Robert is the Interim Executive Director of Wisconsin Microfinance. Having spent eight years of his childhood growing up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he speaks French and Haitian Creole. It is because of his passion for the people and culture of Haiti that we have established a second Haitian program. Robert has over ten years of experience in national and international program implementation, and when he’s not supporting Wisconsin Microfinance’s mission, he is the president of GTiMA, and a technology and policy advisor to Mandli Communications. Both Mandli and GTiMA work with national, international, and regional authorities to advance smart city standards, policies, and best practices.
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Tom is the President of the Board of Wisconsin Microfinance and, prior to his retirement, taught classes on sustainability at the University of Wisconsin. Tom has been at the forefront of business and sustainability for the last twenty-five years, developing credentialing programs in sustainability at UW Madison, and founding and serving as the Executive Director of the WI Sustainable Business Council. He has written and spoken extensively on the changing role of business in society, the power of microfinance, and on how the private sector can lead in responding to a resource constrained world. Tom holds a law degree from George Washington University, a Masters in Public Administration from the Lafollette Institute, and, prior to law school, was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines.
LeeAnn is the Real Estate and Workplace Solutions Director and one of the founders of sustainability at American Family Insurance. She has a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from UW-Madison, a Master’s in Management from Cardinal Stritch University and a Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership from Edgewood College. In 2013 she was the recipient of the InBusiness magazine “Sustainability Visionary of the Year”. LeeAnn has served on the Board of the Wisconsin Sustainability Business Council and was a Fellow for the Nelson Institute in 2012.
Alex brings her passion for women’s issues, empowerment, and budgeting to the board. She works with Epic as a program manager and previously she was a banker at Associated Bank. Her extensive background in financial issues makes her a peerless treasurer for the organization.
Joe Bonnell has been involved in international work for over 30 years, including two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Costa Rica from 1990-1992. Joe also has strong ties with the Dominican Republic, having led multiple study abroad programs and completed a Fulbright project there focusing on watershed management. His focus in his international work is on environmental sustainability, water resource management, and sustainable agriculture. He is currently a Natural Resource Educator with University of Wisconsin – Madison in the Driftless Region.
Trevor is an Actuary at Travelers Insurance in Saint Paul, MN. Originally from Milwaukee, Trevor attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and there developed a passion for economic justice and sustainable business initiatives. He is a former Wisconsin Microfinance executive director, and is thrilled to continue to support the organization as it grows to impact more lives. Trevor has degrees in Economics and Finance, and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society.
Mark is a senior fellow at the UW Madison School of Education with passions in international relations and global health systems.
Jane is a former Wisconsin Microfinance executive director and UW-Madison graduate with degrees in Operations and Technology Management and Environmental Studies. A cornerstone of the organization, Jane is a tireless advocate for change whose experience with Wisconsin Microfinance makes her an invaluable member of the board. Jane is currently the Executive Director of Clean Fuels Michigan where she works to advance the clean transportation industry.
Paul Ohlrogge has been involved in community development and international work for 35 years. Prior to retirement, he was the County Director for UW-Extension in Iowa County and an Associate Professor of Community Resource Development. In the 1980s, Paul was in the Peace Corps for 4 years and then spent an additional 6 years in the Philippines working with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees – working with the resettlement of Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian and Hmong refugees. Paul has also worked on short term assignments in Rwanda, Cambodia, Uganda and Haiti. Paul graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a degree in Communications and Theology and has a Master’s in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University.
Annalise is a student at UW Madison, studying Economics and Spanish. During the summer of 2021, she served as the director of outreach and donor relationships for Wisconsin Microfinance. Her studies in economic development and female empowerment, combined with her analytical background, underscores the important research she does on the success of borrowers. Raised in Wisconsin, she has extensive international travel experience.