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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.

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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. 

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Lisa Goodman
Vice President

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.

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Phyllis Clark

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.

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Stanthia Grier

Stanthia Grier currently works for U.S. Bank in Mortgage Banking. Her volunteer efforts include Milwaukee Urban League Guild, United Way Project Lead, Lead2Change Program, Community, and Engagement committee, past YMCA Metropolitan Milwaukee Board Member, past Parklawn YMCA Board Member, past Hansberry Sands Theatre Company Board Member, and YMCA Black Achievers Alumni. She is an active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Stanthia holds a Master degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University and a certificate in Human Resource Management from Cardinal Stritch University. Her passion is to see poverty eliminated in Wisconsin by utilizing resources so communities can be revived. Stanthia joined the board in August 2019.

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Aisha Barkow

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. 

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Erica N. Bean

Erica Bean is a proud Milwaukee Native and Vice President at BMO Harris Bank N.A. For the past 14 years, she has provided tailored trust administration and financial planning services for clients within the Wealth Management footprint. As a Team Lead of specialized services, she also manages the Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust Division for the bank. Prior to her career at BMO, she worked in various areas of the insurance industry gaining her work experience at Northwestern Mutual and Travelers Insurance Company. She holds an active intermediary license with the State of Wisconsin, Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, and has 25+ years of experience in the insurance industry overall.

Erica holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is an active member and serves as the International Co-Director of Risk Management and serves on the International Audit Team for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. Erica believes in the principle of service and helping others excel in their personal and professional lives. She serves as a mentor, advocate, and supporter to those in her network and local community. Erica is committed to servicing the needs of her community through volunteerism and charitable giving and looks forward to her tenure on the SDF board.

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Attorney Sarah Blackwell

Sarah Blackwell is an immigration attorney practicing for 15 years in Milwaukee County.  A strong believer in giving people tools to make changes in their lives, Sarah has her own law practice and focuses on helping people become lawful permanent residents through a family member. She is witness to the powerful effect becoming documented has on the lives of her clients, both emotionally and financially. Sarah sees the Social Development Foundation as playing a similar role in the community: providing resources to the Social Development Commission (SDC) to allow SDC to deliver programs that can help transform the lives of Milwaukee residents.

Prior to being an immigration attorney, Sarah worked in healthcare for most of 20 years in various management positions, both in Milwaukee and in London, England.  A native of London, Sarah emigrated to the US both as a child and as an adult. She has lived in the Milwaukee area for over 20 years.  

Sarah has a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison and a law degree from Marquette University.

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Attorney Vincent Bobot

Vincent Bobot has been active in the Milwaukee community for decades, as a civil servant, volunteer, and mentor. For more than 20 years, he worked for the Milwaukee Police Department where he started as a Police Aide and retired from the force as a Lieutenant of Police.

Bobot was appointed to Assistant City Attorney (1993) for the City of Milwaukee followed by an appointment as a Municipal Court Judge (1999). He was re-elected to a four-year term in 2001. Through appointment, he held the position of Chief Judge of the Milwaukee Municipal Court the last two years of his term. His efforts to help increase compliance with the court included implementing night court and the Driver’s License Reinstatement Program.

He currently owns a private law practice in Milwaukee and is extensively involved in the community. In addition to being on the Board of Directors for the Social Development Foundation, Bobot conducts Pro Bono work for Wilson Park Little League Association, is a teen mentor at the YMCA, works with the Southside Scholarship Fund, participates in litter pickups with youthful offenders and much more.

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Stanley Brister

Stanley Brister is an active Community Member in Milwaukee. 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.


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Gwendolyn Johnson

A Milwaukee native, Gwendolyn Johnson is a Supplier Inclusion and Diversity Consultant with MCG Services Corporation. She supports, coordinates, and implements the inclusion of minority, women, LGBT, veterans, disabled and small business enterprises in procurement practices within corporations and organizations. She has led workforce development and business capacity building initiatives, and diversity, equity and inclusion efforts within her prior roles.

Gwendolyn holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Master of Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University, and a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from eCornell University.

Gwendolyn is committed to being a part of continued growth, education, and development within Milwaukee and joined the Social Development Foundation Board of Directors to increase business development and growth within the communities we serve. She also serves on the board for the United Methodist Children’s Services of Wisconsin, Washington Park Urban Ecology Center Advisory Committee, and is a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Gwendolyn counts her greatest achievement as being a proud mother to one daughter.

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Robert McKinley

Robert McKinley currently works in Business Banking at US Bank. Formerly, Robert was a Bank Manager at Associated Bank and 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.

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Dr. Shandowlyon Reaves

Dr. Shandowlyon Reaves has over 25 years of experience in public, private, charter and higher education. She has served in many positions from Handicapped Child Assistant (HCA) to Director at the state education agency. She has also served as a member of the senior lead team and director of the Office of the Governor. Dr. Reaves was the first African American to appear on the ballot for Wisconsin State Superintendent during the 2021 primary election. Having been in the “eye of the storm”, Dr. Reaves has mastered the ability to adapt to change while leading others. She is a Certified Associate Diversity Coach. She attended and completed the Executive Certification in Diversity Coaching program at Howard University in partnership with Coach Diversity Institute. Having matriculated through the Be The Change Training Program, Dr. Reaves developed and implemented a three month pilot program wherein she offered free coaching services. She is the author of Moving Along the Trajectory Towards Continuous Improvement: From Disempowering Beliefs to Empowering Beliefs. Dr. Reaves, a successful business woman, has launched four entrepreneurial ventures. She is the proud mother of one daughter and one son. Dr. Reaves also spends her time volunteering in the community. She is a member of the Church of the Living God; Metropolitan Milwaukee Alliance of Black School Educators; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and Rev Collective. 

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Bridget Robinson-Whitaker

Bridget Whitaker is a Milwaukee native and currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director for Safe & Sound. In her Chief of Culture role, she works in both an internal and external facing manner to coordinate overall strategy while working to create engagement in our mission from staff, the board of directors, and partners organizations. Bridget provides direct oversight to all aspects of human resources, training and continuous improvement, DEI activities, strategic planning, procurement, and facilities management, while developing sound and efficient business practices for the operations. 

Bridget is a Marquette University Alum and additionally holds a Master of Management degree from the University of Phoenix and a Juris Doctorate Degree from Concord Law School. In 2017, Bridget launched QB Solutions, LLC – a successful full-service human resource consulting firm where she leads small business owners in strategic planning, professional development and life cycle recruitment. She is widely respected as a career coach and mentor for women of color providing practical tools for winning in the workplace.

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Dr. George P. Hinton, Ex-Officio CEO, Social Development Commission

Dr. George P. Hinton is the CEO of the Social Development Commission (SDC). As a Commission on Poverty and Wisconsin’s largest Community Action Agency, SDC operates numerous programs to improve the quality of life for Milwaukee County’s residents experiencing poverty. Through various services, SDC serves tens of thousands of people each year helping them to find their pathway to success.

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.

Support Staff

La Toya Jones, Manager, SD Foundation
Vanessa Claypool, Fundraising/Development Specialist, SD Foundation
Barbara McKillop, Lead Grant Writer, SDC
Chantell Sain, Marketing Supervisor, SDC

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Social Development Foundation Board Member Roles and Responsibilities

Title: Member, Social Development Foundation

Purpose: The role of board members is to provide their time, professional knowledge, and leadership in helping to meet and maintain the mission of the Social Development Foundation. In particular, board members help to secure private sector financial and volunteer support for the Social Development Commission (SDC) programs.

Term: 3 years

Obligations of the Board: Board members are expected to work together in the best interest for the foundation, with decisions being made by consensus.  Board members should:

  • Provide governance to the SD Foundation
  • Work with staff to establish a Strategic Plan for the foundation then maintain, update and adjust as needed
  • Monitor finances
  • Contribute skills, knowledge, and experience when appropriate
  • Commits to work with development staff in efforts to raise funds for the SDC
  • Ensures compliance with policies relative to fundraising and other policies relative to the SD Foundation
  • Identifies individuals, small businesses, and corporations whose philanthropic areas of interest could include programs specific to SDC
  • Responds to all SD Foundation board meeting notices
  • Plans to spend at least one day per year experiencing agency activities

Specific Duties:

  • Attend meetings, participate and show commitment to board activities
  • Serve on a fundraising committee or non-fundraising committee
  • Be well informed and prepared for meetings
  • Educate yourself about the needs of SDC’s customers
  • Represent SD Foundation to the public, private sector and overall community
  • Use your personal and professional associations to connect resources and individuals to the foundation
  • Make a personal financial gift each year

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