Our Team

Dan Schiller

Executive Director

Kids are incredible and I’ve been drawn to and have stayed with youth work because of the honesty, enthusiasm, resilience, optimism, kindness, and willingness to try things that young people display. I’ve been fortunate to work with youth and families since 2003 and since 2006 my work has been centered in Milwaukee. My driving force is ensuring that all kids regardless of circumstance have the opportunities, supports, and encouragement they need to realize their fullest potential.

I have a Bachelors in Psychology (UW Madison), a Masters in Social Work (UW Milwaukee) and as a lifelong learner, I’ve engaged in extensive continuing education focused on things like design thinking, experiential education, the benefits of play, coaching and leadership, organizational culture, strategic planning, project management, and social entrepreneurship.

I live in the Milwaukee area with my wife (Lindsay) and 2 daughters (Teigan and Grace). In my free time I coach youth soccer, I like to work with my hands on my house, on my bikes, and in my yard, and I try to spend as much time active and outdoors hiking, biking, swimming, and being, as is humanly possible.

Sen-Soray Erving

Family Engagement & Program Coordinator

My name is Sen-Soray Erving, I was employed with Silver Spring Neighborhood Center as the case manager for Workforce Development. In my position, I was able to build and strengthen the workforce by providing job services, training and employment assistance to individuals looking for work. I am excited to be working for the Milwaukee Academy of Science (IHDF-MKE) as the Family Engagement & Program Coordinator because I pride myself in my communication skills and strategic approaches in helping the community and others to strive to be their best.  Working with families and the Dreamers is a passion that warms my heart.

I have a  Degree in Business and Communications, Majoring in Business Management. Also, I hold certifications in the following areas:  Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – April 2021; Community Based Residential Facility Instructor (CBRF) – April 2021; Human Services/Human Resources Certification – May 2021; Community Healthcare Worker (CHW) – February 2022; and a member of the Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce – May 2020. 

In my spare time, I enjoy family, church, traveling and sports.

Lisa Heid, MSCP

Director of Programs

Hello – my name is Lisa Heid and I joined the IHDF-Milwaukee team in September of 2022. I bring with me, 20 years of experience working in both the education and social sector. 16 of those years were in direct service to youth and their families in Milwaukee and the surrounding communities. I have experience as a special education teacher specializing in students with severe emotional and behabivoral disabilities. 

I am excited to continue leading the IHDF-Milwaukee team ensuring that our Dreamers and their families have what then need to be successful. I enjoy working with the Dreamers on a daily basis and building relationships with our families. I look forward to brining more experiences and opportunities to our Dreamers. 

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Educational Studies from Alverno College. I also have a Masters of Science in Community Psychology from Alverno College. 

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with family. We love walking, camping and fishing.

Hannah Sheedy

Social Work Intern

My name is Hannah Sheedy. Before joining the “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Milwaukee team I worked for the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee as a Group Leader and Day Camp Counselor. I provided before and after-school programming at several MPS, charter, and parochial schools across the Milwaukee area. 

Throughout my time working with youth in Milwaukee I have met so many incredible people. I am excited to continue to serve my community and to meaningfully connect with our Dreamers and their families. I hope for our Dreamers to achieve their goals in the present and their futures. I want them to be confident in their abilities and shoot for the moon! 

I am currently a student at UW Milwaukee for my bachelor’s degree in social work. In my spare time, I love rock climbing. 

Larry Willis

Mentor Coordinator

My decades of experience, knowledge and education working in community-based and non-profit organizations allowed me to assist and empower families and their children to believe anything is possible. Being excited about my role is an understatement. It’s a passion! I get the opportunity to bring individuals with the desire and passion I have to promulgate the vision and mission of I Have a  Dream Foundation.The vision: Our dream is a world where every child has equal access to the educational and career opportunities that will ignite their innate potential. The mission:To empower students from historically marginalized communities to thrive at school, at home, and in the community by providing individualized social, emotional, academic, and family support from first grade to first job, along with guaranteed post-secondary tuition assistance. My educational background: Associate in Community Service, Bachelors In Social Welfare, Masters in Theology. The numerous continuing education courses that allowed me to stay relevant and updated. Also, growing up in similar neighborhoods, marginalized/under-resourced communities gave me a direct channel to communicate from experience. What I would love to do or add as a human touch is that our Dreamers and their family truly believe that dreams can come true.