Our Next Generation Inc. Board of Directors
Chair: Ptosha Davis
The Lauren Group., LLC.
President & CEO
Ptosha is the Chief Operating Officer for The Lauren Group, LLC. Specializing in Business Development, Marketing, Grant & Proposal acquisition as well as Advocacy. She was the Associate Group Publisher & COO of Girlfriends Health Guide from 2006 – 2010. She brings extensive experience in business development and finance operations. She maintains business relationships and key contacts for her company. Her fifteen years of banking and finance experience has allowed her to build a name for herself in the corporate and civic community around the country. Ptosha’s unique, no non-sense approach to getting things done are marveled by everyone who comes in touch with her. Her extraordinary skills are essential for staying on top of the bottom line. Coming from a financial background, Ptosha is a leader and brings an experienced and goal-oriented component to the business. According to Ptosha, passion can fade over time, therefore she believes in purpose. Her purpose – to empower! A mother of three, her ultimate goal in life is to give back and be of service to others.
Vice Chair: Melissa McCord
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.
Secretary: Sara McNamara
Reinhart Boerner Van Deurn
Treasurer: Alicia Buttchen Anderson
Assistant Vice President – Treasury Management
First Business Bank
Alicia comes to First Business with over 18 years of experience in the financial services industry focusing on serving the needs of local businesses and not-for-profit organizations. As an Assistant Vice President – Treasury Management, Alicia focuses specifically on deposit strategies, mitigating the risk of fraud, and creating efficiencies through process improvements to maintain a positive cash flow and improve the bottom line. This entails a comprehensive understanding of each company’s cash flow cycle, collecting receivables, processing payables, and managing and mitigating the risk of fraud.
Alicia is actively involved in the community and currently serves as the Immediate Past President of Women for MACC (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer), Treasurer of Our Next Generation (ONG) and Secretary of the Wisconsin Association for Financial Professionals (WI-AFP). She is an ambassador for the United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. She actively volunteers her time with several not-for-profit organizations including The Women’s Center, MACC Fund, Positively Pewaukee, The Guest House of Milwaukee, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Habitat for Humanity, as well as Homes for Our Troops.
Alicia is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has a General Banking & Small Business Banking diploma from the American Institute of Banking, and is a graduate of Leadership Waukesha County.
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.
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.
John 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 18 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 children
Milwaukee Executive Realty
Betsy finished 6 years on the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors board, including Secretary, Treasurer, Chair Elect and Chair. In addition, she served in the broker exchange council for the National Association of Realtor. She also spent 10 years on the board for the Service Club of Milwaukee. She has been a long time volunteer with Our Next Generation since 2006. Betsy is currently working with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to coordinate a program for Realtors to come into schools and read with kids.
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.
Vice President Commercial Banking
Bank of America- Merrill Lynch
Jennifer Sheehy has held the position of Our Next Generation Board Chair for the past two years. Prior to that, she held the position of Vice Chair and Director. Professionally, Jennifer has spent her career in the Financial Services industry, initially focused on Institutional Investments and for the past 15 years in the Commercial Banking area. She holds the position of Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager Commercial Banking with Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. Along with her Wisconsin team, Jennifer manages clients and develops a portfolio of privately held commercial businesses up to $100 Million in revenue. Jennifer grew up in Mequon and has strong ties to our Milwaukee community, which goes back several generations. After graduating from UWM, she followed her career to Chicago and Minneapolis. Ultimately she returned to Milwaukee 14 years ago to work and raise her family. Jennifer and her husband, along with 3 boys and one big black lab, reside in Mequon. For enjoyment she likes to spend time with her family, walk the
neighborhood trails with her Labrador and visit northern Wisconsin.
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.
Juli taught High School Science for 17 years and knows the value of what Our Next Generation does! She is also the proud daughter of one of the Homework Club founder; Charlie Drake, who passed away in July of 2018. She is excited to contribute to Our Next Generation. She lives in Thiensville with her husband and 12 year old daughter.
Thomas R. Harris
Business Development Manager
Haywood Group, LLC.
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, including previously 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.
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.
Effective Communication Coach, LLC Denise Thomas is an active dynamic speaker and effective communication coach whose mission is to help emerging young students and ambitious professionals become recognized entrepreneurs and leaders by mastering the art of effective communication and networking.
In her role as “The Effective Communication Coach” she uses techniques that are engaging and relevant. She has been featured as a keynote speaker, emcee and moderator for various corporations and organizations including Northwestern Mutual, Stanley Black and Decker, Baird, Medical College of Wisconsin, Carroll University, General Electric, Aurora Health Care, MillerCoors, HPGM, NAACP Milwaukee, Milwaukee Urban League, YMCA of Greater Milwaukee, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee, National Black MBA Chicago Chapter and the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. Over the past 14 years, Denise has held numerous leadership positions and earned various awards based on her successes in Change Management, Global Supply Chain and Information Technology across companies such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing Inc., ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, General Electric and MillerCoors.
A graduate of Cardinal Stritch University in Business Management, Denise is a proud member of the United Way Emerging Leaders Program, YMCA Black Achievers program and The Links Incorporated – Milwaukee Chapter. In 2015 she was recognized as the ONE MKE Drivers of Diversity, “Professional of the Year” and the MillerCoors 2015 Q3 BIS Diversity and Inclusion Award Recipient. In 2016, she was featured on the cover of NV (New Vision) as one of the 20 2016 “Movers & Shakers”. She proudly serves as Leadership Co-Chair for TEMPO Milwaukee – Emerging Women Leaders, sits on the Board of Directors for Our Next Generation and Meta House. She also serves on the Social X Advisory Council in Milwaukee and the BDPA Chicago Chapter Corporate Advisory Council. She is a proud mother of two future leaders, her daughter Dominique and son Daren.