Staff

A passion for people

James Schatzman

Executive Director

As the founder of the Racine Vocational Ministry, James served as the primary case manager from 2002 (the agency’s inception) until approximately 2007. His current role as Executive Director involves developing relationships with potential funders, employers and board members to strengthen the agency’s capacity to provide greater service to community businesses by helping to prepare potential workers for workplace needs and by helping participants become more civically engaged. When he is not leading RVM, James can usually be found conducting the Choral Arts Society of Wisconsin.

Lorianne Life

Program Director

Lori conducts participant intake assessments and provides employment readiness training through the Solutions for Success workshop. She has been with the organization since 2005. She holds a BA degree in Mathematics with experience in data management in both the corporate and non-profit sectors and has experience working in GED and ABE settings. She aspires to earn a master’s degree in social work and social ministry.

Heather Bennett

Second Chance Program Director

Heather began her work at RVM in 2014 after obtaining her degree in Human Services. She is passionate about serving her participants and enjoys working alongside her colleagues to help transform lives. Heather believes change is always possible and that second chances matter. Working side by side with our reentering citizens has been a favorite part of her work. Outside of work Heather is a wife, a mother, and an avid Packer fan. 

Hope Wesley

Second Chance Case Manager

Hope Wesley is a Carthage College graduate with a Bachelor of Art in Social Work and a minor in Religious Studies. Prior to Carthage, Hope attended Gateway Technical College and graduated with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Human Services. Hope is the Second Chance Case Manager, allowing her to work within her passion of helping to reintegrate individuals into society. Reentry is an important part of community. As a person that loves her community, there’s no other work she’d rather be doing.

Wallace Brandies

Case Manager

Wallace is a former employee of RVM returned home to help fulfill our agency mission. Wallace brings 29 years of experience working in the social service and AODA counseling industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration from Concordia University Wisconsin, is an Independent Clinical Supervisor (ICS) and a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) with the state of Wisconsin. Wallace is compassionate in dealing with the people he serves and enjoys helping people reach their goals. Through counseling, coaching and educating his clients and peers he has been able to help many people achieve their goals and realize desired change in their lives. When not at work Wallace enjoys being at home with his family, going to church and reading.