Board of Directors
The Social Development Foundation Board of Directors is a diverse group united by a desire to identify and mobilize resources that help Milwaukee County families move out of poverty. Board directors volunteer countless hours and leverage the group’s collective power to support initiatives that empower people.
Each director is respected in the community, accomplished, and brings a strong set of professional skills to the role. The foundation board is a robust team that operates with integrity, competence and commitment. Directors trust and challenge each other as they address critical issues in the foundation’s areas of focus. The board ensures that the goals and objectives of the foundation are implemented and achieved.
Albert L. Smith is the Director of Operations of Haywood Group. He is involved in the strategic direction of the company and oversees the day-to-day operational activities. In addition, he is responsible for implementing company plans and policies, as well as developing business contacts to achieve overall corporate objectives to ensure maximum operating results. Albert is a former Vice President of the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors. He also is an Associate Professor at Concordia University-Wisconsin’s Mequon Campus. Albert holds a degree in Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, as well as a Master Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University. Al joined the Social Development Foundation Board of Directors in September 2017.
Alicia C. Smith McCants
Alicia Smith McCants is the Vice President of Development and Analytics for Advocate Aurora Health Foundations. Within this role, she manages different departments that include system operations, prospect research, donor and data integrity and donor loyalty and stewardship.
Alicia believes that no amount of success comes without the responsibility of reaching in, giving back, and investing across one’s community. Alicia is deeply dedicated and involved in several community organizations and programs in Greater Milwaukee and beyond. Having received the Milwaukee Times Black Excellence Award for volunteerism, Alicia acknowledges that being excellent moves beyond just taking care of oneself, it instead travels outside, down sidewalks, into dark alleyways, living room couches and into the heart of others.
Robert McKinley is a Bank Manager at Associated Bank. Associated Bank is a Wisconsin based bank that focuses on growing the community through active leadership and participation while also building long lasting financial relationships through exceptional customer service. During his 5 years at Associated Bank, Robert has held multiple positions in Branch Banking. Robert enjoys working with people and providing financial tools necessary to help individuals realize and achieve their financial goals. Robert has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Lisa Goodman is a voice actor and owner of A GoodWoman’s Voice, LLC. Prior to owning her own business, Lisa has been a marketing professional with extensive experience in leading multi-tiered, strategic initiatives. She has a proven track record in executing new product introduction and go-to-market strategies. Lisa is known to successfully manage executive-level, cross-functional teams that strengthen customer relationships. Lisa holds an MBA from Northeastern University and a BS from Mount Ida College. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Christ the King Baptist Church, and Jack & Jill of America. She is also a proud wife and mother of three children.
Nakisha Adams is the founder and CEO of Skribble inc., a company that specializes in grant writing and nonprofit start-up and development.
Before starting Skribble inc., Nakisha Adams worked in corporate America in various roles in finance. Nakisha Adams has received two Bachelor Degrees and an MBA. Outside of the office, Nakisha is committed to volunteerism, and serves on several boards and committees.
Nakisha believes there is no right or wrong way to serve those around you and sometimes it happens because of individuals that communicate a need and believe you are the one who can deliver it.
Aisha Barkow is a life-long resident of Milwaukee County. She is currently the Director of Public Safety at Milwaukee Area Technical College and responsible for the safety and security for all four campuses.
Aisha’s career has been built on service to others. She proudly served the citizens of Milwaukee County for over 18 years when she was appointed to the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office in January of 1997. She was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August of 2006, Captain in January 2009, and finally served the rank of Deputy Inspector in December of 2010. She has commanded and worked in various departments and units throughout the agency.
Aisha has served as the liaison for the Milwaukee County Community Justice Council, a committee comprised of county and community leaders working towards restoring the criminal justice system. She also served as a board member for the Shop With a Cop Foundation and COA Youth & Family Centers.
Aisha’s educational background includes a Master of Science in Educational Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, both from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She holds a leadership certificate from Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command. Aisha is licensed by the State of Wisconsin as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
Aisha has committed her life to serving and protecting others. She believes that everyone can achieve their goals and dreams through a holistic approach to reach their fullest potential.
Stanley Brister is an Account Manager of Enterprise Accounts for UPS. Stanley received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1990 and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2003. Committed to serving the community through volunteerism, Stanley has served on a number of boards including joining the Social Development Foundation in 2018.
Phyllis Clark is a native of the Milwaukee area and currently serves as the Senior Director of External Reporting and Controls at Northwestern Mutual. She believes that no one person can do it all, but working together we can accomplish great things. Phyllis Clark joined the Social Development Foundation Board to assist in the mission of eradicating poverty. She believes giving the community the tools to be successful is critical to this mission.
Phyllis is a Certified Public Accountant in Wisconsin and Texas with over sixteen years of experience in the accounting field. She began her career in public accounting after she obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Phyllis then went on to obtain a Master of Science in Accountancy from the University of Notre Dame.
Stanthia Grier currently works for U.S. Bank in Mortgage Banking. Her volunteer efforts include Milwaukee Urban League Guild Vice President, United Way Project Lead Spring Class of 2019, past YMCA Metropolitan Milwaukee Board Member, past Parklawn YMCA Board Member, and YMCA Black Achievers Alumni. She is passionate about wanting to see poverty eliminated in Wisconsin. Stanthia holds a degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration. Stanthia joined the board in August 2019.
Dr. George P. Hinton, Ex-Officio CEO, Social Development Commission
Dr. George P. Hinton is the CEO of the Social Development Commission (SDC). As Wisconsin’s largest Community Action Agency, SDC operates numerous programs to improve the quality of life for Milwaukee County’s low-income residents. Through five core service areas including employment, family strengthening, education, training and support services, SDC serves tens of thousands of people each year.
George has diverse work experience. He’s served as the executive director for INROADS, Inc. – Milwaukee. He’s held several executive leadership positions with the Children’s Health System of Wisconsin. From 2008-2012, Hinton served as president of Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee. He is also the founder of the Hinton Group, a healthcare and business consulting firm that works with private and nonprofit organizations.
La Toya Jones, Manager – SD Foundation
Barbara McKillop, Lead Grant Writer, SDC
Kimberly Dawson-Brooks, Development & Communication Specialist, SDC
Chantell Sain, Marketing Specialist, SDC