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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

MAYA MARION

YOUTHBUILD PROGRAM MANAGER

mmarion@mccwi.org 4149025394

Favorite quote: "For there is always light if only we are brave enough to see it, if only we are brave enough to be it" - Amanda Gordon What’s something you believe makes communities stronger?: To me a strong community embodies genuine care for the wellbeing of your neighbor (relationships and transformational services). This in conjunction with the resources necessary to meet the needs of communities for them to grow and thrive to create a better future for generations to come.

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.

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.

LAWANNA CAMPBELL

OLDER ADULT MEAL SITES MANAGER

414.645.4421

LARIA BRENT

COMMUNITY SCHOOL COORDINATOR

lbrent@mccwi.org

Favorite quote: "Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who did not hear the music". -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

RUTH ZAVALA

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM MANAGER

rzavala@mccwi.org 414.645.8441

Favorite quote: “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” -Thich Nhat Hanh Favorite Book: The Alchemist, Enrique's Journey, and The Harry Potter Collection

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.