The Executive Partners of the Milwaukee Education Partnership guide the organization as catalysts in creating solutions to enhance the quality of education, identifying new funding, and finding answers for Milwaukee’s educational and economic challenges. The Executive Partners are dedicated to improving educational experiences for Milwaukee students, educators and professionals through collaborative approaches.
The work of the Milwaukee Education Partnership is carried out through the office of the Executive Director, working under the direction of the Executive Partners.
Dr. Daniel J. Scholz was named the 10th president in Cardinal Stritch University on June 24, 2021. He had served as acting/interim president of the University since May 2020. He also was Stritch’s Vice President of Academic Affairs since 2018.
Scholz joined the University in 2004 and has served as a tenured faculty member and chair of the Religious Studies department, executive director of the Saint Clare Center for Ministry and Leadership, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
“I am humbled by this opportunity and am honored to be asked to fill this leadership role,” said Scholz. “I look forward to working closely with the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi and the Board of Trustees to ensure the rich legacy of our University is not just preserved, but built upon. I value Stritch’s mission and am committed to the success of our students, faculty and staff and all members of the Stritch family.”
Scholz has more than 35 years of teaching experience at high school, college and graduate school levels. He began teaching theology in 1985 at Pius XI High School where he also served as theology department chair for 10 years. He taught biblical studies at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary for six years before coming to Stritch.
A native of West Allis, Wis., Scholz earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in psychology and comparative religions in 1982 and a master’s degree in Christian theology from Mundelein College in 1985. He received a doctorate from Marquette University in 1997 in biblical theology. Scholz is an active member of the Catholic Biblical Society and the Society of Biblical Literature. He has published three books with Anselm Academic:
- Jesus in the Gospels and Acts (2009; revised edition, 2013),
- The Pauline Letters (2013), and most recently,
- The Catholic Epistles, Hebrews, and Revelation (2016).
Scholz also co-authored five workbooks for Liturgy Training Publications and has written weekly pieces for Liturgical Publications, Inc., since 2004.
He and his wife Bonnie have three adult children and belong to Christ King Parish in Wauwatosa.
Chytania Brown has over 20 years of experience in criminal justice, workforce development, community development, policy, and advocacy. In 2020, she became the first African American female to be appointed President and CEO of Employ Milwaukee, Inc. Chytania oversees the administration of federal, state, and philanthropic funds and the creation of effective programs that ensure alignment between the skills demanded by a changing economy and those offered by the region’s labor force.
Chytania began her career as a parole agent followed by advancement into numerous Senior and Executive Leadership roles in workforce development, including 17 years at Employ Milwaukee, which was previously known as both the Private Industry Council (PIC) and Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB). As a change agent at Employ Milwaukee, she led the creation of a reentry department to provide tailored employment and training services to individuals involved in the criminal justice system, participated in national research projects, and expanded youth and young adult workforce resources by building an Office of Career Exploration. Prior to rejoining Employ Milwaukee in 2020, Chytania was the Administrator of the Division of Employment and Training at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) under two gubernatorial administrations. On the state level, she spearheaded innovative American Job Center initiatives that expanded service delivery inside Wisconsin correctional institutions and launched a Mobile Career Lab for out-of-state veteran recruitment and enhanced community connectivity.
Chytania is working on her Doctor of Philosophy for the Advancement of Learning in Service at Cardinal Stritch University. She is inspired by the quote, “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible.” – Unknown
John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, the Medical College of Wisconsin’s (MCW) President and CEO, assumed the position as MCW’s sixth President on July 1, 2010. He was previously Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC).
As MCW’s President and CEO, Dr. Raymond leads Wisconsin’s only private medical school with an operating budget of approximately $1.2 billion. More than one out of every three Wisconsin physicians is an alumnus of MCW. With approximately 5,800 faculty and staff members, MCW is the seventh largest private employer in Metro Milwaukee.
MCW is ranked in the top third of all medical schools nationwide for National Institutes of Health research funding and garners more than $235 million annually in externally funded grants and over $285 million of research expenditures. MCW employs Wisconsin’s largest physician practice group with approximately 1,650 doctors. MCW physicians care for approximately 520,000 patients annually with about 4 million visits at its three primary affiliate health systems: Froedtert Health, Children’s Wisconsin and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.
Under Dr. Raymond’s leadership, MCW is addressing Wisconsin’s pending physician shortage through the establishment of regional medical school campuses, and trains the pharmacists of the future with the MCW School of Pharmacy. The Medical College of Wisconsin-Green Bay matriculated its first class of students in July 2015, and MCW-Central Wisconsin followed suit in July 2016. MCW’s inaugural pharmacy class matriculated in August 2017.
A practicing nephrologist who plays active roles in clinical care, teaching and faculty mentorship, Dr. Raymond also is a medical researcher studying the basic mechanisms of kidney cell function. He has published more than 140 full-length manuscripts and earned nearly $40 million of grant funding over the course of his career. Dr. Raymond joined the MUSC faculty in 1996 as the Dialysis Clinics Incorporated Professor of Medicine. He served as Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC, from 1998 to 2002. Dr. Raymond was MUSC’s Associate Provost for Research from 2001-2006, and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost from 2002-2010. He is a peer-designated Best Doctor®, and an NIH-funded scientist.
He received his undergraduate and medical degrees with honors from the Ohio State University, and performed his internship, residency, chief residency and nephrology fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center. After completing his training, he joined Duke’s faculty where he rose through the ranks to attain tenure.
Dr. Raymond is a member of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County and is co-chair of the 2020 United Way Campaign. He also serves on the Board of Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin’s Blood Research Institute. He is the Past President of the Board of the American Heart Association of Metro Milwaukee, and served as Chair of the American Heart Association’s 2011 Milwaukee Heart Walk.
Dr. Raymond has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Physiology – Renal Physiology, the Journal of Biological Chemistry and Assay Drug Development Technology. He was selected for membership in the Association of American Physicians, the American Clinical and Climatological Association and the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Among Dr. Raymond’s many honors are awards for excellence in leadership, research, mentorship, service, diversity, teaching and clinical care.
President Cavalier Johnson sought the opportunity to serve as alderman because he believes in Milwaukee. Through his work, Cavalier has been committed to serving Milwaukee's neighborhoods, residents and its future. Cavalier’s commitment to his district and city began at an early age.
At 14 years old, he was selected by the YMCA to participate in a pre-college program for low-income students in Milwaukee Public Schools. That very same program, Sponsor-A-Scholar, solidified Cavalier’s life commitment to community service and making Milwaukee better for future generations. Cavalier attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and returned home to work with the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (now Employ Milwaukee). While there, Cavalier served at-risk youth, youth entering the workforce for the first time, and adults retooling to enter the workforce for the last time. Cavalier has also served on boards at the Milwaukee YMCA, ACLU, and Milwaukee Community Brainstorming.
Before serving as 2nd District alderman, Cavalier served our community as a community outreach liaison for City government where he worked diligently with community and faith leaders to find creative solutions to some of Milwaukee’s most pressing issues facing families from all walks of life.
Service has been the hallmark of Cavalier's life and that's why he's proud to serve as alderman in Milwaukee's 2nd District where he will focuses on issues like public safety reform, investing in our infrastructure, early childhood education, equity and inclusion, as well as economic development. Cavalier has also placed an emphasis on improving the quality of life for all residents in Milwaukee during challenging times. By working together, Cavalier is certain that we can get through the coronavirus (COVID-19) health pandemic stronger as a city, while also working to end the plague of systematic racism in our society.
Cavalier was honored to be chosen by the residents of the 2nd District in 2016 to represent them on the Milwaukee Common Council. Cavalier was re-elected without opposition in 2020 and was also elected by his peers to serve as common council president.
Cavalier “Chevy” Johnson is a graduate of MPS Bay View High School and UW-Madison. Cavalier is married to Dominique and they are blessed to have three children; a son named Oliver and twin daughters named Madison and Bella.
Dennis J. Shields has spent the majority of his career advocating for better access to higher education. Higher education, according to Shields, has long served as a bridge to the middle class for many Americans. Ensuring that this educational model is available to those who have been historically underrepresented is one way that equitable access can be achieved.
Issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education have served as a focal point at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, where Shields has served as chancellor since 2010. The high-performing administrative networks that Shields helped foster at this institution have successfully doubled the number of students from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds over the course of the past ten years.
“Any time we can partner and talk together and work through it together we’ll have greater understanding and we’ll be strengthened. This community can only get stronger.”
- Dr. Vicki Martin, President, Milwaukee Area Technical College
Dr. Vicki Martin became the tenth president of Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) in July 2014. She has served the college since 1988 and prior to being named president, was executive vice president and provost. She is one of the leaders of the M3 initiative that aligns Milwaukee Public Schools, MATC and UW-Milwaukee and strives for student success from kindergarten through college.
As MATC’s chief academic officer from 2007-2014, Dr. Martin facilitated many key initiatives, such as Career Pathways, the Faculty Innovation Center and the Women in Technology Center. She also was the vice president of MATC’s Oak Creek Campus. Before coming to MATC, Dr. Martin worked at Carroll College/Columbia College of Nursing as a student counselor and dean of students.
“The Milwaukee Education Partnership over the last 15 years has been instrumental in identifying and helping secure over $90 million in different types of funding.”
- Dr. Mark Mone, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
On December 15, 2014, Dr. Mark Mone was named the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s (UWM) ninth chancellor. Prior to becoming chancellor, Dr. Mone was a Professor of Management in the UWM Lubar School of Business where he also served as the Chancellor’s Designee for Strategic Planning and Campus Climate from 2011-2014. In that role, Dr. Mone worked with the campus’ senior leadership, governance groups, and all stakeholders to develop UWM’s 2020 strategic plan, and campus-level programs to improve the organizational climate.
Dr. Mone has been a longtime member of UWM’s faculty, serving for more than 15 years as the Associate Dean for Executive Education & Business Engagement. During that time, Dr. Mone was responsible for the Executive MBA program—the longest running program of its kind in Wisconsin, Career Services, and other financial and marketing functions.
Dr. Katrice Cotton is Chief School Administration Officer for Milwaukee Public Schools. This office provides support, supervision, intervention strategies and accountability systems to schools and school leaders to ensure that students in all MPS schools have a safe, supportive learning environment and receive effective instruction that supports high student achievement.
Dr. Cotton is a native Milwaukeean. Her formal education was obtained through the Milwaukee Public Schools system, and she is a 1984 graduate from Milwaukee Harold S. Vincent High School. In 1989, she became a teacher in MPS and worked at John Audubon Middle School where she would also serve as an assistant principal and principal.
Dr. Cotton has served as a district administrator in various capacities. She first joined the Office of School Administration in 2008, as an administrative specialist. Her primary responsibilities included overseeing, the day-to-day operations of more than 30 schools, providing support, guidance, and direction to school leaders.
Dr. Cotton received a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and has two master’s degree: one in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University and a master’s degree from Marian University in Educational Leadership. In 2016, she received a doctorate in education from National Louis University.
Dr. Jill Underly was elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction on April 6th, 2021. Dr. Underly has a deep background in public education, since 1999, she has worked in all facets of public education, PK – 16 as a high school and middle school social studies teacher, a University of Wisconsin College of Letters & Science academic advisor, a Title I Consultant and assistant director at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, an elementary principal and Director of Instruction, and most recently, a rural school district superintendent.
With over two decades of public education experience, including her most-recent 6 years as the Superintendent of the Pecatonica School District and 5 years at the Department of Public Instruction in both Educator Licensing and Title I, Dr. Underly has been committed to ensuring that every child, every day, has the opportunity for a first-class public education in the State of Wisconsin.
Dr. Underly received bachelor’s degrees in history and sociology from Indiana University-Bloomington, a master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana University-Purdue University, and a master’s degree in educational administration and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
She and her husband, John, have two children, one in middle school and one in high school. They live on a small farm in southwestern Wisconsin.
Dr. Keith P. Posley is interim superintendent for Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). As superintendent, Dr. Posley works with the Milwaukee Board of School Directors and district leadership to improve student achievement, engage in effective and efficient operations that make the best use of district resources, and develop opportunities to increase parent and community involvement.
Dr. Posley was previously the chief school administration officer for MPS. In that capacity, he focused on providing support, supervision, intervention strategies and accountability systems to schools and school leaders, to ensure that students in all MPS schools have a safe, supportive learning environment and receive effective instruction that supports high student achievement. He has served as a district administrator in several other capacities over the years including assistant principal, principal, and regional superintendent. He began his career in 1990 as a physical education teacher at the elementary level. During his tenure as a principal, he was named one of eight exemplary principals selected by President George W. Bush.
Dr. Posley received his bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo College in Mississippi and his master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He holds a certificate of Advanced Studies in Administrative Leadership and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from National Louis University.
He believes that reading, math and writing in particular, need the intense focus of the entire MPS system. Dr. Posley states, “I firmly believe each child must possess a strong knowledgebase in these critical areas.”
Bob Peterson (At-Large), who was elected to the Board in 2019, started working in Milwaukee Public Schools as a paraprofessional in 1977. He received his teaching degree from UWM in 1980 and his Master’s Degree in curriculum instruction with an emphasis on bilingual education in 1985. He earned his Doctorate (Ed.D) in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Cardinal Stritch University in 2001. His dissertation was titled “Anti-prejudice, Anti-racist Teaching in a 5th-grade classroom: Examining Children’s Understanding and a Classroom Teacher’s Curriculum.” He became a teacher in 1980 and taught fifth grade at 38th Street School. Open Education School, Escuela Vieau, and Escuela Fratney for 30 years. In 1988, he co-founded La Escuela Fratney, Wisconsin’s first two-way bilingual school. He was Wisconsin’s Elementary Teacher of the Year in 1995. Bob was a founding editor of the award-winning national publication, “Rethinking Schools” in 1986. He has written dozens of articles and co-edited several books, including Rethinking Columbus, Rethinking Elementary Education, Rethinking Mathematics, and Transforming Teacher Unions. He has given dozens of workshops and keynote presentations at educational conferences throughout the United States and around the world. In 2009, Bob was co-chair of the Coalition to Stop the MPS Takeover that successfully helped to stop a mayoral takeover of MPS. Later he helped found Schools and Communities United. In 2011, he was elected President of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association and served until 2015. Both of Bob’s daughters are MPS graduates. He is married to Barbara Miner. Term expires: April 2023 Telephone: (414) 254-0657
Gerard Randall is a founding member and Executive Director of Milwaukee Education Partnership. He brings extensive experience to the Milwaukee workforce development and nonprofit organization community. His knowledge of workforce challenges and solutions to bridge skills gaps have been extremely advantageous in leading the organization.
Mr. Randall’s credentials include that of serving as the community relations counsel in the Milwaukee County executive’s office; then as president and chief executive officer of the Private Industry Council of Milwaukee County, currently known as Employ Milwaukee, a workforce development board, for nine years.
Mr. Randall has been a teacher in the Milwaukee Public School System (11 years); and an adjunct lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (7 years); and a member of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents (13 years including 2 years as Regent vice president). He also served on the Wisconsin Technical College System Board of Directors (4 years).
Recently and for more than a half-dozen years, Mr. Randall chaired the Milwaukee Social Development Commission (SDC) returning the agency to strong fiscal health and stability.
Finally, Mr. Randall serves on many Boards and Committees, some of which include Cardinal Stritch University where he currently serves as co-chair of the Board of Trustees, the Milwaukee Public Museum, VISIT Milwaukee, Wisconsin Arts Board, Ascension Wisconsin Foundation, BizStarts, Employ Milwaukee Youth Council and more.