About Us

Phil Esche: Phil has worked in the advertising/sales/marketing arena since graduating from UW-Stevens Point in 1974. The “proud” Pointers talent has lead him to work in nearly all aspects of the media from radio announcing to sports broadcasting and sales to the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel in advertising and management and finally to Conley Publishing publishing a weekly automotive magazine.

Currently, Phil is in his 14th year of teaching advertising/sales/marketing at WCTC. He also does public address announcing for Kettle Moraine high School sporting events.

Jeanne Esche: Jeanne has always been a teacher. During her teens she taught guests at her parents’ cottage to water ski. As a secondary educator major at UW-Stevens Point, she tutored foreign students in their course work. Jeanne graduated in 1976 from Point and began teaching middle school in the areas of social studies and reading.

After receiving her Masters in Reading and Language Arts from Cardinal Stritch (her then ten year old son, Matthew, referred to the university as “Cardinal Strict,” she then began teaching reading and US history at the Kettle Moraine Middle School for the next 18 years until her retirement in June, 2011.

Currently, Jeanne is enrolled in flower design courses at WCTC. Her signature color is purple and she has always been a shoe aficionado.

Phil and Jeanne have been a team since September, 1976 (having met at Point) when they were first married. They are great buds and are mutually supportive of each other. Their shared interests range from playing bridge and majong to biking and traveling and sports. The pull of Aruba is always there. Then there’s cooking. They love to entertain and cook for the people they care about and that’s their inspiration for starting their business, “Steppin’ Out Foods.”

Jeanne and Phil have two children, a son Matthew, who is a the Head Coach for Cross Country and Track & Field at UAB in Alabama and a daughter, Molly, who works for Target Corporation in Chicago, IL. plus two basset hounds Ella and Porter.

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