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.
Chayce Cornette is the Impact Manager at Rufus King International Middle School. Prior to working at City Year, Chayce taught middle school in MPS at Sherman Multicultural Arts School and Greenfield Bilingual School. Additionally, Chayce served on the MKE Civic Response Team (K-12 Schools), and has previously worked with Milwaukee Succeeds and the Milwaukee Public Library. Chayce graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Journalism and received a Masters of Education from Cardinal Stritch. Outside of the school day, Chayce enjoys running/biking around Milwaukee, poetry and stand-up comedy.
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.
Kayla Gonzalez (she/her) serves as the Impact Manager for Rogers Street Academy. As an eager learner of all things science, nature, and people, Kayla received her interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2016. She then served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Liberia teaching high school Biology from 2016-2018. Her passion and life-long commitment to justice, community building, and learning led her to become a Trinity Fellow at Marquette University, where she earned her master’s in Public Service, Nonprofit Administration in 2020. In her free time, Kayla enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, creating clay jewelry, and traveling!
Paola Gonzalez (she/her) serves as the Impact Manager at Bay View High School where she oversees the professional development of a team of AmeriCorps members and works with school leaders to continue to forge a strong partnership that benefits students. Prior to this role, Paola served as a first year AmeriCorps member for City Year Boston before going on to serve a second year as a member of City Year New York’s Civic Engagement Team. In New York, Paola was able to use her creativity and love for art to design mural projects and organize volunteer events with the goal of beautifying the schools in the community. She is a UW-Madison Alum with a bachelor’s degree in Human Development & Family Studies and Art History with a certificate in Gender & Women’s Studies. Her experience working with a pre-college enrichment program while getting her degree inspired her to pursue her passion for education and equity-based work. Paola is a proud child of immigrants who instilled in her the value of education and helping others. Values that have lead her to seek opportunities to uplift and empower young people, including those who come into City Year!
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.
Ysel, which is pronounced “E-Sell” is from West Allis, WI and stayed in the area to pursue a degree in Communication at UW-Milwaukee. She has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters, an English Teacher in Colombia, a Public Ally, and a Communications Specialist to name a few. But most importantly, an avid Kehlani fan who loves coffee and the color pink, having an eye for beautiful things. Ysel enjoys whatever allows her to be creative.
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.
Kristen Perez is the Impact Manager at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts. Kristen has a strong background in youth/young adult development, education and community engagement. Kristen is proud to be a graduate of both City Year Baton Rouge '14 and City Year Milwaukee '18. Kristen is originally from the south side of Milwaukee and enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, hot sauce and taking their dog anywhere they are able to.
Mina is the Impact Manager at Dr. George Washington Carver Academy of Mathematics and Science. She is from Elmira, New York and graduated from SUNY Geneseo where she studied Psychology and Dance. She served as an AmeriCorps member ('19) and Team Leader ('20) at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts.
Vanessa serves as the Development Associate. They served as an AmeriCorps member on the Rockwell Automation Team at Rogers Street Academy and as the Civic Engagement Team Leader with City Year Milwaukee.
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.
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.
Angela Steffens serves as the Impact Manager at Clarke Street School. She served as a City Year AmeriCorps member ('20) at Vincent High School and a Team Leader ('21) at South Division High School. Prior to City Year, Angela received a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Spanish and Ethnic and Racial Studies at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse.
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!
Dia Vang serves as the Impact Manager on the Chavez Cardinal team at South Division High School. She served as an AmeriCorps Member ('19) at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts and as a Team Leader ('20) at James Madison High School. From the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Dia earned a B.S in Human Services and minor in African American studies. During her free time, she enjoys trying new recipes, crafting, and hanging out with her nieces and nephews.
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.
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.
Commodore serves as the Analytics Manager after completing two years of service with City Year Milwaukee as an AmeriCorps member ('20) and Team Leader ('21). Originally from Plum, Pennsylvania, he received a Bachelor of Arts in African Studies and a Bachelor of Science in International Development with minors in French and City & Regional Planning from The Ohio State University. He intended to join the Peace Corps upon graduating from college, but his path instead led to domestic service. Working in analytics, he hopes to build transparency around data and deepen teams' impact with students by developing systems to promote data review and fluency within the organization.