Meet the Milwaukee staff
At City Year Milwaukee, we believe that “it takes a village to raise a child.” To nourish positive impact, we focus on our personal responsibility, curiosity and gratitude. We're proud of our staff and those who support Milwaukee's students all day, everyday.
Amanda is the Impact Manager at Hopkins Lloyd Community School, overseeing the professional development of seven AmeriCorps members and the partnership with Hopkins. She served as a City Year AmeriCorps member ('18) and a Team Leader ('19) and has a B.A. in Classical History from Monmouth College. She enjoys exploring Milwaukee and meeting new people.
Ebony is the Senior Impact Manager on the Rockwell Automation Team at Rogers Street Academy. Previously, she served as a City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps member (‘16) and Team Leader (‘17). She earned her B.A. in Spanish Literature from UWM-Milwaukee and is passionate about the equitable development of young people and Milwaukee's future.
Jessica Mirkes serves as the proud Senior Impact Manager at Harold S. Vincent High School (HSVHS). She currently leads the team serving at HSVHS and formerly led the team at James Madison Academic Campus. Prior to joining City Year, Jessica was a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and served as the Children's Program Manager at Sojourner Family Peace Center. Jessica holds a bachelor's of science in Secondary Education and History with a minor in Africology from UWM.
Yaphet Morales serves as the Impact Manager on the Julia A. Uihlein Team at Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School. Prior to this role, he was a bilingual special education teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools and served six years in the US Coast Guard. He is an alum of the University of Milwaukee Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in Sociology.
Barwako Osman serves as the Impact Manager at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts. Barwako is also a proud City Year Milwaukee alumna (‘17).
Shannon Poon serves as the Impact Manager at Dr. George Washington Carver Academy of Mathematics and Science. Prior to this role, Shannon served as a Team Leader on a specialty disaster and wildland fire response team with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. Shannon is an alumna of Corps 8 with City Year Milwaukee from 2017-2018.
Vicki is the Senior Impact Manager at Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education. She served as a City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps member ('16) and Team Leader ('17). She studied English and minored in Elementary Ed. at Winston-Salem State University, a Historically Black University in NC. Vicki enjoys listening to podcasts and new music.
Sam Sowl is the Impact Manager at Pulaski High School. Prior to his current role, Sam spent nine years in San Francisco, working for youth development nonprofits. He is an AmeriCorps alum and has an M.A. in Education. He enjoys collecting vinyl records and routinely digs up lost gems in thrift and antique stores.
Sarah Szymborski is the proud Impact Manager at Rufus King International Middle school. Prior to this role, Sarah served as a City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps member in 2017 and a Team Leader in 2018. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a Bachelor's degree in English.
Marissa is the Impact Manager at South Division High School. She manages a team in the largest bilingual high school in Wisconsin. Previously, she was a City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps member (2016) and a Team Leader (2017). She has a B.S. in Sociology and Spanish from UW-Milwaukee and a M. Ed in Ed. Policy & Leadership from Marquette University.
Isaiah Weatherall proudly serves as the Impact Manager on the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Team at James Madison Academic Campus. He earned his B.S. in Education from UW-Milwaukee in 2013.
Haley Woods serves as the Impact Manager for the Northwestern Mutual Team at Clarke Street School. Haley completed two years of service as an AmeriCorps member with City Year Milwaukee, in a 7th grade classroom in ‘17 and then as a Team Leader in ‘18. Haley has a B.A. in Spanish from St. Olaf College.
Farrah Yang is the Impact Manager at Bay View High School. She manages eight AmeriCorps members and the partnership at her school. Farrah is an AmeriCorps VISTA alum working with youth development nonprofits and has her master's in urban planning and policy.
Dr. Victor Amaya is the Managing Director of Impact. He leads on the implementation of our service in schools and AmeriCorps member leadership and development. He has a BA in Sociology and Spanish from UW-Parkside, teacher certification from Rockford College, an MS in Educational Leadership and a PhD in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning & Service from Cardinal Stritch University.
Peter Chriske is the Analytics Manager. He collects data, creates reports and helps spread data fluency around the site. Previously, he was a City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps member (2013-14) and a Team Leader (2014-15). He has a Finance degree from UW-Milwaukee and enjoys biking.
Jouri Frank serves as the Impact Director overseeing the implementation of service in our high schools and develops school partnerships through programming such as Principal Summits. She has an M.B.A. from UW-Whitewater and enjoys painting, baking and throwing dog parties for her two pups, Oliver and Harley.
Pandit Mami serves as the Corps Member Development Coordinator through the Trinity Fellows program at Marquette University. He is also a Davis United World College Scholar and graduate of the Middle Eastern Politics and Jewish Studies program at Colby College.
Carin Paupore serves as the Service & Learning Director, overseeing AmeriCorps member experience. She served with Peace Corps in Paraguay ('06-'10) and Panama ('17). Before City Year, she was a Trainer & Career Coach. She earned her M.A. in International Development and enjoys rock climbing and spending time with her family “up north.”
Adriana Salgado-Santiago serves as the Impact Director and manages the execution of service in schools. She formerly served as Club Manager at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and served as a Regional Recruitment Manager, Team Leader and AmeriCorps member at City Year Milwaukee. Adriana earned a B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies and an M.A. in Social Impact from Claremont Lincoln University.
Kayla Stephan is the Impact Director, supporting K-8 schools and their leaders. Kayla started her journey with City Year Milwaukee in 2014 as an AmeriCorps member and continued to serve as a Team Leader and Impact Manager at Alexander Mitchell Integrated Arts School. She has a B.A in Sociology from the University of Minnesota and loves all things Packers!
Orlando Verdecia is the Learning & Development Manager, responsible for AmeriCorps member programming and professional development. Previously, he was an Impact Manager at City Year Milwaukee and served as an AmeriCorps member at South Division High School. Orlando earned a B.S. in Social Work with an emphasis in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Tamara Pacada serves as Managing Director of Development. Now in her eighth year with City Year, she oversees the site's fund development, civic engagement and communications. She served with AmeriCorps VISTA and earned her M.B.A. from Marquette University as a Trinity Fellow. She enjoys reading and exploring Milwaukee with her family.
Uniqua serves as Executive & Development Associate after serving as an AmeriCorps member and Team Leader with City Year Milwaukee. She serves to continue to close the gap that systematically halts the progress of black and brown students and deters black girls from being authentically who they are.
Kalin Jade is the Communications & Marketing Associate. She shares our work through social media, blogs, school tours and events. Previously, she was a City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps member (2017) and a Team Leader (2018). She has a B.A. in English from Monmouth College and enjoys crafting and Zumba.
Betsy is the Development Director, responsible for bringing in and sustaining City Year champions and manages the City Year Milwaukee Associate Board. She has been with City Year since 2014 and has an MS degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from UW-Milwaukee.
Kate Niemer is the Senior Communications Manager, responsible for sharing our story across various audiences. Previously, Kate was a graphic designer and taught Art at Cristo Rey Jesuit (Houston). Kate is an AmeriCorps alum (Jesuit Volunteer Corps) and has a B.S. in Biology from Boston College.
Jorge Perez is the Institutional Giving Manager, responsible for building sustainable corporate and foundation partnerships at our site. Previously, he was the Associate Director at Latino Community Center. Jorge has over 20 years of experience working with youth development nonprofits in Milwaukee.
Meralis serves as Executive Director, where she maintains strong relationships with Milwaukee Public Schools, City Year Milwaukee’s Board of Trustees and corporate and philanthropic partners. Previously, she served as Assistant Principal at Bay View High School. She has an EdS in Administrative Leadership from National Louis University, an MS in Curriculum & Instruction from UW-Milwaukee and a BA in Advertising & Public Relations from Marquette University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters.
Elizabeth Flamm serves as the Chief of Staff, supporting the site's strategic initiatives and leading on staff programming. Elizabeth was a Marquette Trinity Fellow and studied Social and Applied Philosophy. Elizabeth also served as a Health volunteer with the Peace Corps (Burkina Faso) and with Cispus AmeriCorps (Washington State).
Jovan Goldsmith is City Year Milwaukee’s People & Operations Manager. He supports the hiring and onboarding process, along with ensuring the general day-to-day office operations run smoothly. Jovan proudly served as a City Year Milwaukee AmeriCorps member in 2014. He has a B.S. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Laura G. Perez is the Local Recruitment Manager and a proud City Year Milwaukee Alumna ('11, '12). In her current role, she visits local schools and organizations to share the opportunity of how to serve with City Year. She graduated from UW-Madison and loves any event where she can dance!
Rose is the Operations & Office Associate. She builds systems and resources to support our site's work, manages uniform distribution and supports AmeriCorps members with benefits and programs. She served as a City Year AmeriCorps member ('17) and a Team Leader ('18). She enjoys spending time with family, taking care of her pets and Target runs.