Board of Trustees

The Gateway Technical College District is governed by a nine-member board of trustees representing the communities served by the three-county district. The board comprises two employer members, two employee members, one elected official, one school district administrator, and three additional members. Members are appointed by the chairpersons of the Kenosha, Racine and Walworth County Boards of Supervisors and serve staggered three-year terms.

Contact the board at 262-564-3614 or by email (below).

Bethany Ormseth
Chairperson
ormsethb@gtc.edu

Bethany Ormseth is principal of Lakeview Technology Academy in the Kenosha Unified School District. Ormseth taught high school science, served as a middle-school and high-school principal and most recently was Chief of Schools for KUSD. She holds a BA from Lawrence University, an MS in Educational Leadership from the UW-Milwaukee and a Doctorate from Cardinal Stritch University. Ormseth began representing the Employer Member category for Kenosha County on Gateway’s Board since July 2013.

R. Scott Pierce

R. Scott Pierce
Vice Chairperson
pierces@gtc.edu

R. Scott Pierce retired as district administrator for Central High School District of Westosha from 2008-2018. He began his career in education in 1983 as assistant principal in Platteville, WI. With a BA from Carthage College, a master’s from UW–Whitewater, an Education Specialist in Educational Administration from UW-Milwaukee and a Doctorate of Education from Cardinal Stritch University, Pierce has served on the Gateway Board in the School District Administrator role for Kenosha County since 2009

Ronald J. Frederick
Treasurer
frederickrj@gtc.edu

Ronald J. Frederick retired as executive director of Senior Community Services of Southeastern Wisconsin. He worked at American Brass from 1950-82 while serving in labor groups like Steelworkers Union Local 9322 and Kenosha AFL-CIO Council. His public service began as Kenosha County Supervisor in 1972. He currently serves on two area workforce development boards. An Air Force veteran, Ronald is Elected Official for Kenosha County on the Gateway Board but was previously trustee for 13 years total.

Pamela Zenner-Richards

Pamela Zenner-Richards
Secretary
richardsp@gtc.edu

Pamela Zenner-Richards worked on economic development initiatives at Downtown Racine Development Corp. including the county marina and city Festival Hall. As owner-operator of a short-run, precision machine shop that was among the first to use CNC machines, she helped spark the idea for the CNC Boot Camp, a short-term training model for producing work-ready machinists that has been duplicated nationally. Pamela has served as the Additional Member for Racine County since 2000.

Jesse Adams
adamsjd@gtc.edu

Wisconsin native Jesse Adams helps run Walworth County’s largest contracting firm, Adams Electric. He worked several years in Washington, D.C. for the Republican State Leadership Committee, where he ran the Republican Lieutenant Governors Association. Past service includes the Gordon College Alumni Board and the Young Professionals Mid-Atlantic Board for Make-A-Wish Foundation, among others. A graduate of Gordon College of Boston, Jesse lives with his wife and son in Fontana, Wisconsin and serves as Employer Member for Walworth County.

Ram Bhatia

Ram Bhatia
bhatiar@gtc.edu

Ram Bhatia retired as a senior executive with over 35 years in the electrical engineering industry. In both Fortune 500 global companies and small and local outfits, he managed departments and turn-key projects. With two master’s degrees in engineering and an MBA from UW-Parkside, he is a Life Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and director for the Milwaukee Section of IEEE. He has served on the Gateway District Board since 2005 as the Additional Member for Racine County.

William Duncan
duncanw@gtc.edu

William B. Duncan is president of Duncan Mediation & Consulting Services, LLC. He retired as senior vice president of Aurora University after serving as administrator at George Williams College. He earned a BA from the University of California-Davis; an MS from George Williams College; and a Doctor of Education in Adult Continuing Education from Northern Illinois University. Duncan has represented the Additional Member category on the Gateway Technical District Board since 2013 for Walworth County.

Zaida Hernandez-Irisson

Zaida Hernandez-Irisson
hernandezirissonz@gtc.edu

Zaida Hernandez-Irisson started at Gateway in the ESL program before earning a Barber/Cosmetology tech diploma and Electrical Engineering Technology associate degree with a Biomedical emphasis. She served as District Ambassador to the Wisconsin Technical College System and is now earning a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering while working as an electrical engineer at FISCHER USA, Inc  Zaida serves as Employee Member for Racine County.

Roger Zacharias

Roger Zacharias
zachariasr@gtc.edu

Roger Zacharias is currently a business representative for the North Central State Regional Council of Carpenters, a position he has held for 14 years. Prior to that, he was employed by many local contractors for 15 years. He serves as president of Carpenters Local 161. He completed his carpenters apprenticeship in October 1990 at the Kenosha Campus. Zacharias has served on the Gateway District Board since 2004 as an Employee Member  for Kenosha County.