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Board of Trustees


Sarah Zimmerman
Astor Street Foundation

Jason W. Allen
Foley & Lardner LLP

Deanna L. Tillisch
Retired President & CEO
United Performing Arts Fund 

Ex Officio
Jeff Morin



William Anderson
IT Product Manager of HR Technology

Rebecca Balistreri ’72
Retired Arts Administrator/Educator and Graphic Designer
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Yvonne Brodsky
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader
Meta (formerly known as Facebook)

David Cobb
Retired/Community Volunteer

Casey Dougherty ’10
Director of Design and Innovation
Generac Power Systems

Robert Dumville
Senior Creative Designer

Leesa Gilliam, CTFA
Vice President, Senior Client Advisor
PNC Wealth Management

Nezih Hasanoglu, Jr.
Executive Vice President of Business Development
M3 Insurance

Craig Koprowski
Managing Director, Tax

Madeleine Kelly Lubar
Community Volunteer

Geoffrey Mackey
Director of Marketing & Communications
Robert W. Baird & Co.

Robert L. Mikulay
City Lights Brewing

Steve Morales

David Nelson ’02
Vice President, Head of Design

Laura Peck
Chief Compliance Officer
Riverwater Partners

Tina Quealy
Executive Director
Burke Foundation

Ryan Ramos ’02
President & Chief Maker
Maker LLC

Xavier Ruffin ’10
Creative Director
Cynosure Creative Agency

Amanda Singh
Artist/Community Volunteer

Jane Kim Stephens
Ninewise Publishing

Denisha Tate-McAlister
Founder and Lead Consultant
Denisha Tate & Associates, LLC

Kimberlie D. Weekley
SVP, Market Executive, Consumer Banking
Associated Bank

Andrew Williams, Ph.D.
Dean of Engineering and the Louis S. LeTellier Chair
The Citadel School of Engineering at the Military College of South Carolina



Trustee Emeriti

Chris Abele
Neil Casey
Jennifer Florsheim
Judy Guten
Claire Hackmann
Robert Joseph
W. David Knox II
Diane Knox
Matt Levatich
Linda Marcus
Lawrence P. (Larry) Moon
Matthew D. Rinka
Robert T. Schwartz
Scott Schwebel
Donald Shane
Allen W. (Sandy) Williams, Jr.




MIAD student work highlights Unfinished Legacy

Unfinished Legacy, a brand started by Milwaukee artist Brema Brema, enjoyed a promotional video created by current Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design senior Hannah Davis for her Digital Media: Video Production elective course in fall 2022. The semester-long project culminated in a three-minute video and three shorter clips advertising the brand.

Two MIAD alumni featured in Museum of Wisconsin Art

The Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), located in West Bend, has announced its “Ten at Ten” exhibition celebrating the work of ten emerging artists for the tenth anniversary in its new Mothership building. Two MIAD alumni, Lindsey Yeager ’21 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts & Illustration) and Eduardo Zavala ’22 (NSP: Fine Arts), were selected to show work at the exhibition.

“Girl Hero” creator, MIAD alum, on art and subversion

During her final year at MIAD, Zachary Ochoa’s senior thesis was majorly disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ochoa ’20 (New Studio Practice: Fine Arts) bounced back by creating a fantastical universe of paintings featuring Girl Hero, a trans Mickey Mouse-esque warrior.

Milwaukee sculpture business tapped for NBA trophy

Milwaukee is fast becoming a national hotspot for basketball. Not only is the city home to NBA champions the Milwaukee Bucks, it recently played a pivotal role in creating the newly designed Michael Jordan Trophy, awarded to the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player of the year. Milwaukee’s Vanguard Sculpture Services, the “best fine art foundry on planet Earth,” according to their website, poured and cast the final trophy.

Design Internship approved for NEA grant

Milwaukee high schoolers are getting a head start on their creative careers through the Design Internship at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. The free, year-long program was recently approved for a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to expand the program for 2023-2024.