Dear Friend,

In 2017, Penfield Children’s Center celebrated its 50th anniversary. For the past half century, Penfield staff have worked tirelessly to help more than 30,000 children reach their full potential. As we reflect on the last year – and this significant milestone – we are reminded of the amazing commitment of people like you to make this work possible.

You only turn 50 once, and we did our best to make it count. From a partnership with Summerfest and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee to a golden anniversary event that included many of our visionary founders and civic leaders, we celebrated this occasion with several of our key community partners.

But perhaps more important was the commitment of our staff, continuing their tireless efforts to ensure our children continue to reach age-appropriate milestones. Milestones we celebrate at Penfield every day.

In 2017, our organization realized several highlights. A couple items of note included the following:

  • Renewed our partnership with Kohl’s, securing a three-year commitment to support the Kohl’s Building Blocks Program.
  • Concluded our 50th anniversary with a record-breaking 22nd annual Croquet Ball.
  • Connected more than 400 families in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Waukesha counties with long-term support programs.
  • Successfully launched the state’s first fully-integrated school-based mental health clinic at Penfield Montessori Academy.

An expansion of our partnership with Marquette University, the Behavior Clinic at Penfield Montessori provides trauma-informed services to our K3 through 1st grade students.

Throughout the last 50 years, our staff have changed the lives of countless families living in our city. None of this would have been possible without the heartfelt generosity of our donors and more than 10,000 hours of service from more than 1,000 volunteers.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of Milwaukee children.

Thank you for being a part of our family at Penfield Children’s Center and cheers to the next 50 years.


Christine Holmes signature

Christine P. Holmes
President and CEO

Robert Mikulay signature

Robert L. Mikulay
Chairman, Board of Directors



In 2017 the Early Education and Child Care Program served 167 children. In partnership with Acelero, Penfield provides three Early Head Start classrooms which provide child development and support services to the child and his/her family.

“We wanted Kevin, 4 and Tessa, 2 to be somewhere they could develop their skills to prepare them for K4, and we found that place at Penfield,” said their mother, Emmey.

Penfield creates an environment that allows Kevin and Tessa to learn and grow alongside their friends of different abilities. Even though her children are typically-developing, Kevin and Tessa are in classes with children who might need feeding tubes, adaptive equipment or have other mental or physical challenges.

“Kevin will come home and say things like, ‘My friend has a feeding tube because that’s how he eats. While he’s eating, I can hold his hand and talk to him, and then when he’s done, we can go play,’” said Emmey.

Emmey has been grateful for the supportive environment that surrounds Penfield as well.

“Kevin went through a phase where he wore a tutu to school and everyone’s reaction was so positive. They embraced his uniqueness and encouraged him to play with other costumes at Penfield. His favorite outfit is Spider-Man boots and a frilly pink tutu,” she said.

Tessa is softer spoken, but loves to twirl around the classroom and show off her shoes. She is intentional and very precise about her artwork, and loves to help her friends as they craft their own creations.

“We have watched Penfield take Tessa under their wing and we have been so grateful,” said Emmey.

Thanks to Penfield, Kevin and Tessa have developed fine and gross motor skills, been taught educational and life skills, learned how to share with their friends and how to interact with staff and volunteers. They’ve also been able to participate in special events such as visiting with a mini horse, meeting Bango the Buck and watching the Milwaukee Ballet perform.

“Our kids have loved the different activities at Penfield,” said Emmey. “After being exposed to the ballet, Kevin asked if he could be a construction worker and a ballerina!”



In 2017, 83 children received occupational, physical and speech therapy in our outpatient therapy program. Of those children, 92% made developmental improvements in their motor skills, and 88.65% made improvements in their cognitive skills. Additionally, the Milwaukee County Birth-to-Three Early Intervention program at Penfield served 855 children.

Jaiden was born weighing just 4 lbs., 14 oz. with a hole in his heart. Soon after his birth, he was diagnosed with CHARGE syndrome, a genetic condition that involves a wide range of medical and physical difficulties. In addition to the hole in Jaiden’s heart, he was born missing two ribs, had nasal stenosis, required a feeding tube and underwent multiple surgeries.

“I was so scared,” said Jaiden’s mother, LaVada. “Jaiden is my first child and I had so much information coming at me all at once. The thought that my baby could have a life-threatening condition absolutely terrified me.”

LaVada stayed strong for Jaiden and after a month and a half in the hospital, he was ready to come home.

When Jaiden started to crawl, LaVada asked his in-home occupational therapist, Amy about child care options, as she thought it would be helpful for his growth and development to have more interaction with his peers. Amy immediately suggested Penfield, so LaVada enrolled him in the Special Care Nursery.

Jaiden progressed so quickly in the Special Care Nursery, that in just 6 months, he was able to transfer into one of the Early Head Start classrooms at Penfield.

“We are grateful to the therapists, teachers, and service coordinators who have taken Jaiden under their wings,” said LaVada. Jaiden receives all three types of therapies offered by Penfield: occupational, physical and speech. Because of these services, Jaiden has transformed from a non-verbal toddler into a talkative 2-year-old who loves to run around with his friends.”

These days, Jaiden is one of the busiest kids in his room. He enjoys counting, singing the ABC’s and participating in art projects. LaVada credits Penfield for Jaiden’s increased independence, social skills and fine and gross motor skill development.

In fact, she enjoyed services Jaiden received so much that she decided to take a job as a teacher in one of Penfield’s child care classrooms.

“Penfield is a place that became home, where we celebrate our differences, share in our similarities and teach love for everybody,” says LaVada. “We are so happy here.”



Through a partnership with Marquette University, the Behavior Clinic served 553 children with significant behavioral and/or emotional issues. In 2017, Penfield Children’s Center enrolled 182 children in our SAMHSA “Trauma-Informed Care for Very Young Children in Poverty” project. As a result, 73.6% of children served by the Behavior Clinic reduced their trauma symptoms, as measured by the Early Childhood Traumatic Stress Scale.

At just 4 years old, Zaniah was having frequent temper tantrums and causing harm to herself and others. She was struggling in school and her mother, Stephanie, was at a loss for how to help her.

After a significant behavioral incident in Zaniah’s classroom, Stephanie knew she needed additional help. She reached out to the Behavior Clinic in the hopes of finding strategies for calming Zaniah and keeping her safe.

A counselor worked with Zaniah and her family in their home and introduced Stephanie to nurturing activities they could do together, such as child-led play and the importance of positive reinforcement. These activities allowed Zaniah to feel proud about good behaviors, such as sharing and cleaning up her toys.

Zaniah’s counselor also discussed the importance of modeling appropriate responses to frustration and taught simple techniques for helping to calm Zaniah down when she became agitated. She worked with Zaniah on learning to talk about her feelings and needs, rather than resorting to aggressive behaviors and temper tantrums. Together, they created a “feelings box” that included self-soothing items, such as silly putty, fidget spinners, bubbles and writing tablets to help her develop age-appropriate coping skills.

Throughout treatment, Stephanie wrote down questions and independently tracked Zaniah’s tantrums in preparation for the following therapy session.

When Zaniah’s treatment came to a close, Stephanie reported that Zaniah’s behavior had greatly improved. She now feels hopeful and credits the Behavior Clinic for helping Zaniah develop the skills she needed to control her anger and understand her feelings.

“I’m so thankful for the Behavior Clinic,” said Stephanie. “I have such a great relationship with my daughter now and I see a very bright future ahead.”



Peyton was born with a complex medical condition that resulted in frequent seizures and delayed motor function. He receives care in our Special Care Nursery 5 days a week that includes physical, occupational and speech therapy. Watch Peyton’s story and learn about the unique ways that Penfield helps children with special needs.

  • Penfield served 49 medically-fragile children with significant health concerns
  • 33% of children transitioned to appropriate learning environments, including Penfield’s special education and Early Education classrooms, as well as local public schools
  • Penfield’s Director of Health Services trained Penfield staff members in First Aid practices, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), and how to operate an automated external defibrillator (AED)



Penfield Children’s Center provides parent support groups, educational workshops and school transition support services to help engage families. Family reading nights complete with a free dinner, storytime and books to take home, in addition to ice cream social events and our Summer Fun Picnic allow families to gather together and collect necessary items such as backpacks and developmentally appropriate educational materials. We also host our yearly Holiday Party that includes winter-inspired crafts, live music, snacks and a gift for every child donated by Kohl’s associates.

Funded by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County, bilingual parent mentors address the unique needs of each family by providing information about Penfield’s programming, and working to ensure all families have access to essentials, such as enough food and access to resources within the community.

  • Penfield offered 31 family programs and events including celebrations, support groups, parent education workshops and family reading nights
  • The 2017 Holiday Party welcomed more than 930 guests. Families participated in crafts, listened to live music and enjoyed special treats. Kohl’s donated 1,000 gifts for our children and 150 volunteers and staff volunteered their time to ensure the event’s success



In 2017, we welcomed 116 K3-1st grade students and will add one grade each year with plans to be fully enrolled – K3 through 8th grade – by fall 2024. Click here to visit the Penfield Montessori Academy website.


  • 100% of the students and teachers returned for the 2017/18 school year
  • We exceeded our enrollment goal of 114 students
  • Our student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1
  • Each student receives an individually designed lesson plan
  • In partnership with Marquette University, we opened the state’s first fully-integrated school-based mental health clinic.
  • Providing mindfulness activities for all children, the Behavior Clinic at Penfield Montessori also offered multi-tier trauma-informed services for children requiring more specialized care



Through the generous support of Kohl’s Cares, the Kohl’s Building Blocks Program allows Penfield to provide children in need access to early educational and developmental programs, services and equipment that promote hands-on learning for professionals and families.

  • 1,738 Children served by Child Development Specialists
  • 22,006 Participants worked with our Community Outreach team
  • 14,102 Children received Early Education Toolboxes
  • 93,760 Visitors accessed content on


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



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JP Morgan Chase

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Sally Bentley
We Energies (Retired)

Dirk Carson

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Milwaukee Bucks

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
Vice Chairman, Partnership Community Bancshares; Financial Industry Consultant

Patricia Schuyler
Community Volunteer

Sonia Shields Stowe
Johnson Controls

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
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Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc.

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Seville Rimmer

Marianne Rozinski

Joseph M. Ruppel

Claudia Sanchez

Celeste and Andy Schkeryantz

Linda Schuh

Roger Schuneman

Barbara and Russell Searing

Chloe Sier

Erin and Peter Stanek

Hilde and David Staufiger

Jane and Hugh Taufner

Marilyn and Bob Teper

The GE Foundation

Sharon and Arnold C. Thimmesch

Toyota of Brookfield

Teresa Trostmiller

Vicky Lynn Tuder

Janice and Richard Tyler

Janice Verona

William R. Waldron

Daisy Weber

Casey Weedman

Danita Wendorf

Heather Witt

Jeanne and John Wittmann

Sarah Wittmann

Lynne and Leonard Zacharias

Sarah and Christopher Zello

Carol and Paul Ziehler

* Donors who gave comprehensive campaign gifts



  • William and Bonnie Kellogg made a $2 million challenge grant through the Kellogg Family Foundation in support of Penfield Montessori Academy.
  • More than 300 Kohl’s Associates in Action volunteers spent 1,039 hours assisting with events and spending time in our classrooms. In support of these efforts, Kohl’s donated $28,500.
  • Penfield Children’s Center and Summerfest celebrated 50 years. In honor of both anniversaries, Summerfest brought Jahmes Tony Finlayson to Penfield for a special performance.
  • The Behavior Clinic opened a multi-tiered trauma informed program at Penfield Montessori Academy.
  • Artist Stacey Williams-Ng painted a mural titled, “Joy to the Fishes in the Deep Blue Sea; Joy to You and Me” on the outside wall of Penfield in collaboration with The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Mary L. Nohl Fund, and 88Nine RadioMilwaukee.
  • Our founding board members gathered at Penfield for city and county proclamations for our 50th anniversary event and were honored at our Croquet Ball.



In 2017, Penfield celebrated 50 years of changing the lives of Milwaukee’s most vulnerable children. During this half century, more than 30,000 kids have benefited from the agency’s devoted staff and comprehensive care. Our year-long celebration culminated on September 9, 2017 at the 22nd annual Croquet Ball at the Milwaukee Country Club. The event raised more than $400,000! Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, speed croquet match on the front lawn, silent, live and paddle auctions, gourmet dinner and a program showcasing the stories of Mario, Monica, John and Peyton who all received care in our Special Care Nursery. We also honored Penfield’s founders, Betty Bostrom, Marilyn Bradley, William Chester, William Eastham, Barbara Elsner and Martie Watts with the Benefactor Award for their vision and dedication to the success of Milwaukee’s children.

Event Chairs:
Kelly Daugherty and Jen Mance

Auction Chair:
Jessica Zeratsky

Sponsorship Chair:
Richard D. Schepp

Presenting Sponsor

Kohl’s Department Stores

Platinum Level Sponsors

Chase Bank

Blue Level Sponsors

Milwaukee Admirals

Northwestern Mutual

Rite-Hite Holding Corporation

Black Level Sponsors

Associated Bank

Aurora Health Care


BMO Harris Bank

Catalyst Construction

La Macchia Enterprises / The Mark Travel Corp.

Mason Wells Inc.


von Briesen & Roper, S.C.

Yellow Level Sponsors

Baker Tilly

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin



Ernst & Young

Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.

Milwaukee Bucks

PNC Bank

Robertson Ryan & Associates, Inc.

Town Bank


Wells Fargo

Carlene and Andrew Ziegler


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.


Fees for Services


Government Grants & Contracts


United Way


Contributions & In-kind Contributions


Investment Income


Other Income


Total Revenues


*Revenues include comprehensive campaign gifts to be disbursed over 5 years.