AWE Announces 2018 Board of Directors

We’re excited to welcome this exciting group of passionate and community-driven people to AWE’s board this year. Learn more about AWE’s 2018 board:

Adam Carr is an independent based in Milwaukee, WI, who works at the intersection of community and communication.
Carr is currently Co-Chair for the Coordinating Committee of March On Milwaukee 50th, which is planning 200 Nights of Freedom to commemorate Milwaukee’s Open Housing Marches. In 2016, he authored the children’s book Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood, Our City, a collaboration with SHARP Literacy.
He has collaborated on neighborhood-based public art projects in Milwaukee, including Listening to Mitchell in 2014 with artist Sonja Thomsen and TypeFace in 2013 with artist Reginald Baylor. Carr has been on staff at the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service since 2012 and was the producer at 88Nine RadioMilwaukee from 2008-2011.


As a Sr. Art Director, Armando specializes in developing stunning, creative and functional event design solutions for GMR Marketing. In nearly 20 years as a core member of a creative team, he has designed global events for companies like Warner Brothers, Ferrari, NFL and MillerCoors. And Armando’s a veteran of three Olympic games, leading the design and décor efforts for Cisco, P&G, Visa and many more.
Armando’s creative interests extend beyond the office. In his spare time he creates sculptures at local events, and volunteers his time and talent for nonprofit organizations helping inner-city youth. You can also find him spending time with his family, spreading his passion for art and culture through pictures, custom costumes with his children and more.


Ben Anderson is a commercial real estate broker at Colliers International’s Milwaukee office. Ben specializes on office leasing in Milwaukee and the surrounding areas with a primary focus on tenant representation and occupier services.
Community involvement includes AWE board member since 2014, AWE Finance Committee Member since 2014, AWE Treasurer since 2015, CARW general member since 2012, Walker’s Point Association Member since 2013.


Paul W. Schleicher has worked for Town Bank for over three years and now serves as Business Banking Representative for the Milwaukee Community Development Team. Previously, Paul joined Town Bank as a Credit Analyst for the Commercial Banking Group. Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.




Dave Blank is a website designer creating web presence for artists and small businesses. He began designing websites in the 1990s – before Google and most of the internet existed. Dave can also be found exploring the Milwaukee area with his camera. You can view his photographic creations at Dave is also the Vice-president of Redbird Creative which was founded by his wife, Judy Bridges, who facilitates writing retreats and critique groups.



Danielle Decker – a native of Walworth County, Danielle considers Milwaukee her second home. Upon graduating from Marquette University, Danielle worked on the federal staff of former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. She later served in the Obama administration, working at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, serving as a liaison to cities across the country, messaging a variety of issues including border security, immigration priorities, and grant allocations, as well as the 2012 rollout of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. She later worked on electoral races in Louisiana, Virginia, and Florida, returning home in 2016 to work as the Statewide Field Director on the Russ Feingold campaign, before joining the City’s Intergovernmental Relations Division where she serves as a registered lobbyist, advocating on behalf of the City of Milwaukee with the state legislature and federal government on public safety and criminal justice issues.

Sally Duback Artist and artist- in – residence Education: Vassar College, University of Michigan, UWM School of Fine Arts
.Co- founder of AWE . As artist-in-residence, have worked in over 50 schools, neighborhood centers, homeless shelters, and retirement homes to create projects, murals and public art. . Three sons, six granddaughters . Board of directors service: Theatre X, Wild Space Dance Co., Friends of Art (MAM), Print Forum (MAM), Riveredge Nature Center, Present Music, SHARP Literacy, AWE, Vassar Club of Wisconsin, USM Parents’ Assn(fine Arts Chair), City of Mequon Architectural Review Board. .other community service: Planned Parenthood clinic aide volunteer; Next Door Foundation; First Unitarian Church Religious Ed, MAM fundraisers.


Bess Earl’s primary responsibility is to ensure the strategic alignment of neighborhood investment and development with existing and planned law enforcement initiatives in the city of Milwaukee. She will work closely with community development initiatives and law enforcement to advance common goals for the increased safety and vitality of Milwaukee neighborhoods. Most recently, Bess Earl served as the Director of the Washington Park Partners (WPP) Sustainable Communities where she oversaw neighborhood revitalization strategies. At the same time, she was the Coordinator of Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Coordinator for United Methodist Children’s Services. BCJI is a federal grant program that aims to reduce crime and improve community safety to advance overall neighborhood revitalization. Through a partnership team, including neighborhood residents, Milwaukee Police Department, and local agencies, the BCJI targeted hot spots of violent and serious crime and employed data-driven, cross-sector strategies resulting in the reduction of violent crime in Washington Park.
Bess was an AmeriCorps member for two years with the 16th Street Community Health Center and the Washington Park Partners. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of WisconsinMilwaukee and is currently enrolled in the University of Milwaukee’s Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate Program.


Johannah Karstedt St. John is the Director of Professional Dimensions, a network of diverse Milwaukee area professional women that connects, engages and inspires its members to reach their career and personal goals. In addition to her service on AWE’s board of directors, she serves on Pathfinders’ Development and Communications Committee and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s Leadership Council. Johannah attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and legal studies, along with certificate in women’s studies.



Janine Kolbeck is in marketing and business development at Engberg Anderson. She moved to Milwaukee over ten years ago and has worked to build relationships across the city. Janine’s experience spans the automotive and staffing industry to small business ownership and now architectural business development. She has been a part of a number of organizations including Rotary, Ad 2 Milwaukee, and EWI of Milwaukee and is now excited to be a part of Artists Working in Education.




Barbara Manger is a founder of AWE. She had the idea for starting AWE 29 years ago while she biked across the country as a fundraiser for breast cancer research.
Barbara is an author, artist, and art educator. Her first book, the award-winning Mary Nohl: Inside and Outside, A Biography of the Artist, was published by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation in 2010. Manger also co-authored a young person’s version of the book, Mary Nohl: A Lifetime in Art, published by the Wisconsin Historical Society in 2013. Barbara also authored Riding Through Grief, her story of how her family faced head-on the sudden, accidental death of her son.
Manger taught for 25 years at colleges and universities including Alverno and Cardinal Stritch. She also has taught numerous workshops in drawing and printmaking at The Clearing , other sites, and In her studio. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally, and her prints and drawings are included in a number of public and private collections.
She has served on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the Board of Trustees of Beloit College. Manger is the recipient of the Governor’s Award in Support of the Arts for having founded Artists Working in Education Inc.


Donte McFadden is the Senior Associate Director for Undergraduate Research and High Impact Practices for the Educational Opportunity Program at Marquette University. Dr. McFadden obtained his PhD in English with an emphasis in Film Studies from University of WisconsinMilwaukee in August of 2013. Since 2014, he has been a co-programmer for the Black Lens Program as part of the Milwaukee Film Festival. Black Lens showcases new and classic films by African American filmmakers, and will be entering its fifth year in 2018.




Tony Panciera works as Project Director of MKE United at the Greater Milwaukee Committee, focusing on building a shared and inclusive vision and action agenda for Milwaukee’s downtown and adjacent neighborhoods. His experience has led him from an art and education background at the University of Findlay to urban education, serving two terms of service with AmeriCorps through City Year in southern New Hampshire. Afterwards, he entered into HR working for a tech startup followed by City Year’s National Headquarters as a recruiter and, eventually, an HR/IT systems administrator. Since returning to school to earn his MBA, Tony has been working for the Greater Milwaukee Committee in areas relating to quality of life and vibrancy, working to make Milwaukee the best it can be for all of its residents.


Jeannette Paules works for The Department of Children and Families as a Child Welfare Licensing Specialist. In her free time, she enjoys acting and directing theatre productions and is passionate about social justice activism. She lives in the Walker’s Point neighborhood with her husband (Gregory) and son (Hansel).




Margret Petrie is the Assistant Dean for Academics at the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences. Margret is also a visual artist working in acrylic and collage and is currently represented by Var Gallery in Milwaukee. She lives with her husband Nick and 17 year old son Duncan.




Emily Sullivan is Director of Youth & Family Programs at Milwaukee Art Museum, where she oversees and develops educational spaces, programs and events for intergenerational audiences. She has BFA degrees in Painting and Art History from University of Illinois, and an MFA in studio art from University of Cincinnati. She has taught art in community, school, and museum settings, and worked in a variety of media. In her free time she likes exploring Milwaukee, learning to play Irish music, and gardening with help from her corgi.





Sarah earned her BA in Art from the University of Puget Sound, and her MA in Archaeological Studies from Yale University. She is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Washington, and teaching Upper School Social Studies at The Prairie School in Racine.
For the past decade, Sarah has also been teaching Art History courses for the Pacific Lutheran University, University of Puget Sound, University of Washington, Utah State University, and Weber State University. Sarah has served on non-profit boards for educational and arts organizations in Seattle, and is excited to support the mission of Arts Working in Education.





Shameka Tyler is a Human Resource professional, who started her career in the non-profit segment 4 and a half years ago. She has a passion for training and development, and enjoys working with and teaching adults. She has a master’s degree in, Organizational Development and a bachelor’s degree in Business & Management, both from Alverno College. She strongly believes in continuous learning, and has a passion for non-profit organizations.





Meghan Walsh has been a member of AWE’s Board of Directors for 1 year and is proud to serve as the chair of the Donor Stewardship Committee. Outside of AWE, Meghan is Assistant Director of Alumnae Engagement at Alverno College, chair of the Meta House Inc. Young Leaders Board, wife of Sean , mother of two baby cats, and an active watcher of Netflix. Milwaukee County lifer, current Cudahy resident.