LVC Advisory Board
Sarah Milnar McLaughlin
Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement for the Center for Youth Engagement
Sarah is the Director of Partnerships and Community Engagement for the Center for Youth Engagement. She is the lead facilitator of Beyond the Bell, a collaborative of nonprofits, funders, youth, and policy makers working to ensure that all young people are engaged in coordinated, quality, after school activities. In this role, Sarah acts as the liaison between BTB and its 40 partner agencies – including Lake Valley Camp.
Although getting partners to agree on citywide priorities can be a messy process, the results truly reflect the needs of the sector. So in spirit of Lake Valley Camp’s foundational beliefs, Sarah believes that the community is better when everyone contributes!
Sarah holds a Bachelor’s in Journalism and a minor in Spanish from Marquette University. She also received a Trinity Fellowship to earn a Master’s in Public Service-Nonprofit Sector Administration from Marquette. Prior to settling in Milwaukee, Sarah served in Harlem, New York, with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps working with immigrants from the Dominican Republic.
Outside of work Sarah enjoys reading for her social justice-themed book club, building things with her new DeWalt 20-volt max lithium-ion 1/2 inch cordless drill, and attempting to run longer and longer distances.
Will Massey, PhD
Assistant Professor, Concordia University Wisconsin, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Will is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Concordia University Wisconsin. He also holds an affiliate position in the College of Health Sciences at UW-Milwaukee. His area of expertise is the role of sport, play, and physical activity on various markers of youth development - particularly in at-risk youth populations. He has published over 15 research articles and is an author on an upcoming book titled: “Engaging the field: The role of sport in under-resourced, underdeveloped, and conflict regions.”
Will earned a B.A. in Sport Studies from Central Michigan University, a M.S. in Kinesiology from Southern Illinois University, and a PhD in Health Sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is a certified sport psychology consultant and a certified strength and conditioning specialist.
Will and his wife Megan have three kids and a greedy beagle. Their family has served as a foster and adoptive resource in Milwaukee (because the “community is better when everyone contributes!”).
Brett Heaton Juarez
Financial Advisor & College Unit Director, Northwestern Mutual
Brett Heaton Juarez was a senior director, camp director, teen program coordinator and camp counselor with LVC between 2005 and 2014. His passion for personalized coaching and mentoring is what drew him to LVC’s mission at age 19, and it’s what guides his current work as a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual. He believes in equality of access for all people, including access to financial coaching and to quality outdoor experiences like camp. Brett will earn his masters degree in Educational Psychology from UW-Milwaukee in 2017, and holds a B.A. In history and secondary education. He is a proud AmeriCorps alum of Habitat for Humanity. Brett and his wife Rebeca live on Milwaukee’s Silver City neighborhood with their son Roque.
His favorite belief is “we can only grow when we are honest about our mistakes” The first meaningful step towards a growth mindset often happens when we accept what we did, realize it alone doesn't define us, and step forward unburdened by the past. Nothing is better for a child's self esteem than making - and accepting - mistakes in a supportive environment like Lake Valley Camp
Director of Leadership Development, Alverno College
Stephanie directs the principal licensure program we operate with Alverno College, identifying high-potential leaders and developing them through a blend of rigorous study, coaching, and field experience.
Prior to joining Schools That Can Milwaukee, Stephanie was a teacher and administrator in Milwaukee Public Schools. Most recently, she served as Director of School Turnaround. Her prior roles included teaching elementary and middle school children, 10 years as assistant principal at the Milwaukee Sign Language School and School of Languages, and 4 years as principal at Jeremiah Curtin Leadership Academy.
Stephanie earned her B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch University. Currently Stephanie is working toward her PhD. in Leadership, Learning, Service, and Research at Cardinal Stritch University.
Stephanie, her husband Joe (a retired School Administrator) and their two daughters reside in Milwaukee.