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Milwaukee’s Stars Merengue for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
November 18, 2017

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School of Milwaukee is excited to launch its very own version of “Dancing with the Stars” — Milwaukee’s Stars Merengue — as its annual fundraiser. Much like Cristo Rey Jesuit, the event will be fast-paced and exciting. We will feature eight hometown stars who will partner with dance professionals to choreograph and perform live original routines for those in attendance. It promises to be an exciting and energetic event! Merengue your way to the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Saturday, November 18, 2017, for dinner, live entertainment, and the opportunity to help make a difference in Cristo Rey Jesuit students’ lives.

Event Information
Date / Time

Saturday, November 18, 2017
6:00 pm  Cocktails
7:00 pm  Dinner and Dancing Program

Place

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
333 W. Kilbourne Ave, Milwaukee WI 53202

Parking

Valet parking is available. Self-parking is available in hotel garage. Please enter from Kilbourn Ave.

Attire

Black Tie Optional

Tickets

Individual tickets are $150
Sponsorships/Tables $2,500 – $50,000

Entertainment

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School of Milwaukee is excited to launch its very own version of “Dancing with the Stars” – Milwaukee’s Stars Merengue — as its annual fundraiser. Much like Cristo Rey Jesuit, the event will be fast-paced and exciting – Our dancing Merengue Stars (select community members) will partner with dance professionals to choreograph and perform live, original routines for those in attendance. Star couples will showcase their preferred style of dance as they compete for fan votes to become the ballroom champion.

Pre-Event Votes

Each vote is $10. Vote now and vote often! Your favorite Merengue Star will win the dance competition by accumulating the most votes while raising the most funds to support the mission of Cristo Rey Jesuit.

Why Vote

Votes are converted into much needed financial support for students at Cristo Rey Jesuit Milwaukee. Vote now! Vote often!

Dinner

Appetizer, salad, dinner and dessert accompanied by wine will be served. Guests with special dietary needs, please contact Patricia Jessup.

Dancers
DAN DRUML
 President & CEO
Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling
DAN DRUML
President & CEO
Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling

Dan Druml is proud to be part of the inaugural Milwaukee’s Stars Merengue for Cristo Rey Jesuit. One might debate if he has “moves like Jagger”, but all who know him can agree that the best party is one that ends with everyone dancing.  Dan is blessed to have four dance partners; his lovely wife, Mary and their three beautiful daughters, Grace, Clare and Annie.

A native Milwaukeean, Dan is the youngest of six children and the product of 16 years of Catholic education.  Together, Mary and Dan are passionate about Catholic education and are involved with their alma maters including Divine Savior Holy Angels, Marquette University High School and Marquette University.  They believe education is the greatest gift of all and fully embrace the Cristo Rey Jesuit model.

Dan has been the President and CEO of Paul Davis Restoration & Remodeling since 2001. He is not one to miss a beat and has also expanded his business interests in real estate development with The Druml Company.  He is known for his commitment to philanthropy in the Milwaukee community and now has the potential to be recognized for his merengue moves as well. Dan will be a thriller to watch and will surely be moonwalking over the judges’ hearts.

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Jeremy Fojut
 Chief Idea Officer
NEWaukee
Jeremy Fojut
Chief Idea Officer
NEWaukee

Jeremy Fojut has 17 years of applying unique approaches to complex problems to increase engagement, economic development and awareness for businesses, neighborhoods and organizations. His proven philosophy for employee or community engagement is to change everything and create solutions that spread and empower. Utilizing Jeremy’s change everything and empower everyone ideology, NEWaukee was able to grow from a couple hundred subscribers to over 200,000 in less than 7 years without the need for traditional advertising.

 

You might be familiar with some of Jeremy’s programming ideas that have created a new vision for Milwaukee. The Night Market brought millions of dollars of economic development to a revitalization effort along a commercial corridor. He also created a legacy event in the Silver City Neighborhood called the International Food and Art Walk. This program assisted the Silver City neighborhood in creating an economic driver for the small businesses and branding the neighborhood as a destination.

 

Jeremy developed a program called Tournavation which is a tournament of innovative ideas to solve Milwaukee’s challenges by crowd sourcing community input and allowing people to pitch their solutions on stage. The Tournavation has lead to programs like the Night Market, Artery Project, the Mayor’s Home/Grown Project and health software piloting in Milwaukee Public Schools. Jeremy’s programs have a wide range of users that address the arts, small business, culture, economic development and neighborhood identity.

 

Milwaukee’s brain drain issues are well noted. Jeremy established a deeper platform for employee engagement within companies that tackles the issues of leadership development, connection to community and increased talent retention. Jeremy’s engagement theory has lead to a 200% increase in employee engagement at a larger Wisconsin based corporation.

 

A recent success was being recognized by Forbes Magazine as a company to watch in the social entrepreneur sector.

 

He also is expanding the country’s first Young Professional Week created in 2011 to a statewide initiative to attract and retain talent in 2015. Young Professional Week recently won an Innovation Award from the International Economic Development Council. He is now leading the charge on the Wisconsin 72 initiative, an initiative to unite Wisconsin’s 72 counties around a talent attraction and retention strategy.

 

Jeremy now speaks, consults and creates talent retention and attraction projects across the country for municipalities, chambers, organizations and companies looking for innovative solutions connect people to place.

 

Jeremy serves on the following non-profit boards and committees:

— The Commons

— Visit Milwaukee

— University Club Programming and Membership Council

— Inner Harbor District Public Space Committee

 

 

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Nancy Leary Haggerty
 Partner
Michael Best
Nancy Leary Haggerty
Partner
Michael Best

Our Law Firm has, for several years, sponsored Cristo Rey Jesuit students, who do a terrific job. My son, daughter and husband were all educated at Jesuit institutions, and I really believe in the strength and confidence they give a student. When I attended a breakfast meeting there, I was really impressed with the way the school teaches their students to grow, and be ready for the work world.

I am not a dancer by any means, but I have always wanted to learn Latin dancing. When the opportunity presented itself, even though I’m a little intimidated, I decided to go for it. Isn’t that what every Cristo Rey Jesuit student and parent is doing as well; seeing the opportunity and going for it?
Nancy Leary Haggerty is a Real Estate attorney at Michael, Best & Friedrich in Milwaukee. On a daily basis she helps clients purchase, sell and lease commercial property, and especially helps clients develop new projects, by pulling together all of the pieces needed to create a final successful project, including negotiating with cities for permits and approvals, arranging for and closing financing, clearing title, leading the due diligence effort and resolving any problems. She has a special expertise in TIF, Tax Incremental Financing, and is one of the most experienced attorneys in Wisconsin on condominium law, in condo/hotel resort development and timeshares, and on business improvement districts (BIDs).

Over the course of her career, Nancy has received honors and recognitions for her accomplishments and work as a legal professional in the real estate industry, including being ranked by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, and being named a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, an invitation-only industry group. She is an active member of the commercial real estate community, as a member of the Wisconsin Commercial Association of Realtors, and the Wisconsin NAIOP chapter, where she serves on the Governmental Affairs Committee. She has a long-standing involvement with the American Bar Association’s Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law, is a member of the Continuing Legal Education committee, is the Chair of the Hospitality, Timesharing and Common Interests Development Group, and is a frequent speaker at ABA events. She is the immediate past Chair of the Advisory Board for the Marquette University College of Business Administration’s Center for Commercial Real Estate.

Nancy received her B.A., with honors, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and her J.D. from the UCLA School of Law, where she was Editor in Chief of the Federal Communications Law Journal.

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RAYMONE JACKSON
 Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Northwestern Mutual
RAYMONE JACKSON
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Northwestern Mutual

Identifying one word to describe Raymone Jackson is simple: invested. He is invested in his family and friends, company, community and personal growth. His investment in each of these areas ultimately serves one purpose: to impact the lives of others.

Jackson is the director of diversity and inclusion at Northwestern Mutual. In his role, he leads the strategic development and implementation of diversity and inclusion initiatives at the home office in Milwaukee, Wis. Jackson began his career at Northwestern Mutual as an intern at the age of 18. Since then, he has dedicated himself to professional and personal growth to fulfill the company’s mission of providing financial security to its clients and doing what is right for them. Jackson is deeply passionate about continuing to affect positive change that impacts the company as well as its clients. Among his many accomplishments at Northwestern Mutual, launching the African American Employee Resource Group and the larger ERG platform and market efforts, serving as Co-Chair of the diversity and inclusion executive committee, receiving the Patriot Award from the Department of Defense, 2016 40 Under 40 nominee and acting as dean for Northwestern Mutual’s leadership university are ones for which he is the most proud.

Jackson is also a leader outside of the workplace, focusing on the betterment of the Milwaukee community and those who live there. As a Milwaukee native, Jackson is committed to his community. In his free time, Jackson volunteered as a tutor and mentor for students through the Pathfinders Organization and coaches young men through the African American Male Initiative. He is also founder and president of his own real estate development firm, One Acre Group, which focuses on providing affordable housing in the Milwaukee area.

Yet, despite his busy schedule, Jackson always makes time for his family. Whether celebrating his mother’s retirement with her on a trip to Las Vegas or spending time with his nephew Jayden, he values time spent with his family and friends above everything else.

Jackson earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and holds an MBA. He also earned his certificate in commercial real estate via the Associates in Commercial Real Estate Program at Marquette University, his CLU certification from American College, and his ACS and FMLI designations from Life Office Management Association. Jackson is also a Certified Master Coach.

Like many others, Raymone has had his own share of obstacles to overcome and credits his achievements to date on his core values of family, fun, growth and impact. When faced with life decisions, challenges or forks in the road, these values have guided him toward actions and outcomes that align with his beliefs and life vision.

Raymone is excited to participate in the Milwaukee Stars Merengue for Cristo Rey because he believes that all young people deserve access to great education that will prepare them to achieve their life goals. While Jackson is a bit nervous to dance outside of his home or car, he hopes to contribute to a fun and memorable experience.

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Kira Lafond
 Market President & Publisher
Milwaukee Business Journal
Kira Lafond
Market President & Publisher
Milwaukee Business Journal

Kira Lafond, Market President and Publisher of Milwaukee Business Journal, oversees a team of talented editorial, events, audience development and marketing professionals who work every day to help their readers grow their businesses, advance their careers and simplify their professional lives.

Prior to becoming Publisher Kira served as the Milwaukee Business Journal Director of Advertising for two years. She spent the balance of her 30+ year career in radio sales and management where she led groups of as many as seven radio stations to financial success.

Kira never expected to leave radio, but when the opportunity to lead the Milwaukee Business Journal team came up, she jumped at it.

“When smart, hard-working people in a city have a publication that provides them information, education and most importantly connections to other smart, hard-working people – we all win. Our cities win. Our businesses win. Our families win. There is simply a magic that happens when Milwaukee Business Journal readers get together.”

Contact Kira at klafond@bizjournals.com

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VICTOR MIRANDA
 Chief Medical Officer - Neurology
GE Healthcare
VICTOR MIRANDA
Chief Medical Officer - Neurology
GE Healthcare

Dr. Miranda is a seasoned Medical Device executive with extensive domestic and international experience in marketing, medical and clinical affairs. He has created and managed processes for postmarket clinical trials, investigator-initiated studies (IISs), voice of the customer input into new product development, and health economics and reimbursement. He has worked to enhance evidence-based medicine (EBM); IVD and medical device product development; global clinical trial management; and KOL management and development in the fields of osteoporosis, electrophysiology (EP), ophtalmology and diabetes.

He has directed clinical claims and accuracy studies globally during the product development process, conducted studies that provided clinical evidence/outcomes and directed the automation initiative to manage investigator-initiated studies through a web portal. He has created strategies for several international markets as well as Medical Advisory Boards for the United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Latin America.

Dr. Miranda has been a thought leader for the Frost & Sullivan Mind X-change and Q1 Productions. He is currently the Clinical Leader for the GE & NFL Clinical Collaboration and the Chief Medical Officer for Head Health for GE Healthcare, located in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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Kris Ropella
 Opus College of Engineering Dean
Marquette University
Kris Ropella
Opus College of Engineering Dean
Marquette University

Dr. Kristina (Kris) Ropella is Opus Dean of the Opus College of Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Marquette University.

“I, as well as the Marquette Opus College of Engineering, am proud to support the mission of Cristo Rey Jesuit in educating the servant leaders of tomorrow. We seek graduates of Cristo Rey Jesuit to join our engineering team as we create solutions for a more just world. In partnership with local industries, Cristo Rey Jesuit students use their gifts to make positive change in their own communities.”

Dr. Ropella joined the biomedical engineering faculty at Marquette in 1990 and served as chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2004 to 2013, when she was named the executive associate dean for the college prior to becoming dean in 2015.

She is recognized internationally for her research in biosignal processing and medical imaging for diagnostic medical devices. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Education, The Ralph and Marion Falk Medical Research Trust, and the Whitaker Foundation. Dr. Ropella also created and led a number of innovative educational programs, including the Joint Functional Imaging PhD program with MCW, and most recently, E-Lead, an undergraduate engineering leadership curriculum.

Dr. Ropella received the Wisconsin U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CASE (2007) and Marquette’s Robert and Mary Gettel Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence (2002). She is a past recipient of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 (2000) and Women of Influence (2008) awards. She is also a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). She has served on the board of directors for AIMBE, the Biomedical Engineering Society, and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Board of Directors for the Summit Educational Association.
Dr. Ropella received her bachelor degree in biomedical engineering from Marquette University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Northwestern University.

Dr. Ropella is married and has three adult children, all educated as engineers. She enjoys sports, music, dance, hiking and travel.

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Deanna Singh
 President
Dohmen Company Foundation
Deanna Singh
President
Dohmen Company Foundation

Deanna Singh is recognized as a leading authority in building innovative opportunities within underserved communities.
As Chief Change Agent and Founder of Flying Elephants, Deanna is a highly respected thought leader, who has spent almost 20 years researching, designing and building asset based solutions to complex social challenges. Today she travels the world inspiring and educating audiences.

A gifted communicator, Deanna’s interactive style combines personal stories with authenticity, vulnerability and humor that takes the audience on a journey of self-discovery.
An entrepreneurial businesswoman and trailblazer, Deanna serves as the President of the Dohmen Company Foundation.
Her 15 years of education administration, social entrepreneurship and advocacy experience also included leadership positions with the Burke Foundation, Robert W. Baird Foundation, Milwaukee Renaissance Academy, Legal Action of Wisconsin and The Milwaukee Street Law Project. Singh also has served as adjunct professor at Marquette University Graduate and Law School. She recently completed her first two children’s book I Am a Boy of Color and I Am a Girl of Color.

Singh was recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the community’s most influential 40 under 40 leaders and the 8 Under 40 to Watch for the University of Wisconsin School of Business. She is also the recipient of the United Way’s Philanthropic Five Award, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Leadership Development Hero Award and was a White House Fellowship Regional Finalist.

She currently serves on the boards of LIFT, and The Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation and is a member of the Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund Speakers Bureau. Past board roles include but are not limited to First Stage Milwaukee, Marquette University’s College of Professional Studies Advisory Board and the Wisconsin Bar Association’s Diversity Committee.
A native of Milwaukee, Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Singh lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Justin, and two sons, Zion and Zephaniah.

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Judges
Anthony Crivello
 Tony Award Winning Actor
Anthony Crivello
Tony Award Winning Actor

Anthony (Tony) Crivello was seen in Milwaukee most recently as “Al McGuire” in the Milwaukee Rep’s 2017 critically acclaimed production of “McGuire.” He is the recipient of Broadway’s Tony Award, Chicago’s Jefferson Award, a Carbonelle Award, a Footlights Award and nominations for three Jefferson, two Canadian Dora Mavor Moore, LA’s Ovation, Drama Critics, Robbie, Garland, and Friends of New York Theater Awards.

Theater Credits include – Broadway: Golden Boy, Kiss of the Spiderwoman (also in Toronto, London), Marie Christine, Evita, Les Miserables, The News. Off-Broadway:Heathers: The Musical, Measure For Measure, The Juniper Tree. Toronto: Jane Eyre. LA: Steve Martin’s The Underpants, Expecting Isabel, Do I Hear a Waltz. Chicago: The House of Martin Guerre, A Flea in Her Ear, Louis and Keely Live At The Sahara. Las Vegas: Phantom-The Las Vegas Spectacular. Milwaukee: McGuire, Frankie and Johnny. Films: Trade (w/ Kevin Kline), Material Girls (w/Hilary & Hailey Duff and Angelica Houston), Texas Rangers (w/Ashton Kutcher & Usher), Independence Day, Henry Toy, The Mark, The Glass Jar, Jane Austen’s Mafia!, Slaves of New York, Spellbinder, Shakedown, Crocodile Dundee II. Television: “Feud: Bette and Joan” (w/ Jessica Lange & Susan Sarandon), “Emma’s Chance,” “Behind The Candelabra (w/ Michael Douglas & Matt Damon),” “Seinfeld,” “CSI: NY,” “Frasier,” “In-Laws,” “Law and Order,” “Normal, Ohio,” “Dillinger and Capone,” “The Lost Capone,” “Miami Vice,” “Star Trek-Voyager,” “Babylon 5,” “Alien Hunter,” “Les Miserables in Concert from Royal Albert Hall, London,” “One Life to Live.”

Follow me on Twitter and Snapchat! AnthonyVCrivello @VegasPhan

 

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Sophia Minnaert
 Sports Personality
Fox Sports Wisconsin
Sophia Minnaert
Sports Personality
Fox Sports Wisconsin

Sophia Minnaert is currently a sideline reporter for Brewers and Bucks broadcasts on FOX Sports Wisconsin. She also contributes to the network’s social media coverage.

Prior to joining FOX Sports Wisconsin, Minnaert worked for PlayOn! Sports Midwest on high school state championships for FOX Sports Wisconsin, FOX Sports Midwest and CSN Chicago.  She also worked as a feature reporter on FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Prep Zone.

A fluent Spanish speaker, Minnaert traveled with FOX Sports Wisconsin to the Dominican Republic in November 2013 for the series Baseball in the Dominican Republic. The series earned two regional Emmys for the Brewers Academy and Twins Academy programs, along with a nomination for Baseball in the Dominican Republic: Jean Segura.

Minnaert, a native of Madison, Wis., graduated with honors from Marquette University with degrees in journalism and Spanish language and literature. As a student at Marquette, Minnaert participated in the ESPN internship program in Bristol, Conn. in studio production in 2008.

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Steve Palec
 Radio Personality &
Real Estate Partner
Steve Palec
Radio Personality &
Real Estate Partner

Steve Palec has been the host of Rock & Roll Roots on WKLH in Milwaukee for over 30 years.

He also is a partner at Colliers International, where he has been involved in some of the most impactful commercial real estate transactions in Southeastern Wisconsin.

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EmCee
Melinda Davenport
 Morning News Co-anchor
WISN 12
Melinda Davenport
Morning News Co-anchor
WISN 12

Melinda Davenport is the co-anchor of “WISN 12 News This Morning.” She joined the station in March 2014.
No stranger to cold weather, Melinda comes to WISN-TV from its sister station WMUR in Manchester, New Hampshire. Davenport was an anchor/reporter at the Hearst-owned ABC affiliate for more than two years. Most recently, she anchored the station’s weekday noon newscast and weekend evening newscasts.


Davenport brings multi-market and multi-platform reporting experience to WISN-TV. Prior to joining WMUR, Davenport reported for WCAX-TV in Burlington, VT. She also free-lanced for The New York Times Company, writing and publishing online articles, and worked in the public relations industry.


A Texas native, Davenport received her Bachelor’s degree from University of Houston. She followed that with a Master’s degree in Communication from Northeastern University in Boston. Davenport is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the International Association of Business Communicators.
Melinda loves to shop and is a self-professed bargain hunter. She absolutely loves bass fishing, a hobby she picked up while living in New England. Melinda also enjoys international travel, listing Hong Kong and Tokyo among her favorite destinations.


You can contact Melinda at mldavenport@hearst.com
Facebook: Melinda Davenport
Twitter: @WISN_Melinda

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Contact Us




Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding sponsorships, volunteering, or attending Milwaukee’s Stars Merengue for Cristo Rey Jesuit. We also encourage you to share names of candidates of future Merengue Stars or Judges by emailing us at merengue@cristoreymilwaukee.org.

 

 

Milwaukee’s Stars Merengue

c/o Cristo Rey Jesuit High School

1215 South 45th Street

West Milwaukee, WI 53214

Patricia Jessup

Special Projects Coordinator

merengue@cristoreymilwaukee.org

414-436-4600 Ext. 370

Tracy Josetti

Managing Director of Development

tjosetti@cristoreymilwaukee.org

414-436-4600 Ext. 120

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