Our Staff

La Toya Sykes
President and CEO

La Toya Sykes brings more than 20 years of nonprofit leadership to her role as President and CEO of Our Next Generation.  Having previously served as Associate Director of the College Goal Sunday at the YMCA of the USA in Chicago, IL, she facilitated fund development projects across 40 states and the District of Columbia.  In addition, Sykes worked as the Director of Outreach and Access Awareness for Great Lakes Higher Education and in 2012 founded Dampeer & Canady LLC, a consulting firm that helps organizations improve performance through strategic planning, project management, community engagement and development services.

La Toya is an engaged member of the greater Milwaukee community. Currently, she serves as President of the Zonta Foundation, Inc.  Board, an organization that exists to raise and disburse funds to organizations that support women and girls through service and advocacy. She is also active on the board of the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, the Bethune Academy School Engagement Council, MKE Collaborative Community Committee, Employ Milwaukee Youth Committee, Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee Leadership Council and the President’s Advisory Board at Carroll University.

La Toya served in the United States Army, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Communication from Concordia University Wisconsin, and her Master of Science in Human Services with a Concentration in Community Counseling Psychology from Springfield College.

Contact: lsykes@ongkids.org

Pamela Compton
Operations Manager

Pam Compton brings many years of administrative office experience to Our Next Generation.  Originally from a Northwest suburb of Chicago, Pam transplanted to the Milwaukee area in 2002. Before coming to ONG, Pam worked as a legislative aide for Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor where she continues to volunteer.  After seeing her adult children off to college or leave home, Pam returned to college studying for her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.   She is a summer volunteer at Hoyt Park In Wauwatosa instructing youth on safe swimming and diving techniques.  During her free time, Pam enjoys swimming, cooking and gardening, but receives her most joy spending time with her grandson.  Pam says, “I hope my skills and experiences will serve ONG’s students and the surrounding community in a positive way.”

Contact: pcompton@ongkids.org

Tamahl Hazelwood
Associate Director of Programs

Tamahl Hazelwood was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and is a proud product of the Milwaukee Public School System. He has work within the community of Milwaukee in various capacities and has a deep passion for the development and progression for the community as a whole.

Tamahl started off as a Paraprofessional at Westside Academy II in 2009 and transitioned into teaching in the winter of 2012. He has taught at almost every grade level in multiple disciplines. While teaching at Milwaukee School of Entrepreneurship Tamahl was able to formulate student critical analysis groups for archival African American Literature ranging from the colonial era (1720’s) through the advent of the civil/human rights movement(s) (1954).

Tamahl is a graduate of James Madison University High School and has bachelor’s degrees in Sociology (concentration in Anthropological studies) and Ethnic Studies- African Diaspora focus.

Tamahl is adamant about education and its effect on the community. “ Scholarship is not restricted to only the classroom. It should permeate all aspects of life and be an essential component in the strive for us to be better individuals and ultimately people as whole.”

Contact: thazelwood@ongkids.org

Jonathan Burrell

Community Partner Coordinator

Jonathan W. Burrell graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After college he has 2 years of experience in the education field under his belt. Prior to the ONG position, He served at the Milwaukee Public School System as a Paraprofessional. Before the education background Jonathan had a short career as a developer in information technology Database Management.

After a few years of working in the Tech world Jonathan realized that his passion is with the kids, and wanted to give back to the community. He enjoys interacting with students and helping them overcome day to day obstacles that arise in their life. He feels that joining  ONG program will assist the passion he has for the youth in the inner city.

Contact: jburrell@ongkids.org


In addition to the full-time staff listed above, Our Next Generation relies on a dedicated team of part-time staff and volunteers who support our programs, maintain our facility, and serve our families.

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