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 operation 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 SD Foundation Board of Directors in September 2017.
Arnold Cifax, Sr.
Minster Arnold Cifax, Sr. is an associate minister at New Testament Church of Milwaukee. He has been married to his wife Dr. Patricia Cifax, PhD. for 37 years. They have three grown sons, and three grandchildren. He has been involved with ministry for over 36 years, nine of them serving as founder and Senior Co-Pastor of Kingdom Business Community Church in Milwaukee. He is a license minister the gospel and an ordained Pastor. He has a heart for the disenfranchised and those who socioeconomically disadvantaged. As result, he has worked with groups such as “Youth Leadership Academy (Design for at-risk youth in High-risk neighborhoods), “Big City Mountaineers”, “YMCA Past-port for Youth”, and “We Got This” grass roots organization designed to teach agricultural skills and provide employment to African American males, ages 12-16 in the 53206 neighborhood.
Minister Cifax was also a teacher with MPS and has volunteered as a mentor with MPS, LadLake, and others. He has a passion for wanting to see poverty eradicated in Wisconsin. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University and a Youth Development Certificate from UWM.
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 joined Direct Supply in 2011, as a Product Manager. While at Direct Supply, Lisa provided direction on existing and future products, created and maintained product roadmaps, led cross-functional teams through new product introduction and managed the launches of new product releases and enhancements. In her current role as a Project Manager, Lisa works to drive alignment through cross-functional teams for one of Direct Supply’s largest customers. Prior to joining Direct Supply, Lisa spent 11 years at GE, where she was a Global Product Manager and a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
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 and is also a proud wife and mother of three children.
Nakisha Adams currently works for We Energies as a Revenue Protection Specialist. She is also actively involved in the community as she serves on several committees such as the Steering Committee for the YMCA Teen Achiever programs. She also serves on their collegiate committee and helps to oversee their Career Cluster committee which helps teens prepare for life after high school by exposing them to various career fields. She also works with Meta House on their Young Leaders Board and works with Artworks Milwaukee where she works with teens through workshops, on various 21 Century skills.
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.
Wendy Collins has spent almost two decades in healthcare and has 18 years of Medicaid experience. As community outreach manager for Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Wendyeducates various organizations about the importance of Medicaid health insurance. Wendy frequently conducts workshops designed to help people live healthier lives. She hopes to empower people and increase their knowledge of programs and services offered to the community. In fact, Wendy’s passion is a testimony to her continued dedication to the community in which she serves. Wendy is a native of Milwaukee. She is currently studying at Concordia University majoring in Business Management. When Wendy isn’t working, she loves spending time with her family – especially her grandchildren. She also enjoys spending time outdoors.
Alicia C. Smith McCants
Allison Yanasak is the Service Coordinator at Vision Forward Association, a non-profit in Milwaukee that works to “empower, educate and enhance the lives of individuals impacted by vision loss through all of life’s transitions”. As the Service Coordinator Allison is responsible for the Birth to Three, early intervention, programming at Vision Forward. Allison enjoys staying active in the community and has served as a United Way Speaker, assisted with United Way Campaigns and other special events as well. Allison is an active participant in the community and will graduate with a BA in Communication from Alverno in December 2017.
George P. Hinton, Ex-Officio CEO, Social Development Commission
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, the SDC serves tens of thousands of people each year. Hinton 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 non-profit organizations.
La Toya Jones, Manager – SD Foundation
Barbara McKillop, Lead Grant Writer, SDC
Kimberly Dawson-Brooks, Development & Communication Specialist, SDC