Our Board

Margaret Henningsen

Board Chairperson

Margaret Henningsen currently serves as the chairperson of the I Have a Dream Foundation – Milwaukee (IHDF – MKE) Board of Directors. She has served in that position since the inception of IHDF-MKE in 2007. Over the last fourteen years of preparing the Dreamers for college, Margaret has consistently been a champion of the importance of a good college education.   

 She was a founder of Legacy Bank, a state chartered commercial bank that was in the heart of the city of Milwaukee. At the age of 50, she followed her dream of addressing the lack of comprehensive banking services for women and minorities in her community. As the founder of Legacy Bank, she was the first woman in the history of the state of Wisconsin to charter a commercial bank. Her goal was to be an advocate for empowering women and minorities. She recognized that the ability to create wealth; and the need for getting a good education were necessary to transform lives. She wanted to make sure that minority students had the same opportunity she had to pursue their dreams.
 

Margaret is also the founder of the Milwaukee Juneteenth Day celebration. Milwaukee was the first northern city to celebrate Juneteenth. She has served on many community boards, as a volunteer for a number of political campaigns and a mentor to hundreds of women and girls.

Mary Kellner

Member

Mary received her BS in Elementary Education in 1968 at UW Madison, and her masters in Guidance and Counseling from the School of Education  at UWM in 1978. She completed her Doctorate in Education at Cardinal Stritch in 2007. Her research documented some of the cultural aspects of an effective MPS Elementary School.   

She has taught elementary school and been an elementary guidance counselor, but the last twenty years have been spent volunteering and doing board work at numerous non-profit organizations such as Next Door, UW Milwaukee Foundation, The Nehemiah Project, Schools That Can Milwaukee, City Forward Collective, Pathways High, and The I Have A Dream program. She was a trustee for the Faye McBeath Foundation for 10 years and is a trustee of the Cardinal Stritch Board.  

She also spends considerable time working with the Kelben Foundation, a family foundation, that she presides over.The Foundation has funded hundreds of scholarships for high school seniors,endowments for Professorships, and many other Educational and Health initiatives. Mary is committed to helping address the achievement gap that Milwaukee’s children  are facing in addition to some of the other disparities that exist in the community.

Sharon Robinson

Member

Sharon Robinson has accrued over 20 years of executive level experience in the government and non-profit areas. Ms. Robinson’s professional experience includes 20 years of service on Capitol Hill in the U. S. House of Representatives where she served as former U.S. Congressman, Tom Barrett’s Legislative Director and Chief of Staff (who is now Mayor of Milwaukee).

 

Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Ms. Robinson was the Director of the William Davidson Institute, headquartered at the University of Michigan – Ross School of Business in Washington, D.C. The Davidson Institute is an independent, non-profit organization devoted to promoting economic growth in emerging markets.

 

Since 2007, she has served as Director of the Department of Administration for the City of Milwaukee. In her capacity as the City’s Administration Director, Ms. Robinson has shaped many quality-of- life initiatives. Her proudest accomplishments include spearheading I Have A Dream Milwaukee and Fund My Future Milwaukee, programs designed to ensure that our most vulnerable children can plan for a future that includes post-secondary education. 

Kathie Campbell

Member

Kathie holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Master of International Business from Marquette University. She has more than 25 years of leadership experience in investor relations, communications, finance and brand management. She has held roles of increasing responsibility at Deloitte, Brady Corporation, Johnson Controls Corporate and Power Solutions and now, Clarios. She joined the organization in 2015 and currently serves as the Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Investor Relations.

In this position, Kathie leads global communication efforts, manages the corporate brand and reputation, as well as developing comprehensive investor, government relations and environmental affairs strategies. Her expertise lies in corporate finance, investor, public and community relations, brand positioning and strategic communications.

Prior to her current role, she served as the Director of Investor Relations at Johnson Controls. In this role, Kathie worked as the key liaison between Johnson Controls and the investment community, working closely with the CEO and CFO in communicating the company’s strategy, financial results and outlook in a consistent and strategic manner.

Daniel Melbeck

Member

Daniel Milbeck joined I Have A Dream-Milwaukee as a Board Member in September 2012, and is a General Counsel with GE Healthcare. Daniel has been with GE Healthcare the last 16 years in a variety of healthcare legal roles. Daniel  manages all legal matters for GE Healthcare’s Global Partners consulting business, and GE Healthcare’s US West Zone. 

 

He teaches a class on Smart Business Communication at Penn State University and a volunteer coach for the Special Olympics . Daniel holds a JD from the University of Dayton School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from Saint Norbert College

Chytania Brown

Member

Chytania Brown has over 20 years of experience in criminal justice, workforce development, community development, policy, and advocacy. In 2020, she became the first woman to be appointed President and CEO of Employ Milwaukee, Inc.  Chytania oversees the administration of federal, state, and philanthropic funds and the creation of effective programs that ensure alignment between the skills demanded by a changing economy and those offered by the region’s labor force. 

 

Chytania began her career as a parole agent followed by advancement into numerous Senior and Executive Leadership roles in workforce development, including 17 years at Employ Milwaukee. As a change agent at Employ Milwaukee, she led the creation of a reentry department to provide tailored employment and training services to individuals involved in the criminal justice system, participated in national research projects, and expanded youth and young adult workforce resources by building an Office of Career Exploration.

 

  On the state level, she spearheaded innovative American Job Center initiatives that expanded service delivery inside Wisconsin correctional institutions and launched a Mobile Career Lab for out-of-state veteran recruitment and enhanced community connectivity. Chytania is working on her Doctor of Philosophy for the Advancement of Learning in Service at Cardinal Stritch University.