for AVA, I don't even want to know what life would be without it and the most wonderful staff there. Thank you to ALL of you.