Helping Youth Reach Their Full Potential

Thanks to our dedicated leadership team and board of trustees, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee can positively impact the lives of thousands of kids each year.

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  • Vincent Lyles, President & CEO

    In January 2012, Vincent Lyles became the 9th President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, the largest youth-serving organization in the city and the largest Boys & Girls Clubs chapter in the nation. Lyles leads the Clubs with more than 800 employees and nearly 600 volunteers, with the sole mission of creating brighter futures for Milwaukee’s children.

    Lyles recognizes that in order to fully support the children in our community, the Clubs must ensure that basic needs are met first, which is why every child that enters a Club receives a meal at no cost. From there, the Clubs provide a wealth of innovative and impactful programs that help kids and teens move beyond their circumstances and achieve successful and productive lives.

    “Despite the challenges our kids face every day – poverty, violence, lack of positive role models – they are resilient, talented and hopeful for a brighter future. They just need more of us to take notice of them. That’s where Boys & Girls Clubs steps in,” says Lyles.

    Prior to joining Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Lyles served as President of M&I Community Development Corporation (CDC) where he grew CDC’s investment portfolio from $53 million to $130 million. Before CDC, Lyles was a director with Robert W. Baird & Co. and provided financial advice to Wisconsin municipalities, school districts and special taxing units.

    Lyles continues to serve his community outside of Boys & Girls Clubs by volunteering at Safe & Sound and as an active board member at Milwaukee Succeeds. Lyles also serves on the Boards for Delta Dental of Wisconsin and Froedtert Hospital. He is a member of the Milwaukee Cultural and Entertainment Task Force and the Greater Milwaukee Committee.

    In March 2015, Lyles was honored by Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver with the “Driven to Achieve” award in recognition for his leadership and service to the Milwaukee community.

    A product of Milwaukee Public Schools’ Madison High School, Lyles is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School. Lyles is married and has two children.

  • Laura Arbuckle, VP Human Resources

    Arbuckle is the Vice President Human Resources at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. She joined the Clubs in September 2012.

    Before joining the Clubs, Arbuckle served as the Director of Human Resources for Potawatomi Bingo Casino for five years. Prior to that, Arbuckle worked in Governor Jim Doyle’s administration as the Division Administrator of Intergovernmental Relations in the Department of Administration. Arbuckle has also worked extensively in the legal field, serving as a partner in the law firm of Kohn, Arbuckle Smith; as an Assistant District Attorney for the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office and an attorney with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division in Washington D.C.

    Arbuckle is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Wisconsin Law School. Arbuckle is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians and was raised on her reservation. Arbuckle is married to a former “Club kid” and has three teenage sons, all members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.

  • Andre Goode, VP Operations & Programs

    Goode joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee in September 2014 as Vice President of Operations and Programs. In his role, Goode is responsible for providing leadership and direction for the operations, and program development and implementation at all 43 Club locations. He is also responsible for staff development and budget management.

    Goode came to Boys & Girls Clubs from COA Youth & Family Centers where he served for five years as Senior Director of Programs. A former college and professional athlete, Goode has used his experience to coach and positively impact the lives of countless children and teens. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University’s School of Education.

    Andre and his wife are devoted parents to their three children and supporters of causes and organizations that benefit children and families.

  • David Knutson, VP Government Affairs & Special Initiatives

    Knutson began his work with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee in 1998, joining the operations staff as a Grants Administrator. In 2002, he was promoted to Vice President of Government Affairs and Special Initiatives. Under his leadership, Boys & Girls Clubs has increased government-based giving to the Clubs by more than 250 percent.

    Knutson has played a pivotal role in implementing several key initiatives, including both the SPARK Early Literacy Program and the Stein Scholars Program. Knutson also serves as the agency’s government liaison officer and coordinates a variety of agency strategic initiatives.

    Knutson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He continues to work toward completion of a master’s degree in urban studies at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Prior to joining the Clubs, Knutson worked for several years as a research specialist with the UW-Milwaukee Center for Economic Development. He also spent more than five years as the Director of Planning at the Social Development Commission, overseeing more than $28 million in annual fundraising.

  • Denisha Tate, Chief Strategic Officer

    Tate is the Chief Strategic Officer and a self-identified program person. She has been developing and improving Boys & Girls Clubs since 1997, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. Here in Milwaukee, Denisha is responsible for guiding the Clubs as it expands programming and services to new and existing sites. Through outcome-based programming, she is leading the charge to deepen the impact on the youth we serve.

    Tate is responsible for ensuring that programming in all six core program areas impacts the lives of our members. Some of the larger initiatives that she oversees include Stein Scholars Program, Sista Pride and SPARK Early Literacy Program.

    Tate is a native of Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology. She received her Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

  • Melinda Wyant Jansen, Chief Academic Officer

    Melinda Wyant Jansen joined Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee in March of 2015 in the new role of Chief Academic Officer. Melinda will work closely with Milwaukee Public Schools to bridge the gap between student’s academic success at school and during the afterschool programs. Melinda obtained her two undergraduate degrees from Anderson University with a focus in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. She received her Masters of Science degree in Education Psychology and Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

    Melinda comes to us with over 20 years of education-related experience, with her most recent employment being with the Milwaukee Public Schools as a school counselor. During her time with MPS, she actively served in leadership roles on the school governance council, learning team, PBIS team, as well as many others. In addition, Melinda served as the school assessment coordinator and leader of the collaborative support team, a school based intervention team that brings key stakeholders together to address individual student learning and behavioral needs. Melinda’s first teaching job was in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia where she taught international elementary students with five to ten different languages spoken in her classroom at a time. Melinda’s prior work experience includes Center Director for the KinderCare Learning Centers, Director of Marketing and Development for Teachers Pet, and the Director of Early Childhood Publications at Hal Leonard Corporation.

    One of Melinda’s favorite career-related memories is from when she recruited and worked with Mr. Rogers during her employment with Hal Leonard. She worked hand-in-hand with Mr. Rogers and his staff to develop early childhood products for use in the classroom while using his music as a basis for learning activities.

    Melinda is married and has three grown children and is the grandmother of seven grandchildren, including two sets of twins! She is originally from Vincennes, Indiana where her parents still reside.

Board of Trustees

Christopher Abele, President & CEO, Argosy Foundation

Barry Allen, Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners

Bevan Baker, Commissioner of Health, City of Milwaukee Health Department

James Barry III, President, Cassidy Turley Barry

David Baumgarten, President, Bank Mutual

David Bechthold, President, Zenith Tech, Inc.

Thomas Bentley, III, Owner/CEO, Bentley Management Group

William Bertha, President WI Market, US Bank

Thomas Bolger, CEO, Johnson Financial Group

Elizabeth Brenner, President & Publisher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brian Cadwallader, Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel, Johnson Controls, Inc.

Tonit Calaway, Vice President Human Resources, Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Tina Chang, CEO, SysLogic

G.Spencer Coggs, City Treasurer, City of Milwaukee

Barbara Damm

Russell Darrow, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Russ Darrow Automotive Group

Susan Ela

Jack Enea, Attorney/CPA, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C.

Peter Feigin, President, Milwaukee Bucks

William Fitzhugh Fox, Partner, Fox, O’Neill & Shannon, S.C.

Edward Flynn, Chief of Police, Milwaukee Police Department

Alexander Fraser, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

John Galanis, Chairman & CEO, Galanis, Pollack, Jacobs & Johnson, S.C.

Nan Gardetto

David Gay, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

Charles Groeschell, Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, Baird Advisors

Bronson Haase

William Hansen, President, Hansen Storage Company

Thomas Hauske, Jr., Chairman, Everett Smith Group, Ltd

Jack Herbert, Regional Vice President of Operations Midwest Market, Time Warner Cable

Renée Herzing, President Herzing Educational System, Herzing University

Katherine Hust, Vice President of Sales/Mid-Central Region, U.S. Cellular

Charles James, Chairman Emeritus, Fitzgerald, Clayton, James & Kasten, Inc.

Jerome Janzer, Chairman, President & CEO, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C.

Craig Jorgensen, President, VJS Construction Services

Robert Lane Mikulay

Steven Laughlin, Partner, Laughlin/Constable, Inc

Tom Long, CEO, MillerCoors

Keith Mardak, Chairman & CEO, Hal Leonard Corporation

Maureen McGinnity, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Daniel McKeithan, Jr., President & CEO, Tamarack Petroleum Company, Inc.

Brian Morello, President, Beloit Beverage

Cory Nettles, Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager, Generation Growth Capital, Inc

Albert Nicholas, CFA, Chairman & CEO, Nicholas Company, Inc

Keith Nosbusch, Chairman & CEO, Rockwell Automation

Wayne Oldenburg, President & CEO, Oldenburg Group Incorporated

Guy Osborn

Richard Pieper, Sr., Non-Executive Chairman, PPC Partners, Inc.

James Popp, President, Chase Middle Market Banking

Robert Pyles, President, MacPyles Corporation

David Radtke, Sr. Vice President Investment Officer, RBC Wealth Management

Austin Ramirez, President, HUSCO International

Kristine Rappé, Retired Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Wisconsin Energy Corporation

Bethany Rodenhuis, Executive Officer & Senior Vice President – Field Strategy & Services, Northwestern Mutual MS: N09

Mark Sabljak, Publisher, The Business Journal

Richard Schlesinger, Executive Vice President-Business Operations, Milwaukee Brewers

Allan Selig, Commissioner Emeritus, Major League Baseball

John Shiely, Retired Chairman & CEO,

Thelma Sias, Vice President Local Affairs, We Energies

Daniel Sinykin, President, Monterey Mills

Guy Smith, President, Americor Management Services LLC

Judson Snyder, President, BMO Harris Equipment Finance

Thomas Spero

John Splude, Prinicpal/Owner, JWS Classics, LLC

Mary Ellen Stanek, Managing Dir. & Chief Investment Officer, Baird Advisors

Mara Swan, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy & Talent, ManpowerGroup

Alfonzo Thurman, Professor, UWM School of Education

Harris Turer, CEO, The Milwaukee Admirals

John Utz, Executive Vice President, Associated Bank

Gordon Weber

Gregory Wesley, Equity Partner, Gonzalez Saggio Harlan LLP

David Westgate, President & CEO, Jason Incorporated

Arthur Wigchers, President, Towne Realty, Inc.

James Wigdale, Chairman Emeritus, Marshall & Ilsley Corporatiom

Madonna Williams

Sarah Wright Kimball, Kimball Communications

Scott Wrobbel, Managing Partner, Deloitte

James Ziemer

Anne Zizzo, President & CEO, Zizzo Group

Diane Zore