Sharon Franklin, Director 

Fun facts about Sharon
  • I love working in a program that helps students meet challenges and succeed in college. Come and see us early and often!
  • I like to canoe and kayak.
  • I am a new and first time grandmother. Love it!
  • I was a first generation college student.
  • My most interesting trip was to Manaus, Brazil located in the middle of the Amazon Rainforest! 

Margaret Kitze, Writing Specialist

Fun facts about Margaret:
  • I formally taught English at Menomonie High School School for 27 years.
  • I love to read student papers.
  • One of my favorite vactions was a week in the Bahamas.
  • I loooooooove the color pink.
  • I like to play computer games.
  • I loved being a teacher and I have the perfect job with ASPIRE.
  • I was a debate and forensic coach at Menomonie High School.
  • I am a political junkie.
  • I was a Brett Favre fan.

Shana Jones, Advisor / Instructor

Fun facts about Shana:
  • I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, IL.
  • I have two siblings - an older brother and sister
  • I love crab legs, lobster and steak.
  • I was a first generation student.
  • I love going to the Casino.
  • I enjoy public speaking and coaching.
  • I attended high school for performing arts.
  • I love fashion shows as both a model and an attendee.

Brett Martinsen, Associate Advisor

Fun facts about Brett:
  • I am a recent graduate at UW-Stout.
  • I enjoy being outdoors as much as possible!
  • Fall is my favorite season of the year.
  • I have a collection of Rubber Ducks (31 and growing)!
  • I enjoy random trivia facts about sports (more specific football)!

Retiring January 16, 2015!  

Mary Kallio, Office Manager / Program Assistant

Fun facts about Mary:

  • My interests include reading, kayaking, biking, hiking and being outdoors.
  • I love being a Nana to my four grandchildren.
  • I drive a car that gets 50-60 mpg and costs $30 to fill the tank.
  • I love the services that ASPIRE-SSS offers to students.
  • I am a Foodie! 


Rebecca Marine, Advisor / Instructor

Fun Facts about Becky:

  • I love to do yoga, lift weights, bike, walk and run.
  • I am a vegetarian and have been all of my adult life.
  • I love to golf. 
  • I always have at least two or three books I am reading at any given time.
  • I feel very lucky to be working with such wonderful young ASPIRE adults.

Charles Krula, Advisor / Instructor

Elizabeth Barone, Advisor / Instructor / Graduate School Specialist


Amy Riddle-Swanson, Advisor

Fun facts about Amy:

  • This is my 14th year with ASPIRE.
  • I have an Ed.S in School Guidance and Counseling from UW-Stout.
  • I am married to Jim.
  • I have two step daughters.
  • I am a huge Chicago Cubs Fan.
  • I lived in Alaska on the Bering Sea for two years.