Dan Adams is a Partner at Adams Urfer LLC. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Adams was an Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee County where he specialized in prosecuting family violence cases. Mr. Adams' commitment to Milwaukee's future was demonstrated by a recent run for the Wisconsin State Assembly, a campaign that emphasized state aide for improving educational outcomes for all of Milwaukee's children. Mr. Adams holds a BA from Colorado College and a JD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.
Marc Cohen, Board Chair
Marc Cohen is the Executive Director of Hillel Milwaukee. Prior, Mr. Cohen was a Business Development Director at American Deposit Management, a Relationship Manager with PNC Wealth Management and the Foundation Director for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. He also had served as the Executive Director at Congregation Shalom for nearly twenty years. Mr. Cohen is an active participant in the community, including serving as member of the Bel Canto Chorus Board, Executive Committee of the Milwaukee Jewish Day School, and Past Chair of the NATA Investment and Consulting Committees. In addition, he has served as a member of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation Financial and Community Task Force. Mr. Cohen is a graduate of Moravian College with a BA in Sociology and from Northern Illinois University with a MFA in Acting and Opera.
Carole DeRoche, Board Secretary
Carole DeRoche is a retired business executive with extensive experience in the pharmaceutical industry, serving in a variety of medical communication and marketing positions. Prior to her business career, Ms. DeRoche taught adult students in baccalaureate and vocational programs and managed a clinical laboratory. Ms. DeRoche has been active in a variety of community organizations including Chairperson, Greendale Board of Health and tutor at the Dominican Resource Center for Adult Learning as well as volunteer work with the Arthritis Foundation and Nativity Jesuit Middle School. Ms. DeRoche holds a BS, cum laude, in Clinical Laboratory Science and MA in Educational Administration from Marquette University.
Leni Dietrich, Founding Board Member
Leni Dietrich is a School Leadership Coach at Schools That Can Milwaukee, where she works with school leaders from across the city to support the work of school improvement. Previously she was the Principal of Highland View School and Director of the Time 4 Learning Charter School, the district’s K4 program in Greendale, WI. While in Greendale, Ms. Dietrich planned and implemented the district’s Elementary Spanish Program and developed a partnership with the University of Wisconsin system where students could be dually enrolled at the university and high school levels for Spanish. She began her career teaching in the Milwaukee Public Schools Bilingual Program. Ms. Dietrich earned her BS in Education as well as her MS in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She completed the Administrative Leadership Licensure Program at Alverno College.
Andrew Hargitt, Founding Board Member
Andrew Hargitt is the Chief Human Resources Officer at Quarles & Brady LLP, a law firm with 500 lawyers nationally. Mr. Hargitt has spent almost 30 years working in Human Resources previously at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the American Bar Association, and Seyfarth Shaw, a 1000 lawyer firm based in Chicago. Mr. Hargitt has always believed deeply in being involved in the community outside of his work. He ran an adopt-a-school program in Chicago for 15 years and keeps in touch with his former mentees. A graduate of the University of Iowa with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and an MBA, Mr. Hargitt looks forward to making an impact in Milwaukee both through his work at Quarles & Brady and his leadership on the Board of Stellar Collegiate.
Samantha Maldonado, Board Vice-Chair
Samantha Maldonado currently is a Board Director at UPAF NextGen, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Central Market Foundation and Commissioner for Milwaukee County’s Emergency Medical Services Council, along with serving as the Executive Vice President for the National Society for Hispanic MBA’sof Greater Milwaukee. Her previous leadership roles include serving as Board Director of the Bay View Community Center, “Skylighter” of the Skylight Music Theater, LULAC Latinas of Wisconsin, Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee, and as Chair of the Noche de Pachangas (networking & personal development events) and as the Co-chair of the Individual Giving Campaign for the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee. Ms. Maldonado is currently a Manager, Life Underwriting for Northwestern Mutual. A Milwaukee native, Ms. Maldonado earned her MBA at Alverno College where she previously earned her Business & Management BA degree.
Jorge Martinez, Treasurer
Jorge Martinez is a finance executive working for GE Healthcare, a business unit of the General Electric Company. His career with GE extends over the last 15 years, having worked in other business units such as GE Plastics throughout Mexico and the United States. Prior to joining GE, he was an investment banking executive in Mexico having worked in the local affiliates of global banks such as BNP Paribas, HSBC and Banamex. He is committed to the Hispanic community by currently serving as a member of the audit committee at La Casa de Esperanza, Inc. a non for profit organization with the mission to advance Hispanics and their communities in the Waukesha area. Mr. Martinez studied in Mexico, earning his CPA degree from ITAM College and his MBA from IPADE Business School.
Angela Pittman Taylor, Founding Board Member
Angela Pittman Tayloris the Senior Vice President of Public Relations at Baird, where she works with firm administration, business heads and others within public relations, and she serves as a member of Baird’s UWM Mentoring Circles Steering Committee and Baird’s intern scholarship selection committee. Ms. Taylor is Secretary of Sisters With Stock Investment Club (SWSIC), a Baird-sponsored women’s investment club focused on increasing financial literacy in the African American community, co-founder of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (UWEC) Alumni of Color Social Justice and Inclusion scholarship, member of the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee “Inspire by Example” awards judging panel, and member of the Milwaukee Urban League Guild. Previous volunteer positions include Co-chair of Baird’s Business Diversity Council, Communications Chair of PRISM - Baird’s Multicultural Associate Resource Group, and Co-chair of the Advisory Board at Milwaukee’s Washington High School. She graduated with a BA in Communications-Journalism from UWEC and received her MA in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she has served as an adjunct instructor. Ms. Taylor was named a 2011 “Woman of Influence” by The Business Journal Serving Greater Milwaukee, in 2013 received a Milwaukee Times Black Excellence Award, and received Baird’s G. Frederick Kasten Supporting Cast Award.