UPAF names 2019 campaign co-chairs

Jim Barry III, Sandy Botcher and Tim Stewart to head campaign

Deanna Tillisch, UPAF president and CEO, at the fund's 50th anniversary campaign.

The United Performing Arts Fund has chosen three business leaders to head its 2019 campaign.

Jim Barry
Sandy Botcher
Tim Stewart

The campaign co-chairs include: Jim Barry III, president and CEO of The Barry Company; Sandy Botcher, vice president of field experience at Northwestern Mutual; and Tim Stewart, attorney and shareholder at DeWitt Ross & Stevens.

UPAF is an umbrella nonprofit that solicits donations on behalf of 14 local performing arts organizations, including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and the Milwaukee Ballet. UPAF’s 2018 campaign raised $12 million.

The 2019 campaign is scheduled to run from March 4 to June 12.

“Jim, Sandy and Tim are pillars of the Greater Milwaukee area who lead by example,” said Deanna Tillisch, president and chief executive officer of UPAF. “This dynamic team understands the connection between a robust arts and culture scene to a vibrant and engaged community. Their passion for the performing arts will have a critical impact on the success of the 2019 UPAF Campaign.”

Barry has been president and CEO of The Barry Company for more than 25 years, overseeing the commercial real estate sales force. He serves on the board of the Lynde & Harry Bradley Foundation, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

Botcher joined Northwestern Mutual in 2001 and was previously vice president of campus and event experiences, where she led the company’s downtown expansion project. Botcher serves on the COA Youth & Family Center’s Board of Directors, the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and works with the We Got This program.

From DeWitt Ross & Stevens’ Brookfield office, Stewart practices as an ERISA attorney. Stewart has been involved with UPAF for several years, including serving as co-chair of Next Generation UPAF and chair of the UPAF Westside Cabinet, which focuses on growing UPAF’s presence in Waukesha County. He was also recently recognized as a corporate volunteer of the year finalist during BizTimes’ 2018 Nonprofit Excellence Awards.

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