Susie Ralston, Board Chair
Business Development Manager, Wolf Star Technologies
As President of the Board, I am deeply committed to the mission of Victory Garden Initiative and bring that passion plus a proven track record of success in leading organizations to reach their goals, growth and successful impact to the community we serve. My professional background is in urban real estate development, management recruiting and currently Business Development Manager of a global software company, Wolf Star Technologies. My non-profit experience ranges from President of the Board at Tamarack Waldorf School to serving as a volunteer at many others such as; Redline, The Alma Center, Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Susan G. Komen, etc….After raising 3 kids in a holistic way I am fully committed to the value of growing our own food, creating a healthy community and the awareness needed for this in Milwaukee!
Elizabeth Roen, Treasurer
Senior Financial Analyst, Baird
I live in the Story Hill neighborhood in Milwaukee with husband, Scott, daughter, Lola and two cats, Zenya and Ross. I am a Senior FP&A Analyst at Baird and have been with the firm for 5 years. Outside of work I enjoy traveling, good food, pilates and designing jewelry. I am passionate about the opportunity to serve on the board of VGI because I believe in VGI’s mission to get good food in the hands of our community. I believe everyone should have access to healthy food as it is the foundation of a healthy life…and I just really love kale!
Denise Domian, Secretary
Chief Human Resources Manager, Shopko
While I wouldn’t consider myself a gardener, I love food. My husband and I are lucky that we get to buy good, fresh produce from local farms and grocery stores. But, I realize there are many who are not so lucky. I’ve volunteered at food pantries in my past, and while sometimes there is fresh produce, the majority of the basket provided is made up of canned or packaged foods. This is why Victory Garden Initiatives was an organization that I wanted to support and be a part of. Fresh food provides health and nutrition, but it also provides community. Gathering around a meal that is made with fresh food, well, there’s nothing better.
I am the Chief Human Resources Officer for SHOPKO, but my husband is a baker in a farm-to-table restaurant and a local bakery. Food is a big part of our lives. We’re pleased to be a part of the VGI family. We believe in growing local and growing community. That’s what VGI is about.
Stephanie Kay Miladinovic, Board Member
Treasury Manager, VP, Baird
When I first learned of Victory Garden Initiative’s mission to help communities grow their own food, I felt compelled to be involved in the organization in a meaningful way. My family and I value the benefits of nutrition and camaraderie growing a garden creates and I want to help others experience the same. I am a Senior Finance professional with 15+ years of experience in financial reporting, analysis and budgeting in diverse industries but currently serve as a project manager in the Finance Department at Baird.
Angeline Koch, Board Member
J.D., M.S. Certified Master Gardener
I am a litigation attorney by training but recently graduated from the University of WI-Milwaukee School of Science with a Masters in Freshwater Science and Technology. While a big part of my life centered around the law and sciences, I found that my greatest joys (aside from being with my husband and our two children) are gardening and stewardship of the environment.
I am the garden chair at my children’s Milwaukee Public School and have spent the better part of the last nine years working to remove as much asphalt as possible and replacing it with rain gardens, an orchard, raised beds and a butterfly garden. I also thoroughly enjoy helping others with their gardening efforts and supporting other schools in their pursuit of installing green spaces for the benefit and enrichment of children and the environment. I grow vegetables, fruits, herbs, and nurture native perennials and have a house full of plants. I also enjoy canning, biking, reading, knitting, and weeding (yes, weeding!).
I am very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Victory Garden Initiative, whose Mission and Vision are a perfect match for my passions and interests.
Kathryn E Kamm, AIA, Board Member
I am a licensed architect who primarily works with single-family residential remodels but I’ve had an ongoing interest in how cities change over time ever since studying Detroit in graduate school. I enjoy using my skill set to help non-profits fully optimize their limited resources. My husband and I have three daughters and in my spare time I like to run, bike, swim and hike. I’m not much of a gardener, I’d rather cook but really prefer to eat!
Hannah Harris, Board Member
Grant Program Manager, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
I am honored to serve as a VGI board member and chair the Fund Development Committee. Professionally, I am the grant program manager at Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity and have over 10 years of fund development experience. I live in Wauwatosa and am the mother of two teenage boys, ages 14 and 16. My husband, boys and I like to travel, camp, hike, bike and watch movies together. Our international destinations have been Italy and Honduras. I can’t remember how I first heard about VGI, but I did order and receive a Victory Garden during their first Blitz. I first met Gretchen when I worked for Milwaukee Riverkeeper and the VGI staff moved into the same suite in a building on Farwell Avenue. I am enjoying VGI vegetables through their new CSA!
Mark H. Falci, CFP ®, Board Member
Financial Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, Baird
I have spent the last 23 years building a Wealth Management Practice; specializing in strategic business development. I believe that holistic planning for their clients includes budgeting, taxes, insurance, retirement, college savings, liability management, and estate planning. I received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am a Capital Partner on the RiverFront Investment Group, LLC Advisory Board and serve on the Board of Directors for the Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic.
I live with my wife, Sally, on Milwaukee’s Upper East Side with our blended family of four children. In addition to volunteering for 88Nine RadioMilwaukee, St. Roberts Catholic School, St. Marcus Lutheran School, I am an “Amateur Chef” for various non-profit organizations’ annual fundraising events.
Bianca Shaw, Board Member
FoodShare Assistant, Hunger Task Force
I am employed as a FoodShare Assistant in Milwaukee at Hunger Task Force. I work as an advocate assisting people with applying for and navigating WI Public Benefits. I also educate residents, companies, and organizations on how to advocate for themselves and the people they serve and employ. I work primarily with individuals who are in need of quality food to feed themselves and their children.
Previously, I worked for the State of Wisconsin. I worked three years in the Department of Workforce Development and two years in the Wisconsin State Legislature. I live in Milwaukee with my 6-year-old daughter Olivia. My passion is for policy and works in my community, advocating for equitable change. I’m an active member of Transform Milwaukee Initiative, an MPS Volunteer, and WI Women’s Network Board Member.