Christine Holmes is the President/CEO of Penfield Children’s Center and a long-time leader in health and human services with a focus on children and families. Penfield Children’s Center is a provider of Milwaukee County’s Birth-to-Three program, early childhood education and therapies to more than 1,600 children located in Milwaukee. Prior to Penfield, Ms. Holmes spent 14 years with Children’s Hospital and Health System as Director of Community Ventures and Advocacy where she provided oversight for the development of community social service initiatives.
Ms. Holmes’s community engagement extends to her service with several organizations including: National Birth-5 Peer Advocate Roundtable, Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership Council, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health, Wisconsin Early Learning Coalition and the United Way Teen Pregnancy Prevention Oversight. In 2013, Ms. Holmes was honored with two awards including a scholarship from the Harvard Business Club of Wisconsin to attend a week-long session on Strategy Perspectives for Non Profits at Harvard. The Penfield board nominated Ms. Holmes and she was also awarded a “Women of Influence” award by the Milwaukee Business Journal.
At the national level, Ms. Holmes previously worked as Public Relations Director for the Alliance for Families and Children and Prevent Child Abuse America. Ms. Holmes has her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Julie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana and a Masters Degree, In Human Resources, from the Graduate School of Business at Loyola University Chicago. She has 20 plus years of working experience in the field of Human Resources/Talent Development; specializing in training and recruiting.
In addition to her professional endeavors, Julie is a dedicated community volunteer serving on a variety of boards and committees over the years. Most notably, she served as the President of the Junior League of Milwaukee as well as serving eight years as Vice-President on Kappa Alpha Theta’s International board.
Currently, she on the board of Impact100 Milwaukee as a Communications Director, is a member of the Whitefish Bay Police Commission, the Whitefish Bay Historic Preservation Commission and the personnel committee at her church. She also is the training chair for the University School of Milwaukee’s Business Internship Program.
Julie and her husband, Brian, feel so lucky to be raising their young children in such a vibrant and wonderful city!
Louisa has called Milwaukee home for more than 18 years and has spent this time raising her 3 daughters in the North Shore area and remaining involved in the greater Milwaukee community. The Junior League of Milwaukee introduced Louisa to a variety of community organizations, including Penfield Children’s Center; she and her husband even chaired Penfield’s annual event, the Croquet Ball.
Louisa received two degrees in education from McGill University and notes the well-being and education of children as one of her greatest passions. Louisa is involved with Milwaukee College Prep, a four-campus network of K-8 schools that is committed to eliminating the achievement gap. Louisa “retired” from teaching in 2015 to start her own business, Play Milwaukee, with another teacher. The goal of Play Milwaukee is to connect families to fun places in Milwaukee. Louisa is thrilled to be involved with Penfield Montessori Academy and is excited to share her knowledge of non-profit administration, fundraising and education while serving on its board.
Bob Mikulay is the retired Executive Vice President of Marketing for the Miller Brewing Company and has had an extensive and successful career in marketing and branding strategy, consumer and customer insight, sales management, strategic planning and a myriad of other areas. Before joining Miller Brewing Company, he served as Senior Vice President of Marketing for Philip Morris U.S.A. In 2004, he was recognized by Advertising Age as one of the 50 most influential marketing executives in the country. Bob currently advises small businesses and start-up ventures on all aspects of business strategy and development.
Bob serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) and Penfield Children’s Center. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
Bob graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1973 and attended the U of M’s Carlson School of Business’ Masters Program from 1973 to 1975.
Bob currently lives in Whitefish Bay with his wife, Susan, a writer and communications consultant. They have one son, David, an actor living in West Hollywood, California.
As Senior Vice President and Market Executive, Tere Sackerson oversees the client’s team of Global Treasury Management professionals, striving to achieve the highest levels of client satisfaction. Her top priority is that the team not only meets, but also exceeds the client’s expectations.
Tere joined PNC with over 15 years of experience in the Financial Services industry, and over 10 years specializing in Global Treasury Management. Prior to joining PNC, Tere was a Team Leader in National Corporate covering 13 states and managing a team of professionals between Wisconsin and Illinois for U.S. Bank.
Tere volunteers for the Girls Scout of America and St. Mary’s Parish School. She is also an active board member for the Betty Brinn Children’s Museum and PNC Milwaukee Running Festival.
Tere enjoys spending time with her family, running and focusing on wellness.
Deanna Tillisch has served as President & CEO of the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) since November 2011. UPAF is the largest united performing arts funds in the country and has provided more than $310 million in operating support to the performing arts since 1967. Under Tillisch’s leadership, the UPAF Campaign has grown 23.9%.
Prior to assuming her current role, Deanna served as vice president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation and director of Corporate Affairs, where she oversaw the charitable arm of the company, community relations and events management. She was also Director of Market Development and ran the company’s Public Relations Division where she served as the company’s chief spokesperson.
Prior to Northwestern Mutual, Deanna was recruited to start up and manage a satellite office in Miami, Florida for Lesnik Public Relations, a Chicago-based Marketing Public Relations firm. She also served as public relations counsel for Cramer Krasselt and as director of public relations at the Milwaukee Ballet. She began her career at A.O. Smith Corporation, managing employee communications.
Deanna is a board member of Milwaukee Institute for Art and Design where she chairs the Governance Committee and sits on the Executive Committee. Additionally, she is a member of the Burke Foundation Board, ImagineMKE Task Force and TEMPO Milwaukee. For 13 years, Deanna served on the Life Navigators Board of Directors and is a past president. In 2017, the Tillisch family was recognized as the Life Navigators Challenger Honoree.
Deanna was named one of the Women of Influence in 2016 (Milwaukee Business Journal) and one of the Women of Distinction in 2014 (Women & Girls Fund of Waukesha County).
Deanna holds a Master of Business Administration, graduating with honors, from Marquette University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, a Business School Honorary Society.
Lisa is an Executive Director in the assurance practice at Ernst & Young and has been employed there since 1997. She works with public- and privately-held organizations in the retail, consumer and industrial products industries. Areas of specialization include auditing, SEC filings, financial reporting, audit committees, leadership and development of others. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting from UW Oshkosh and is a CPA. Lisa serves on the Audit Committee of Penfield Children’s Center and has a passion for children and education.
Stephen is the Senior Vice President of Business Development for Kohl’s. A finance and strategy executive by background, Stephen relocated to the Milwaukee area from Seattle and joined Kohl’s three years ago. A native of Northern Ireland, Stephen has a degree in accounting and business finance from the University of Dundee in Scotland and is a chartered accountant (UK) and CPA (US). Stephen is married with three children and lives in Fox Point.
Madonna Williams was born in Evanston, Illinois and is the oldest of 14 children. Upon moving to Milwaukee when she was 4 years old, she spent 16 years in local Catholic schools, including St. Eugene, Dominican High School and later attended St. Norbert College to earn a degree in elementary education.
Madonna is an active volunteer and has served on a number of boards including Penfield Children’s Center (17 years), Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, Blood Center of Wisconsin and Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.
She has also been involved with United Way, the Milwaukee Public Museum, United Performing Arts Fund and the Kettle Moraine Garden Club.
Madonna and husband, Jay, have 3 married children and 5 grandchildren.