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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

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.

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Zoreedua Alayande

Board President

​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 Robertson

Senior Advisor

​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

Board Treasurer

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. 


Dr. LaTrice Buck

Board Member

Dr. Buck is the founder of INSPIRE Consulting, an agency focused on counseling, educating, and training professionals on domestic violence, trauma, and substance abuse. Dr. Buck was the Director of the Milwaukee Women’s Center for over 7 years providing services in areas related to elder, later life, domestic, and substance abuse, from prevention and treatment to management and program implementation. She possesses a passion for program enhancement and the legitimacy of the profession, which motivates her to educate other disciplines on addiction as it relates to domestic violence, substance abuse, and mental health services. 


Dr. Buck is nationally recognized as an expert in family violence, trauma, and substance abuse. She has trained Child Welfare, W2, and Criminal Justice professionals on the signs and effects of addiction and domestic violence. Additionally, Ms. Buck has presented at various conferences including those for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), Child Welfare League of America, Black Administrators in Child Welfare, and the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV), University of Wisconsin, NCALL, and a host of others. 


Dr. Buck is a proud HBCU graduate of Alabama State University, and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.


An interesting fact – she plays the drums!

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Alice Holly

Board Member

Alice F. Holly's mission is to live a life that is established on the promises of God’s word. She strives for excellence in every aspect of her life.

She was born and grew up in the city of Milwaukee, where she received her formal education. She is a graduate of West Division High School, a proud mother of one son, grandma to three wonderful grandchildren and great grandchildren. She currently runs a catering service and has been retired from the Federal Government for over five years where she worked as an operations supervisor, overseeing the processing of various claims. She has over forty years of experience in the public and customer service area. She is a member of Mount Zion Wings of Glory Church where she serves as Administrative Secretary, Head of the Mother’s Board and is on the Board of Directors. She also enjoys serving under the Bishop of Wisconsin First Jurisdiction as a Financial Secretary.


Alice is encouraged and motivated to impart her skills and wisdom to reach even just one person if it helps in making a difference in their life.


Nicole Jackson

Board Member

​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

Board Member

​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.


Wallace Phillips

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.

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