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Board of Trustees


Deanna Tillisch​
Retired President & CEO
United Performing Arts Fund

Jason W. Allen
Foley & Lardner LLP

Geoffrey Mackey
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
Robert W. Baird & Co.

Ex Officio
Jeffrey Morin



Yvonne Brodsky
Global DEI Leader
GE HealthCare

David Cobb
Retired/Community Volunteer

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

Robert Dumville
Senior Creative Designer

Hans Eckholm
Global Design Director
Trek Bicycle

Leesa Gilliam
Branch Director, Pfister Office
Annex Wealth Management

Kellie Hamilton
Manager Corporate Affairs
WEC Energy Group

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

Craig Koprowski
Managing Director, Tax

Madeleine Kelly Lubar
Community Volunteer

Robert L. Mikulay
City Lights Brewing

Steve Morales

David Nelson ’02
Vice President, Head of Design

Laura Peck
Chief Compliance Officer
Riverwater Partners

Melissa Perez
Co-Owner and Director of Customer Experience
Stone Creek Coffee

Tina Quealy
Chief Executive Officer
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Ryan Ramos ’02
President & CEO
Maker Healthcare Inc.

Xavier Ruffin ’10
Creative Director
Cynosure Creative Agency

Dan Schroeder
Organization Development Consultants, Inc. 

Amanda Singh
Artist/Community Volunteer

Jane Kim Stephens
Ninewise Publishing

Noah Stone
Reference Librarian
North Shore Public Library

Todd Stone
Executive Creative Director

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

Sarah Zimmerman
Astor Street Foundation

Trustee Emeriti

Chris Abele
Rebecca Balistreri
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.




Löwe: Senior Exhibition 2024

“Löwe,” Zach Scharrer’s ’24 (Product Design) senior exhibition project at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), is a bespoke adaptive formalwear line designed in collaboration with employees at Independence First.

Forgotten Nation: Senior Exhibition 2024

“Forgotten Nation,” Tanesha Spencer’s ’24 (Communication Design) senior exhibition project at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), is a guerilla marketing campaign intended to bring awareness to the 5,712 missing and murdered Indigenous women in the United States.

MIAD celebrates one-year anniversary of offsite gallery

The Gallery at The Ave, the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design’s (MIAD) first offsite gallery, celebrated its one-year anniversary at the opening reception of its newest show, “Culture Starters: Emerging from Quarantine.”

MIAD Values Recognition Award: Matt Sothan

Matt Sothan, Assistant Director of Admissions, Transfer and Nontraditional Enrollment Specialist, received the March 2024 MIAD Values Recognition Award at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD). Matt received nominations that highlighted his embodiment of MIAD’s Core Values, especially Integrity and Community.