Vision Statement

Changing the Communities We Serve

Mission Statement 

Improving lives by providing quality programs and innovative solutions for individuals and families.

Some examples of our assistance programs are:

  • Emergency food assistance
  • Weatherization
  • Infant & children's nutrition assistance

Agency Profile

Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, Inc. (RKCAA) has successfully operated anti-poverty programming in Racine County since 1967 and in Kenosha County since 1978.  The RKCAA Board of Directors is comprised of a three-part structure that includes representation from civic, low-income and government sectors of Racine and Kenosha counties.

CEO Message

"Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We invite you to take a few minutes to find out more about the organization and the numerous services and resources we provide or are able to connect you to. Our PILLARS of focus are: HOUSING, FOOD & NUTRITION, HEALTH and ASSET ATTAINMENT. It is our hope that you will utilize these services or share the information with others who may benefit. RKCAA’s goal is to ensure that individuals and families are supported as they strive to remain self-sufficient or become self sufficient. These services and the work we do is important and critical to the growth and well-being of the communities we serve."

Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency Executive Staff

  • CEO 
    Essie Allen

  • Chief Financial Officer 
    Laura Brown

  • Human Resources Director 
    Gary Cotton

  • Project Administrator
    Greater Racine Collaborative for Healthy Birth Outcomes- Karen Dotson

  • Kenosha Director 
    Pam Halbach

  • Community Services Coordinator
    Zeke Leo

  • Weatherization Director
    Vincent Montgomery

  • IT Administrator
    Shane Muellemann

  • Program Support/Planning Coordinator
    Lisa Piche

Agency Reports

The Community Needs Assessment is conducted every three years to assist RKCAA in its mission to enable low-income individuals, in rural and urban areas, to attain the skills, knowledge and motivation to achieve self-sufficiency. The Community Assessment is a key component of the Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) framework and is mandated by Community Services Block Grant (CSBG).

The agency produces an Annual Report each year to highlight outcomes and display the work of RKCAA.

Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency Board of Directors

Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, Inc. is governed by a tripartite Board, comprised of delegates from Racine and Kenosha Counties. These volunteers represent various sectors of the community (public officials, civic group representatives, low-income representatives), and set policy and provide oversight for the organization. A meeting of the Board of Directors is held on the fourth Thursday of each of the following months, unless the Board of Directors designate a different date: January, March, April, September, October, and November. The Annual Meeting occurs on the fourth Thursday of September.

Board Service
Public officials are appointed to the Board by the County Executives of Racine and Kenosha Counties. Low-income representatives are elected to serve through a democratic process undertaken by those they represent. Finally, civic group representation is determined by groups and interests of the community. Once the groups and interests to be represented have been selected by the Community Action Board, respective representatives are chosen by the groups and interests themselves. Members of the Board of Directors serve three-year terms and may serve no more than two consecutive terms. Terms begin at the Annual Meeting in September and continue through the Annual Meeting in September, three years later. Board members must reside in the county they represent.

Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency Board Members

Teri Jacobson - Chairperson
Government-Appointed Representative (Kenosha County)

Marcia Banike - Vice Chairperson
Civic Group Representative (Racine County)

Carmen L. Ayers - Secretary
Civic Group Representative (Racine County)

Lee Broadway, Sr. - Treasurer
Low-Income Representative (Kenosha County)

Karl Erickson
Civic Group Representative (Kenosha County)

Gary Flynn
Civic Group Representative (Racine County)

Melissa Kaprelian-Becker
Government-Appointed Representative (Racine County)

Angel Kwaterski
Civic Group Representative (Kenosha County)

Melissa Lemke
Government-Appointed Representative (Racine County)

Julie Lord
Low-Income Representative (Kenosha County)

Jan Michalski
Government-Appointed Representative (Kenosha County)

Travis Richardson
Government-Appointed Representative (Racine County)

Sue Spicer
Low-Income Representative (Racine County)

Robert Strausser
Low-Income Representative (Racine County)

Vermetrias Warner
Low-Income Representative (Kenosha County)

Board of Directors of Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency

The Board of Directors of Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, Inc. is scheduled to meet as follows during the 2019 calendar year:  


  • Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019
  • Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Thursday, September 26, 2019 (Annual Meeting)
  • Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • November 2019 - To Be Announced

Board meetings convene at 4:00 p.m.  For information regarding meeting location, please contact Allison at (262) 637-8377, ext. 119.  

Financial Report

Pie Chart 2018

Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, Inc. receives federal, state, local, and private funding. RKCAA’s Finance Department records all funds in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and funding source requirements. An independent Certified Public Accountant firm performs annual audits, and funding sources perform required regular fiscal and program monitoring. During 2018, the agency managed nineteen programs totaling $7.2 million in Racine and Kenosha counties.

Racine Kenosha Community Action Agency, Inc. is guided by its Strategic Plan, Community Needs Assessment, Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Organizational Standards, and the National Association for State Community Service Programs Results-Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) goals.