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.

  • Steve Dykema, VP Development & Communications

    Steve Dykema was named Vice President of Development and Communications for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee in January 2016. In his role, Dykema is responsible for leading a comprehensive donor development plan designed to engage donors at all levels. He also oversees the marketing and communications functions including cause-related marketing, public relations and special events.

    Dykema’s previous experience represents leadership roles for Boys & Girls Clubs including Senior Development Director, Institutional Giving Director, and Major Gifts Director. Following a 20-year corporate career with Journal Communications, Dykema served as an elementary educator in the Milwaukee area within both the public and charter school systems. Given this background, he recognizes the value of philanthropy, impactful programming, collaboration and organizational partnerships working together to move the community forward.

    Dykema is a proud Milwaukee native and a 2001 graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin.

  • Tammy Howard, VP Finance and Chief Financial Officer

    Tammy Howard joined the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee in January 2016 as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

    Before joining the Clubs, Howard served as the Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Cardinal Stritch University in Glendale.  Prior to that, Howard worked for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee as the Controller.  Howard also served in Financial Analyst roles at WE Energies, Milwaukee Electric Tool and Briggs & Stratton Corporation.  Howard has extensive experience in process improvement and strategic planning.

    Howard is an alumnus of both Carroll College, now University, and Marquette University.  She is a Certified Public Account and also holds a Certification in Leadership Coaching from Cardinal Stritch University.

    Howard lives in Muskego with her two teenage daughters.  She serves on the Parish Finance Council of her parish and is a supporter of the arts as well as organizations that benefit children, women and animals.

  • David Knutson, VP Government Affairs & Special Initiatives

    David Knutson, a native Wisconsinite and graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison (1992), has worked in the government and not-for-profit sector since the early 1990’s holding positions at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – Center for Economic Development (UWM-CED), City of Milwaukee – Department of Neighborhood Services, and the Social Development Commission prior to coming to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee in the late 1990’s.

    Dave has served as the Boys & Girls Club’s Vice President – Government Affairs / Special Initiatives since 2005. In this capacity, he leads a team of eight and is responsible for all local, state, and federal giving to the Boys & Girls Clubs. Dave also serves to support the funding strategy of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wisconsin Alliance – 28 Boys & Girls Club organizations located throughout the State of Wisconsin. His strong belief in collaboration and outcome-based programming has been a guiding philosophy throughout his career. A few programmatic accomplishments Dave is most proud of include the licensing of Clubs as state-reimbursed child care facilities and the growth of the Department of Education – Investing in Innovation (i3)-funded SPARK Early Literacy Program.

    As a self-professed urban geek, Dave enjoys having the opportunity to integrate his passion for urban affairs and policy into his life’s work. Please consider reaching out to me. I welcome the opportunity to discuss new ways to partner with organizations throughout our City and region.

  • 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

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

James Barry III, President, The Barry Company

David Baumgarten, President, Bank Mutual

David Bechthold, President, Zenith Tech, Inc.

Linda Benfield, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

William Bertha, President WI Market, US Bank

Thomas Bolger, CEO, Johnson Financial Group

Elizabeth Brenner

Tonit Calaway, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, BorgWarner

G. Spencer Coggs, City Treasurer, City of Milwaukee

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

Susan Ela

Jack Enea, Attorney/CPA, Husch Blackwell LLP

Peter Feigin, President, Milwaukee Bucks

Edward Flynn, Chief of Police, Milwaukee Police Department

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

Alexander Fraser, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

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

Nan Gardetto, Every Day Good Foundation

David Gay, Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP

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

Bronson Haase

Patrick Hammes, Principal, Hammes Partners

William Hansen, President, Hansen Storage Company

Thomas Hauske, Jr., Chairman, Marshall Street Capital, Inc.

John Heimsch, Director of Sales, U.S. Cellular

Jack Herbert

Renée Herzing, President Herzing Educational System, Herzing University

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

Jerome Janzer, Chairman, President & CEO, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

Jeffrey Joerres, Managing Partner, Incito Capital LLC

Craig Jorgensen, President, VJS Construction Services

Tracey Joubert, Global Chief Financial Officer, Molson Coors Brewing Company

Sarah Wright Kimball, Kimball Communications

Michael Lappin, Chief Administrative Officer, Aurora Health Care

Steven Laughlin, Partner, Laughlin/Constable, Inc

Keith Mardak, Chairman & CEO, Hal Leonard Corporation

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

Robert Lane Mikulay

Brian Morello, President, Beloit Beverage

Blake Moret, President & CEO, Rockwell Automation

Cory Nettles, Managing Director, Generation Growth Capital, Inc.

Wayne Oldenburg, President & CEO, Oldenburg Group Incorporated

Guy Osborn

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

James Popp, President of Johnson Bank, Executive Vice President, Johnson Financial Group

Robert Pyles, President, MacPyles Corporation

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

Kristine Rappé

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

Mark Sabljak, Corporate & Community Engagement Adviser, Milwaukee Film

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

Allan Selig, Commissioner Emeritus, Major League Baseball

John Shiely

Thelma Sias

Patrick Sinks, President & CEO, MGIC

Daniel Sinykin, President, Monterey Mills

Guy Smith, President, Lilly Creek Capital Partners LLC

Judson Snyder, President, BMO Harris Equipment Finance

James Stern, Executive Vice President & General Counsel & Secretary, A.O. Smith Corporation

Beth Straka, Senior Vice President Corporate Communications & Investor Relations, WEC Energy Group

Thomas Spero

John Splude, Principal/Owner, JWS Classics, LLC

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

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

Ronald Troy, Managing Attorney, RonTroy LLC

Harris Turer, CEO, The Milwaukee Admirals

Derek Tyus, Chief Investment Officer, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company

John Utz, Executive Vice President, Associated Bank

Gordon Weber

Gregory Wesley, Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Business Development, Medical College of Wisconsin

Arthur Wigchers, President, Towne Realty, Inc.

James Wigdale, Chairman Emeritus, Marshall & Ilsley Corporation

Madonna Williams

Scott Wrobbel, Managing Partner, Deloitte

James Ziemer

Anne Zizzo, President & CEO, Zizzo Group

Diane Zore