Board of Directors
We could not be successful in transforming lives without the help of our volunteers, collaborative partners and our Board of Directors.
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 an author, consultant and facilitator with degrees and licenses in early childhood development, AODA, 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. Nancy is currently serving as a Police Commissioner for Glendale as well as serving as a commissioner on the Milwaukee County Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Committee. 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.
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.
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.
Toni White is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of WRTP BIG STEP.
Toni has extensive experience in workforce development including roles that require strategic planning, program implementation, and performance deliverables. Her expertise also includes budgeting, forecasting, finance, coordination, planning and contractual compliance. She holds a Master’s degree from UWM, an MBA from Faulkner University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Faulkner University as well. Toni is very excited to join the Fresh Start Learning Board of Directors and strongly believes in the mission and vision.
Christina Hamati is an attorney in the Milwaukee area who has expertise in insurance and financial planning. She currently works as Assistant General Counsel at Northwestern Mutual. Between a professional background in the financial services industry and an educational background in gender studies, she has come to believe that financial security is a basic foundation for social equity. A lifelong learner with no shortage of curiosity, she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, and her law degree from the University of Wisconsin. In addition to that, she holds CFP, CLU, ChFC, and RICP designations, as well as a FINRA Series 7 license.
In her free time, she loves being outside, running, doing yoga, reading/writing for fun, cooking, traveling, and hanging out with her partner Nathan & their two teenage pugs.
She believes that the opportunities she’s been dealt in life come with privilege that creates a duty for her to give back to her community. To that end, she is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and Wills for Heroes. And now Fresh Start!
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.