Board of Directors

We could not be successful in transforming lives without the help of our volunteers, collaborative partners and our Board of Directors.

Nancy Yarbrough

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.

Founder and Executive Director

Michael Robertson

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.

Board President

Courtney Olson

Courtney Olson is the Executive Director of Rainbow House Domestic Abuse Services, serving a three county area in North Eastern Wisconsin. With a master’s in Labor and Employment Relations and a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Courtney worked in healthcare human resources.  Her background in volunteering and board leadership provided the opportunity to transition into domestic violence advocacy in 2001.  When her friend and former colleague was murdered, Courtney founded the Hope Domestic Violence Homicide Response project.

Board Vice President

Lillian Oduwole

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.

Board Secretary

Nicole Jackson

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.

Board Member

Wallace Phillips

Wallace is a retired school teacher who has spent over 14 years serving on non-profit boards as treasurer and financial secretary. He is a Minister at Community Baptist Church in Milwaukee.

Board Member

Britany Rupert

Brittany is the Human Resources and Operations Director at Milwaukee Academy, a residential treatment center for at-risk youth. She has over 14 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 and her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Cardinal Stritch University in 2018. 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

Toni White

Toni White is a Certified Workforce Development Professional (CWDP) who holds two Master’s Degrees, one in Business Management from Faulkner University in Montgomery, Alabama and the other one is in Nonprofit Management and Leadership which she received from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She is a thriving survivor that has held both paid and unpaid positions as a fundraiser, board member, legal advocate, victim witness and shelter advocate. First hand, she has lobbied in Madison and Washington D. C. for additional funding and resources, changing of laws that negatively impact women when they make the choice to be safe, and ensuring that all women no matter the age are protected from the ills of domestic and sexual violence. She understands the plight of many of the victims and wants to be part of making the difference. She is a long-term advocate and activist for women’s rights, and causes such as the elimination of domestic violence and sexual assault. She utilizes her exemplary leadership and coaching skills to transform and build stronger community relationship between service providers, resources, and those seeking assistance. 

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