2015 Our Next Generation Inc. Board of Directors
Chair: Jennifer Sheehy
Vice President Commercial Banking
Jennifer Sheehy currently holds the position of Vice-Chair on the Our Next Generation Board. Professionally she has held the title of Vice President for Wells FargoBank for over 10 years, 7 of which have been spent in the Business and Commercial Banking division in Milwaukee. As a Principal Relationship Manager she manages and develops a portfolio comprised primarily of privately held businesses with revenues of $2MM to $50MM.
Jennifer grew up in Milwaukee and has strong ties to the community. She graduated with a degree in Communication from UW-Milwaukee. After living in Chicago and Minneapolis for 10 years after graduating from college, Jennifer returned to her home town 8 years ago to work and raise her family with her husband and 3 boys. She enjoys hiking with her Black Lab, fun time with her boys and quiet time when she can get it, which isn’t often!
Vice ChairJohn G. Goller
von Briesen & Roper, s.c.
John (Jack) Goller is a Shareholder and member of von Briesen & Roper’s Litigation and Risk Management Practice Group. Jack was born and raised in the Milwaukee area and has been practicing law for more than 16 years. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on mass toxic torts, product liability, transportation and catastrophic loss defense of corporations and their insurers. Jack manages a national practice in toxic tort litigation and has represented clients in litigation, including trials and appeals, around the country for more than 12 years. Jack also serves as local counsel for a number of corporations and a railroad. In addition to handling litigation and advising on litigation avoidance, Jack conducts due diligence investigations and counsels on compliance issues.
Jack is Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review rating system and was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2007, 2009-2013 lists of Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising StarsSM for his toxic tort work. Jack is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin, Illinois, Idaho and Washington and has been admitted to practice pro hac vice in numerous other jurisdictions. Jack has been a director of Our Next Generation since May of 2014. He previously served on the Alumni Board of Directors for Marquette University High School from 2007-2013. He is married and has two childrenTreasurer: Kathryn L. Bennett
Komisar Brady & Co., LLP
Kathryn L. Bennett has been with Komisar Brady & Co. over 20 years and has been a partner since 1997. She works with a diverse range of clients including manufacturing, professional service, health care and distribution industries, as well as non-profit organizations. In addition, she works closely with high net worth individuals, assisting them with tax preparation and planning to meet their personal and family needs. Kathy balances her role with clients while also serving as Managing Partner of the Firm since 2003.
Kathy is proud to serve as a board member, Treasurer, and a member of the Finance Committee at Our Next Generation (ONG), an inner city Milwaukee charity focusing on providing academic, interpersonal, and life skills to school aged children and young adults. Kathy has been involved with Children’s Outing Association, a non-profit organization in Milwaukee, by serving on several committees. Kathy assists with a variety of fund raisers to help various organizations benefiting the visually impaired. Kathy also serves as treasurer for several other local non-profit organizations.
Kathy and her husband Larry live in Menominee Falls. They enjoy attending sporting events, warm weather vacations, and spending time with family and friends.Secretary: Rebecca Simenz:
Rebecca has been involved in the work of Our Next Generation for more than two decades. With a passion for helping children of all backgrounds achieve their potential, she began as a volunteer tutor before having children of her own, and continued until her own children were school-aged. Now, with two teenagers, she focuses her energy on board activities, serving as board secretary and chair of the communications committee. When her schedule permits, she fully intends to go back to mentoring, as she truly believes in its power to change lives. Rebecca’s professional background includes consulting work with both local and national not-for-profit organizations, focusing on effective communication and fund raising strategies. She holds a BA in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.
Other volunteer commitments include work with the Shorewood Public Schools, Northshore Presbyterian Church and Friends of Atwater Beach.
Corporate HR Manager
Danielle Adams joined the board of directors of Our Next Generation in 2014. She has a passion for youth development and community empowerment. She currently serves as the Corporate Human Resource Manager for the Kriete Group and has over 15 years of community and public service for faith-based and non-profit organizations. Her personal commitment to volunteer services have included Our Next Generation, Faith Builders International, Life Movement, Project New Life, Sexual Assault Treatment Center, Boys & Girls Club and many others.
Danielle and her husband have two children and in her free time she sings background vocals for Christian artists.
Muneer Bahauddeen is a Milwaukee-area artist who is well known for his work in ceramics. Muneer has taught ceramic sculpture at theMilwaukee Institute of Art & Design, the University of Wisconsin-Madison at Rhinelander, and at the University School of Milwaukee. He has also participated in a number of area public art projects and has worked with Artists Working in Education, Inc. to bring art enrichment programs to children in Milwaukee.
Bahauddeen was born in Chicago and raised in Bay City, Michigan.A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Muneer?s work in ceramics and printmaking reflects his pan-Afrocentric aesthetic legacy.He has taught ceramic sculpture at MIAD, the University of Wisconsin-Madison at Rhinelander, and at the University School of Milwaukee.He has conducted artist residencies at Bryant Middle School,Cudahy Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts, theNeighborhood House, S.D.C. Headstart, and at the Northside YMCA in Milwaukee.
Richard H. Dean is Managing Partner of Robeson Partners LLC, a family investment management group, and two real estate holding operations. From 1971 to 1990, Mr. Dean served in various marketing management capacities at several machinery manufacturing operations of Milwaukee based Sterling Inc., including its Sterlco, Ball & Jewell, Carver, Wabash, and Sterltech divisions.
He has actively supported and been focused on a variety of civic and community efforts involving family services and youth education programs and institutions. Mr. Dean is a past president of the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Museum and also of its Tirimbina Rainforest Center in Costa Rica. He is a longtime board member and past officer of Our Next Generation Inc. an award winning Milwaukee central city tutoring and mentoring program. He also is currently president of the Bluecoats Foundation of Milwaukee which assists the families and dependents of fallen public safety officers.
Mr. Dean is a past president of the Northwestern University National Alumni Association. In 1997, Mr. Dean was elected to the Northwestern University Board of Trustees where he continues to serve as an officer of the board and member of the executive committee.
He received his B.A. in business from Northwestern in 1969 and his masters degree in 1971 from the University of California, Los Angeles. Rich and his wife, Jane reside in Mequon, WI and are the parents of two adult children and three grandchildren who live on the west coast.
Foley & Lardner LLP
John Dawson is an attorney who retired after practicing for 35 years with the Milwaukee law firm of Foley & Lardner LLP. John served as the Department Chair of Foley’s national litigation department from 1986 to 1994 and as the Managing Partner of Foley’s Milwaukee office from 1994 to 1999. When he retired in 2005, John was listed in The
Best Lawyers in America® in three practice areas: business litigation, First Amendment law and alternate dispute resolution. Currently, John is an adjunct professor at the Marquette University Law School.
John tutors in Our Next Generation’s Homework Club and has been a member of ONG’s Board of Directors for a number of years. He is committed to doing all that is possible to help expand the education and vocational horizons of the children who live in the urban areas served by Our Next Generation, continually motivated by the determination, joy, and perseverance of the youth who participate in ONG’s many programs.
Michael L. Jones
Retired Assistant Police Chief
Milwaukee Fire Department
Michael L. Jones Is the retired Assistant Chief of the Milwaukee Fire Department with 32 years of service in public safety. Presently, retired Chief Jones is a faculty instructor for Waukesha County Technical College in the College of Protective and Human Services. During his public safety career Chief Jones recognized the increasing complexities to maintain and attract young men and women within the community to seek careers within the fire service. He worked with the City of Milwaukee Department of Employee Relations (DER) to ensure “no adverse impact” took place during the testing process, while cultivating and maintaining professional competence among Fire Recruits, Firefighters and Chief Officers.
Retired Chief Jones is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Business Management and his MBA in Business Administration. Retired Chief Jones resides in Milwaukee with his wife (Peggy) and son Christopher. He serves as the President of Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation of Southeastern Wisconsin and is an Executive Board Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Milwaukee Alumni. He is a member of the International Association of Fire Chief’s, Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association and member of Wisconsin Society of Fire Service Instructors. He is a two time recipient of the Milwaukee Fire Department “Outstanding Service Award” for service above and beyond the call of duty.
General Counsel, Lubar & Co
David Kuehl joined Lubar & Co. in 2005 as General Counsel. He was previously a shareholder in the Business Practice Group of Reinhart Boerner Van Dueren SC where he counseled clients on a wide variety of business transactions and arrangements. He also served as General Counsel for a diversified Milwaukee area holding company and as President of one of its operating subsidiaries.
Mr. Kuehl received a Bachelor degree from Denison University in 1977 and his Law degree from the University of Michigan in 1980. He is a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin. In addition, he is active in local charitable organizations including serving on the Boards of Our Next Generation and St. John’s Communities, Inc.
Quarles & Brady LLP
Melissa McCord is an attorney in the Business Law Group of Quarles & Brady LLP in Milwaukee. Melissa joined Q&B in 2010. She represents financial institutions and companies in complex commercial finance transactions, and she also assists clients with commercial contracting needs. She received her law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2009 and her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University in 1997. Before practicing law, Melissa worked as a journalist, primarily with The Associated Press in Milwaukee.
Melissa is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. She and her husband moved to Milwaukee in 2000, and they consider the city home. Melissa joined the board of Our Next Generation in 2015, and she is eager to serve Milwaukee’s youth. In her free time, Melissa enjoys traveling, reading, listening to music, and spending time outdoors.
James S. Reeve III
Northern Trust Bank
Jamie originally joined Northern Trust in 1997 working in Chicago’s Trust Operations department. He helped open the Milwaukee office in 1999 and transitioned to the Trust & Investment department in 2001. In his role, Jamie provides customized financial planning strategies and tailored investment management solutions to the unique needs of high net worth individuals including business owners, corporate executives and other professionals. Jamie also works with nonprofit clients focusing on the various needs of their endowment or foundation assets.
Jamie received his B.A. in History from Lawrence University (1995) where he remains actively involved in a variety of volunteer capacities. He earned his MBA from Marquette University (2009). Jamie holds his Series 7, 6, and 63 licenses. In addition to his volunteerism at Lawrence, Jamie is engaged in a variety of philanthropic endeavors including: Our Next Generation, LISC Milwaukee, Froedtert Hospital and the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. He and his wife, Maggie, reside in Shorewood, WI with their three young children. In his free time Jamie also enjoys volunteering as a coach for his kids’ soccer and basketball teams.
Board Committee Members:
Director, Client Development
Susan has devoted her career to working with owners and executives of middle market organizations. She has 20 years of experience in commercial banking and oversaw the establishment of the Milwaukee bank for American National Bank & Trust Company of Chicago, which is part of JP Morgan Chase today.
Susan is the Director of Client Development for the accounting and consulting firm of Schenck SC. She is responsible for cultivating relationships with middle market companies/organizations in southeastern Wisconsin. Susan works closely with Schenck’s professionals to provide outstanding client service.
Susan received a BS with Honors in Finance and MBA in Finance & Marketing from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN. She founded and leads a Manufacturing CFO Discussion Group as well as a Women in Finance Group. Additionally she serves on the Planned Giving Committee for Crossroads Presbyterian Church.
Susan Lubar Solvang
President and Founder
Growing Minds, Inc
Susan Lubar Solvang is President and Founder of Growing Minds, whose mission is to champion the ability for teachers and students to actively pause or slow down, minimizing reactive behaviors and increasing thoughtful caring relationships and safe classrooms for engaged learning. Her work in “mindful living” is focused primarily in schools, particularly urban schools.
Susan has been involved with ONG for over five years. It was her youngest daughter, Sonja, who initiated the relationship when she applied to ONG to tutor students after school. For two years they would arrive at ONG together to tutor their own assigned elementary school students. Susan’s passion stems from her desire to support all students to live with intention thereby finding the resilience and inner motivation to reach their own unique dreams.
Susan received her graduate degree in Management from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (1987). Her business experience includes working at three companies, Xerox Corporation, Prudential Life Insurance, and Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance. Susan and her husband love to be outdoors and spend their weekends hiking the Ice Age Trail and tending to their hobby farm.
Johnson Direct, LLC