Stellar Collegiate Board of Directors
We are lucky to have a diverse and exceptionally dedicated governing board. These individuals have dedicated countless hours to ensuring Stellar Collegiate opens successfully and is able to fulfill its mission.
Dan Adams, Founding Board Member: Dan Adams is a Partner at Adams Urfer LLC, a boutique white collar and criminal defense law firm. 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.
Claire Becker, Managing Director: Claire serves as the Managing Director of the Teacher Leadership Development team at Teach For America-Milwaukee. In her role, Claire oversees the ongoing development of teachers and leaders toward fostering inclusive coalitions, committing to a connected community and producing transformative outcomes for students. Outside of Teach For America-Milwaukee, Claire has served as an adjunct instructor at Marquette University and Cardinal Stritch University’s graduate schools of education and sits on the program committee to a local non-profit, Artists Working in Education.
Prior to joining Milwaukee staff in 2012, Claire was a 2010 corps member who taught bilingual education.
Justin Delgadillo, Vice Chair: Justin Delgadillo has worked for FIS, a technology provider for the financial services industry located in Brown Deer, WI, as a Senior Programmer Analyst for the past sixteen years. Justin is a proud alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and continues to be involved with his Alma mater. Justin grew up on the south side of Milwaukee and has a special interest in supporting access to quality education for the youth in the Milwaukee Community. Justin has been involved in United Way employee giving campaigns for several years, has volunteered with the Metro Milwaukee YMCA, and Once Day to Make A Difference a Career Guidance Program for Milwaukee youth. In his free time Justin is part of a community based soft ball league and enjoys spending time with his three rescue dogs.
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 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’s of 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 de Alva, Board Treasurer: Jorge Martinez de Alva is a finance executive working for GE Healthcare, a business unit of the General Electric Company. His career with GE extends 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 de Alva studied in Mexico having earned his CPA degree from ITAM College and his MBA from IPADE Business School.
Angela Pittman Taylor, Founding Board Member: Angela Pittman Taylor is 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. Ms. Taylor joined Baird as an intern and now mentors other interns and students at the firm and in the community. 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.
David Knight, Board Member: With nearly 6-years at Associated Bank David's been directly responsible for all real estate transactions and recently oversight of the Facility Management Department within our footprint of Minnesota, Illinois & Wisconsin successfully executing over 500 transactions including disposition of excess real estate, tenant leases, negotiation of new leases, structuring attractive & creative lease terminations and identifying new retail opportunities. The footprint has been reduced from over 300 branches to approximately 215. David quarterbacks the entire process including building a business case for the project with his colleagues to present at a monthly Real Estate Committee Meeting with 4 executive sponsors. Each year he's found opportunities to consolidate the footprint through strategic partnerships with the brokerage community, local developers and landlords. While consolidating, David and Associate Bank found opportunities to relocate branches, reduce branch counts in markets while increasing exposure & visibility. Recently, David oversaw the Real Estate Department through a $3 billion acquisition of a regional bank, working on the consolidation analysis and overseeing the Facilities branch activity.