Friday, February 27, 2015
SHARP Literacy branches out with new community partnerships
February 27, 2015 09:59 AM
SHARP Literacy, Inc., a Milwaukee nonprofit that uses interaction and the visual arts to help children learn and love to read, will expand its programming through a collection of new community partnerships.

The organization has established ties with Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee and Hmong American Peace Academy, among others.

The collaborations will allow partner organizations to use SHARP Literacy's research-based textbooks, workbooks, artifacts and other educational materials in their after-school and summer programming.

"We know that all children are not provided with the same learning opportunities in life," Lynda Kohler, president and chief executive officer of SHARP Literacy, said in an announcement. "Together with organizations such as Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, MSOE, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee and Hmong American Peace Academy, we are working together to close this educational gap."

Through the organizations' synergistic efforts, Boys & Girls Club members and SHARP students will create a bullying video as part of the national anti-bullying day known as "April Friends Day." The video also advances an anti-bullying project launched by two Boys & Girls Club centers in January. "The Bullying Project," slated to roll out through May, was developed with inspiration from SHARP's "We Love to Learn" book, "Bullying: Is Anyone Listening?"

SHARP's involvement with MSOE will build on a history of collaboration between the two. That collaboration has included the creation of an interactive weather cube that, once ready in May, will act as a weather-themed learning tool for students. Additionally, MSOE associate professor Michael Carriere, Ph.D., along with Growing Power chief executive officer Will Allen, authored SHARP's twelfth "We Love to Learn Book," "There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City." Moving forward, Carriere will produce materials for the nonprofit's literacy program, including a workbook for third grade students.

Neighborhood House of Milwaukee plans to implement SHARP's "There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City" book and its complementary workbook in its 10-week summer program. While SHARP's visual artist, Daryl Johnson, will guide the program, SHARP muralist Sally Duback will lead the creation of an outdoor mural and Carriere will oversee the development of a sustainable urban garden by students.

Hmong American Peace Academy, which has been involved with SHARP for the last 10 years, will also use the "We Love to Learn" books and arts curriculum in a separate 10-week summer program.

SHARP Literacy's newfound partnerships factor into its three-year strategic plan to expand the reach and strengthen the quality of its programs, according to the nonprofit.

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City Year Milwaukee announces three new board members
February 27, 2015 10:01 AM
City Year Milwaukee has bolstered its board of directors with three new members.

The nonprofit, which places young people into struggling schools to motivate students in their educational pursuits, recently added Cecelia Gore of the Brewers Community Foundation, Kevin Joy of Heartland Advisors and Cal Schmidt of Northwestern Mutual.

"Cecelia, Kevin and Cal bringing their talent, expertise and energy to the table is a great win for City Year and Milwaukee students," Jason Holton, City Year Milwaukee's executive director and vice president, said in a press release. "We especially look forward to their support, perspective and commitment as we continue to partner with schools and collaborate in the Milwaukee community to help students unleash their full potential.

Gore, who is executive director of Brewers Community Foundation, has backed City Year Milwaukee since its inception in 2010. The foundation has served as a City Year team sponsor of Milwaukee Public Schools' Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts for about three years.

Joy serves as vice president and head of institutional sales at Heartland Advisors, and Schmidt is senior vice president of Integrated Customer Operations at Northwestern Mutual. The financial firm has been an active supporter of City Year Milwaukee since 2010 as a sponsor of its annual dinner and some of its programs. The company most recently jumped behind the 5:1 Collaborative, a team effort among City Year Milwaukee, Teach for America, Schools That Can, and Milwaukee Public Schools' Carver Academy.

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United Way announces campaign co-chairs, expands board of directors
February 27, 2015 10:05 AM
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County on Wednesday announced four co-chairs for its 2015-16 Community Campaign.

The nonprofit organization officially consolidated operations between United Way of Greater Milwaukee and United Way in Waukesha County at the start of February. Through the merger, which was announced in December, United Way aims to enhance its efficiency in order to have a more meaningful impact on the programs it supports.

This year’s community campaign will be led by Catherine Jacobson, president and chief executive officer of Froedtert Health; Suzanne Kelley, president of the Waukesha County Business Alliance; Alex Molinaroli, chairman, president and CEO of Johnson Controls, Inc.; and Cory Nettles, managing director of Generation Growth Capital, Inc.

Chairs were named publicly during United Way’s annual meeting, held Wednesday at the U.S. Bank Building.

“I am honored to serve as a co-chair for the first combined campaign of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County,” Jacobson said in an announcement. “This is an exciting time to be able to participate in this collaboration to strengthen the impact United Way has so long demonstrated in our community.”

“United Way does an outstanding job of raising critically needed funds to support our community’s most impactful agencies,” Nettles said. “We now have an opportunity to even better serve our community in a more coordinated way.”

United Way also introduced 15 new board members during its annual meeting. The new pool of members will better reflect the organization’s dual focus on Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.

Board members who will serve three-year terms are: Travis Andersen, president and CEO, Columbia St. Mary’s; Larry Blanton, senior vice president of MetalTek International and general manager of its Wisconsin Centrifugal Division; Darienne Driver, Ed.D., superintendent of schools, Milwaukee Public Schools; Michael Erwin, CEO, Tailored Label Products, Inc.; David Gilmartin, global director, Commercial Insights, Commercial Excellence, GE Healthcare; Jay Magulski, president & CEO, Landmark Credit Union; Jeff Mazzoni, vice president and CFO GE Healthcare Americas; Austin Ramirez, president & CEO, HUSCO International; Thelma Sias, vice president, local affairs, We Energies; and Raymond Wilson, office managing partner, PwC.

Members who will serve a one-year term are: Linda Gorens-Levy, partner, General Capital Group; Christine Liu McLaughlin, shareholder, Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.; Nick W. Turkal, M.D., president and CEO, Aurora Health Care; Aimee  Wiedmeyer, director, Go To Market Strategy & Planning, Harley-Davidson Motor Company Inc.; and Gregory Wesley, partner, Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP.

Incumbent members who will serve another three-year term are: Mark Irgens, CEO/president & manager, Irgens; Bruce McDonald, executive vice president and vice chairman, Johnson Controls, Inc.; Cory Nettles, managing director, Generation Growth Capital; Gregory C. Oberland, president, Northwestern Mutual; and John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, president & CEO, Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Gardetto donates $1 million to support Aurora wellness pilot
February 27, 2015 10:08 AM
Local businesswoman Nanette Gardetto announced she will donate $1 million to the Aurora Health Care Foundation to pilot an innovative integrative medicine program that aims to help people better manage and prevent chronic health issues.

The program, named the Lifestyle Initiative, is expected to begin in mid-2015 focusing on people served in 16 Aurora Health Care clinic sites in eastern Wisconsin.

“Visionary donors like Nan Gardetto allow Aurora Health Care to explore innovative, effective ways of providing care, so that more people who face serious health issues have better tools to manage their health–physically, mentally and spiritually,” said Dr. Nick Turkal, president and chief executive officer of Aurora Health Care.

Chronic health conditions, including hypertension and diabetes, impact communities globally. They are the root cause of more serious health issues, including hospitalization, amputation, loss of vision and others, especially when symptoms go untreated.

Additionally, a recent survey of 800 Aurora Health Care patients showed that more than half of the respondents were interested in receiving primary care that was holistic and well-focused. One out of three of those interested patients shared they would consider switching doctors in order to receive this type of care.

The Lifestyle Initiative will study the impact of integrative medicine in primary care plans on individuals prone to developing or currently managing chronic health issues. The project will engage 16 Aurora primary care clinic locations, monitoring clinical metrics–such as blood pressure changes, BMI reduction and overall quality of life improvement.

“This commitment to integrative medicine aims to help people lead their best, healthiest lives, while creating a sustainable, expandable care delivery model,” said Gardetto, who also serves on the Aurora Health Care board of directors. Gardetto is the owner and CEO of Baptista's Bakery, a Franklin-based company with approximately 375 employees.

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Walker names Milwaukee County Zoo as Project SEARCH site
February 27, 2015 10:27 AM
Gov. Scott Walker recently announced that the Milwaukee County Zoo was selected to participate in the Project SEARCH program during the 2015-16 academic year. Project SEARCH is a program that helps young adults with disabilities gain employment training and skills to enter the workforce by combining classroom instruction with total immersion in a large business.

The other Wisconsin employment partners that Walker announced will participate in the program are: River Falls Area Hospital in River Falls; Sauk Prairie Hospital in Sauk City; Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells; Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids; and St. Vincent Hospital and Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.

"The businesses and organizations taking part in this expansion will provide opportunities for students with disabilities to learn skills that help them succeed in the workforce and move toward greater independence," Walker said. "At the same time, the employers will see firsthand how hiring people with disabilities can improve their bottom line."

After its development at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1996, Project SEARCH has become an internationally recognized model of employment training for young adults with disabilities. The Wisconsin expansion is part of Walker’s A Better Bottom Line initiative to encourage employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

As part of a $35.4 million expansion to the Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training program, $850,000 was dedicated to expand the number of Project SEARCH sites in Wisconsin from seven to 27 over three years, starting with today's announced expansion of seven sites.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is currently accepting applications from community agencies partnering with school districts to move forward on the next phase of the Project SEARCH expansion.  Applications for the next seven partnerships are being accepted through April 6 to facilitate site selection for host employers beginning in the 2016-17 school year.

For more information on Wisconsin’s Project SEARCH program, click here.

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The Caring Place welcomes four new board members
February 27, 2015 10:31 AM
Waukesha-based The Caring Place has welcomed four new members to its board of directors. They are Diane Dowling of Moreland OB-GYN Associates; Mike Hanley of Couri Insurance; Patrick Carroll of Cramer, Multhauf and Hammes Law firm; and Nadine Krueger, a retired educator from the Waukesha School District.

The Caring Place is a nonprofit community organization dedicated to promoting wellness and enhancing life for adults who require assistance with the activities of daily living. Affiliated with First Presbyterian Church of Waukesha, The Caring Place provides supportive social, health and respite services to seniors and their caregivers.

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Wellness Summit to focus on mental health
February 27, 2015 10:33 AM
The theme of the 2015 Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Wellness Summit presented by BizTimes Media will be “The Competitive Advantage of a Mentally Healthy Workplace.”

The event will take place Friday, March 27, at the Sheraton Milwaukee Brookfield Hotel on Moorland Road from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

A panel of speakers will provide insights on several aspects: techniques for managing stress; identifying the warning signs of mental health problems; the importance of mental health for overall wellness; and best practices for creating a mentally healthy workplace.

The keynote panelists will include:

  • Craig Modell, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist who is the owner and director of the Stress Management and Mental Health Clinics in the Milwaukee area. Modell is a consultant and trainer in skill development and stress management in the workplace.
  • Paula Carlton, DNP, a doctor of nursing practice with Aurora Advanced Healthcare in West Bend. She works closely with physicians to identify and treat patients suffering from mental health problems. Her practice features a strong emphasis on patient education and wellness.
  • Dawn Zak is the associate director of Mental Health America of Wisconsin. She has more than 27 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse field. She developed and provided statewide training and coordination for workplaces on mental health, substance abuse and wellness.
BizTimes invites all of its readers to attend the conference, which will be especially insightful for business owners and other executives, including human resource directors and office managers.

After the panel discussion, several exhibits and breakout sessions will take place, providing the latest and greatest insights about wellness, including nutrition, fitness, stress management and best practices for implementing a wellness program.

To learn more about the conference and register to attend, visit

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BizTimes Media 2015 Giving Guide
February 27, 2015 10:48 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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