Dear YWCA Champions,
I joined the staff of YWCA Southeast Wisconsin in June 2018, but I have been part of the “family” for 15 years as a proud volunteer, loyal donor and occasional consultant. During that time, I have had the honor of working alongside Paula Penebaker, YWCA SEW’s committed Board of Directors and a staff where everyone is a leader and a problem-solver.
So, accepting the role of Interim President and CEO is both humbling and frankly, energizing.
Here at YWCA SEW we are on the cusp of dramatic expansion of our Adult Education Program, which will more than double enrollment opportunities. Our Women’s Professional Image Program’s job readiness services are in high demand. And, there is an exponential increase in requests for our renowned Racial Justice Programming as our region grapples with the systemic racism that burdens the future for all of our children.
I have been lucky to live in a number of places in our nation, but Milwaukee is my home. Growing up at 36th and Brown, and later 37th & Lloyd, shaped my foundation. These experiences help me be honest with myself and others about what Southeast Wisconsin has going for it and about the serious work we have yet to do.
YWCA SEW’s approach to eliminating racism and empowering women – investing in both people’s personal futures and the future of our whole community – is essential to building a community that enjoys peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Thank you for building that future with us.