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Sandra Alvarez

Sandra is responsible for coordinating meeting and travel logistics for the Foundation team. In addition, she helps with creating presentations, scheduling and special projects. Sandra was the Social Media/Communications intern, where she worked on the Foundation’s collateral pieces and social media before joining the team as a full-time employee. She also worked at Saint John’s … Continued

Kristen Lie

Kristen is the point of contact once you submit your request for staff consideration to board review.  She often works directly with applicants and partners on proposal materials, legal review, and progress reports. Prior to joining Bader Philanthropies, Kristen was the Education & Communications Support Specialist at UW-Extension Kenosha and a Grants Administrator for Interfaith … Continued

Franklin E. Cumberbatch

Frank’s responsibilities include leading the Foundation’s exploration of a neighborhood, place-based strategy to complement the Foundation’s existing grantmaking, with an emphasis on the Harambee neighborhood. Frank brings more than 30 years of experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, his focus was turning vacant foreclosed properties in the city into fully functioning … Continued

Merilou V. Gonzales

Merilou is responsible for sharing the Foundation’s work with stakeholders, funding partners, and communities across the U.S, and globally. In her role, Merilou manages the Foundation’s public relations and social media efforts, as well as its convening events and online presence. Merilou brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, … Continued

Lisa G. Hiller

Lisa is responsible for managing our overall budgeting, legal compliance, human resources, communications, and grant processing. Lisa takes an active interest in various issues affecting the philanthropic field, particularly the area of Impact Investing, for which she shares lessons and best practices with peers across the nation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from … Continued

Robert Tobon

Robert works with partners across the world who are helping to make a difference for those in need. With a primary focus on Israel and Central Europe, Robert looks to ensure that the Foundation’s grants spark innovative ideas to enhance the lives of those from marginalized communities. Formerly the Foundation’s Communications Director, Robert holds a … Continued

Kim Thao

Kim is responsible for the operation of the Foundation’s Milwaukee office. She works closely with our program staff in managing our calendar of events that bring our partners together, coordinating such important logistics as catering. Among her many duties, she helps coordinate staff benefits and created our employee wellness program. She holds a bachelor’s degree … Continued

Linda K. Rucker

Linda is responsible for managing our payments for grants, Program Related Investments, and administrative expenses. As part of her duties, she often works with grant partners after Board approval, helping arrange electronic grant payments and other critical financial matters. In addition, she serves as executive assistant to Foundation President Daniel Bader, coordinating his schedule as … Continued

Jerry Roberts

Working to address employment disparities in Milwaukee’s low-income communities, Jerry brings a range of expertise in local issues connecting workforce gaps, poverty, and economic opportunity. Most recently with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, he brings front-line experience on the job and economic pressures faced by Milwaukee families to the Foundation. He is helping to … Continued

Brian Repinski

Brian is responsible for ensuring the dependable operation of the Foundation’s information technology network and audio and visual needs, on site and off. He oversees the integrity of our grants database – a critical tool in our day-to-day work – as well as the reliability of our website.