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Kiwanis names new officers and directors
The Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee has installed its 2011-2012 officers and directors. The newly installed officers are: Elizabeth Nicols, executive director of Milwaukee Downtown BID #21; James Lange, vice president of commercial real estate lending at North Shore Bank; Steven Roberts, partner and vice president of marketing at CityPress, Inc.; Ronald Clayton, vice president at M&I Wealth Management part of BMO Financial Group; Thomas Kursel, president of Forest Home Cemetary; and James Pittelkow, owner of Pittelkow Financial Services, LLC.
Newly installed directors include: David  Herrewig, archivist at MillerCoors; David Heiny, analyst at Artisan Partners; Michael Reiels, HVAC branch manager at Johnson Controls; Jill Williamson, commercial lines manager at MacGillis Agency, Inc.; Joan Farrell, vice president and corporate counsel at Goodwill Industries of S.E. WI, Inc.;  Steven Giles, vice president at Landaas & Company; Kyle Harmon, president and COO at Whitnall Summit Company; Jessica Schuster, academic employment coordinator at Cardinal Stritch University; and David Brust, owner of Brust Design Associates.

Dreyfus returns from Washington to serve local organization
Susan Dreyfus to Rejoin Families International after Leading Largest Washington State Agency
Susan Dreyfus, secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, will rejoin Milwaukee-based Families International, Inc. as president and CEO beginning in January.  Families International, Inc. is the nonprofit parent organization of three, national nonprofit organizations: Alliance for Children and Families, United Neighborhood Centers of America, and Ways to Work; and one for-profit company, FEI Behavioral Health.
“We are lucky to have Susan come back to Wisconsin and rejoin the Families International group of companies. Her commitment to the mission of each of the organizations is very deep. After experiencing the shock of the sudden death of our previous leader, Peter Goldberg, we know we are in good hands,” said Stephen Mack, interim president and CEO of Families International.
Dreyfus will be president and CEO of Families International, Inc.; president and CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families; CEO of Ways to Work; CEO of UNCA; and board member for FEI Behavioral Health. She will replace Peter Goldberg, who died suddenly on Aug. 12, 2011.
“This is the exact right fit at the right time for this group of organizations,” said Richard Cohen, chairman of the board of Families International. “Susan offers Families International and its affiliated organizations not only an exceptional broad-based background and wealth of experience in this sector, but a very significant knowledge of their businesses. I fully expect her to hit the ground running.”
Dreyfus rejoins Families International and the Alliance for Children and Families for which she served as senior vice president and chief operating officer from 2003-2007. She will remain in her current role with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services during a special session of the legislature beginning November 28 to solve the state’s budget shortfall.
As secretary of the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services—the largest Washington state agency—Dreyfus leads a department with an $11 billion budget and more than 16,000 employees. The department is responsible for programs and systems including child welfare, juvenile justice, aging and disability services, substance abuse and mental health, vocational rehabilitation, deaf and hard of hearing, and economic services. The department directly administers programs and institutions and works closely with the nonprofit and for-profit sectors throughout the state of Washington. Dreyfus was appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in May 2009.
“I feel like I am coming home in more ways than one. To rejoin these great organizations is an honor,” said Dreyfus. “While I have loved my work in Washington State, I am looking forward to working with the Alliance and UNCA members and the local Ways to Work programs as we partner in communities and states across America to serve and strengthen the children, families, and neighborhoods who depend on us. From my experience in state government, I know full well of the importance of the partnership between the public and private sectors, as well as the urgency of the integral work of the nonprofit human services sector at this moment in our nation’s history.”

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