Kaye Garcia was born on the Bad River Reservation of the Ojibwe Tribe in Northern Wisconsin. Today, at 58, she is the executive director of the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, overseeing the distribution of funds to organizations that give greater opportunities to the disadvantaged. “We want to help those who struggle to find support,” she said. Garcia has been on the other side of the equation too. She grew up one of nine children. Her father was brakeman on the railroad. Eventually the family moved to Milwaukee where they continued to struggle. “I knew what it was like to be poor. I knew what it was like to be hungry,” Garcia remembered.
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The national organization of Big Brothers Big Sisters is 110-years-old. Comparatively, the Milwaukee organization is barely into midlife at 40. But Amy Chionchio understands the legacy in her care. As president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, her focus is on leading the organization that improves the lives of the most vulnerable among us. She knows a positive role model can change the life of a child -- and an entire community. “This works for two reasons: The phenomenal volunteer mentors in the program who are dedicating their time and effort, and the brave single parents who make the call to give their kids the additional support they need to have a bright future,” Chionchio said.
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Gene Mueller considers himself a lucky man. He has spent his career in a radio studio in front of a live microphone informing listeners and “cracking funny,” as he puts it. Early mornings made for early ends of the day when he could go home and be with his children, Alyssa and Matthew. “It was mommy-duty” a great opportunity to be with my kids. I was probably with my kids more than most dads are with their kids.” Alyssa and Matthew are now 27 and 24-years-old, respectively; and fatherhood, as most things, has evolved. “It seems both weird and cool to have your son buy you a beer in a bar. We have great, well-adjusted kids “despite my efforts to the contrary,” he joked. Mueller is quick to give much of the parenting credit to his wife, LuAnn. “I could not have asked for a better mate than her.”
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Christine Holmes is the president and CEO of Penfield Children’s Center, located in Milwaukee. She’s the first woman to lead the organization since its inception nearly a half-century ago. She mentioned it only in passing. “Women tended to be in the role of social workers in organizations,” she said without a hint of animus. For Holmes, 60, it seems as if her entire career has brought her to this place, where, as she said, little miracles happen every day.
Dr. Phyllis King, PhD, develops talent to human potential. She is the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. With a doctorate in urban education, King knows full well how an untapped talent pool can impact the health of a community, which is why she dedicates time and effort to MilwaukeeWomeninc and currently is the chair of its board. “More and more, women are earning MBAs at a greater rate than men,” King said. “Women have a tremendous contribution to give. They offer a diversity of ideas, insights, information and perspectives – all things that companies need for growth.”
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There was neighborhood ice cream shop where Lauren Schultz would visit as a child. She would choose a cool, creamy flavor from the dipping cabinet, and watch as others enjoyed a cone or a dish filled with a sweet treat. “Everybody was happy. I thought, ‘this would be a great job.’” But like many childhood fantasies, life has a way of keeping them from reality. Schultz’s fantasy never faded.
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Dr. Judy Kim, tenured Professor of Ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, has been chosen as one of the featured speakers at the 2015 Medical College of Wisconsin’s Women in Science event. Some may think Kim is a bit of a dichotomy. A woman of science, Kim lives her life deeply rooted in faith. Her left brain and right brain are oddly in harmony as she is involved in medical research and performs delicate micro-surgery of the retina; yet she speaks three languages, loves music, the piano and photography and derives great joy from raising her voice in song. “I want to be engaged, curious and excited,” she said. “Having many interests helps me to see the world with a bigger perspective.”
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