We could not be successful in transforming lives without the help of our volunteers, collaborative partners and our Board of Directors.
Nancy Yarbrough Banks
Founder and Executive Director
Nancy believes in the spirit of excellence and meeting the needs of people. In addition to being the Founder and Executive Director of Fresh Start Learning Inc., she is a consultant and facilitator with degrees and licenses in early childhood development, AODA and domestic violence counseling, and community program development and outreach. She has served Milwaukee and its surrounding communities for over 20 years advocating for victims of human trafficking, homelessness, and domestic violence. She is committed to improving the quality of life for those who have lost hope. She has a calling for advocating change and accepting people wherever they are on their life's journey and encouraging them to be the best they can be.
Michael is a retired CEO of Robertson Factories and owner of Orchard Computers and Falmouth Marine. He is currently the President of Love Kindness Inc. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He has served in different board roles for organizations such as Youth Opportunities Unlimited, MA Easter Seals, National Easter Seals, and the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Negotiations. Mike has a strong faith base and has served on Wisconsin Congregational Ministers Fellowship Board, Milton Academy Board, and other youth and religious organizations. He is active with the ministry of Community Baptist Church in Milwaukee.
Rebecca is a devout Christian and believes that all that we do should be for God's glory. She graduated Kaplan University with a Bachelors degree in business- accounting emphasis. She has worked with non-profits for over 10 years, managing donor databases, fundraising appeals and government reporting.
She and her husband have recently become empty nesters, they have two grown children, a son 24 and a daughter 23. Rebecca enjoys cooking (Keto), hiking, and kayaking.
Stephani is a UW-Parkside graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She has always worked & lived in Southeastern Wisconsin. She currently is the Director of Sales Management for an IT company in Racine, WI who has served nonprofits for almost 30 years. Some of her strengths include leadership, management and organizational skills. She has always had a passion for helping others with this being her first formal board role.
Zoreedua Alayande currently works for Northwestern Mutual where she leads a team in the Career Distribution function with responsibility for onboarding its financial representative field staff. Employed with the company for 15 years, she has held leadership roles in both Client Services Operations and Human Resources. She earned both her MBA and MSM from Cardinal Stritch University and is a graduate of Future Milwaukee. She currently serves on the board of The Adult Learning Center, Renaissance Development Services, and is a Rotarian, and the current chair of the Mequon- Milwaukee Afterhours Satellite Passport Club. Zoreedua is committed to helping others and has a passion for empowering women to become the best version of themselves. She resides in the Northshore area with her husband, stepson, and the family dog.
Becca Donaldson (she/her/hers) is a civil and human rights attorney. She has worked in gender equality advocacy for over a decade, both internationally and here in Wisconsin, where she was born and raised. She currently works at a public interest law firm based here in Milwaukee. Her practice focuses on protecting the rights of gender violence survivors. She first began working with victims of human trafficking while she was on a Fulbright Fellowship in the United Arab Emirates, where she worked with Dubai’s first shelter for victims of trafficking and domestic violence as it was opening. Becca is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard Law School. She is a proud alumna of LOTUS Untold Stories and the Wisconsin Women’s Network Policy Institute, and a member of 9to5 Wisconsin. She is committed to innovating solutions that end gender violence and balance the power in our society.
Nicole Jackson is currently employed with English Counseling Services providing re-entry services for Federal Inmates. She is also part of the Full-time faculty with Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC), and the pool of behavioral health staff with Columbia-St. Mary’s. Nicole completed her undergraduate degree in psychology and drug counseling at Alverno College. She went on to complete her Masters degree at Mount Mary College in Community Counseling with a focus on mental health and trauma. Additionally Nicole is credentialed in alcohol and drug counseling and has been working in the field for over 16 years. Nicole understands the struggles of today’s society and uses her work to aid the in the change for a better and safer community. Nicole is the president of Sister Nurturing A Purpose (S.N.A.P) social club concept with a twist; that thieves on sisterhood, encouraging and motivating women to embrace their worth. She is also actively involved with her church.
Lillian Oduwole graduated from Concordia University with a Master of Science in Nursing, concentrating in Family Nurse Practitioner. Lillian has treated chronic health conditions in one of the most underserved populations in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lillian was the recipient of the Managed Health Services Summit Award in 2016. Lillian was selected out of a pool of 3000 doctors and nurse practitioners in the state of Wisconsin. Lillian was the first nurse practitioner to receive such honor. Lillian is dedicated to the care of her patients and community. She is a Rotarian and has a passion for service.
Brittany is the VP of People and Culture and Clinicare, a series of residential treatment centers for at-risk youth. She has over 15 years of experience in Human Resources management, event planning, and non-profit advising. She received CHRP accreditation in Human Resources Management from Waukesha County Technical College in 2008, her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Cardinal Stritch University in 2018, and graduated from Cardinal Stritch's Mission Fuel Non-Profit Leadership Program in 2019. She also serves on the board of directors for Just Listen Inc., a non-profit organization providing support and resources to anyone affected by addiction. She is passionate about recovery, mental well-being, and aid for those impacted, as it affects members of her immediate family. She resides in Milwaukee and considers herself somewhat of a city enthusiast, attending various local events and connecting people with hidden gems and resources.
Board Member at large
Wallace is a retired school teacher who has spent over 14 years serving on non-profit boards as treasurer and financial secretary. He was a Minister at Community Baptist Church in Milwaukee.