Next Door supports the intellectual, physical and emotional development of children by partnering with their families for success in school and the community.
Dr. Tracey Sparrow, President
Natasha King, Vice President of Finance and Administration
Maria McNair, Vice President of Programs
Cristina Crogan, Vice President of Development and Communication
Thomas Arenberg, Chair, Accenture – Retired
Bob VanHimbergen, CPA, Vice Chair, Johnson Controls, Inc.
Dan Sisel, Secretary, Berengaria Development, A Marcus Family Company
Bradley Jansen, CPA, CFE, Treasurer, PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Tracey Sparrow, Ed.D., Next Door President
Michael Aldana, Quarles & Brady, LLP
Lynn Barney, Creative Insights Consulting, LLC
Angela Bier, M.D., Pediatrician – Retired
Benjamin S. Cordani, Caterpillar Global Mining
Vicky Cordani, Community Advocate
Darrian Davis, Near West Side Partners
Susan Doyle, North Shore Bank
Robert (Bob) Duncan, Children’s Hospital and Health System
Sadique Isahaku, Ph.D., Milwaukee Area Technical College
Hans Kirkegaard, Imagine Branding, Inc.
Jason Klein, US Bank
Katherine Lambert, Lambert Law, LLC
Marge Laughlin, Elementary School Teacher – Retired
Lorelle Mahoney, Aurora Health Care – Retired
Jamie Morningstar, Milwaukee Bucks
Molly Mulroy, We Energies
Amy Rislov – Aurora Health Care
Tchernavia Rocker, Harley-Davidson Motor Company
Timothy Schaefer, Northwestern Mutual
Kathleen B. Schrader, Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Retired
Michael Shapiro, Option Care, Inc.
Alan Shoho, Ed.D., University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
Zach TeWinkel, Bank of the West
Leah Van Alstine, Parent Representative
Barbara Wanzo, Black Arts MKE
Books or educational materials, Volunteers
We have a variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from reading with our children to helping teachers in the classroom. You can also reach out with a company book drive to support our Books for Kids program or adopt a classroom for holiday gift-giving. For a complete list of opportunities, visit www.nextdoormke.org.
Walk for Children
The Walk for Children is Next Door’s largest community event of the year. The Walk brings together more than 1,000 supporters to raise awareness and funding for the critical, early childhood education programs at Next Door. Each year, we feature a celebrity Walk Leader. In recent years, we’ve welcomed players from the Green Bay Packers, like Eddie Lacy and Davante Adams. The family-friendly event also includes live music, children’s activities, raffles and free books for children from our Books for Kids Mobile Library. Next Door families and staff also come out for the Walk, which began in 1989.