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KAREN HIGGINS

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

khiggins@mccwi.org 414.902.5380

Favorite quote: Don’t postpone joy! When do you feel most connected to community?: When I see diverse groups of people come together around a common issue, work through the issue, and come away from it transformed and changed in ways they could not imagine. The ripple effect of such an effort is beautiful to witness.

ANDREA GRITTNER

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

agrittner@mccwi.org 414.645.1989

Favorite quote: "Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." William Faulkner What do you enjoy about your work?: I love getting to hear and share the stories of individuals whose lives have been changed through our programs.

ANDRE ROBINSON

DIRECTOR MILWAUKEE VIOLENCE FREE ZONE

arobinson@mccwi.org 414.382.7434

Favorite quote: “Do what you must to enjoy what you do!” — George Willie Robinson (Grandfather) What do you enjoy about your work?: I enjoy watching the flame of realization in a young person’s eyes, confirming that they “get it!”

PATRICK SCHRANK

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

pschrank@mccwi.org 414.902.5396

Favorite quote: “Numbers never lie, after all: they simply tell different stories depending on the math of the tellers.” — Luis Alberto Urrea Favorite Book: A Choice of Weapons by Gordon Parks; Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

SONG XIONG-BUCK

DIRECTOR OF OLDER ADULT CENTER

sxiong-buck@mccwi.org 414.902.5384

What do you enjoy about your work?: I enjoy making our older adults’ “golden years” shine. It gives me the opportunity to meet a wide variety of older people and make a tremendous difference in their quality of life. What’s something you believe makes communities stronger?: A strong community should consist of a multitude of opportunities for growth and experience with people working together toward a common goal.

PAUL SMITH

DIRECTOR OF HOUSING

psmith@mccwi.org 414.902.5399

Favorite quote: “Service is the rent you pay for your time here on earth.” — Muhamed Ali Favorite Book: Tonto and Lone Ranger Fist Fight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie

MARY HINTZ

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE

mhintz@mccwi.org 414.902.5381

DOM PORTIS

COMMUNITY SCHOOL COORDINATOR

dportis@mccwi.org 414.212.2576

Favorite quote: “Shoot for the moon even if you miss you’ll land among the stars.” — Les Brown; “Hustle Responsibly.” — Me

NICOLE MENDEZ

FOOD PANTRY MANAGER

nmendez@mccwi.org 414.902.5391

Favorite quote: "A ship is always safe ashore, but that's not what it's built for." - Albert Einstein What do you enjoy about your work?: I enjoy feeding and helping people to get what they need to thrive. My favorite part is helping make people's lives a little less stressed and a lot more full.

LAVELLE GILL

OLDER ADULT MEAL SITES MANAGER

lgill@mccwi.org 414.645.4421

Favorite quote: “Fortune Favors the Bold.” What do you enjoy about your work?: I enjoy being able to share my vision for building strong neighborhoods full of community with my teammates. Then with cooperation we serve and help fulfill the company mission.

ELIZABETH RAMIREZ

MUSKEGO WAY FORWARD CO-COORDINATOR

eramirez@mccwi.org 414.645.5350

Favorite Book: One of my favorite books is Siddhartha novel by Hermann Hesse, but I also love to read and write poetry When do you feel most connected to community?: I feel most connected to our community when we come together to lend each other a helping hand. I appreciate everyone who takes the time to genuinely care for their neighborhoods and others to create a positive change.

ALISON HENDERSON

MUSKEGO WAY FORWARD CO-COORDINATOR

ahenderson@mccwi.org 414.382.7430

Favorite quote: “Maybe there is no such thing as rain; there are only raindrops, each with its own story.” — Robin Wall Kimmerer What do you enjoy about your work?: A smiling resident, an idea in motion, a tough problem solved, a new relationship that evolves and flourishes, the feeling of connectedness and understanding, and most of all, being witness to the strength, beauty and power of community.

ARLETA SLAUGHTER

HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS MANAGER

acobb@mccwi.org 414.902.5393

Favorite quote: This is my favorite biblical scripture, “I can do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength.” What do you enjoy about your work?: Relationships are important to me. I enjoy creating life-long relationships with my scholars that I impact. It brings me joy to know that I get to be a part of their village. I want to see them WIN! And if I can help them be the best version of themselves, I am here to support them in any way that I can.

BRIAN STEWART

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM MANAGER

bstewart@mccwi.org 414.645.8441

Favorite quote: “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” — from A Bronx Tale; “Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.” — from Vanilla Sky Favorite Book: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Dune, and Siddhartha

LOIS NUGENT

YOUTHBUILD MANAGER

lnugent@mccwi.org 414.902.5394

What do you enjoy about your work?: It is the greatest thrill in the world to see the young people in the program accomplish their goals. I love seeing the growth in both skills and confidence that comes with being a YouthBuild member.