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Our Board Members & Staff

Board of Directors: 

Jackie Bascom - President

Jackie Bascom is the founder and president of Navigate to Success, formed in September, 2001.  Her background is administrative and office management, and Navigate to Success provides small businesses with consulting and bookkeeping services.  She joined the 6:8 board in the Fall of 2013 after having worked directly with 6:8 in forming Sauk Prairie Against Hunger and successfully fundraising for and completing annual packing events with Feed My Starving Children.  Jackie continues to serve on the SPAH core team and is active in planning the packing event and all of the fundraising events leading up to it.  She joined the Fire on the River planning team when 6:8 took over that event.  She also serves on the Sauk Prairie Area Chamber of Commerce board and the Ambassador Committee.  Jackie is married to Bob, and has three children, Eric, Rachel, and Kyle.  She has lived in the Sauk Prairie area her entire life after having grown up on a small dairy farm with her parents and 8 brothers and sisters.  Her longevity here has made her passionate about the community and all it offers.  She enjoys family time, crafts, long walks with her dog, singing, and especially being around people—lots of people.  Her heart aches for the starving people locally and globally, and is thankful for the opportunity to serve in fighting it. 



James Carrano - Vice President

James Carrano is married to Jessica and they have 5 children.  He leads the campus ministry mission of the Evangelical Catholic. He served as a campus minister at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a decade before joining the Evangelical Catholic. He holds a Master in Music and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, and currently lives in Wisconsin.









Carole Ensminger - Secretary 

Carole has been on the Board for 6:8 since the summer of 2012, and has been Secretary since 2014.  Carole and her family have lived in the Sauk Prairie area for 12 years.  She is married to Scott, and has two children, Matt and Noah.  Carole works part-time at Wollersheim Winery and has worked with Sarah and John often, previous to her time on the board. Carole is thrilled to be part of 6:8’s mission.  It offers a unique, and personal feel for community service for the residents of Sauk Prairie and beyond.  Carole enjoys various outdoor activities, and family vacations exploring our great country and beyond.





Tom Lyons - Treasurer

Tom Lyons has been on the Board for 6:8 since the fall of 2013, having served as board treasurer since 2014.  By day, he works in commercial banking in the Madison area.  Tom enjoys serving 6:8 because of the unique, local focus of its mission.  He also enjoys ancestry research, reading, and spending time with his family.  Lyons lives in DeForest with his wife and four children.















Staff:
John & Sarah Ramthun - Executive Directors
 

John grew up on a farm just outside of West Bend, WI, with his parents and 5 siblings.  The family of 8 has now grown to 22 including in-laws and nephews with 3 siblings still working on the farm where we enjoy helping as often as we can!  Sarah grew up in her family of 5 on the south side of Milwaukee and went to school K-12 downtown (MPS) where she was considered a minority at her schools.  The family, now of 9, loves to spend time together, especially at the family cottage in Door County.  We are SO blessed to have such amazing families!  From an early age our families were involved in our local Churches and faith has been an important part of our lives.  We went to college at UW Madison, John majoring in Bio-Chemistry and Sarah as pre-med.  St. Paul’s was a significant part of our undergrad experience.  As God worked in our lives we switched our majors to Religious Studies, became friends, and graduated in 2004.  2004 also included beginning as the Directors of Religious Education and Youth Ministry at St. Aloysius in Sauk City, getting married, and moving to Sauk Prairie.  St. Al’s brought us many wonderful memories, including leading our first Mission Trips, and numerous friendships over 6 years. In 2010, God called us to a new apostolate to serve our community.  6:8 aims to transform communities by making service personal through service experiences enhanced by education and exhortation hoping to embody Christ in the way we live.  Our plan is to give all we have to the people we are serving with and for, so that first our community, can be transformed! We would love to have you join us!

Shirley Kelter -
Chaplain & Program Director of Honoring Our Elders 

What an exciting opportunity this is for me to be part of the compelling mission of 6:8 and share my experience and passion with this special Sauk Prairie community. Born and raised in Chicago, I have lived in Sauk Prairie since 2001, and also spent a number of years in Winona, MN. Ive worked in ministry for over 30 years as a youth minister, high school teacher, adult educator, writer, editor, and chaplain. Besides working half-time with 6:8, I am also an on-call chaplain at UW Hospital and a chaplain at Coventry Village Retirement Community in Madison. Prior to this, I served as a chaplain at Agrace HospiceCare in Dane and Sauk counties; it truly has been a blessing and privilege to companion people at the end of their lives.
   After working with teens for many years, Ive found ministering to the elderly equally as satisfying and full of surprises and laughter! I dearly appreciate listening to the stories of all the ups and downs, twists and turns that are part of ones life history; supporting and encouraging elders who are suffering from loss and other age-related challenges; offering a caring presence to those with advanced dementia; and supporting family members who struggle with the aging process of loved ones. How blessed I am by the wisdom, courage, and joy I have witnessed and received in this vital ministry.
     My journey in ministry has been rich and varied — I am also fortunate to work as a spiritual director, retreat facilitator, speaker, and writer. For fun and relaxation, I love reading, cooking, dabbling in art, writing, and spending precious time with friends and my large, delightful family. I share my home with my sweet, elderly dog, Angel, and Barry-the-canary, who sings me enchanting melodies! 

2014 Summer Interns  

Benjamin "Glacier" Hokamp

My Name is Benjamin John Hokamp "Glacier". I am 24 years old and currently attend college in the pursuit of a Mechanical Engineering Major. I first applied for this internship because I was told I was going to learn a lot about leadership. Leadership has been an attribute that I have found quite an interest in the past two years. I graduated High School in 2008 from Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids where I lived my whole life. I have two brothers that are also in college and a sister that is a senior in high school. The thing I am most looking forward to this summer is being able to create and build.  I also love to read and be inspired by quotes. A couple weeks back I read a good one from Howard Thurman. It goes like this, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” I like to work with my hands a lot and I feel that when I am able to do that to create or build, that is when I am most alive. So 6:8 I guess this summer I am most looking forward to coming alive because that is what the world needs me to do.