Using our Differences to Make a Difference
Paul R. Fairchild, President & CEO, Cream City Foundation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Working for more than 20 years in the social justice movement, Paul R. Fairchild assumed the position of President & CEO of Milwaukee's Cream City Foundation on March 1, 2012. His career has included working for equality in health care, housing, human services, immigration, HIV/AIDS, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality.
Throughout his tenure, Fairchild has worked with several of the Midwest's most prestigious service providers and advocacy organizations. Hailing from Chicago, he most recently served as Chief Development Officer and interim CEO for Howard Brown Health Center, the Midwest's largest provider of healthcare to LGBT individuals. Before joining Howard Brown, Fairchild served as Director of Development at Horizons Community Services, now known as the Center on Halsted and Vice President for Donor & Community Relations for Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. He holds the distinction of being the only man to serve on the Board of the Lesbian Community Cancer Project. Paul serves as a Commissioner for the Milwaukee County Department on Aging, and in that role, also serves on the Commission's Advocacy Committee, and Underserved Populations Committee.
Griselda Aldrete is the Executive Director of Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM). Most recently she served as the Executive Director at the Cream City Foundation, an organization she also serves on the board of directors. Aldrete was also the Director of Corporate Events at UMOS, a former criminal justice instructor at Bryant and Stratton College and an investigative reporter and photographer for ¡Aquí! Milwaukee magazine. She received her B.A. from Marquette University in Criminology/Law Studies and Spanish, her M.A. in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and is currently pursuing her J.D. and M.B.A. from Marquette University. She currently serves on the board of directors for St. Joan Antida High School and is a proud member of Professional Dimensions, TEMPO Milwaukee and Milwaukee Forum. Aldrete also serves on the advisory board for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and Visit Milwaukee Multicultural Committee. Most recently, she completed the Future Milwaukee Leadership Program at Marquette University and was named one of the 2013 Business Journal's 40 under 40.
Rahul is connected to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin by his Godfather & Temple founder, Satwant Singh Kaleka who was killed in the Sikh Temple shooting on Aug 5th, 2012. He learned a lot of valuable things from him including lessons of faith, honesty & hard work, doing regular service in the community & helping the needy.
Being from a technical background, Rahul works as an Information Security Analyst at Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee. After getting his bachelors in Computer Science, he earned his Master's Degree in Information Systems, Management & Risk Management from Concordia University Wisconsin.
Apart from being a co-founder of Serve2Unite, he is serving as a board member of Arts@Large, MPT (Milwaukee Public Theater), WAVE (Wisconsin Anti Violence Effort) and also elected as the current year's President of Faith Friendly Workplaces Affinity group at Rockwell. He has also been actively involved with various non-profit & religious organizations such as UPAF (United Performing Arts Fund), United Way, MICAH (Milwaukee Inner City Congregation Allied for Hope), Interfaith Conference of Milwaukee, Rotaract Club of Milwaukee.
Christine Hill serves as the Executive Director of Future Milwaukee, a community leadership program affiliated with Marquette University's College of Professional Studies. With over 20 years of experience in public, private, and nonprofit sector leadership roles, Christine brings a unique and progressive perspective to the process and field of community leadership and teambuilding. Christine has been a City Alderman and Mayor, and has been a participant in Marquette University's Community Transformation Project. She currently teaches Leadership, Teambuilding, and Effective Management to graduate students through UW-M's Lubar School of Business.
Denise Callaway has worked as a communications professional in Milwaukee for almost thirty years. She was an award-winning reporter at WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) for many years before establishing a successful career in communications and public relations. She currently serves as Executive Director of Community Engagement for Milwaukee Public Schools and Executive Director of the MPS Foundation. She was the director of communications for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation for over eight years and has extensive experience in workforce development communications. Her communications efforts have received international, national and local recognition. Denise is a frequent guest on Milwaukee Public Television's "Interchange" weekly public affairs program and is a regular Milwaukee Public Television contributor, where a program she co-hosted, "Field of Honor," received a Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association first-place award and was nominated for a regional
Rocky Braat, a young man from a fractured family and a troubled past, went traveling through India without a plan. Then he met a group of HIV positive children living in an orphanage -- a meeting that changed everything for him.
Rocky left his life, friends, and career in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to live with the kids. Steve Hoover, his best friend and filmmaker, was unsettled and intrigued by this drastic action. In an effort to find out what compelled Rocky to give up every source of stability in his life, Hoover decided to trace Rocky's story, following him to India.
He witnessed Rocky and the kids endure disease, abject poverty, and death. But, strangest of all, in the midst of these troubles, he also saw their deep joy. And he came to understand why Rocky had given up everything he had to experience it.
'Blood Brother' is a story of friendship. It's a story of a life, stripped down to its essence. Most of all, it is a story about love, enduring in the face of death.
The Nation is a host of dynamic poets, artists and inspirational speakers who share a common interest in not only the love for spoken word, but for community advocacy, social justice and speaking for today's youth. Based out of their hometown of Milwaukee, WI, The Nation was formed in 2013 and currently consists of 20 members. The group is a crowd favorite at popular events like "Poetry Unplugged" and hosts their own open mic event called "Pentastic" every month.