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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Nguyen, Board Member: Michael Nguyen leads Teacher Leadership Development at Teach For America-Milwaukee, the functional team responsible for onboarding, training and supporting teachers throughout the two-year experience. As team lead, Michael manages a team of eight Managers of Teacher Leadership Development who directly coach nearly 130 corps members and one Director of Institute who is shaping the summer training all incoming teachers receive prior to teaching in the fall. He holds an M.Ed. from Marquette University and state licensure in Education Administration and Curriculum and Instruction from Alverno College. Previously, Michael was the school leader at St. Anthony Middle School and a teacher at both St Anthony School and Dr. Benjamin Carson Academy in Milwaukee. Michael started his career in education as a 2009 Teach For America-Milwaukee corps member and is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
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.
Denise Thomas, Board Member: Denise Thomas is an active dynamic speaker and effective communication coach whose mission is to help emerging young students and ambitious professionals become recognized entrepreneurs and leaders by mastering the art of effective communication and networking. She has been featured as a keynote speaker for MillerCoors African American Professional Development Series, Evansville Memorial Baptist Church Youth Summit, Delta Sigma Theta Alumnae Chapter-Evansville’s Youth Summit and the Evansville Multi-Cultural Professional Network “A Conversation With...” series. Denise continues her focus on empowering emerging leaders by facilitating “Effective Communication” workshops for the “Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee”, City Year-Milwaukee, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, MillerCoors Employee Resource Groups, Project Management Institute – Milwaukee Chapter, Cardinal Stritch University, African-American Chamber of Commerce Wisconsin, Milwaukee Boys and Girls Club ,“True Skool” students in Milwaukee and the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute in Washington D.C. Over the past 14 years, Denise has held numerous leadership positions and earned various awards based on her successes in Global Supply Chain and Information Technology across companies such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing Inc., Rockwell Automation, ConAgra Foods, PepsiCo, General Electric and MillerCoors. A graduate of Cardinal Stritch University in Business Management, Denise is an active member of the MillerCoors African American Employee Network Executive Committee, The Milwaukee Forum and the YMCA Black Achievers program. She was recently recognized as the ONE MKE Drivers of Diversity, “Professional of the Year” NV Magazine’s 2016 “Movers and Shakers” recipient and the MillerCoors 2015 Q3 BIS Diversity and Inclusion Award Recipient. She proudly serves as Co-Chair for Tempo Milwaukee EMERGE, sits on the Board of Directors for the Meta House and the Milwaukee Forum. She also serves on the Social X Advisory Council in Milwaukee and the BDPA Chicago Chapter Corporate Advisory Council.