Deb DeWitt

Board Member

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.

Renee Barnett

Board Member

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 Hackbarth


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.

Patti Sommerfeldt

Board Member

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.