Shirley Heck, Co-Founder and Director of Development
Shirley F. Heck and Father Ricardo Martin are co-founders of John XXIII Educational Center. Shirley served as Volunteer Executive Director of John XXIII from Fall 2009 through June 30, 2014. Currently, she is the Volunteer Director of Development, seeking financial support for John XXIII through grants, an annual giving campaign, fundraisers, and presentations to create a greater awareness of John XXIII in the Racine community. She is a member of St. Patrick’s Standing Committee of John XXIII and the Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Shirley has a doctorate degree in Educational Administration from the University of Wisconsin –Madison. As a Professor and Chairperson of Early and Middle Childhood Education at The Ohio State University, she was noted for designing and writing about teacher support programs that focus on quality and equality of education for all of God’s children. The many success stories of students who attend John XXIII Educational Center have been so rewarding. John XXIII is blessed to be a ministry of Saint Patrick’s Parish.
Brother Mike Kadow, FSC, Executive Director
Brother Michael Kadow, FSC, is a De La Salle Christian Brother who serves as the Executive Director of the John XXIII Educational Center. A native of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, Br. Mike graduated from St. Mary's University in Winona, MN with a bachelor's degree in history and from Loyola University, Chicago, IL with a master's degree in Pastoral Studies/Religious Education. He taught high school in Stevens Point and Manitowoc, WI and Fargo, ND before becoming a part of the staff at San Juan Diego MS in Racine. He was a staff member from the origin of John XXIII Educational Center from 2009 until 2015. Most recently, Br. Mike served his religious community in leadership in the Chicago area from 2015-2019.
Br. Mike believes that the Center has a unique role to play in the educational community of Racine. Offering afternoon and evening services as well as outreach in local middle schools, it strives to meet the ongoing academic, social, emotional, and moral needs of young people. As the Founder of the De La Salle Christian Brothers stated some 325 years ago, "the greatest miracle you can perform is to touch the hearts of the young people entrusted to your care." Br. Mike is committed to working with staff and community volunteers and partners to touch the hearts and minds of students, assisting them via relationship and accompaniment to discover their own potential for happiness, service, and leadership.
Phone: (262) 898-5665
Geraldine Bodi, Middle School Supervisor and
Geraldine (Geri) Bodi is a longtime resident of Racine County. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's in Educational Science from Concordia University.
Bodi brings a wealth of experience to John XXIII Educational Center. She has 26 years of experience with Racine Unified School District and was a counselor at Mitchell school for 8 years. Her knowledge of the needs of Racine students is invaluable in facilitating the outreach sessions offered to middle schools in RUSD.
Bodi oversees several facets of our center. She recruits volunteers and works with the volunteers throughout their duration at John XXIII. Bodi also collaborates with school counselors for the outreach program. She meets with counselors to assess the school's needs and determine what courses will fit their needs.
Lizbeth Ruvalcaba, High School Support Coordinator
Hello, my name is Lizbeth Ruvalcaba I’m a Business Management Student at Gateway Technical College. I’m also a mother of two beautiful kids. Me and my kids love to travel and enjoy the warm weather with lots of outdoor activities. I’m very outgoing and always happy to meet new people. I’ve lived in Racine for the last 21 years and counting. I’m super excited to have joined John XXIII Educational Center as the new High School Coordinator. Looking forward to meeting everyone that joins the center this school year!
Claire Wagner, ESL Instructor
Claire Wagner is a long time contributor to John XXIII Educational Center. She serves as the ESL teacher for adults during the weeks. In her role, she teaches people how to communicate and express themselves in English. Previously, she has taught Spanish, French, and English to students ranging from 4 to 65 years old. Her classes offered by our program are a mix of personal attention, creativity, and a bit of fun.
Brother Johnathon Emanuelson, FSC
A native of Downers Grove, Illinois, Br. Johnathon Emanuelson, FSC, brings his passion for education and helping students learn and grow to John XXIII Center for the 2020-2021 school year. Br. Johnathon is a Brother of the Christian Schools, the religious order of teaching Brothers founded in 1680 by St. John Baptist De La Salle, and he is currently entering his fifth year of temporary vows. Br. Johnathon graduated from Lewis University in 2004, with a bachelor's degree in journalism, and he is currently a student at Catholic Theological Union, in Chicago. His interests include reading, writing, and spending time in nature. Br. Johnathon is delighted to be a part of the staff at John XXIII and hopes to see the Center grow in its mission of empowering and educating youth in the area of Racine.
Diana was born in Latvia, a Baltic country in Eastern Europe. She attended the Art School of Jurmala, Latvia for four years. She earned a college degree in architecture, graduating in 2015 from Rigas Celtniecibas Koledza. Since she was a child, she has been drawing, painting, and making various art designs. She is a teacher for Peace Learning Circles workshops for elementary and middle schools in southeastern Wisconsin. Peace Learning Circles works to help children understand and respect people of all cultures, and it encourages them to become better citizens and peacemakers. Currently, she works for John XXIII Educational Center and considers it a pleasure and an honor to be a Middle School Study Hall supervisor. She feels very welcome and happy here at John XXIII.