WHO WE ARE
LEAD2CHANGE YEAR IN REVIEW VIDEO
Mission

To empower and inspire youth to be catalysts for change in their communities.

Vision

A community strengthened through constructive youth engagement in all aspects of society.

Overview

Lead2Change is a career-readiness organization that engages young people in leadership opportunities and equips them with essential tools to be successful in college, their career and the community. Young people who experience our programs enter the post-secondary world confident and clear about their career interests and their position in the global workforce.

As part of a national movement, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation founded the Youth in Service Fund in 1996. The program was created to engage young people in youth leadership and philanthropy.  After many years of success and granting nearly $550,000 to youth-led projects, in 2011, the Youth in Service Fund transitioned to Lead2Change, a career-readiness non-profit organization. Since 2011, Lead2Change has empowered more than 500 young adults, ages 16 to 24 years old, to be catalysts for change in their communities through interactive career-readiness classes, professional development workshops and paid internships.

Leadership

Dionne Grayson, Executive Director
Dionne Grayson is a visionary leader committed to helping youth and young adults discover their purpose, believe in their potential, and boldly pursue their dreams. Serving as Executive director of Lead2Change, Mrs. Grayson, along with 22 youth, co-founded Lead2Change. To date, nearly 1,000 young people have successfully completed this program.

With a career spanning more than 25 years, Dionne has earned many accolades; in 2017, she was named a Woman of Influence by The Milwaukee Business Journal. In 2018, Mrs. Grayson was recognized as a Leading Woman in Business by O, The Oprah Magazine. Her greatest accomplishment, however, is the title “mentor,” given to her by small business owners and young people across the country.

Mrs. Grayson received her undergraduate degree in Clinical Psychology from Alverno College and a graduate degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She resides in Milwaukee with her husband Vern.

Board of Directors

Chair
Marcus Taylor – Rockwell Automation

Vice-Chair
Linda Hogan – Bader Rutter

Secretary
Christian Braverman, Colliers International

Treasurer
Kristiyan Trukov – R.W. Baird

People and Performance Committee Chair
Anna Oakes, Oakes Co.

Board Director
Leo Ries, LISC (Retired)

Board Co-Chair and Program and Community Engagement Committee Chair
Megan Roche, City of New Berlin

Board Director
Suzanne Zwaska, US Bank

Board Standing Committees

Finance

Kristiyan Trukov, Chair

Sara Anderson

Christian Braverman 

Brittany Eronson 

Patrick Schulz

Thomas Serafin

Marketing Communications

Linda Hogan, Chair

Cindy Cooper

Taylor Dei

Merilou Gonzales

Hope Manuel

Manisha Nabke

Brittany Nash

Leo Ries

Aubri Wierzbicki

People + Performance (P2)

Anna Oakes, Chair

Leronica Shaw

Sam Smith

Program and Community Engagement

Megan Roche, Chair

Daniel Bergen

LaShanna Brown

Trishya Brown

Angilique Jones-Cornelius

Annette DiZinno

Kimberly Dunn

Stanthia Grier

RaShonda Jones

Joanna Rivas

Dorintha Robinson

Thomas Serafin

Fran Sutter

Hannah Verrier

Bregetta Wilson

Staff

Administrative Staff

Dionne Grayson: Executive Director

Amanda Aliparta: Fund Development Consultant

Cheryl McMurtry: Accountant

Brittany Nash: Marketing & Communications Consultant

Norm Smaglik: Accounting Administrator

Leslie Zingapan: Executive Assistant

Program Staff

Bryan D. Evans, Sr.: Lead Brick by Brick Instructor

Kofi Abaidoo: Brick by Brick Instructor

Kinen Fleming: Brick by Brick Instructor

Katherine Polace: Lead Career Advancement Coach

Mia Valenzuela: Career Advancement Coach

Cheri Hegwood: Career Advancement Coach

Interact Club

Paige Hunt: Interact Coordinator

Donia Abu-Saif: Career Advancement Coach

Partners
African American Chamber of Commerce
Anon Charitable Trust
Bader Rutter
Cardinal Stritch University
The Commons, WI
Ebony Esthetics
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern WI
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Innovative Fiber
Kohl Foundation
 
Kohls Hometown Giving
Marquette University Diederich College of Communications
Marquette University Education Opportunity Program – Talent Search
Milwaukee Public Schools Contract Compliance Services, Office of Accountability & Efficiency
Milwaukee Public schools Partnership for the Arts and Humanities
National Association of African American HR Professionals
Neo Soul Productions
Potawatomi Foundation
PumpFive Fuel Delivery
Rockwell Automation
 
Reasons for Hope MKE
Secure Futures
T.A.L.K. Publishing
Townsend Foundation
Union Pacific
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts
Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres
Vibez Creative Arts Space
World Outreach Church