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

Zoe Bockhorst

Zoe Bockhorst

Social Media and Communications Intern

Zoe is a junior at UW-Madison studying Journalism with certificates in Digital Cinema Production and Public Policy. She spent a year writing about social issues as a journalism student before beginning her work at CSW, where she’s supporting social change. Zoe is fascinated by people’s stories and hopes to one day be a documentary filmmaker. When not working, you can find her running on the bike paths, writing for The Daily Cardinal and making music with her roommates.

Victoria Boucher

Victoria Boucher

Associate Director

Victoria believes in the power of people working together to create needed change in communities. After growing up in northeast Wisconsin, she moved to Madison to study community development & nonprofit leadership at UW-Madison and never left. Prior to joining CSW as a workplace giving campaign coordinator, Victoria was a grassroots organizer in the local reproductive justice movement, working collaboratively with many CSW member nonprofits. Recently, she’s served as board president of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Madison, a committee member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) of Greater Madison, a board member of Community Shares USA, and a volunteer mentor with Boys & Girls Club of Dane County. In her free time, Victoria enjoys biking, reading, and cooking with her garden and CSA bounty. (Photo by Mike Klawitter)

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 14 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 driftless region of Wisconsin. She has one teenaged daughter who attends a dual-language immersion program at Madison Metropolitan School District. (Photo by John Urban.)

Susan Kilmer

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)

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)

Brianna Neumann

Brianna Neumann

Development and Database Coordinator

Her commitment to social justice and equity for all brought her to the doors of Community Shares last year, and she couldn’t stay away. Her interests include holding people accountable, painting her nails, supporting small black and/or queer owned businesses, tearing down the system, sitting in front of the ocean, and adding to her shoe collection. (Photo by Megan Moran Photography)

Kewiana Pollard

Kewiana Pollard

Campaign Coordinator

Kewiana is a Madison College graduate with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts, and is currently studying communications at UW-Madison. Following graduation from UW-Madison, she plans to go to law school to practice civil law. Kewiana is a woman with many hats – once serving as Madison College’s Black Student Union President, the Communication and Recruitment Coordinator for the Volunteer Center, and student chairs on several of Madison College’s boards! She also worked closely with the office of Equity and Inclusion at Madison College where she successfully assisted in organizing several community events targeting racial justice issues. For fun, Kewiana likes to cook and make homemade crafts and music. 

Mitchell Pralle

Mitchell Pralle

Communications Coordinator

Mitchell is a UW-Madison Graduate, who understands how hard work, enthusiasm and advocacy can positively affect change in the communities around you. He believes in the importance of journalism, as it enables an informed public, giving them power and agency. Social justice is his passion, and CSW provides an outlet to fight for what’s right. He is empowered by CSW and the work of their member nonprofits. Outside of work, he spends time reading, writing and taking care of his plants. He loves fashion, design, captivating stories and learning.

Justin Williams

Justin Williams

Community Partnerships Director

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

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

Bernie Hoes, President
Denise Jess, Vice President
Rich Storck, Secretary
Bonnie Watson, Treasurer

Aaron Perry
Alex Shade
Alexandria Baker
Alexis London
Alysha Clark
Angie Trudell Vasquez
Anne Katz
Baltazar De Anda Santana
Bernie Hoes
Beverly Speer
Bianca Tomasini
Bonnie Watson
Brad Hinkfuss
Brandi Grayson
Brian Britt
Brian Juchems
Brynne McBride
Carrie Sedlak
Chad LaFlash
Claire Oleksiak
Daniel Libby
David Armiak
Debra Cronmiller
Deb Nemeth
Denise Jess
Gabby Richardson
Glenn Mitroff
Greg Jones
Hannah Mortensen
Hector Portillo
Hedi Rudd
Hugh Davis
Jacinda Tessmann
Jane Carlson
Jason Hafeman
Jeffrey Lewis
Justice Castañeda
Kathy Bailey
Karen Anderson
Katie Beilfuss
Kelly Hook
Kia Stearn
Laura Olah
Lea Kitz
Lorrie Hurckes-Dwyer
Luz Arroyo
Mary Bell
Matt Reetz
Maxine Webb
Megan Salzwedel
Megin McDonell
Michele Erikson
Nancy Vue
Natalie Harburn
Nestic Morris
Olivia Williams
Oscar Mireles
Pat McMurtrie
Patty Loosen
Rachel Kincade
Rich Storck
Richard Castelnuovo
Rick Tvedt
Robin Sereno
Samantha Read-Burden
Sara Dillivan Graves
Sara Finger
Saran Ouk
Stacia Conneely
Steve Starkey
Taylor Raether
Veronica Figueroa
Will Green
William Parke Sutherland

Community Representatives

Alex Shade
Bernie Hoes
Bonnie Watson
Chad LaFlash
Kathy Bailey