Saint_John's Communities Foundation Board of Directors is charged with fiduciary accountabilities that include stewardship of our funds and prudent investment management.
President of Saint_John's Communities and Saint_John's Communities Foundation Ms. Anderson joined Saint_John's in 1996 as Director of Finance, named Vice President in 2001, promoted to Communities’ President in 2011 and Foundation President in 2012. Ms. Anderson serves on boards of LeadingAge WI, the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority, Parasol Alliance and Industries for the Blind; she is a member of Novare Consortium. She holds a BBA in accounting from UW-Whitewater, is a CPA and holds a Certificate of Achievement in Professional Programs on Aging and Long Term Care from UW–Madison, and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. In her career at Saint_John's, she managed a major remodeling project and two multi-million dollar building projects. She currently leads 210 employees and serves 350 residents.
Ms. Aster joined Communities’ Board in 1999 and o-chaired the building project completed in 2004, and in 2011 became a resident. Ms. Aster earned an AB from Hollins College in Virginia and worked in marketing in NYC and in medical research at Harvard Medical School. In 1970, she relocated to Milwaukee. Other board work included: Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Faye McBeath Foundation, Planned Parenthood, and University School. She graduated in 1999 from MCW with a master’s in Bioethics, is a member of the Ethics Committee with past service to other ethics committees. She joined the Foundation Board in 2016—proud to be part of the effort to enrich the lives of Saint_John's residents and the community it serves.
Ms. Beal joined Communities Board in 2013 and was appointed liaison to the Foundation. She is a former member of the Wisconsin State Assembly and a fundraising consultant. She earned a BA degree in Political Science from Boston University. Her board service includes Columbia Health Systems Board, University School, Milwaukee Art Museum, Skylight Music Theater, and others. Her interest in Saint_John's began in 2010 when she realized the need for quality options for aging seniors. As a member of Christ Church Episcopal, she finds her work important to the many friends who are current residents and for those who look to live here in the future. She looks forward to the completed building project to welcome new residents.
Ms. Bell joined Saint_John's philanthropy department in 1999 as the building project launched. She is the Foundation Secretary and was elected to the board in 2018. She is responsible for raising funds for operations, restricted programming, capital projects, and endowed funds for Communities and the Foundation. In 2011, she founded the Thrift Shoppe as a revenue source for scholarships – averaging $25,000 per year. Ms. Bell is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, holds a BBA from Eastern Kentucky University, and earned a certificate in Bioethics from MCW. She is a current member of the Ethics Committee. Ms. Bell is a member of Christ Church Episcopal where she co-led Stewardship Committee, served on Vestry and Endowment Trust.
Ms. Brennan joined the Board in 2009 after a nine-year appointment with the Communities Board during the 2000-2003 building project. She graduated Miami University in Oxford OH with a B.A. degree. She worked 40 years as a bookkeeper for the family insurance agency while her primary focus was a community volunteer. Board memberships included: Junior League, Woman’s Club, Nonprofit Center, Forest Home Cemetery, Vestry member / Warden of St. Christopher’s and St. Paul’s Episcopal Churches, University School Trustee. Ms. Brennan states: “My mother lived at SJOL for her final ten years and loved it. I expect to be a resident one day. It is a privilege to be part of the past, present, and future of Saint_John's.”
Ms. Lewis became a resident in 2004 and was elected to the Board in 2012. Her professional career and volunteer efforts were focused on fund development and leadership, including the Blood Center Research Foundation, Milwaukee Art Museum, UPAF, Riveredge Nature Center, Skylight Opera Theatre, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Ms. Lewis holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheaton College as well as two community service awards. Her board appointments upheld the missions of organizations in performing arts, visual arts, environment, health and financial stewardship. She co-chairs the Saint_John's Resident Health Committee and established the Foundation’s Scholarship Endowment Fund in 2014 to augment the annual program which has awarded scholarships since 1984.
Mr. Miller joined Communities Board in 2012 as the first resident representative and was appointed liaison to the Foundation. He graduated Yale with a B.A. in economics and a J.D. from Harvard Law. He was a partner at Foley & Lardner and retired in 1993. Following retirement, he consulted as a wealth manager. Volunteer leadership with Chautauqua Institution spanned more than 40 years in capital and endowment campaigning. The Chautauqua Foundation now holds $100M in assets. Mr. Miller served on boards of Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Symphony, United Way, UPAF, McCormick Theological Seminary, and others. As a Saint_John's Foundation board member, he helped raise more than $2.5M in endowments and in five years, net assets grew from $3M to a $7.5M.