By Melanie Lawder – Milwaukee Business Journal
Milwaukee women's leadership group Professional Dimensions on Wednesday elected its board of directors for the 2018-'19 year, ushering in the most racially diverse board in the organization’s history.
Overall, 33 percent of the group's board positions will be held by women of color, according to a news release. Founded in 1978, Professional Dimensions' membership comprises 350 women throughout southeastern Wisconsin.
“Diversity has always been one of our core tenets," said newly elected president Emily Phillips in a statement. "We believe it is our duty to use our power, as a leading women’s organization, to further advance our community by shining a light on women of color and ensuring our leadership is representative."
From the restaurant industry to health care and utilities, Professional Dimensions' directors also hail from 12 different industries. The following is the full list of Professional Dimensions' board of directors for the 2018-19 year:
President: Emily Phillips, Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.
Immediate past president: Karen Vernal, Vernal Management Consultants, LLC
President-elect: Judith Mouton, Johnson Controls
Secretary: Christine Baranoucky, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Treasurer: Natasha King, Next Door Foundation
Karen Hunt, P.A.V.E.
Shaneé Jenkins, YMCA Metro Milwaukee
Renee Kirnberger, Pathfinders
Melinda Krueger, Salesforce
Rebeca Lopez, Godfrey & Kahn SC
Laura Lutter Cole, Visit Milwaukee
Andréa Michel, Hoffman York
Jennifer Allen, MGIC
Katie Podmokly, Baird
Danielle Bly, We Energies
Julie Raye, Bartolotta Restaurants
Brenda Campbell, SecureFutures
Joyce Rubenstein, Capstone National Partners
Tricia Geraghty, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Janet Slater, Greenleaf Partners
Kate Venne, Brady Corp.
Erica Gumieny, Advocate Aurora Health Care
Michelle Hinton, Uncom Milwaukee
Jennifer Walther, Mawicke & Goisman