Our Team – Milwaukee
Kellie J. Sigh
Kellie has more than 25 years working in the private and public school sectors. Kellie has extensive knowledge of the Milwaukee funder community and experience in cultivating relationships. She has a track record of building and cultivating valuable partnerships in service of students. Kellie’s experience and connections with Milwaukee Public Schools, her passion for students, and her approach to building and maintaining effective, healthy and whole teams adds value to her role as executive director.
Kellie is a member of Professional Dimensions, serves as chair of the Salvation Army advisory board, is vice chair of the MENTOR Greater Milwaukee board of directors, and is a member of the Alverno College Vanguard Honor Society. She holds a bachelor’s degree (conferred with honors) from Alverno College, an MBA from Concordia University-Wisconsin and is currently pursuing a doctorate in transformational leadership in higher education at Alverno College.
Contact Kellie at KSigh@CollegePossible.org.
Owner, Retailing In Focus, LLC
Dick Seesel has been a supporter of College Possible Milwaukee since 2010, has served on the local board since its inception, and is the current board chair.
Dick is the principal of Retailing in Focus, a consulting firm that has worked with retail and wholesale clients along with investors in the retail industry. From 1982 to 2006, he worked at Kohl's Department Stores (most recently as a Senior Vice President) during its period of greatest growth.
Dick attended Harvard College (AB 1976) and Northwestern University (MBA 1978) before joining the retail industry. His lifelong interest in retailing includes creating and teaching a class in Retailing Management to undergraduate business students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
In addition to College Possible Milwaukee, Dick also serves as Vice President of Congregation Sinai and is a past board president at University School of Milwaukee. Along with community service, Dick's interests include travel and the arts.
Grant Monitor, City of Milwaukee
Mayra Alaniz is an alumna of the College Possible program, graduating from South Division High School in 2013. She was awarded the Bill & Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship and she was named Hispanic Youth of the Year by the United Migrant Opportunity Services (UMOS).
She attended Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where she majored in Government and minored in Sociology. Mayra maintained close ties to Milwaukee during her college summers, interning in various capacities at the City of Milwaukee and volunteering with education-related nonprofits.
Upon college graduation Mayra returned to Milwaukee and entered the communications field. Currently, she is a communications coordinator for the Office of the Mayor where she executes marketing and public relations efforts and manages social media outlets. Her responsibilities include planning the Mayor’s “Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days” initiative and supporting the communications efforts of the “Earn & Learn” program.
Mayra lives with her family on the south side of Milwaukee. She enjoys sharing her college application experience and knowledge about college resources with youth.
Rick T. Dillon
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Enerpac Tool Group
Mr. Rick T. Dillon is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Enerpac Tool Group Corp., joining the company in December 2016. Mr. Dillon most recently served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Century Aluminum Co. since 2014.
Before joining Century Aluminum Co., Mr. Dillon served as vice president-finance at Global Surface Mining Group and vice president-controller and chief accounting officer at Joy Global. Previously, he served in various financial roles of increasing responsibility at Newell Brands and Briggs & Stratton Corporation. He began his career at Arthur Andersen LLP.
Mr. Dillon is a Milwaukee native and a graduate of MPS-Rufus King High School. Mr. Dillon received his B.S. in Accounting from Marquette University and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Mr. Dillon resides in Mequon, Wisconsin with his wife Kimberly and two children. Most recently, Mr. Dillon was awarded the 2019 Milwaukee Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Award.
Managing Partner, EY
David is the Managing Partner of the Milwaukee Ernst & Young office. In collaboration with the local leadership team he sets the direction and tone for the office, including coaching and development of our people, growing our practice by working with teams to identify the best solutions for current and prospective clients, and being engaged in leadership roles within the community.
As a member of the Central Region leadership team, David frequently networks with peers nationally and globally to identify firm resources for our people, clients, and the community. In addition to his leadership role, David is a career-long client-serving professional, and continues to serve clients as a lead audit partner. He has over 20 years of experience in accounting, auditing and working with senior management, audit committees and Boards in addressing complex business issues.
In addition to his College Possible Board Chair role, David is a Board member for the United Way, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Metro Milwaukee Association of Commerce and is a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee. He is also the Audit Committee Chair of the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Advanced Studies in Business and serves on the University of Wisconsin School of Business Diversity Advisory Council and Accounting Advisory Board.
V.P. Healthcare Sales, CDW
Christine Holloway is an IT and Communications business professional currently serving as Vice President of the Converged Infrastructure Solutions segment of CDW. Christine has more than 20 years of leadership experience with sales, marketing and information technology services.
CDW is a leading provider of technology solutions for business, government, education and healthcare in North America and is ranked No. 235 on the Fortune 500 list. CDW was founded in 1984 and employs approximately 6,800 coworkers and annual sales exceeding $11B.
In her role as Vice-President, Christine is responsible for the overall strategy and development of unified communications, collaboration, mobility, networking and security solution offerings. Her team of over 300 solution architects and product specialists are responsible for designing and configuring these technology solutions for CDW clients and prospects, and own the technical integrity of all solutions presented.
Christine is married with two grown children living in Waukesha, WI. She enjoys skydiving, golf, travel and the theatre. In addition to serving on the board of College Possible, Christine is also active in numerous community and mission outreach initiatives through her church, Ascension Lutheran in Waukesha.
Investigations and Special Projects, Gruber Law Offices, LLC
Louis was born in Springfield, Ohio but was raised in Milwaukee and attended elementary and middle school in the Milwaukee Public School (MPS) system. Louis graduated from Whitefish Bay's Dominican High School in 1979 and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology/Criminal Justice Concentration from the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) in 1983. Louis attended UMD on an academic and athletic scholarship where he played collegiate basketball.
Louis has been employed with numerous social service agencies including Wisconsin Correctional Services (Casework Coordinator) and the Milwaukee County Mental Complex (Court Liaison Worker). Louis also has worked in the professional sports security field in several positions as NBA-Security Representative, Bucks-Security Liaison, Bradley Center Security Liaison and Major League Baseball-Authenticator.
Louis is currently retired (2013) from the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) after spending 25 years of service, 19 years as a Detective and 6 years as patrol officer. Louis worked in all departments of MPD except Sensitive Crimes with his last few years being assigned to the Dignitary Protection Unit, Homicide and Internal Affairs. Currently, Louis is employed at SysLogic, Inc. as the Community Affairs Liaison where he assists the company and CEO in networking with non-profits, community organizations, committees and boards in our communities.
Louis is currently WOTC-Board/Deacon Chairman at his church and is on the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Program Committee member. Louis is married to Barbara who teaches kindergarten at MPS and has two adult children, Matthew and Meghan. Louis enjoys mentoring youth, public speaking, networking, fishing, politics and spectator sports.
Sangeeta Khanna is a trained electrical engineer. Her work experience includes tenures at Boeing Aerospace in Houston, where she served as a contractor for the Johnson Space Center, and several positions at Motorola Inc. in the Chicagoland area.
She is a graduate of Northwestern University and a strong advocate for education. Sangeeta has served in critical volunteer roles with University School of Milwaukee, where her children attended. At USM she was a chair and co-chair on several committees and served for nine years on the Board of Trustees. While in Illinois, she volunteered with the Adams County Medical Society and Quincy Public Schools.
Sangeeta is married to Raman and has three adult children.
Research and Development Manager, A.O. Smith Corporation
Josh Smith is a Research and Development Manager at A. O. Smith Corporation. In this role, Josh sets strategic priorities for drinking water and air quality sensor technology developments and leads a team of researchers to advance sensor application projects from ideation to readiness for new product implementation. Additionally, Josh helps collaborate with external research partners including universities, startup companies, organizations such as The Water Council and accelerator programs like the BREW. Previously, Josh contributed to the design of the world’s first touch screen avionics platform at Collins Aerospace (formerly Rockwell Collins).
Josh graduated from Purdue University in electrical engineering and later earned an MBA from the University of Iowa.
In addition to College Possible, Josh actively supports the United Way among several other Milwaukee area nonprofit organizations.
Lindy Yeager is a community volunteer and former middle and high school teacher. She earned her B.A. from Harvard University in 1984. Soon after, she entered an apprentice teaching program at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge where she could also pursue a Master’s in Education degree at Tufts University. She taught at The Country School in Madison, CT and at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, NJ before moving to Shorewood in 1994 where she taught at the Shorewood Intermediate School.
While raising three children with her husband, John Florsheim, Lindy stepped away from teaching but stayed involved with youth and the community through volunteering in the Shorewood Schools and service on the board of COA Youth and Family Centers, including as Board Chair. Recently, she has been collaborating with the Carmen Schools of Science and Technology on teacher preparation and development.
She has closely followed College Possible since its arrival in the Milwaukee area and is thrilled to be joining the board to support its mission. She enjoys biking and running, reading, traveling, cooking and spending time with family.