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 drift less 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.)

 

 

Araceli Esparza
Communications and Marketing Director

People who follow Community Shares on social media may already be familiar with Araceli Esparza and her creative talents. She became involved with CSW two years ago as a consultant on The Big Share—she’s planned Twitter parties, hosted Facebook Lives, and has brought her energy and enthusiasm to members’ campaigns. Over the last year Araceli’s taken on even more duties for CSW and will manage membership training and support for the entire 2019 Big Share campaign. Araceli is a long-time social justice advocate and provider of social services to immigrant and marginalized communities. In her free time, you may find her exploring Madison’s beauty on bike, giving yoga classes to children, or building her creative coaching business.

 

 

Ken 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.
(Photo by John Urban)

Susan 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)

Tenzin Woser Communications and Marketing Intern

Tenzin Woser is a Junior studying Journalism and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As our new Social Media and Marketing Intern, he will be chaperoned by renowned mentor @Araceli Esparza as they work towards developing a community around Community Shares of Wisconsin both online and offline. Before CSW, Tenzin was a Study Skills coordinator at Greater University Tutoring Services where he consulted with students in need on best study practices. In his spare time, Tenzin likes to work on practicing what he preaches, speaking his native language Tibetan, and playing guitar.

 

 

Allysan Melby Communications and Marketing Intern

Allysan (Ally) is a junior at UW-Madison, majoring in journalism with a certificate in digital studies. Ally previously volunteered at Bayview Foundation, one of CSW’s non-profit members, and found the experience very rewarding. She is excited to now be an intern for CSW and work with other nonprofit organizations in the Madison community by sharing their stories through social media. Ally is also a dance teacher at Storybook Ballet in Madison and has been dancing for 17 years. If she had to choose a favorite book, it would be To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Kathleen Messinger
Financial Director

Kathleen earned her Associate Degree in Accounting in 1998 and has been with CSW since 2001.  She is passionate about CSW’s mission and happy that by working with numbers all day long in the back office she can help the cause.  Kathleen has a regular but very imperfect meditation practice and enjoys Kakuro and Suduko puzzles (more numbers!), Netflix binging, walking and biking. (Photo by John Urban)

Justin 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 started in his career working to elect progressive candidates in local, regional, and statewide elections in municipal, judicial, and executive offices. Justin currently sits on the board of OPEN (Out Professional Engagement Network) Madison, an organization of LGBTQ+ professionals, and on the board of his neighborhood association, Lake Edge Neighborhood Association, in Madison. “Community involvement is the crux of who I am. I’ve dedicated my career to helping advocate for a number of causes to support others,” said Justin. (Photo by John Urban)

 

 

Judy Young
Member and Outreach 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 dance style in a let the leader lead you formation.