2023 Cohort A
My name is Christine Wilson and I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Parkside. In 1996, I received a Bachelor’s of Art in Mass Communication with a minor in Spanish. I am currently a Kindergarten teacher at The City School Milwaukee. I have been an educator for 16yrs with an emphasis in early education.
Natasha McCants is a Milwaukee native who has an interest in community service. Natasha has
been in the insurance industry for over 20 years and has now embarked in a role as Doula/birth
worker. Natasha’s goal is to advocate for the rights of the underserved, in particular women’s
As a fearless descendant of fighters and pathfinders, I've made it my life's work to leave this world a much better place than the world we've inherited! Community Organizer, Art & Culture Content Creator and advocate for the people; I place myself in positions to improve the betterment of all, internal and external. I believe it's our duty as human beings to create an environment that suits everyone, and be the change we want to achieve! ----Many hands make light work!
My name is Danielle. I am a student at Mount Mary university. My degree is communication with a focus on marketing as well as user experience. I hope to change the bias that we have in marketing to these negative stereotypes to target, underserved communities. I am also president of the Black Student Union at my university. I hope to help the community in more ways than one. I just want better for the generations to come!
Marilyn Laster was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. She and her
family have been in the Lindsay Heights’ area/neighborhood for over 70 years.Marilyn has been a part of many local and national organizations throughout the years and always looks forward to getting involved in projects as a way making a positive difference and giving back to her community. Before employment with the Center for Veteran’s Issues as a Program Assistant and Veteran Service Officer, Marilyn ran a successful Group Child Development Center. Leisure time is spent with her 3 adult daughters and her 16 year old grandson.
Patricia Wilson is the Southeast Vaccine Community Outreach Regional Specialist for Wisconsin Health Literacy and the proud owner of PAW Community Connections LLC and PAW Connects You with the Community. Patricia has spent her life working improving health and living conditions of individuals, families and the communities in which they live. Patricia has always had a career in health, whether she was working serving on care teams, chronic disease management, case management, providing resources
and referrals or group facilitation.
Improving social determinants of health by empowering individuals to take control of their own health is what comes natural for her.
Hello, my name is Michelle Herrera-Carmona. I am currently attending Mount Mary University. I am a first-generation college student. I'm looking forward to and working hard to be able to make a change in the Milwaukee community. I am passionate towards making it a community where there is trust and safety, for future generations. I'm part of the ECCHO program, working with many amazing women who want to make a change. I have lived in Milwaukee my whole life. I have lived through and seen the struggles of the people around me. Specifically, the life of Mexican-Americans, of Mexican immigrants. I aspire to be part of an amazing community where everyone can be given a voice and we can face injustices together.
Marlene is a first generation Palestinian immigrant who has lived in Milwaukee most of her life.
Her background and experience she has gained growing up in Milwaukee, she wanted to make
a change and help. Before completing her Masters in Public Health, specializing in Behavioral
Health and Health Education, from the University of Michigan, she served as a Public Ally
serving the refugee/immigrant community where she gained her passion for community health
and breaking down barriers. Over the years, she has worked on multiple public health projects
within the non-profit/grassroots sector both nationally and internationally including COVID-19
grant projects, COVID-19 health education campaigning, and consulting within the vast
immigrant population. She now is a perinatal mental health specialist for the Milwaukee Health
Department, working on projects to decrease infant mortality rates. During her free time Marlene
loves to travel, do yoga, and write.
Maya was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. She received her bachelor’s degree in Health Management from Howard University, then returned back to Milwaukee to receive a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch. Currently, she works as contractor for Anthem. In the near future, she has plans of becoming an entrepreneur. In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending
time with family and friends.
Freda Wright is a Program Manager for Eras Senior Network working within the Harambee community. Where she helps older adults in the community with transportation needs and other resources. Before changing careers she worked within the healthcare field for 15 years. Everyone should have access to quality healthcare and to life’s basic needs. If we all work together we can make that happen.
Stay tuned for more information!
LaRaine Patterson, a Milwaukee native and Cardinal Stritch B.A. alumni is a long time community advocate and works closely with several neighborhood associations. LaRaine is a Certified Community Health Worker who is passionate about addressing unconscious bias in healthcare.