Executive Director

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Allison Cooley

Allison has deep experience in organization leadership and nonprofit management and a lifelong passion for the work we do. She is currently CEO at Effectability, LLC, where she helps leaders, teams and organizations reach higher levels of success through workshops and one-on-one coaching.

A Wisconsin native, Allison obtained her undergraduate degree at UW-Eau Claire and her master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Minnesota. Over her career, she has founded two successful business consulting organizations and spent 15 years at two Fortune 500 organizations in leadership and senior leadership advisory positions. She has been involved in community service her entire life, serving on several non-profit boards and committees whose work is focused on leveling the playing field for people in her community, primarily women.

Board of Directors

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Tom Eggert, Founder; President of the Board

Tom is the President of the Board of Wisconsin Microfinance and a professor at the University of Wisconsin. Tom has been at the forefront of business and sustainability for the last twenty years, both teaching classes in sustainability at the University of Wisconsin, 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.


Paul Ohlrogge

Paul Ohlrogge has been involved in community development and international work for 35 years. He is the County Director for UW-Extension in Iowa County and an Associate Professor of Community Resource Development. Prior to coming to UWEX Paul was in the Peace Corps for 4 years and then followed with 6 more 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.

Jane McCurry

Jane McCurry

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.


Karen Epp

Karen Epp

Karen is a Wisconsin-native who recently joined us, bringing years of event planning and client service experience to the organization. Her undergraduate research project at UW-La Crosse focused on the global economic empowerment of women so our work is particularly relevant to her. She has already made an impact on the organization, working with our partners to plan the 2020 Gala.


LeeAnn Glover

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.


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Alex Hutton

Alex brings her passion for women's issues, empowerment, and budgeting to the board. She is currently a Banker at Associated Bank and she provides great energy and expertise to our finance team.

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JD Kath

JD is a senior wealth advisor at Bronfman Rothschild who leads the firm's community outreach, heading their employee giving fund and supporting countless local charities and non-profits. In his free time, JD enjoys volunteering, traveling and is an avid outdoorsman.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Mark is a senior fellow at the UW Madison School of Education with passions in international relations and global health systems.

Susanna Fischer

Susanna Fischer

Susanna works as an auditor for the US Department of Veteran’s Affairs Office of Inspector General where she conducts performance audits of health care programs out of the Washington D.C. office. She also has experience in nonprofit service delivery in New York City as well as local fund development in Dane County. Susanna brings a passion for program evaluation and reporting to the Wisconsin Microfinance team. She has degrees in English and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the La Follette Institute.

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Robert Fischer

Robert 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. Robert spent eight years of his childhood growing up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and he speaks French and Haitian Creole. He brings over ten years of experience in national and international program implementation and his passion for the people and culture of Haiti to the WI Microfinance Board. Robert holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in software engineering from Cal State Fullerton.


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Julian Gary, Accounting and Development Assistant

Julian is a student with a keen interest in business and finance. At Wisconsin Microfinance, Julian is the accounting assistant, helping to coordinate and supervise accounts. In addition to volunteering at Wisconsin Microfinance, Julian has volunteered teaching youth sailing and youth tennis. Julian has an interest in accounting and looks forward to a future helping financially underserved individuals gain access to the capital needed for successful business ventures.