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.
In his role as Director of Public Relations for Kane Communications Group, James brings his experiences as a storyteller and relationship builder to a point.
Public relations done right involves thought leadership. It involves telling clients’ stories in any and every format and style that makes them relatable and demonstrates the benefit of their service or product. Yes, there are press releases and media advisories. But understand the sky’s the limit. Also, think narrative written features, blog posts or social media entries, podcasts, even speeches and public convening.
James’s 21 years in communications work includes 16 years as an award-winning journalist for major news outlets including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Miami Herald, and the Boston Globe. At the Journal Sentinel, James was part of a team that won a National Headliner Award for reporting on urban redevelopment in Milwaukee. At the Herald, James co-authored an investigative story recognized with an Associated Press Sports Editors Award because it may have helped exonerate a college baseball player accused of a crime. And at the Globe, James was a writer in the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings. He has also been a magazine and broadcast contributor to O: The Oprah Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, CNN and NPR.
Born and raised in Southeastern Virginia – with a detour to Sicily as a child, James first moved to Milwaukee in the fall of 1998 to write for the Journal Sentinel. After 14 years away in South Florida and Boston, he and his wife and children moved back to Milwaukee to be near family in 2018.
When he is not in family-man mode or being a so-so gardener, you can find James walking his black lab Leo at any number of North Shore parks, playing basketball at the Jewish Community Center, volunteering with his son’s Cub Scouts troop, or working on his version of the great American novel.
In his professional and personal lives, James insists that relating to and accepting as many people and as many types of people as possible is the key to effective communications.
I am a Client Advisor with J.P. Morgan’s Private Bank in Milwaukee. In my role, I focus on helping high net worth clients address their complex wealth management needs. Leveraging the resources at J.P. Morgan, I can address all aspects of financial planning, including banking, credit, estate planning, philanthropy, and wealth transfer.
Prior to the Private Bank, I worked at both Stark Investments and Racon Capital, spending much of my career as a macro analyst and product specialist respectively. Both experiences laid the foundation and provided a framework for my current work.
But my career actually started as a teacher. I was trained in Canada, spending time as a researcher prior to moving to Milwaukee, focused on the micro-interactions that take place in the classroom. During my time in the field, I published numerous articles and a spelling text book, Nelson Spelling 2.
I was born in Toronto, Canada. I have a B.A., B.Ed., and M.Ed. from the University of Toronto. In 2000, I made Milwaukee my home and currently reside in Cedarburg with my family. All three of my children have attended Montessori schools.
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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!
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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.
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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.
Bob Schwartz joined Mount Mary University as Dean, Schools of Arts, Design & Business in August 2020. In this role, he oversees Studio Arts, Fashion Design, Interior Architecture and Design, Graphic Design, Music, Movement and Dance and the MBA, BBA and Accounting programs.
He is former Vice President, Global Design & User Experience at GE Healthcare. Having held this position from December, 2007 to April, 2020, he oversaw as many as six studios in five countries, comprised of 60 team members and was responsible for the Global Design function encompassing industrial design, design thinking, human factors, ergonomics, user-interface, environmental design and design research. As a strategic driver of organic business growth, his organization focused on the look, feel, usability and end-to-end, digital-physical experience of GEHC products and services. Bob was also the GE Healthcare Global Executive Sponsor of the People with Disabilities Network and has been a faculty member/advisor to GE Corporate’s Mother & Child initiative in Africa.
Since 2009, his team at GE received 22 medals from the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) & numerous others & was listed, in 2011, by Fast Company as a Corporate Design Stronghold. In 2015, Bob’s career was cited by Fast Company as among top Chief Design Officers. In 2015, the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) named him among the 50 most notable industrial designers of the last 50 years. In 2019, he was awarded the Diversity in Design Award for Lifetime Achievement in Design, Design Education, Design Management, Mentorship and Diversity by the Design Management Institute. Bob is Board Chair Emeritus of the Design Management Institute.
A 3-term member of the Board of Milwaukee Inst. of Art & Design, he is the former Board Chair & previously chaired its Academic Excellence Committee. He’s a member of the Design Management Advisory Board and adjunct graduate school faculty at Northwestern University and had similar roles at Savannah College of Art and Design and Carnegie Mellon and held a faculty appointment at the University of Cincinnati.
At P&G, Bob was a global design leader working to transform the design function and was VP, New Product Development, at Levolor Kirsch/Newell Brands. At Motorola, he was Director of Design, for Commercial, Government, Industrial and Consumer Products.
As Executive Director and COO of IDSA, he forged a relationship with Business Week to publish the IDEA awards. This led to a UN appointment to the People’s Republic of China as Sr. Advisor for Design. Bob testified before Congress on a Bill to establish a US Design Center and was also Director, Science and Technology Programs for AdvaMed, where he lobbied for the medical device industry. Prior to this, Bob was head of Industrial Design/Architecture for the Red Cross. Bob was inducted into the IDSA Academy of Fellows at the 2007 World Congress of Industrial Design, for his outstanding contributions to the industry. He has a Master’s Degree in Industrial Design from Rhode Island School of Design, where he was a Roddy Scholar and held a teaching assistantship. Bob has a BFA in Design from Kansas City Art Institute.
Ronny Thompson, having flunked retirement, became the Founder and Chief Executive Office of PeachyClean, LLC., where he oversees the strategic direction of the company. Mr. Thompson brings 40 years of experience in the cleaning, construction and sales industries to his work. Prior to starting PeachyClean, LLC., Mr. Thompson served as Owner/CEO of White Glove Services, Inc., a commercial cleaning business.
He was Co-Owner of Envirotech Services, LLC, a construction company and he was a Partner/Operator of Nebula Personal Brand Management, a sports image consulting company. Mr. Thompson attended Marquette University where he studied Business Management. He is the proud Executive Director of the Athletes for Autism Foundation which he started in memoriam of his daughter.
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.
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.
Susan Sager joined Northwestern Mutual in July 2014 and currently is the Senior
Director of Legal Operations, Strategy & Technology for Northwestern Mutual’s Law
Department. As a member of the Law Department’s senior leadership team, she serves
as the trusted advisor to the General Counsel and is responsible for the business
management function and overall operational effectiveness of the Department. She
guides law leadership through design, delivery, and implementation of long-range
strategic planning efforts; and supervises and manages the day-to-day function of the
Law Administration, Knowledge Management, Technology and Research Services.
Previously, Susan served as the Assistant Director of Strategy Advancement and
Alignment in Corporate Strategy where she worked to help advance the company’s
strategic ambition by helping to shape the strategic dialogue across senior leadership
and the broader organization to align decision-making and engage the organization to
execute against our strategy. Susan began her career at Northwestern Mutual in the
Talent Division of Human Resources where she served as Assistant Director of Talent &
Organization Development-Client Services and a Talent & Organizational Consultant.
Prior to joining Northwestern Mutual, Susan was a practicing attorney for 20 years, most
recently spending 10 years at Michael Best & Friedrich as a Partner in their Litigation
Group. She also served as the firm’s Director of Professional Development with
responsibility for the design and implementation of programs for the integration,
development, and training of associate attorneys.
Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; a Juris Doctor,
cum laude, from Mitchell Hamline School of Law; and is distinguished in the area of
Land Use and Zoning by The Best Lawyers in America.