KENOSHA ⸺ Monday, Feb. 22, the Kenosha Achievement Center will enter the foray of organizations holding their annual, cornerstone events virtually. 

The Kenosha Achievement Center (KAC) will host its annual Legislators’ Breakfast, usually held in a meeting room at a local business, via Zoom for the first time due to COVID-19 safety precautions. 

The free event will start at 8 a.m. Monday and last two hours until 10 a.m. Those interested in watching the event can find more information on how to do so at https://thekac.com/events/2021-legislators-breakfast/.

KAC will also be streaming the event via Facebook Live for people to watch on social media. 


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To cover various topics

The event will cover various state and federal issues. However, on the local front, the event will touch on the following topics:

  • Supporting infrastructure improvements that would enable all citizens to access high-speed internet;
  • Supporting the continuation of road improvements; 
  • And continuing to support KAC and initiatives that support Kenosha’s most vulnerable citizens.

“We will have a quick introduction and announcement of which panelists are on the call,” said Marisa Markowski, development specialist for KAC. “Then, two guest speakers will make remarks. After this, we will have some KAC staff and program participants share stories about the services we offer. After each program presents, there will be a short Q&A.”

At the end of the event, panelists will also have some time to introduce themselves. Organizers will then open the event up for a larger Q&A session. 

“The main goal of the event is to bring our community and our legislators together to discuss the matters impacting individuals with special needs,” Markowski said. 

Speakers and panelists

As a result of the virtual setup, quite a few federal, state and local officials will take part in Monday’s discussion. 

State Rep. Tod Ohnstad. File Photo by Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer.

Currently slated to appear are: 

  • U.S. Senator Bryan Steil;
  • Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes;
  • U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, represented by Tawsif Anam, regional director;
  • State Sen. Robert Wirch;
  • State Representative Samantha Kerkman;
  • Tip McGuire, state representative;
  • State Representative Tod Ohnstad;
  • Greta Neubauer, state representative;
  • Jim Kreuser, Kenosha County executive;
  • And John Antaramian, mayor of Kenosha

“It’s quite the line-up!” Markowski said. 

Different struggles among community of disabled persons

At its core, KAC’s focus lies heavily in helping the local community of people with disabilities.

Therefore, over the last year, “there are definitely concerns regarding high-quality care for individuals with disabilities during the COVID-19 era.”

“Fortunately, we have transformed our services to be able to connect with program participants virtually,” Markowski said. “Still, in human services, in-person connections between people really make a difference. 

“The program participants who will be speaking at the event will go into more detail about the services they receive and how that has changed over the last year.”


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