What Is Community Shares?

Our Community

Our Community

We’ve been funding social and environmental justice for 50 years, and we know that change takes place over the long term. We rely on donors, volunteers, board, and staff to achieve our goals.

Our Member Nonprofits

Community Shares of Wisconsin—together with its donors and member nonprofits—addresses social, economic, and environmental problems through grassroots activities, advocacy, research, and public education.

Our member nonprofits represent many people, many dreams, one community.

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Meet Our Staff

Our staff provides the day to day work necessary to achieve our goals. Learn more about the people working behind the scenes.

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Board of Directors

All member nonprofits have a seat on the Community Shares of Wisconsin board of directors. In addition, several community representatives offer their support and expertise.

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Meet our Staff

Cheri Dubiel

Cheri Dubiel

Executive Director

Cheri has served as Executive Director since January, 2017. She has worked at Community Shares of Wisconsin for a combined total of 15 years, being hired first as Development Director. 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 teenaged daughter who attends high school in McFarland School District. (Photo by John Urban.)

Bria Brown

Bria Brown

Big Share and Special Projects Manager

Bria was born and raised in the Southern U.S. between Georgia and South Carolina. After graduating from the College of William and Mary and completing a fellowship year with their Office of Community Engagement, she moved to Madison, Wisconsin and joined the team at Community Shares in 2016 as the Membership Manager. After her time at CSW, Bria started work full-time as a freelance video and creative producer. She has worked with various businesses and nonprofit organizations in Madison including CSW partners and members, Kids Forward, REAP Food Group, WI Alliance for Women’s Health, and more. Bria has remained connected with Community Shares over the years as a video producer and is back to manage the Big Share and assist with other special projects. Bria loves swimming, reading, and exploring as many new hobbies as time allows!

Megan Diaz-Ricks

Megan Diaz-Ricks

Community Partnerships Director

The daughter of Chicano migrant farmworkers, Megan Diaz-Ricks was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin and comes from a long lineage of activists and advocates. Megan attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a returning student with a young child and graduated with a degree in Sociology in 2018. Megan was hired under a grant through the Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and took on a newly formed role, Coordination of Care Specialist, in June of 2018 with Common Wealth Development. Megan was promoted to the role of Director of Economic Development in April of 2019 where she worked to support the Economic Development section of Common Wealth Development through the COVID-19 pandemic. In October of 2021, Megan took on the role of Director of Communications and Fund Development with Common Wealth where she learned her passion for developing strong community partnerships to help drive and sustain the important work of grassroots and nonprofit groups in Madison.

Susie Lawniczak

Susie Lawniczak

Development Manager

Susie joined CSW as a temporary employee in October 2022 and has become a trusted member of the team. Originally from south central Minnesota, she graduated from St. Cloud State with degrees in Community Development and American Studies/Heritage Preservation. She moved to Wisconsin nearly 25 years ago, living in Wausau, Monroe, Madison, and since 2014, in historic Cooksville with her husband and pets. Her career in multiple fields has allowed her to develop skills in a vast array of specialties, including hospitality, downtown revitalization, nonprofit administration, event planning, database management, and more. An avid enthusiast and advocate for all things wild, from animals and plants to the environment, she took a year off from her previous career in 2022 to reset, to earn her master gardener certification, to work seasonally at a local greenhouse, and to work as a temporary employee at CSW. She is extremely proud to be a part of an organization that does so much for people and the communities they live in.

Tyler Logan

Tyler Logan

Database Manager

Tyler grew up in the mountains of Utah, and then spent 4 years in Arctic Sweden before coming to Wisconsin. A background in Ecology has built Tyler’s data management skills and informs his interest in environmental justice. Tyler hopes to leverage both to support the mission of Community Shares and its member organizations. Previously Tyler was the Operations Manager for CSW member Sustain Dane, and for the nonprofit specialty accounting firm Numbers 4 Nonprofits. Tyler’s wife introduced him to sailing when they moved to Wisconsin, and he’s been completely obsessed ever since. Tyler joined the team at CSW in July, 2022.

Kathleen Messinger

Kathleen Messinger

Financial Director

Kathleen went back to school and earned an Associate Degree in Accounting in 1998. She started her accounting career at the Dane County Youth Connection which merged with PICADA. She then worked at CSW member Wisconsin Family Ties before joining the CSW team in 2001, made more memorable because it was just a few days before 9/11. She is passionate about CSW’s mission and grateful that working with numbers in the back room can make a difference. Kathleen enjoys watching movies with spouse Jim and cat River, and doing number puzzles, Suguru being a current favorite. (Photo by John Urban)

Judy Young

Judy Young

Membership and Operations Manager

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.

Board of Directors

All member nonprofits have a seat on the Community Shares of Wisconsin board of directors. In addition, several community representatives offer their support and expertise.

Board Members

Veronica Figueroa Velez, President
Justice Castaneda, Vice President
Rich Storck, Secretary
Bonnie Watson, Treasurer

Aaron Perry
Alex Shade
Alexis London
Alysha Clark
Angie Trudell Vasquez
Anne Katz
Baltazar De Anda Santana
Beverly Speer
Bianca Tomasini
Bonnie Watson
Brad Hinkfuss
Brandi Grayson
Brian Britt
Brian Juchems
Brynne McBride
Carrie Sedlak
Claire Oleksiak
Daniel Libby
David Armiak
Debra Cronmiller
Deb Nemeth
Denise Jess
Gabby Richardson
Greg Jones
Hector Portillo
Hedi Rudd
Hugh Davis
Jacinda Tessmann
Jake Gorge
Jane Carlson
Jason Hafeman
Jeffrey Lewis
Joan Durst
Justice Castañeda
Kathy Bailey
Katie Beilfuss
Kelly Hook
Kia Stearn
Laura Olah
Lea Kitz
Luz Arroyo
Mary Bell
Matt Reetz
Megan Salzwedel
Megin McDonell
Natalie Harburn
Nestic Morris
Olivia Williams
Pat McMurtrie
Patty Loosen
Rich Storck
Rick Tvedt
Samantha Read-Burden
Sara Dillivan Graves
Sara Finger
Sheila Milton
Stacia Conneely
Steve Starkey
Veronica Figueroa Velez
Will Green
William Parke Sutherland

Community Representatives

Alex Shade
Bernie Hoes
Bonnie Watson
Sheila Milton
Veronica Figueroa Velez