About Us

Staff

Matt Montemurro

Matt Montemurro

President/CEO

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Professional Qualifications
Prior to joining RAMAC in November of 2016, I worked in the banking industry for 37 years, with the last 20 at Johnson Bank as a Vice President of Commercial Banking. It was a smooth transition from banking to the nonprofit world as many of my former banking clients are also chamber members.

Experience and Expertise
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.

Additional Accomplishments
I serve the Racine community in these ways: Board Member of United Way of Racine County, Racine County Workforce Development Board, Higher Expectations of Racine County Executive Committee, UW-Parkside Advisory Board for Community and Business Engagement, and Advisory Board for the College of Business, Economics, and Computing.

Fun Fact
In 2018 I was inducted into the Kenosha Softball Hall of Fame.

Anna Clementi

Anna Clementi

Vice President of Operations

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Professional Qualifications
I have been with RAMAC since 2013 – 10 years in 2023! WOW! My background consists mostly of working in the governmental sector. My career started as a health inspector for the City of Racine and also with preparedness planning for the tri-county region – Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth. I also worked at UW-Parkside where I was heavily involved with the nonprofit communities in Racine and Kenosha. Those experiences were a perfect backdrop to moving into my current position as Vice President of Operations at the chamber of commerce for the greater Racine community.

Experience and Expertise
I hold a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Public Health from UW-Eau Claire. (Go Blugolds! I was a cheerleader.) I believe in being a life-long learner and in 2022 I finished a 4-year program (that took 6 years because of Covid) through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce around organizational management. I officially have a credential of “IOM” for nonprofit organization management. I also am a proud graduate of the Leadership Racine program in 2001.

Additional Accomplishments
I am involved with the following organizations in the Racine community: Board Member and Secretary of the 4th Fest of Greater Racine, PR & Fund Committee with Racine Revitalization Partnership, member of the Racine/Kenosha Community Steering Council for Advocate Aurora Health, member of the Academies of Racine Steering Committee.

Fun Fact
I collect “monkeys” and have many unique monkey pieces from around the world.

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Carmella Venturini

Business Development Coordinator

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Professional Qualifications
I joined the RAMAC team in 2015. My professional career prior to RAMAC was alongside my husband and brother-in-law as business partners in a Gingiss Formalwear franchise. While overseeing several store locations, I wore many hats from marketing, sales, and inventory control, to HR. This experience has given me numerous business relationships and friendships in Racine and Kenosha which aids me in my role as Business Development Coordinator at RAMAC.

Experience and Expertise
After graduating high school, I continued my education in interior design which then directed me to commercial lighting and business administration. Over the years, I have held a variety of positions that required online training and certificates.

Additional Accomplishments
I have been involved with many nonprofit organizations over the years such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Racine County Food Bank, American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Women’s Resource Center, and most recently with the Racine Founders Rotary.

Fun Fact
I am a grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren!

Connie Smith

Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeping

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Professional Qualifications
I am proud to be part of the RAMAC team for over 20 years. I started in 1998 as a part time receptionist/secretary. In 2008 I was promoted to bookkeeping where I manage all of our organization’s receivables and payables.

Experience and Expertise
I was born in Racine and graduated from Horlick High School. Upon graduation I was hired at Haban Manufacturing as accounts receivable manager. In all, I have over 30 years of experience in the bookkeeping and office administration field.

Additional Accomplishments
Over the years I have assisted with several community events such as Salmon- A-Rama, 4th Fest, and the Christmas Trolley. I also managed the Emergency Child Alert System alongside the All Saints Healthcare EMT team. Being part of RAMAC allows me to continually learn and appreciate the Racine community.

Fun Fact
Since starting at RAMAC, I have attended every RAMAC Annual Dinner – so that’s a total of 25 dinners!

Judy Gavigan

Finance and HR Generalist

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Professional Qualifications

I am excited to join the RAMAC team as of March 2, 2023! My background includes over 30 years of extensive training, certification, and hands on experience in the area of sales, coaching, and performance management. My career in the financial field followed by healthcare has allowed me to build relationships with organizations and people throughout the Racine community where I have served in many capacities. As a VP Manager at Johnson Bank and Wells Fargo I have had the opportunity to hardwire the customer service aspect of connecting with people. As a Director of Sales and then Operations at Ascension All Saints I gained an understanding of human resources and also project implementation. All of which has helped me to fit into my role here at RAMAC.

Experience and Expertise

While attending high school in upstate New York, I also participated in an accelerated two-year program through the Board of Cooperative Education for business and data processing. My experience has been enhanced by the ability to take specific courses/training with Gateway Technical College and the American Institute of Banking. A great deal of experience in clinic operations was through on-the-job training. I am also a certified True Colors facilitator and a proud graduate of the Leadership Racine program graduating in 1999.

Additional Accomplishments
I have served on many boards over the years and am in transition currently with my eye on a new board opportunity. My more recent board affiliations are with RAMAC and Gateway Technical College Foundation. I previously served on the Racine County Opportunity Center, Junior Achievement, and Women’s Resource Center boards, the Racine Women’s Commission, as well as, chaired/co-chaired a number of community events such as the American Heart Association walk. I was a member of the Make A Difference Day (1998) and the All America City (2000) delegations that presented in Washington DC, both of which brought back awards for Racine!

Fun Fact
I was a guest on The Oprah Winfrey show!

Savanna Bertzyk

Administrative Assistant

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Professional Qualifications
I joined the RAMAC team in June of 2021. My jobs prior to RAMAC were a bit of this and that – Andis, Home Depot, Wilkomms, Festival Foods – and I also had a job through the Youth Apprenticeship program here at RAMAC.

Experience and Expertise
I was born in Racine and graduated from Case High School. I graduated from Gateway Technical College with an associate’s degree in marketing and am currently attending UW-Parkside working on my bachelor’s degree in marketing.

Additional Accomplishments
I received my first marketing certificate by participating in the Youth Apprenticeship Program through high school and received it by working at RAMAC. I also received two additional marketing certificates while attending Gateway.

Fun Fact
I love having self-care days and going to the gym.

Ambassadors

Steve “Rocky” Donovan

Community State Bank

Jake Lovdahl

Heartland

Gracie Lugo

Tri City National Bank

Tim Mason

Express Employment Professionals

Gail Varhula

Connect Cell/UScellular

Board Members

Kristen Beglinger

SC Johnson

Mark Behrens

Johnson Financial Group

Ryan Brath

Fischer USA

Dana Christensen

Wiscon Products

Mike Cretton

InSinkErator

Scott Hess

CliftonLarsonAllen

Jeff Knutson

Burlington Graphic Systems

Crista Kruse

UW-Parkside

Steve Langer

Modine Manufacturing

Jody Muniz

Family Strong Wellness

Loretta Olson

Express Employment Professionals

Donna Owens

Ascension

Liz Powell

Racine Community Foundation

Tom Schaefer

Pioneer Products

Aaron Spitzner

Kowal Investment Group

Frank Sterbin

Citizens Bank

John Warren

Warren Eye Care

Brian Weaver

CNH Industrial