Wisconsin Staff

Sandy O’Keefe

Program Coordinator for Wisconsin and Minnesota

Sandy came to Futura Language Professionals in 2011 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of WI – Madison.  Her degree provided her with the knowledge that exposing children to ethnic and cultural experiences at an early age will allow them to become diversified and confident young individuals with an increased appreciation for life.  Upon graduation Sandy taught 4-year-old preschool at a learning center in Madison, where she designed and instructed lesson plans focused around specific themes.  She also assisted the center in becoming nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  After Sandy moved back to her hometown near Milwaukee, she began an extensive 7-year career in marketing and administrative services.  In addition to serving as the liaison for our parents and schools in the Wisconsin and Minnesota regions, Sandy is an active mother of two elementary-aged children.  She believes that exposing children to early language learning is a bridge to another culture and a doorway to a larger world.

Please contact Sandy with any questions related to our program:
Telephone: 262-719-9332
Email: [email protected]

Lindsey Stapel

Director of Corporate Futura Language Professionals;
Curriculum Developer

In 2005 Lindsey began her career with Futura Language Professionals as a Wisconsin teacher, serving the Madison area schools for two years. During this time she was also involved in the Latino community through various volunteer projects that included tutoring English a Second Language students and translating for a children’s clinic in the Madison area. While in college, Lindsey had the opportunity to live and study in Oaxaca, Mexico. In Mexico she cultivated an interest in teaching at Instituto Mckinly, a bilingual elementary school where Lindsey volunteered. This experience not only enhanced her language skills, but also inspired her love of the Mexican culture. It was there that she realized her desire to spread the goals of second language acquisition, primarily Spanish, in the United States. Lindsey graduated with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in Spanish and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies. Lindsey has also traveled, volunteered, and studied at Escuela La Union, in Antigua, Guatemala. As a veteran Futura teacher, Lindsey brings a unique prospective to our managerial staff. Lindsey oversees the Milwaukee area teachers, is a co-writer on our curriculum team, and is part of the Directorial national team of Futura.

Please contact Lindsey regarding employment opportunities in the Milwaukee area:
Telephone: 414-793-9698
Email:  [email protected]

Brita Schumacher (Kuhrmeier):Brita Schumacher

President and Founder

Brita has over twenty years of professional and academic experience with the Spanish language. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish specializing in Mexican Studies from Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has also attended two prestigious universities in Mexico: La Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Taxco and La Universidad de Las Americas, Puebla . Additionally, she studied Spanish four times in intensive Spanish programs in Guatemala through Miguel Angel Asturias Escuela in Quetzaltenango and La Union Escuela in Antigua. Brita has served as a Bilingual Client Representative, International Sales Coordinator, and International Sales Manager for major U.S. corporations, making her adept at International client services and intercultural communications. She also instructed Spanish and English in various capacities, including serving as a kindergarten teacher in Seoul, South Korea. Brita collaborated in the development of Futura Language Professional’s extensive curriculum, and created the trademarked Futura Building Block Method of Learning®. Brita was a featured Young Entrepreneur for Young Professionals of Milwaukee and was a guest speaker and featured alumnae at Mount Mary College. In 2007 Brita was the sole founder of Futura Franchise, LLC and developed the Futura Operations Manual and extensive franchisee training program. That same year she was named one of Who’s Who Among Executive Professional Women. She has lived, traveled, and volunteered extensively in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and Asia and continues to be passionate about language and culture. Brita continues to spread her passion for language and cultural throughout Futura and her community.

Email: [email protected]

Clara Tavarez

Bilingual Area Manager Madison Region

Clara is a native Spanish speaker from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Growing up she had first-hand experience of learning a second language through her own formal English education from elementary through high school. She is a firm believer that her early dual language exposure helped her develop a love for learning and to excel in academics. Her passion for learning new languages and cultures also led her to learn a third language, French, in college.  After moving to Wisconsin in 2000, Clara became an active member of the Madison community as she continued her studies. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Behavior and Leadership from Edgewood College. Her love of helping people created a successful career in human resources. Most recently, Clara was a successful Talent Management Consultant for a major Wisconsin credit union. Her roles have afforded her to work closely with community and education organizations, leading initiatives for diverse talent recruitment and outreach. Clara regularly volunteers with several organizations such as Centro Hispano, the United Way,  and GMA SHRM. As part of her community engagement, Clara has collaborated on an independent community event to help increase acceptance for children with special needs. She is an active mother of two elementary-aged children, and is very proud to say that her children are growing up bilingual in Spanish and English. Clara is excited to bring her passion for dual language education, culture and recruiting to Futura’s ever growing influence on the Madison education community.

Please contact Clara regarding Spanish programs or employment opportunities in Madison:
Telephone: 262-751-6742