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Chairman, Board of Directors
Thomas E. Arenberg
Tom Arenberg joined the Board of Directors in 2004 and became President in 2009.  Tom retired from Accenture where he worked 34 years, serving as the Office Managing Director from 2005 to 2009. He and his family have worked with Next Door in a variety of roles for over 30 years. Tom also serves on boards for the Children’s Hospital and Health System Foundation and Wiscraft Industries.  “My family and I are proud to be associated with Next Door.  We have worked with Next Door for almost as long as we have been in Milwaukee. Providing support to children and families in need through the premier early childhood development center in the area is a way for us to give back to the area. Next Door programs are well planned and executed while the organization is flexible to the changing needs of the neighborhood. Come in for a tour and your family can be hooked also!”


Dr. Tracey Sparrow
Sparrow came to Next Door in 2015 bringing with her experience in urban education and development. She received her Doctoral degree in Education, Leadership and Service from Cardinal Stritch University and a Master’s in Organization Theory from UW- Milwaukee. She is particularly focused on urban schools and has authored articles and presented on topics such as “Voices of African American Males” and “Urban School Partnership.”  Sparrow’s prior positions as a founder and president of a Milwaukee multi-million dollar budgeted charter school and vice president for Children’s Programs at the Milwaukee Center for Independence suit her well for this position. She teaches college courses both in Nonprofit Management and Issues in Education.


Vice President of Administration
Laurie Oryall
Laurie Oryall came to Next Door in 2008, bringing over 14 years of experience as the director of operations and administration for two high-performing Head Start programs. Under Laurie’s leadership, both programs had three or more consecutive years of no audit findings; and as a result, both agencies received “low-risk auditee” status. Laurie has extensive experience and certification in non-profit human resources and fiscal management, managing information technology, ERSEA*/recruitment, transportation, and facilities operations. During her career, she has successfully managed the human resources and accounting departments for two large medical groups. Laurie has a BS in business administration and accounting from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, and is a Certified Compensation Professional.     
*Eligibility Recruitment Selection Enrollment Attendance  

Development Director
JoAnn Weishan
JoAnn Weishan has served as the Director of Development at Next Door since 2010.  Prior to her work at Next Door, JoAnn served at the Argosy Foundation as Project Director and as Director of Development at the Children’s Hospital Foundation.  JoAnn has an MS in social ethics from Luther Northwestern in St. Paul, MN, and a BS in communication from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.  


Fiscal Director
Craig Becker
Craig Becker is Next Door’s Fiscal Director. Craig joined Next Door in the role of Controller in 2009. He became Fiscal Director in 2012. Prior to joining Next Door, Craig served as Controller for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, and Fiscal Analyst for the Social Development Commission. Craig has an MS in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a BA in Business Administration from Michigan State University.



Human Resources Manager
Lucretia Dillon
Lucretia Dillon came to Next Door in 2005. She has over 17 years of experience in Human Resources Management for three Milwaukee non-profit agencies, specializing in employee relations, counseling, conflict resolution, and EEOC claims. Lucretia earned a BS in Business Management Systems - Human Resource Management from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, an MS in Management from Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee) and an MS in Counseling-Community from Mount Mary University (Milwaukee).  Lucretia’ s passion and goal has always been to have a career with a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals, children and families to become self-sufficient and productive citizens. This is her way to give back to the community and in appreciation as a former Head Start parent.



Director of Facilities/Information Technology
Jesse Weathersby
Jesse Weathersby is the Director of Facilities/Information Technology at Next Door. Jesse joined Next Door as the I/T Services Manager and in 2015 became the Facilities & Information Technology Director. Prior to joining Next Door, Jesse served as a Project Manager for BancTec Corporation that provided technology services for the Midwest region.







Educare Director/Early Head Start Director
Angela Lampkin
Angela Lampkin has served as the Educare Site Director and Early Head Start Director at Next Door since 2012. Angela has a BS from Judson College (Marion, Alabama) in Human Services and an MS in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee). Angela also earned the Leadership Credential and the Administrative Credential through the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a Master Trainer and Consultant on the Registry and has 25 years experience working in the field of early childcare and education.




Head Start Director
Monica Brooks
Milwaukee native Monica Brooks was named Head Start Director for Next Door in August 2014.  Monica has more than 25 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education, most recently with SDC as Quality Implementation and Evaluation Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Mount Mary College and a Master’s in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.




Principal and Education Leader/Charter School
Kate Linscott
Kate Linscott has served as the Next Door Charter School Principal since 2010. Kate is a Wisconsin-licensed administrator and educator. Before joining Next Door, Kate served as an administrator and director in Head Start and corporate child care programs. Kate also has eight years of teaching experience in Wisconsin Public Schools.  Kate completed her undergraduate studies in elementary education and graduate studies in curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.



Professional Development Director
Debi Schwid
Debi Schwid, M.S., is Next Door’s Professional Development Director. Debi joined Next Door in 2008 as the Books for Kids Coordinator.  In addition to her work in Professional Development for the agency, she oversees three programs within the Educational Support Department:  Adult Education and GED; Fatherhood Engagement; and Books for Kids. Prior to coming to Next Door, Debi worked at Neighborhood House of Milwaukee as the Director of Early Childhood Services. She has worked in higher education teaching adults and curriculum development in a variety of topics in the early childhood education profession. Debi has a Master’s degree in Administrative Leadership with an emphasis on Adult Education, and a Wisconsin Professional Credential for Child Care Administrators, and DPI Teaching Certification in Learning Disabilities from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also holds a BA in Child Development from California State University – Northridge.


Early Head Start Deputy Director
Anntoinette McKee
Anntoinette M. McKee became Next Door’s Early Head Start Deputy Director in 2010. She is responsible for implementation and design of Early Head Start federal and state Home Visitation programs. She received training in youth development by the Department of Labor, is a certified diversity trainer, infant massage instructor, Family Service Credential trainer, and is Doula and PITC trained. Anntoinette holds a BS in Educational Policy and Community Education from the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an MS in Theology/Divinity. Her knowledge and professionalism is supported by over 20 years of hands-on leadership experience in Early Intervention, Early Head Start and K-12 programs. Anntoinette is a member of the Breastfeeding Employers Supported Time (BEST) Advisory Board, the Milwaukee Infant Mortality Taskforce Committee, the National Black Child Development Institute (BCDI), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). McKee co-authored two books: Bruised But Not Broken and Raising Healthy Children in an Unhealthy World.  She is passionate and focuses on positive child outcomes to close the achievement gap and build a sustainable future for children, families and communities.


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