Friday, January 30, 2015
Hebron House of Hospitality welcomes new executive director
January 30, 2015 08:03 AM
The Hebron House of Hospitality, a homeless shelter and housing resource located in Waukesha, kicked off the new year with a new executive director – Rev. Kris Androsky.

Androsky, whose leadership began on Jan. 1, previously served as minister of discipleship at Waukesha First United Methodist Church for more than seven years.

She has also been an active member of the Hebron House of Hospitality’s board of directors as well as served the Waukesha Homeless Task Force, the United Way Homelessness Workgroup and the Downtown Ministerial Association.

Androsky succeeds the organization’s founding executive director, Bernie Juno, who has retired after 34 years. The organization will recognize Juno at a special celebration this spring.

Androsky will oversee the organization’s infrastructure and mission to assist families and individuals of Waukesha County working to overcome housing crises. The organization owns and operates three shelters and 12 apartments and served more than 650 people in 2013.

“It’s an honor to become the executive director of an agency that has always offered a nurturing environment to help people solve their housing needs,” Androsky said in a statement. “I understand the many challenges facing local nonprofits and the importance of building community partnerships and community relationships. I’m excited to be able to serve in this role and provide yet another way of helping people in Waukesha County.”

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Assurant Foundation distributes grants to youth-serving agencies
January 30, 2015 08:06 AM
Assurant Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Milwaukee-based Assurant Health, has distributed $240,000 worth of grants to eight area nonprofits serving the city’s population of youth who struggle with hunger, homelessness and health and wellness.

“Assurant Health has a long history of charitable giving, and as a large employer in Milwaukee, we are proud of the positive contributions we can make to assist those who are less fortunate in our community,” Adam Lamnin, president and chief executive officer of Assurant Health, said in a statement. “We are honored to partner with these eight agencies, as they play an important role in supporting the Milwaukee community.”

Grant recipients are:

*Guest House, which received $50,000 to benefit its GATES Housing First program for homeless men
*Hunger Task Force, which received $50,000 to cover costs of infant formula and milk  
*Milwaukee Rescue Mission, which received $50,000 to provide food and shelter to 100 women and children for one month
*Pathfinders, Inc., which received $40,000 to back a drop-in center that serves homeless teens with a safe haven
*Penfield Children’s Center, which received $20,000 toward its efforts to improve behavioral health for young children
*Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, which received $10,000 toward the Dave and Carole Miracle Marathon radiothon, which supports vital programs and services provided by Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
*PEARLS for Teen Girls, which received $10,000 to help fund teen pregnancy prevention and wellness and health initiatives
*Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, which received $10,000 to help the organization continue housing families who have a child impacted by a serious illness or injury

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HopeLine social media campaign generates funds for Sojourner
January 30, 2015 08:09 AM
A successful social media campaign spearheaded by Verizon Wireless’ HopeLine initiative enabled the company to donate a $20,000 grant to Milwaukee’s Sojourner Family Center.

HopeLine exists as a philanthropic extension of Verizon with a focus on fighting domestic violence. The initiative donates funds and used wireless phones and accessories to victims of abuse, complementing Sojourner Family Center’s mission to help victims of family violence find safety and forge a new direction.

HopeLine’s social media campaign generated funds through the hashtag #VoicesHavePower. Every time a social media user posted a hopeful message incorporating the hashtag, Verizon donated $3 toward domestic violence prevention and awareness programs and efforts. The campaign, which kicked off last summer, tallied more than 118,000 messages among individuals and organizations across the country.

Funds are benefiting multiple organizations whose focus areas fall in line with those of Sojourner Family Center.

“Verizon’s ‘Because Voices Have Power’ campaign was a powerful effort,” Carmen Pitre, executive director of Sojourner, said in an announcement.

“This campaign in particular gave support, courage and hope to those who have been impacted by domestic violence – reminding them that they matter and that they have the power to make positive changes for themselves and their families,” she said.

“Together, we have an opportunity to lead and take a stand against domestic violence,” said Andrea Meyer, public relations manager for Verizon Wireless’ Illinois and Wisconsin region. “With the #VoicesHavePower campaign and the power of social media, Milwaukeeans truly raised their voices to support Sojourner Family Peace Center and all those they serve.”

The $20,000 grant given to Sojourner Family Center will primarily support the organization’s education and training programs relating to self-efficacy and financial stability.

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Variety announces new board members
January 30, 2015 08:11 AM
Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin recently revamped its board of directors.

The board includes officers: Chris Mortenson, Mortenson Safar Kim, board president; Lisa Barczyk, Milwaukee Public Schools, vice president; Elizabeth Hazi, Brookdale, treasurer; Joel Nettesheim, SVA, director of finance; and David Hallenbeck, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, secretary.

Board directors are: Pier Bertolotto, Rizzo & Diersen, S.C.; Mel Hopland of Minneapolis, Minn.-based Bright Star Systems Corporation; Kim Lueck, Marcus Corporation; Maria Rodriguez, Milwaukee community members; Tom Romano, Preferred Meal Systems; Magaly Santana-Spidell, parent representative; and Ben Trevino, Principal Financial Group.

Variety – The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin, which is part of an international network, helps children with physical disabilities by funding equipment such as walkers and wheelchairs for families in need. The organization also offers a variety of opportunities for children with physical disabilities and their families to experience community entertainment and educational venues.

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Medical Society to introduce programs under new brand identity
January 30, 2015 08:14 AM
The Medical Society of Milwaukee County, an organization representing nearly 4,000 physicians across the Milwaukee community, introduced this week a new brand identity, including a new logo and the tagline of “Powered by Physicians. Compelled by Community.”

“Our new brand and website represent such an exciting evolution for the Medical Society,” said executive director Kathy Schmitz. “Together they demonstrate the vibrant leadership our physician members bring to health care in Milwaukee and the deep commitment we have to our community.”

Under the new brand, the Medical Society plans to develop new programs and initiatives for its physician members to lead.

“We’re taking a very diligent and strategic approach this coming year,” said Schmitz, adding that listening sessions with community members and stakeholders will help the society identify key health care issues. “We’re taking a step forward and seeing where these 4,000 members can be at the forefront to not only lead change but make a significant impact.”

Some of the programs and initiatives led by the Medical Society today include the pre-med mentor program that pairs 50 physicians each year with 80 pre-med students for a first glimpse into clinical medicine, as well as the community clinic collaborative that involves member physicians volunteering in area free clinics.

The role of leadership is important to the Medical Society who will be hosting its upcoming second annual awards program on Saturday, March 7 themed “Leadership That Inspires.”

At the program taking place at the Milwaukee Public Museum from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., the society will honor three winners in the categories of health care champion, community impact and student leader. The winners are expected to be announced in early February.

“The theme, ‘Leadership That Inspires,’ is an opportunity to really bring together the Medical Society and the community to celebrate and recognize those leaders out there who are making a tremendous impact on our community,” Schmitz said.

New to the awards program this year, area businesses will be providing sponsorship, including BMO Harris Bank who is the lead sponsor.

Registration for the awards program is $60 and can be done by visiting

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American Heart Association awards MPS employee wellness program
January 30, 2015 08:18 AM
Milwaukee Public Schools' employee wellness program recently earned a gold designation from the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksite Wellness Program. MPS is one of two school districts in Wisconsin to earn the recognition.

The heart association's Fit-Friendly program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees and work to create a culture of physical activity and health in the workplace.

"We are very proud of this designation," said Tara Witt, MPS employee wellness coordinator. "It's proof that the employee wellness program at MPS is moving in a very positive direction."

Eligibility for the designation included providing employee physical activity support and healthy eating options at work, as well as a wellness culture.  

MPS employee wellness completed six of the physical activity criteria, two of the nutrition requirements and one element showing creation of a wellness culture.

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Global Water Center space filling up
January 30, 2015 08:21 AM
The Global Water Center, the 98,000-square-foot facility created in a seven-story former warehouse building in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood, is running out of available space.

The building, located at 223 W. Pittsburgh Ave., provides office space, laboratories and other facilities for businesses, universities and start-up firms involved in water technology.

The $22 million project to create the Global Water Center was completed in 2013. Less than two years later, space in the building is filling up.

“It’s getting tighter,” said Dean Amhaus, president and CEO of The Water Council.

Marquette University will occupy most of the space on the sixth floor of the building, Amhaus said. Another tenant, whom he declined to name, will occupy the remaining space on the floor.

The Water Council has also added more space in the building adding about 400 square feet of space on the fifth floor, Amhaus said.

“We are sort of squeezing people in here and there,” he said.

There is 1,000 square feet of space available on the fourth floor. Amhaus said a potential tenant, that he declined to name, is considering the space.

Three suites are available on the fifth floor and potential tenants are considering two of those suites, Amhaus said.

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Economic Trends 2015: Ramp it up!
January 30, 2015 08:23 AM
Businesses in southeastern Wisconsin finished 2014 in strong fashion and are forecasting gains in revenues, profits and hiring in 2015.

For a sneak peek at the year ahead, read the annual BizTimes Economic Trends special report, which features projections for staffing, logistics, real estate, technology, banking, health care, manufacturing, mergers and acquisitions, and more. Overall, the forecasts have not been this bullish since before the Great Recession.

To view a summary of those forecasts, watch BizTimes executive editor Steve Jagler on UpFront with Mike Gousha.

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Milwaukee Biz Blog: Washington County launches workforce program
January 30, 2015 08:26 AM
To combat a severe labor shortage that could sweep through Washington County within the next decade, the Washington County Economic Development Corporation (EDWC) has created a new program that will package customized workforce solutions for individual businesses.

EDWC realized the need for immediate attention to the workforce needs of area businesses after a 2012 retirement survey indicated Washington County could face 23,500 unfilled jobs by 2026 if the county does not begin taking action now.

Read more in Tuesday’s Milwaukee Biz Blog by BizTimes reporter Erica Breunlin.

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BizTimes Media 2015 Giving Guide
January 30, 2015 08:28 AM
BizTimes Media’s fifth annual Giving Guide serves the region’s business community as a vehicle to engage with area nonprofit organizations and discover opportunities for philanthropic involvement.

The Giving Guide features the missions, fundraising efforts, and giving opportunities of more than 50 regional nonprofits filling a diversity of needs.

To view BizTimes’ Giving Guide, visit

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