Dear Friends,

Since our agency’s inception in 1967, Penfield Children’s Center has become a leader in early education and health services for children who face the most significant physical and emotional challenges. Our children reach age-appropriate milestones and our families are encouraged to envision exciting futures for their children.

In 2015, our staff served 1,563 children. We increased school-readiness, reduced high-risk behaviors, improved the health of those served and worked to ensure vulnerable children received the high-quality health care, developmental support and academic instruction necessary for success. Furthermore, Penfield provided parental programming and support to help families thrive.

While this year marked a period of tremendous growth, we also began a journey returning to our Montessori roots by initiating the process of opening Penfield Montessori Academy – a school for children of all abilities. We will welcome our first class of K3, K4 and K5 students when Penfield Montessori opens its doors on September 6, 2016. Penfield Children’s Center and Penfield Montessori Academy will work together to ensure the educational, health and wellness and family support structures are in place for each student who walks through our doors. Together, we will create a pathway to a full and healthy life by maximizing the individual potential of each and every child. Thank you for your support! With your help, we continue to meet the needs of our community and provide hope for a brighter future.


Christine Holmes signature

Christine P. Holmes
President and CEO

Robert Mikulay signature

Robert L. Mikulay
Chairman, Board of Directors



In 2015 the Early Education and Care Program served 178 children, 54 with special needs. As a result, 100% of the children in our program displayed improvement in their development.

At 20 weeks gestation, Violet was diagnosed with Encephalocele, a rare neural tube defect that caused her skull to not fully close and her brain to protrude from the opening. She was given a 55% chance of survival, but Violet beat the odds and underwent her first surgery at just 8 hours after birth. At 3 months, Violet was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus and had surgery to insert a Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt. This helped to regulate the excess spinal fluid that was collecting in her skull. Just 2 weeks later, she had her final cranial surgery to repair the opening in her skull.

“Seeing my little girl go through so much at such a young age was almost unbearable. I would have done anything to help her,” said Violet’s mom, Sara. “Vi is such a fighter. She has recuperated from every surgery very quickly and is such a positive, happy girl.”

As time progressed, Violet grew from a fragile baby into a strong and independent toddler. At 2 ½ years old, Sara and her husband, Jonathan enrolled their daughter at Penfield Children’s Center. Violet received Birth-to-Three services through Milwaukee County at Penfield, including special education, occupational, physical and speech therapies. She also worked with the Behavior Clinic which helped her manage her frustrations and develop a better relationship with her brother. Since coming to Penfield, Violet has learned to walk, control her emotions and communicate.

While she is still met with a variety of challenges on a daily basis, including working through a vision impairment and hearing sensitivity, Violet continues to be a fun-loving 4-year-old. She enjoys music, playing outside, and engaging in art classes.

“Violet is so outgoing and driven. There is nothing that she can’t do and this pushes all of us to be better, work harder, and laugh more. She is an inspiration and it’s hard not to notice her and smile when she enters the room,” said Sara. “She is a tremendous gift and I can’t imagine our family any other way.”



Penfield Children’s Center offers Early Head Start in partnership with Acelero, a national provider of early childhood education and family engagement services in Milwaukee County. Early Head Start is a year-round, family centered program for infants and toddlers. The program provides comprehensive child development and family support services including educational, health, nutritional, behavioral and family services which enhance the development of participating children.



  • 98.53% of children demonstrated improvements in communication and development of motor and cognitive skills.
  • After participating in the program, 96.97% of parent-child relationships improved.
  • Penfield served 824 children with developmental delays and disabilities through the Milwaukee County Birth-to-Three program.



  • The Special Care Nursery served 65 medically-fragile children with significant health concerns.
  • After receiving treatment, 24 children transitioned to appropriate learning environments-including special education and early education classrooms at Penfield, as well as Milwaukee Public Schools.



  • The Behavior Clinic provided mental health counseling and therapy for 415 children with significant behavioral and/or emotional issues.
  • 94.62% of parents reported improvements in their children’s challenging behaviors after receiving in-home counseling sessions.
  • Since 2003, staff have made 41 presentations at local, state, regional and national conferences and published 23 refereed journal articles and two book chapters.



  • Penfield’s outpatient therapy clinic works with individuals from birth to 21 who are in need of services due to accidents, surgeries or injuries.
  • In 2015, 81 children received acute, short-term or long-term speech, occupational and physical therapy services.


On December 5, Penfield held its annual Holiday Party for more than 900 guests! The event featured a variety of crafts, live music from Bill Downing and Mike Norris, a prize wheel run by Board member Al Araque and volunteers from Chase Bank, and a wrapped gift for each child donated by Kohl’s.

We are so thankful for the support from Chase Bank, Kohl’s Associates in Action, Marquette University, Milwaukee Bucks, NEWaukee, Northwestern Mutual, Pick ’n Save, Siam Express, Starbucks and WGIRLS Milwaukee. Your generosity helped make our Holiday Party a magical day for Penfield families!

Penfield offered 56 family events and programs, including parent education workshops, family celebrations, parent support groups, parent mentoring and school transition services. The combined attendance for all events was 2,654 children and family members.


Through the generous support of Kohl’s Cares, the Kohl’s Building Blocks program allows Penfield Children’s Center to support Milwaukee’s children.


  • 1,501 Children served by Child Development Specialists
  • 16,006 Children who received Early Educational Toolboxes
  • 20,995 Participants served by Community Outreach

  • 67,816 Unique visitors to


Your contributions and heartfelt dedication allows us to serve the most vulnerable children in Milwaukee.



Robert L. Mikulay – Chair
Miller Brewing Company (Retired)

Michael J. Brophy – Vice Chair

Keith S. Baisden – Treasurer
Town Bank

Madonna Williams – Secretary
Community Volunteer

Phyllis King, Ph.D – Member-At-Large
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Thomas G. Smith – Member-At-Large
Mason Wells



Al Araque
JP Morgan Chase

Jeffrey Barth

Sally Bentley
We Energies (Retired)

Christine Brumfield
US Bank

Dirk Carson

Kareeda Chones-Aguam
Milwaukee Bucks

Kaleena Daugherty
The Management Group

Viktor Gottlieb
Associated Bank

Eugenia T. Jacobus
Community Volunteer

Jennifer La Macchia
LME/The Mark Travel Corp.

David Navarre
Godfrey & Kahn

Tony Nguyen
Wells Fargo

Jay Radmer
BMO Harris Bank

JoAnn Ratcheson
Columbia St.Mary’s (Retired)

John H. Schaub
Robert W. Baird

Richard D. Schepp
Kohl’s Department Stores

Todd M. Schoon
Northwestern Mutual

Kate Dragisic Schoyer
Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

Jon R. Schumacher
Bank One (Retired)

Patricia Schuyler
Community Volunteer

John Sibson
Johnson Controls

Sonia Shields Stowe
Community Volunteer

Alden Taylor
Community Volunteer

Betsy Trimble
Community Volunteer

Rhonda Ware
UR Aware, LLC

Cathy White
Community Volunteer

Earnestine Willis, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical College of Wisconsin

Donald H. Wilson
Stone Pillar Investments

Nicholas C. Wilson
Jacobus Wealth Management

Betsy Brown Wyatt

Jessica Zeratsky
von Briesen & Roper, S.C.



Marilyn M. Bradley

Suzanne H. Burroughs

Priscilla Penfield Chester (Deceased)

Barbara Elsner

William S. Kellogg

W. David Knox II

Peter M. Sommerhauser

Ann H. Tisdale



200+ HOURS

Bonnie Bruhn

100-199 HOURS

Bill Bravener

Taylor Fleming

Raziel Fuertez

Sue Gies

Anne Hesse

Erika Jakubic

Kristie Kroening

Lynda Mitz

Cody Munoz-Dones

Ashley Reesmann

Chiana Roman

Amy Sedlar

Mary Temple

50-99 HOURS

Vera Black

Mar Brahm

Lindsay Caruso

Jessica Chitel

Dana Fernandez

Bethany Ford

Jessica Goren

Brittany Hablewitz

Emily Harrington

Grace Hegemann

Aasyia Hightower

Rachel Koontz

Mary Mansker

Caroline Miller

Barbara Reinhardt

Alex Richardson

Alison Schneider

Dr. Mark Smuckler

Natalie Votto

Chelsea Yerks



American Transmission Company, LLC


Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Brookfield Central High School Key Club

Chase Bank

Cielo Talent

Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

Essential Rock Church

Eta Phi Beta

Gwen Clark and the Penfield therapy dog team, Roger Gruebling

Johnson Controls


La Macchia Enterprises

Living Word Lutheran High School

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

Marquette University

Marquette University High School

Morgan Stanley


Northwestern Mutual

Penfield Children’s Center Board Members

Rockwell Automation

Saggio, Gonzales and Harlan

Service Club of Milwaukee

Shalom High School

Thomas Moore High School

United Healthcare

U.S. Bank

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Wells Fargo





Four-Four Foundation *

Aurora Health Care — Better Together Fund

Kohl’s Department Stores

Walton Family Foundation *

United Way of Greater MKE & Waukesha County

Zilber Family Foundation

Bader Philanthropies, Inc.

Meg Kasch

Northwestern Mutual Foundation

The Charles E. Benidt Foundation, Inc.

Four-Four Foundation

WGIRLS Milwaukee

Elizabeth Brown Wyatt and David Wyatt *

Jen and Todd Schoon*

Linda and William Koenig *

Ralph Evinrude Foundation, Inc. *

Anon Charitable Trust

Assurant Foundation

Brewers Community Foundation, Inc.

The Catholic Community Foundation, Inc.

Mae E. Demmer Charitable Trust

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund – William M. Chester Revocable Trust

Farrah and Marc Gall

Michelle and Scott Gass

Katherine and Thomas J. Hauske

Charles D. Jacobus Family Foundation

Eugenia T. Jacobus

Jewish Community Foundation – CT Charitable Fund

Maria and Donald Wilson

Bonnie and William Kellogg

Ladish Co. Foundation

Mary Jo and Kevin Mansell

Susan and Robert Mikulay

Nicholas Family Foundation

Northwestern Mutual

Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation

Beth S. and Richard D. Schepp

Schoenleber Foundation

Renee and John Sibson

David and Julia Uihlein — Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Frank L. Weyenberg Charitable Trust

Anonymous *

Ann Becker *

Christine Holmes *

Debra and Michael J. Brophy *

Elizabeth Meyer *

Sally Bentley *

A.O. Smith Foundation, Inc.

AT&T United Way Employee Giving Campaign

Paula and Keith Anderson

Christina and Alvaro Araque

Debra and Anthony Arbucias

Janie and Clifford M. Asmuth

Associated Bank

Assurant Health


Baird Foundation

Terri and Keith Baisden

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Jane and Jeffrey Barth

Gwyneth and John Beagle

Sally Bentley

Sara A. Boettcher

Elissa and Thomas M. Bolger

Melanie and Steven Booth

Holden Brooks and Daniel Stiller

Debra and Michael J. Brophy

Gretchen and Bill Burns

Geralyn and William M. Cannon

Alice and Troy Carrothers

Catholic Financial Life

Mary and Don Cento

Chapman Foundation

Charter Manufacturing Co. Fdn.


Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Children’s Trust Fund

Chipstone Foundation – Stanley and Polly Stone Fund


Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Fund

Cathy and Simon Davis


Stefanie and David Dugan

Sarah and Robert Duncan

Albert J. & Flora H. Ellinger Foundation

Empowerme Foundation

Ernst & Young LLP

Eta Phi Beta Sorority/Alpha Pi Chapter

Ettinger Family Foundation

Julia and Patrick Fennelly

Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund – Madonna and Jay Williams Family Fund

Jennifer and Tom Florsheim

Robert and Theresa Fox

Tom Fox

Jorge Franco

Heidi and Timothy Frank

Front Room Photography

Gardner Foundation

Stacy and Michael Gauthier

Susan and Paul Gies, Jr.

Julie and Brian Gilpin

Godfrey & Kahn

Greater Milwaukee Foundation – A.W. Asmuth Family Fund

Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Kopmeier Family Fund

Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Catherine and Walter Lindsay Foundation Fund

Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Paul P. Lipton Fund

Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Roller Family Fund

Kelly and Michael M. Grebe

Green Bay Packers Foundation

H. H. Camp Foundation

Sandy and Bill Haack

Marnie and Brentell Handley

Catherine A. Harrison

Evan & Marion Helfaer Foundation

Kristin Holzhauer

Dorothy Inbusch Foundation, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase

Richard G. Jacobus Family Foundation

Sarah and Jeffrey A. Joerres

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Tina and Paul Jones

Mary Beth and Steven W. Keane

Antoinette A. and Matthew Keenan Endowment

Mary and Ted D. Kellner

Smriti Khare and Richard S. Anderson

Phyllis and Ted King

Dedi and W. David Knox

Amy and Jason Parry *

Earnestine Willis *

George L.N. Meyer Family Foundation *

Jay Radmer *

Jo Ann Ratcheson *

Judy and Jon Schumacher *

Linda and William Koenig

Herbert H. Kohl Charities Inc.

Mary E. Krall

Christie and William G. Krugler

Ryan Lay

Madeleine and David Lubar

Gerald E. Mainman

Elizabeth and Jeffrey Mark

Marquette University/Advancement

Mason Wells

Cynthia McKoy

Charlie Meier

Elizabeth Meyer

George L.N. Meyer Family Foundation

Kathy and Brian Miller


Milwaukee Admirals

Milwaukee Bucks

Milwaukee Public Market

Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation

George and Julie Mosher Family Foundation

August G. Mueller Trust

Miann and David Navarre

Katie Newcomb and Robert Moakley

Rhonda and Gregory Oberland

Kelly and Robert C. Olejniczak

Ronald Ota and Amy Byrne

Park Bank Foundation

Amy and Jason Parry

Peck Foundation, Milwaukee LTD

Clare M. Peters Charitable Trust

PLAN Foundation

Plumbers Local 75 AFL-CIO


Quarles & Brady, LLP

Linda Quartaro and Walter “Skip” Abbott

Jay Radmer

Jo Ann Ratcheson

Revere’s Wells Street Tavern

Pam and Mark Rhode

Rite Hite Foundation

Lynn and Paul Rix

Lisa and Steve Robbins

Robertson Ryan & Associates, Inc.

Roots Central LLC

Michelle and John Runte

Cindy and Roger Schaus

C.G. Schmidt, Inc.

David Schultz

Sensient Technologies Foundation, Inc.

Service Club of Milwaukee

Francie Luke Silverman Foundation

Genie and Thomas Smith

Judy and Roger Smith

Betty and Peter Sommerhauser

Mary Sprague

Mary Ellen and Scott P. Stanek

Bert L. and Patricia S. Steigleder Charitable Trust

Sweeney Family Foundation

Town Bank

Betsy Trimble

Henry Uihlein, Sr. and Marion “Polly” S. Uihlein Foundation

United HealthCare

United Way of Greater Atlanta

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

US Bank Wisconsin

Lisa and Brian Van Landeghem

Ellen and Robert Venable

Vilter Foundation, Inc.

von Briesen & Roper, S.C.

Marcella and Nicholas Wahl

WaterStone Bank

Weiss Family Foundation

Wells Fargo Foundation

Holly and Robert Williams

Madonna and Jay Williams

Stoney and Nicholas Wilson

Beth and Kevin Wisniewski

Elizabeth Brown Wyatt and David Wyatt

Curtis Wycklendt

Lindy Yeager and John Florsheim

Jessica and Matthew Zeratsky

Ziegler Family Foundation

Christina and Alvaro Araque *

Tia and Mike Abuls

John M. Altenbach

Assurant Political Action Committee

Emileen and John Bruhn

Yvonne and Fred Bruhn

Kathleen K. Burchby and Dennis Christiansen

Jessica Byrnes

Monica and Marc Cadieux

Debbie and Steve Cain

Carol and Dirk Carson

Cathy Cero-Jaeger and Michael Jaeger

Nicole and Jack Cook

Davidson & Harley Fund, Inc.

Erin and Doug Dickinson

Dr. Howard and Eileen Dubner

Catherine and James S. Eastham

Financial Executives Institute

Susan and David C. Fondrie

Laurie and Mark Foote

Barbara N. Fuldner

Jackie and David Gay

The GE Foundation

Tad Gospodarek and Dan Ziebell

Sarah and Viktor Gottlieb

Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Lawlis Family Fund

Greater Milwaukee Foundation – Frank and Elsa Sterner Family Fund

Vicki Green and Scott Olson

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Groeschell

Carol R. Hase

Nancy Hernandez and Andrew Narrai

Christine Holmes

Susan and John Honkamp

Jacobus Wealth Management, Inc.

Pat and James Janz

Barbara and William Jonas

Gary Kautzer

Sally J. Keller

Cheryl and Gerald Kuhn

Gail F. Kursel

Nora and Jon Langenfeld

Judi and Robert R. Lapointe

Patricia and Peter Schuyler *

Ryan Lay

Katie and Geoffrey Mackey

Jane Matilda

Margaret and Thomas McMahon

Michelle and Mark Minessale

LuAnn and Gene Mueller

Beth and Greg Myers

Beverly and Steve Olson

Krista and Chad Pankop

Colleen and David Patzer

Katie and Brian Perhach

Karen and James C. Pieper

Susan and Richard R. Pieper

Sheri and Thomas Price

Bill Reitman

Lisa and Sean Rierdon

Lisa and Patrick Rios

Andrew Robbins

Lisa and Steve Robbins

Margaret A. Rooney

Edith and Donald Rouse

Katie and Jeffrey Ruidl

Marianne and Basil Salaymeh

Laura and Joe Schmidt

Judy and Jon Schumacher

Karen and Bruce Schuyler

Patrick Shaughnessy

Dennis J. Singer

Genie and Thomas Smith

Peggy Williams Smith and Timothy Smith

Erin and Peter Stanek

Sonia Shields Stowe

Rose and Gerald Thomas

Julie Tolan and Mark Wiesman

Vista Divestment Club

Diane F. Wagner

Ginny and Roy E. Wagner

Joyce and Thomas Waldoch

Wick/Metcalf, Inc.

Holly and Robert Williams

Nancy Zabriskie

Sabrina Claude *

Molly and Ben J. Abrohams

Anne M. Abt

Brittany and Jordan Albrecht

Nancy and James H. Albrecht

Josie and Mark Anderson

Gregory S. Barlow

Diana and Richard P. Barthel

Gwyneth and John Beagle

Val V. Beatovic

Benjamin Bedore

Susan Belongia

Valerie Bennett

Lisa Benson

Georgiane and Nicholas Berich

Sarah Bernstein

Beta Alpha Psi at Marquette University

Philip A. Birkland

Kathryn and Thomas F. Bolger

Gay and John Borges

Lori and Mark W. Boutelle

Marilyn M. and Orren Bradley

Margaret MacLeod Brahm and John Brahm

Hannah and Rodney Brandenburg II

Amy Brennan

Brookfield Presbyterian Church

Rhonda Brown

Brown County United Way

Nancy Burkholder

Linda Buscher

Kathryn and Scott Campbell

Marian L. and Michael Carroll

Patti and Dave Carter

Wendy and John Cayer

Sandra and Donald Chisholm

Therese and James Cincotta

Kathleen and Steven R. Clark

Amanda and Thomas Clossey

Janel R. Coleman

Kirsten and Christopher Corbell

Bryan Corcoran

Patricia Pierce-Cotter

Michael Cummings

Jennifer and Edward Cyra

David Dahlman

Maureen Daly and Mark Drewek

Danae Davis

Barbara and Harry Drake

Kathy and Michael J. Dwyer

William E. Eastham

Susan Ells

Debra and Louis Epps

Brian Fahl

Barbara Faucett

Bernita Feest

Maria Fernandez

Elizabeth A. and Steve P. File

Anne and Dean D. Fitzgerald

Tracy and Patrick Foss

Karen and John M. Franckowiak

Howard Frankenthal Family

Anne and Bill Frazier

Molly and R. David Fritz

Tami and Mathew Garrison

Liisa Gary and Alan Burkard

Jill Geisler and Neil Jaehnert

Carrie and Charles Glapinski

Sam Gleischman

Dustin Godsey

Hans Goldenberg

Amy and Chris Goller

Julie Gorens-Winston

Tarah Gradel

LaVerne and Daryll Griesberg

Kathy Grogan

Susan and H. Jeffrey Hamar

Marsha and Frederick Hammer

Harley-Davidson, Inc.

Barbara B. Hartnett

Hilary Harvey

Scott Heins

Michael Heitkemper

Justin Hendrickson

Lisa and William Henk

Judith Hess

Nancy Hinkforth

Ibrahim Hojeij

Deborah and Steve Holter

Casey Holtz

Ann and Dave Horzewski

Gerald Hyler

Illinois Tool Works Foundation

Infinity Benefit Solutions, Inc.

Interstate Sealant & Concrete, Inc.

JPMorgan Chase Foundation

Jessica Jochman

Jen and Paul Johnson

Helen G. Johnston

Jonda L. Joseph

Tracey and Vaughn Joubert

Allie Kelly

Mary Kay and Mike Kerrigan

Shawn Kesler

Pauline Klaffenboeck

Joan and Robert H. Klein

Janet Barnes Knutson

Sonia and Scott Kolodzinski

Vanessa and Matthew Koster

Mary and Jamie Kowalski

Mary E. Krall

Peter Kreuser

W. Tony Lam

Kathryn Lambron

Landmark Credit Union

Renee and Dwight Larkin

Rhonda Ware *

Kimberly and Craig Leach

Judie Lehman

John Levendusky

Mary Ann and David Lillich

Cherie Lockwood

Peggy and Kevin Long

Earnell Lucas

Anne and Leroy A. Lutz

David Lutz

Dani and Justin Machata

Linda and Todd MacKay


Robert Makowski

Sharon and Joseph Malenda

Suzanne Marchant and William G. Gollmar

Kate and Tony Marino

Judith Markowski and Francis Deisinger

Louisa and Richard Marks

Marquette Jesuit Community

Melissa and Chris Marschka

Kathryn Marshall

Eleanore and Donald J. Massa

Julia and Brendan Matthews

Marie Miller

Brenda Millmann

Lindsay and Daniel Mongoven

Shannon Morgan

Theresa Mudek

Patrick J. Murphy, PhD

Kathleen and Terrance Nelson

Kim M. and Steven R. Nichols

Michele Nowak-Lareau

David P. O’Neill

Amber Ortiz

Sara and Jerry Packard

Jayne and James Paddock

Heather and Jeffrey Paradis

Kayte and Wesley Parkin

Karen Parr

Cristalynn Paswaters

Kathleen and Gordon Pederson

Jill Pelisek

Pentair Residential Filtration, LLC

Mary Wilkins Peterson

Pieper Electric Inc.

Kristen and Anthony Pisani

R & M Foundation, Inc.

Abby Ramirez

Mandy B. Ramlow

Marylyn and Bruce A. Ranta

Satyavrat Rastogi

Kelly Reilly and Mark Witt

Beth Ridley and Abim Kolawole

Alexandra and Peter Robbins

Jack Rodee

Sara and Phillip A. Roemaat

Ellen and Robert Romans

Patti and John Rooney

Heather Rotolo

Jeffrey Ruidl

Vera and David Ryder

Geraldine and Forrest Sarver

Jessie and John Schaub

Sharon and Ronald G. Schlicht

Christine Schlosser

Laura and Scott Schubert

Stephanie and Jimmy Shabangu

Pamela and Jeffrey Shovers

Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation

Julie and Timothy Simmons

Suzanne and Walter R. Simonz Jr.

Carmen and Ralph Simpson

Cathy Simpson

Nancy and Mark B. Smuckler MD

Joan Staeven

Sheila Stafford and Phillip Mattix

Stano Landscaping, Inc.

Kim and David Stapelfeldt

Meg and Mark G. Steimle

Alice Stephens and Tim Rorabeck

Eric Sunstrom

Katherine Swain

Mary and Stephen Tardella

Marcus Taylor

Pamela and Robert Thickens

Denise Tracy

Brian Treinen

Teresa Trostmiller

Lisa and Cuong Truong

Vicky Lynn Tuder

Ben Uhen

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, Inc.

United Way of Greater Cincinnati

United Way of Racine County

Joely Urdan

Corinthia Van Orsdol

Venture Investors, LLC

Beth Vick

Mary Wadden

Louisa Walker

Raquel Walker

Mary Walz-Chojnacki

Michael F. Weber

Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign

Margaret Wilkerson

Buster Wilks

Henriette and Andre Willemse

Wisconsin Athletic Club

Elizabeth and Brent Wiskirchen

Julie and John W. Wolf

Samuel M. Woodruff

Barbara and Thomas Zabors

Lynne and Leonard Zacharias

Celeste and Craig Zaffrann

Barbara Abrams

Tia and Mike Abuls

Luba Aganina and Eugene Bobalo

Courtney R. Alexander

AmazonSmile Foundation

Karie Anderson

Cathy Antonie

Josephine auBuchon

Meghan Augustine

Kris Barnekow

Gail and Dennis Bartz

Susan and James Bellin

Vickie Bence

Mackenzie Blackman

Blankstein Enterprises

Amy Bontempo

Helen Boomsma

P.J. Brown

Marlene and Joseph Bruno

Linda Buchsbaum

Susan Buck

Mary Burgett

Santi Burgos

Richard S. Buse

Lisa Cabral

Ismael Campos

Maryellen C. Cannon

Kathy and Paul Citta

Carma Clark

Sylvia Coleman

Judith and Christopher Collins

Marc Collins

Tamara Crum

Rachel Davida

Jan and William Davis

Jeanne Deianni

Jerry DeQuardo

Marlene and Jerrold M. Deutsch

Alice and Robert H. Diaz Jr.

Cliona and Joel Draper

Nancy Eastham

Melissa and Brian Egelhoff

Aimee Erb-Jirovec

Janet Erdmann

Barbara and William Faude

Holly Flechner

Burdeck Floyd

Frances A. Franklin

Katherine D. Frontier

Judith A. Gaskell

Tom Gauthier

GE United Way Campaign

Ann and Kenneth A. Germanson

Beth and Michael Giacobassi

Global Freight Source, Inc.

Darren Goldstein

Rayven Gordon

Barbara and Donald Grande

Susan and Thomas Gruber

Randall Gryczkowski

Janet and Phillip Gural

Laura Marie Guzman-Riveraz

Patricia M. Haak

Mary Haberman

Alice H. Hackstein

Juliana and Joseph Hahn

Ruth and Otto Heimler

Anne Hesse

Maureen and Daniel Holahan

Monica Hurt

Joan and Jonathan Jacobs

Judith and Gerald Janssen


Helen G. Johnston

Karen and Walter Kangas

Julianna Kircher

Susan and Richard Knutson

Melissa M. Kolinske

Marie and Leroy J. Konrath

Sarah Kordsmeier

Leone and David J. Kosinski

Marianne and Fred Kramer

Amy Krohn

Craig Krzyzkowski

Marie and David Kuemmel

Michelle Kupferschmidt

Sharon J. Kusmirek

Jason Lantzer

Mary Lawien

Judie Lehman

Mary E. Limon

Mary Lou Lindquist

Shannon Lorenz

Elliot Lubar

Kristen Lukaszewicz

Lori J. Makinen

Josephine Manchester

Kimberly Marcin

Kristine Martynski

Liz and Dan Matola

Robert Matyas

Medical College of Wisconsin

Sunny and Gale Mendeloff

John Menzel

Rebecca Michelsen

Paul Milakovich

Iris and William E. Miller

Robert Mochel

Cindy Monreal

Cristina Moreno Ayala

Shirley Mundstock

Marilyn Mutz

Sarah Muwonge

Laura Nettesheim

Margaret Neuworth

R.J. Nolan & Associates, Inc.

Kay and Robert Nolan

Anne and Christopher Noyes

Elizabeth and Travis Oates

Elizabeth and Daniel O’Connell

Colleen O’Donnell and Timothy Maynard

Holly Ann M. Pape

Lynne Pearson

Laura and Adam Peck

Rosemary and Peter Petroll

Ann and Jim Piatt

Melanie and Trey Pick

Jeanne and Gary Pokorny

Lisa Marie Pollnow

Matthew Price

Cindy Rasansky

Erin Ratelis

Karen Rehorst-Porras and Benjamin Porras

John J. Reiss

Georgette and Timothy Rippinger

Angela M. Robert

Lorena Rocha

Sara and Phillip A. Roemaat

David Rosene

Marianne and Roger Rozinski

Brian Ruark

Joseph M. Ruppel

Jenny and Paul Rushizky

Jodi L. Sagan

Mohib Salem

Gregory E. Sarandos

Susan Sawall

Elaine Schabla

Celeste and Andy Schkeryantz

Linda and Larry Schneider

Linda Schuh

Barbara and Russell Searing

Kadie Seitz

Dana Serrano

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Antoinette M. Smith

Ronald Soyk

Russell Spahn

Catherine A. Steinhafel

Amy L. Stenglein

Pamula Stokes

Sheila and John Patrick Taphorn

Marilyn and Robert A. Teper

Arnold and Sharon Thimmesch

Thrivent Financial

Diane and Dennis Tourangeau

Christopher Tuskowski

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County, Inc.

Janice Verona

Elizabeth and Ron Voltner

Elisabeth Wageman

Claire Wagner

Danita Wendorf

Kristi Westcott

Eileen and Bruce Westgate

Jennifer Wilson

Susan Winans and Judy Krause

Jeanne and John Wittmann

Sarah Wittmann

Kathy and Troy Wohlt

Emily and Christopher Youn

Catherine and David Zabler

Alan Zajac

Carol and Paul Ziehler

Bernadine Zimney

* Donors who gave comprehensive campaign gifts



  • The Walton Family Foundation made a $250,000 planning grant to Penfield Montessori Academy – a school for all abilities – scheduled to open in September 2016.
  • The Zilber Foundation donated $250,000 (split over 2 years) and the Aurora Better Together Fund donated $100,000 to the Behavior Clinic.
  • Kohl’s Associates in Action participants volunteered 435 hours. In support of these efforts, Kohl’s donated $8,000. On Facilities Day, more than 85 Kohl’s team members spent a day remodeling, cleaning and repairing our center.
  • In honor of its 1-year anniversary of the “Yes2You” program, Kohl’s donated 500 winter coats to Penfield’s families.
  • The Behavior Clinic received a national endorsement from SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). The SAMHSA endorsement acknowledges the amazing work of the Behavior Clinic staff to provide mental health services to more than 400 central city Milwaukee children every year.
  • The 20th annual Croquet Ball raised more than $260,000. Three hundred guests celebrated Cramer-Krasselt, the 2015 Benefactor Award recipient and witnessed a surprise marriage proposal!
  • In collaboration with Kohl’s Cares, the Milwaukee Police and Fire Departments, Moms Demand Gun Sense in America, The Davidson Yell and Tell Foundation, Marquette School of Dentistry and Milwaukee Sanitation Department, Penfield hosted “Safety Day” for more than 250 Penfield children and community members.
  • Penfield created characters to support the Kohl’s Building Blocks Program including Wilder and his friends. We also published two children’s books, “Everyone Can Be a Friend” and “Wilder’s Fantastic Five” that teach about the unique abilities of all children.



Penfield Montessori Academy is a public Montessori school located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We offer classes starting at K3. We foster an inclusive environment in which children of all abilities can flourish together in multi-age classrooms. Click here to visit the Penfield Montessori Academy website.

This summer, Penfield will expand upon our existing site by adding an interactive portion for children that focuses on celebrating differences. The site will include stories, games and videos that teach about how to be a good friend to children of all abilities.

The 20th annual Croquet Ball raised more than $260,000 for programming and services at Penfield Children’s Center. More than 300 guests celebrated Cramer-Krasselt, the 2015 Benefactor Award recipient, witnessed a surprise marriage proposal and honored our Penfield child of the night, Mady. Special thanks to our Event Chair, Phyllis King, Auction Co-Chairs, Julia Fennelly and Heidi Frank, and Sponsorship Chair, Al Araque.

Presenting Sponsor

Kohl’s Department Stores

Blue Level Sponsors

Milwaukee Admirals

Northwestern Mutual

Black Level Sponsors

Assurant Health


BMO Harris Bank

Chase Bank


Town Bank

Yellow Level Sponsors

Associated Bank

Aurora Health Care

Baker Tilly

CG Schmidt, Inc.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin



Ernst & Young

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Elizabeth Meyer & Sam Hope

Johnson Controls, Inc.

Marquette Bucks

PNC Bank

Quarles & Brady

Robertson Ryan & Associates, Inc.

von Briesen & Roper, S.C.

During 2015, Penfield invested in a new electronic health record system – One ANCHOR (Access, Network, Connection, Holistic, Outcome, Record). One ANCHOR will more efficiently measure the developmental progress of the children we serve, collect data uniformly, reduce paperwork and verify our programming’s effectiveness. One ANCHOR will allow Penfield to combine multiple databases into one, and create a data collection system that will allow our agency to share outcomes and best practices.


The combined financial records of Penfield Children’s Center, Inc., the Friends of Penfield Children’s Center, Inc. and VMMS Building Corporation for the year ending December 31, 2015 were audited by Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP, Milwaukee. The complete audited financial statements for 2015 are available at Penfield Children’s Center, 833 N. 26th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


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Government Grants & Contracts


United Way


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* Decrease in Net Assets is a result of a planned spend down of restricted grant funding received in prior years.