February 1, 2021
Join United Way for our virtual Annual Meeting on February 24 to hear about the impact of your investment and celebrate our award winners. Learn more about these incredible community leaders below.
Linda McFerrin African American Nonprofit Leadership Award
Known for her ability to deliver results that matter, Angela is an experienced corporate and community leader motivated by serving people. As corporate communications and diversity officer for Goodwill Industries of SE WI and Metro Chicago, Angela is leading the organization’s strategy for corporate communications and community engagement, as well as guiding its diversity, equity and inclusion journey. Angela is a committed community volunteer serving on the board of directors for Froedtert Hospital, Carmen Schools, African American Leadership Alliance Milwaukee and is a dedicated member of the Milwaukee (WI) Chapter of The Links, Inc. A military wife and mother, Angela was recognized with the Wisconsin National Guard Partnership Award for 20+ years of service to military families.
The Kryshak Family/Rebel Reform
Gwen T. Jackson Community Service Award
When COVID first hit, Mike and Loretta Kryshak of Rebel Reform became aware of the severe shortages of personal protective equipment, especially facemasks, and were fortunate enough to have materials that could be adapted to produce them. With partners like United Way, Just One More Ministry, Ignite Change, Allen Edmonds, North Shore Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Milwaukee County Transit, The Bucks and Fiserv Center, and so many others, Rebel Reform donated the materials to make and distribute over 4,000,000 facemasks through MaskUpMKE.org. Mike and Loretta encourage everyone to visit RebelReform.org to recognize their partner organizations making a real difference in the community.
Timothy W. Somers
John A. Puelicher Award
Timothy W. Somers is a Milwaukee native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Journalism) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MBA). He served as executive vice president and B2B marketing director at US Bank and as deputy chief of staff to Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. As a community volunteer he has supported initiatives across the metropolitan area and currently serves on the board of Danceworks, Inc. and Prevent Blindness Wisconsin and is a member of the UWM Graduate School Leadership Cabinet. He lives in the Town of Erin with his wife Susan and a menagerie of horses, dogs, and cats and is the proud grandfather of adorable children in Shorewood and Zurich, Switzerland.