Rae Wood grew up in Kenosha County on the family farm. As the oldest of eight children, she worked in the fields, milked the cows and helped in the kitchen – but she knew she wanted more from life. Rae set her goals on a college education and helping others. She graduated from UW-Parkside in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in medical technology and worked at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and the University of Utah Hospital before turning her focus to family and volunteerism.
Rae has been an active volunteer for many causes in southeastern Wisconsin, including education, 4H, youth sports, the Junior Woman's Club, and the St. Martin's Church food pantry. She was recognized as the Racine YWCA's Woman of Distinction in 2002. Drawing on her background in healthcare, Rae was a board member for the Health Care Network of Racine for 12 years, and successfully took on the additional responsibility of leading all of the organization's fundraising events. She is currently as a board member and volunteer coordinator for Koos for Kids, a local nonprofit organization that enhances the quality of life for children with terminal illness or special health needs.
Rae is married to her high school sweetheart and fellow UW-Parkside alum, Dr. Tom Wood, and they live in the Racine area. They have four daughters and now, four grandchildren. Rae thanks God for the opportunity to contribute to the lives of many needy and deserving children, and watch her wonderful grandchildren grow.