Meet Our Staff

VB croppedVictoria Boucher
Campaign Director

Victoria is a former intern and Backyard Hero with CSW. Coming from the reproductive rights movement, she is thrilled to translate her experience organizing for reproductive freedom into supporting even more types of social change. She admires her mother for living out values of compassion, positivity, and independence while instilling those values in Victoria. Her first job was as a dishwasher at the Cattail Cafe in Brussels, Wisconsin (where she did more eating of their delicious hashbrown sandwiches than cleaning). Victoria appreciates a good laugh; as such her favorite movie is Dan in Real Life and her favorite book is Yes, Please by Amy Poehler. (Photo by Mike Klawitter)

 

cheri head shot (2)Cheri Dubiel
Executive Director

Cheri was named Executive Director as of January 9, 2017. She has served as CSW Associate Director for six years, where she’s led the organization’s fundraising efforts for social and environmental justice causes in Wisconsin. In addition to her work with CSW, she brings extensive experience with local advocacy movements through past leadership roles with the Dane County Rape Crisis Center, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Cheri grew up on a multi-generational dairy farm in the beautiful rolling hills of Trempealeau County in the driftless region of Wisconsin. She has one 9 year old daughter who attends a dual-language immersion program at Madison Metropolitan School District. (Photo by John Urban.)

 

Ken2013Ken Forney
Operations Manager

Ken was genetically programmed to work at CSW, it simply took him a long time to find us. His family includes musicians, a wing walker, and union organizers. His first job was at age 10 in his parent’s hobby store, where he spent most of his time playing pinball, and occasionally helping a customer. When he’s not at CSW Ken is Artistic Director of Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus in Madison and City of Festivals Men’s Chorus in Milwaukee.  He admires the work of two leaders in the GLBT Choral movement, Dr. Stan Hill and Dennis Coleman for creating music with a message as a way to change hearts and minds. Most people don’t know that Ken’s great grandfather, a union organizer in Indiana, was targeted with a hit by the coal mine owners, and he was hanged by a mob.  Or that Ken’s grandfather was a railroad engineer who carried our European allies’ treasures to Fort Knox during World War II, with one trip including England’s crown jewels.

Alberto Kanost
Communications Intern

Alberto is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Life Science & Communication with a certificate in Environmental Studies. Before CSW, Alberto interned at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, where he lead summer camps as an environmental educator, assisted land stewards, and facilitated community programs. He is excited to combine his passion for the environment, writing, and altruism as a part of the CSW team. Alberto also plays music around Madison and Milwaukee under the moniker Bear In The Forest as a singer and multi-instrumentalist.

Susan KilmerSusan Kilmer
Development Director

Susan came to Community Shares after working with CSW member group Wisconsin Wetlands Association. Prior to this, she was the Development Assistant at Olbrich Botanical Society. She grew up in the beautiful Hudson River Valley of New York, where her first job out of high school was on a chainsaw crew trimming trees along power lines. If she had to pick just one book, Letters to a Young Poet, by Rilke, might be her choice. (Photo by Mike Klawitter)

 

KathleenKathleen Messinger
Financial Director

Kathleen was working at one of CSW’s member nonprofits when her boss gave her the job announcement at CSW. Though she enjoyed that previous job, she said it felt right to join CSW.  Her first job was at age four, helping her dad set up for banquets, where she earned one penny per place setting. Kathleen noted that she admires her dad, who always told her to do the work she finds enjoyable. Kathleen recently began jogging and she now loves it as a hobby. Her favorite movie is The Matrix and her favorite book is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

 

Justin WilliamsJustin Williams
Campaign Manager

Justin wanted to work at CSW because he believes in and identifies with the work of the member groups. He began as a temporary employee, then transitioned into a part-time then full-time employee. Justin is originally from Livingston, Wisconsin, in the southwestern part of the state–which is also where he had his first job, detassling corn. It may surprise you to learn that Justin ran for state assembly when he was just 19! He greatly admires his grandfather for his work ethic as a lifelong union man at John Deere. Justin’s favorite books include Giovanni’s Room and The Great Gatsby.

emily-2016Emily Winecke
Communications and Marketing Director

Emily’s first job as a teenager was in a rural setting, familiar to those who go to the Dane County Farmers’ Market: she picked strawberries and drove a tractor at Eugster’s Farm outside of Stoughton.  She credits her mom and dad with giving her a wonderful upbringing, saying they helped her foster a sense of humor as well as a strong work ethic, encouraged her to place a premium on education, and instilled in her a deep love of Wisconsin.  Like many of her colleagues here she came to CSW after working at a member nonprofit, the Wisconsin Women’s Network. “I’m very excited to continue that relationship through my work with CSW, while also advancing the work of other member organizations,” said Emily. Finally, she admits—as a recovering English major—to have a special fondness for Moby Dick.

Judy Young
Development Coordinator

Hailing from the north side of Milwaukee, Judy has been all over the world, and found her way to Community Shares, where she looks forward to helping to make a positive change in our community. Prior to working at Community Shares, Judy has worked in administrative roles for an environmental service company in Milwaukee and at the Urban League of Greater Madison–she was even a truck driver at one time! In Judy’s spare time, she likes to do DIY projects, watch HGTV, and attend Madison’s many festivals. Judy also dances and teaches Chicago style stepping, a form of dance originating from Chicago that incorporates swing dance style in a follow-the-leader formation.