Notable Minority Executives: Kelly Carter

Program officer, Community Care Inc.

  • Category: Notable Minority Executives
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 25
  • Undergrad degree/university: Marquette University/Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Graduate degree/university: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Master of Science in Nursing

Kelly Carter, program officer at Brookfield-based Community Care Inc., has always considered herself more nurse than executive. But she has balanced her business acumen with her clinical expertise to help guide the nonprofit organization, which helps adults with long-term care needs live as independently as possible, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since joining Community Care, Carter has helped expand two of the organization’s care programs – Partnership and the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Both programs help frail seniors and individuals with disabilities get the care they need while staying in their homes.

In addition to expanding the PACE program to additional counties, Carter helped to open its Vliet adult day care center in Milwaukee. She also helped develop Community Care’s relationship with several Milwaukee-area religious orders.

Carter takes an active role in mentoring those she supervises. She identifies opportunities for growth for other women of color, challenging them to take on additional responsibilities and helping them gain confidence, according to Sherrice Harrell, chief administrative officer at Community Care.

“Her passion for her work, as both nurse and leader, is incomparable,” Harrell said.

Outside of work, Carter has served as a leader in her church, volunteered with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and served on the board of the National PACE Association.

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