December Featured Member

Meet Alyssa Dawson of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
YNPN Milwaukee's December Featured Member

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What is your experience in the nonprofit sector? 

I began in the nonprofit sector in 2011 at the Salvation Army in Eau Claire, WI as their Special Events Coordinator & Christmas Coordinator. It was through this experience that I found my passion for nonprofit and events. When I began my time with Salvation Army, I was in the middle of a semester off from college because I was feeling a little lost and didn’t know what to do. But through that experience, I found a passion I didn’t know I had and declared Organizational Communication with a topical minor in Event Planning for Nonprofits and a Leadership Certificate.

The following summer, I began working at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley in Eau Claire. Everything changed for me here. I found a love of working with kids and a home that I didn’t know I wanted. I moved into an AmeriCorps position with the Clubs which, after my service was up, landed me the full time position as Program Coordinator – all while I was still a full-time college student. After graduation, I wanted a new experience in a new city and found my current position with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee (BGCGM). The entire experience is something I wouldn’t change for anything. I love the nonprofit culture here in Milwaukee and I’m excited to become more involved!

 Additionally, I have been a Big Sister through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for just over a year here and I absolutely love it. It’s such a rewarding feeling to serve our youth!

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September Featured Member

Meet Shahree Douglas of Scoliosis Research Society
YNPN Milwaukee's September Featured Member

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What is your experience in the nonprofit sector? 

I started in the non-profit sector while in graduate school. I worked with Habitat for Humanity to create a Communications Plan to find and recruit families that would qualify for homes. Then I interned (for two years), volunteered (for three years) and work (for two years) at March of Dimes. I also volunteered, for two years, at the English Language Partners of Wisconsin as an English Conversation Tutor.  I currently work at an AMC (Association Management Company), doing communication and development for the Scoliosis Research Society.

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June Featured Member

Meet Becky Giombi of RitzHolman CPAs
YNPN Milwaukee's June Featured Member

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What is your experience in the nonprofit sector? 

After college, I spent a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps-Northwest volunteering as a garden and fresh foods program coordinator at a food pantry in Tacoma, Washington.  Currently, I work as an accountant at RitzHolman CPAs doing audits of nonprofit organizations in the Milwaukee area.  I'm also a Master Gardener Volunteer with the UW-Extension program in Milwaukee County.

 

 

In the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Becky coordinated the planting of an orchard to provide more fresh fruit to food pantry clients.

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May Featured Member

Meet Sarah Trudeau of Wisconsin Humane Society
YNPN Milwaukee's May Featured Member

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What is your experience in the nonprofit sector? 

I began working at the YMCA in my hometown when I was in high school and helped fund raise for my swim team. While in college, I began as an adoption counselor at the Wisconsin Humane Society. In 2012, I transitioned to the Development department  and have been here ever since. My current responsibilities include managing our donor database, mailing schedule, monthly donors and a portfolio of mid-level donors.

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April Featured Member

Meet Amanda "A.J." MacDonald of College Possible
YNPN Milwaukee's April Featured Member

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What is your experience in the nonprofit sector? 

My experiences in nonprofit began when I was in college, through volunteering roles with an after-school program, Habitat for Humanity and We Can Ride, an organization that facilitated therapeutic horseback riding for youth living with cognitive and/or physical disabilities. After college, I served as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Milwaukee, and those two years drove home for me how significantly I was affected by fulfilling a role in which I felt positioned to contribute to real social change. I associated that fulfillment with the nonprofit sector, and since have worked at PEARLS for Teen Girls as a Development Associate, the Milwaukee Public Schools TEAM UP College Access Centers as an Advisor and currently at College Possible Milwaukee as its Communications & Development Associate.

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March Featured Member

Meet Ambrose WB of International Association of Human Values
YNPN Milwaukee's March Featured Member

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What is your experience in the nonprofit sector? 

Until three years ago, my experience in the nonprofit sector was only as a volunteer. I have helped at a dozen nonprofits since taking a service in high school where I taught kids at the St. Francis Children’s Center.

In 2014, my volunteering led me into my first nonprofit job at Journey House. I started as a Youth Development Coordinator and was quickly promoted to the role of Assistant Director of Youth Program. Journey House is a center for family learning and youth athletics that services the Clarke Square neighborhood on the near south side of Milwaukee. The organization's mission is to break the cycle of generational poverty through education, workforce development and youth development.

Currently, my focus is coaching in Milwaukee Public schools as a teacher. I work with an organization called International Association of Human Values. I work with administration, teachers, students and parents in a program called Y.E.S.! for School. It stands for Youth Empowerment Seminar for School. Teaching techniques for stress management to kids and those who work with them has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

I also sit on two nonprofit board, Eisner Creative Foundation and PeppNation, and two nonprofit committees, Urban Ecology Center - Menomonee Valley and Young Nonprofit Professional Network.

 

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February Featured Member

Meet Kayla Lemmon of Executive Director, Inc. - Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)
YNPN Milwaukee's February Featured Member

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What is your experience in the nonprofit sector? 

My experience in the nonprofit sector began mainly as volunteer positions. I served a term as a founding board member of Sisters By Grace Foundation (SBG), an alumnae run non-profit organization in direct support of the sisters of Sigma Alpha Omega, Christian Sorority, Inc.® At the same time, I held a board position in my local chapter of Interfaith Older Adult Programs, helping to organize fundraising efforts and outreach to support the elderly community.

After serving my first term for SBG, I was then voted in for a three year term to sit on Sigma Alpha Omega, Christian Sorority, Inc® Board of Directors, serving my first year as Vice President (mainly managing and directing our philanthropic and service activities sorority wide) and my second year as Expansion Director (reaching out to universities and helping to start and found new SAO chapters).

My experience continued to grow as I accepted and currently hold a position at the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC), an organization managed by EDI (an association management company) in their education department. Specifically I work to develop their scientific programming at their annual meeting, in collaboration with leading researchers and oncologists in the field.

I look forward to continued work and volunteering in the nonprofit sector!

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January Featured Member

Meet Holly McCoy of the Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services and YNPN Milwaukee 2016 President!
YNPN Milwaukee's January Featured Member

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What is your current role and focus in the nonprofit sector? 

I am the program coordinator at Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services (www.milwaukeeachiever.org). One of my biggest professional accomplishments thus far has been writing and submitting an alternative High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED) program that was approved by the Department of Public Instruction in May 2014 and has graduated 138 adult learners since then. Adult literacy is such an important issue. Lowered literacy increases unemployment, underemployment, and the interventions necessary for K-12 educators with children who are not able to be academically supported outside of the classroom. Education can be one of the most comprehensive ways to help break the cycle of poverty.

 

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November Featured Member

Meet Michael Egly of the FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County!
YNPN Milwaukee's November Featured Member

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What is your experience in the nonprofit sector?

When I was twelve, the volunteer coordinator of the FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County (FPWC) came to visit my 6th grade class and after learning about it I asked when I could start volunteering and she told me the minimum age was thirteen. A year later I called her and a began volunteering at the FPWC and continued through my teens. In 2013 I returned to start volunteering again and had the opportunity to apply for a staff position. I’ve now been the Community Outreach Coordinator for the FOOD Pantry of Waukesha County for 2 ½ years.

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