Message from the community: United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County announces the recipients of the 2021 Philanthropic 5 Award


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United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County will celebrate and honor five community leaders and one outstanding youth for their commitment to the Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County region as the recipients of the 5 Philanthropic Awards 2021.

The awards, created by emerging United Way leaders, recognize five community leaders, in their 20s, 30s, and 40s, and an exceptional youngster, under the age of 21, who give, advocate and volunteer for change in our community. local community. Each Philanthropic 5 winner receives $ 500 to invest in a strategic Centraide area of ​​their choice, and the Philanthropic Youth winner receives a $ 500 scholarship for continuing education.

The awards and recognition ceremony will take place on Thursday 5 August 2021 at GATHER in Deer District, 333 W Juneau Ave Ste B, Milwaukee from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Customers can learn more about (There will also be a virtual option.)

The 2021 Philanthropic 5 award winners are:

Mark Boergers is the Chair of Visual and Performing Arts at Cardinal Stritch University as well as co-artistic director of The Arc Theater in Chicago, IL and co-founder of “Shakespeare on the Ridge” in Evanston, IL. An advocate for the community impact of arts and crafts across all demographic groups, Mark’s work in academic and professional arts settings focuses on the ability of artists of all ages and backgrounds to explore their voices, to tell stories. meaningful stories, present accessible experiences and create community dialogue. More recently, Mark’s leadership and vision through creativity and agility has resulted in new ways of presenting and sharing these stories despite a global pandemic. Not only has this helped its students, programs, and university stay relevant, but it has shown that we can (and do!) Take on any challenge. Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Theater from Marquette University and his Master of Fine Arts in Performance from DePaul University’s School of Theater. He recently received the honor of tenure and promotion to Associate Professor at Cardinal Stritch University.

Caitlin cullen is the chef and owner of the Tandem restaurant at 18 years olde and Fond Du Lac on the north side of Milwaukee. A former teacher, Cullen changed course upon arriving in Milwaukee in 2013 and learned the ins and outs of restaurant life by taking on any job she could find. From preparing cheesy steaks at the old Philly Way on Brady Street, to preparing her way to the sous chef position at Bavette La Boucherie in Quarter 3, she has found the joy of cooking a solid meal. . After three years in the industry, she had the misguided inspiration to open her own restaurant and ended up loving every minute of it. Since 2016, The Tandem has served Southern cuisine while shaping the future of Milwaukee’s culinary workforce, one young at a time. In addition to her commitment to strengthening the future of the youth of Milwaukee’s North Side neighborhoods, Caitlin is committed to building bridges between communities to make Milwaukee a more welcoming place for all.

Clintel Hassan is co-founder of LiberatED Consulting, an anti-racist education consulting service dedicated to building the critical awareness of educators and school leaders on issues of race, class, power and privilege. She is also responsible for strategic initiatives at Milwaukee Succeeds, working for education equity in Milwaukee and leading their High School Success, Youth Forward MKE initiative and co-leading the K12 Covid-19 Civic Response Team of Milwaukee. Early in her career, Clintel worked as Director of Leadership Development at Teach For America-Milwaukee. She has provided teacher support aligned with culturally relevant pedagogy across the region, harnessed the power of TFA alumni in Wisconsin to advance educational equity, and led regional diversity initiatives. , equity and inclusion. A native of Milwaukee and a proud owner and resident of St. Joseph’s, her passion for social justice developed early on while studying sociology and gender and women studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. . She also holds a master’s degree in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University.

James madlom is Managing Director of Mueller Communications, Wisconsin’s premier strategic communications company. Mueller is known for leveraging his strong relationships and problem-solving skills to support the organizations that make our community great. Through his professional role within the firm and his volunteer engagements in the community, James is committed to expanding educational and economic opportunities for everyone in our community, but especially for young people. He sits on a number of boards, including SaintA, Near West Side Partners, Coalition for Children Youth & Families, Jewish Community Center, and St. Charles Youth & Family Service. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a JD from Marquette University. He and his wife Gina were foster parents and adopted each of their three children. When he’s not at Mueller or as a volunteer, you’ll find him on adventures with his family.

Bob Van Himbergen is Vice President and Corporate Controller for Johnson Controls, leading global finance functions, global facilities and security. Bob has been with the company for 14 years, occupying a number of positions of increasing responsibility. He has extensive global experience and has lived abroad in Shanghai, China, on two different assignments. Prior to joining Johnson Controls, Bob worked at PriceWaterhouseCoopers for nine years. Bob currently sits on the board of directors of the Next Door Foundation where he recently completed his 12e years in the service of the organization, including the last three as president. Bob is also president of Ascension Southeast Wisconsin, where he served for four years, and of the Ascension Southeast Wisconsin Foundation, where he served for seven years and the last three as chairman of the board. Bob received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from St. Norbert College and obtained his CPA certification in Wisconsin in 2003.

Philanthropic youth

Anya ramos will attend Marquette University in the fall of 2021 to pursue training in social welfare and justice. During her high school years, she was an active leader and steward of the community. She co-led a team project to replace her high school’s drinking water fountains with filter fountains to address Milwaukee’s major water crisis. She helped plan and organize a school-wide day of community service, resulting in over 400 hours of service, two years in a row. Anya also co-founded a community service group on her Boys and Girls Club site, mentoring young classmates, helping them guide them into the professional world. During Anya’s journey with OCD, she realized that mental health stigma was a growing problem and spent time advocating for mental health during her Youth of the Year contest. Most recently, Anya worked on the Milwaukee Public School District Election with Leaders Igniting Transformation by writing testimonials, educating students about the importance of local elections, and advocating for student needs.


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