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.
Family & Community Engagement Specialist, Milwaukee Public Schools
Danielle is the Family and Community Engagement Specialist at Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). In this inaugural role for an urban district serving over 76,000 students, Danielle oversees a team charged with setting and implementing the district’s strategic direction and planning for family and community engagement efforts. These efforts include the district’s community schools initiative; M-cubed, a collaboration with local two-and-four-year higher education institutions to increase family understanding of post-secondary options; and neighborhood capacity-building initiatives.
Formally educated as a macro-level social worker, Danielle values the opportunity to participate in new ideas particularly surrounding the areas of basic needs, education and racial equity. She earned her Bachelors in Social Work and a Bachelors in Organizational Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (U-Dub Dub!) and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Danielle is the proud foster mother (soon-to-be adoptive mother) of an energetic MPS dual-language student, Aubrey. A lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Danielle is zealously committed to being a force for positive change in the city so that everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential.
Natalia B. Hernandez
Natalia has been a part of Lake Valley Camp since the summer of 2004, starting as a day camper, later attending resident camp, and ultimately graduating from the LVC Leadership Training program in 2012. After graduation Natalia worked as a camp counselor for two summers. Natalia has a deep passion for Lake Valley Camp, its mission, and its four beliefs.
Natalia graduated in the Fall of 2017 from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a BA in Human Resources Management and International Studies with a Public Diplomacy emphasis. She returned to Milwaukee in 2018 and currently assists her parents at their business on the south side of Milwaukee and serves as the Director of Alumnae Relations for Region 1 at Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. Natalia plans to start her master’s degree this coming fall in Political Science and hopes to one day work as a research analyst at the Pentagon.
When she’s not spending time with friends or family her hobbies include: travel, journaling, playing viola, being outdoors, and interacting with people. Natalia lives her life to inspire people around her to reach their best potential and believes LVC is the perfect place for that.