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.

Julie Adams, Office Manager

Fun facts about Julie:

  • I was born and raised in Omaha, NE.
  • I have a chocolate lab puppy named, Bo.
  • I love to garden, write family cookbooks, and work on my watercolors!
  • My favorite "away day" is antiquing.
  • The best spot in the world to be, for me, is the Caribbean!

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.