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December 14, 2016

Hi Friends,

Some of you may not know, but our very own Kia Patterson’s last day with Milwaukee Succeeds is Friday, December 16. She has decided to move to Texas to be closer to her family. Kia has been with Greater Milwaukee Foundation for four years and joined the Milwaukee Succeeds family in 2012. We are all truly sad, but know just how important family is. In this week’s edition of Hey It’s Danae, we are saying a fond farewell to Kia. We asked the team to reflect on their memories with Kia. Personally, I can’t imagine what it will be like to not see Kia’s face on Monday! More than anything I want to sincerely thank Kia for showing me how to see the good in everybody, treat all with kindness and love and to appreciate what each of us has to offer. I will miss her dearly.

Take it away Team!
See you soon,


We will miss you so! You have been such a critical player on the MKE Succeeds team from day 1, it is hard to imagine MKE Succeeds without you! You dove in from the first day, doing whatever needed to be done-always with a smile on your face- because you know what’s at stake-our kids’ future! Not sure how we ever had an Executive Committee or Leadership Committee, or Operations Team meeting without you-and that was just a small part of your job! You have been a great contributor to GMF’s work overall and a team player who everyone can count on throughout the organization! Thank you so much for being such a fabulous all-star player!! Please keep in touch with us and let us know about your new life in Texas-once a part of the GMF family, we want to hear from you! Best of luck, Kia- You deserve the best! 

Ellen Gilligan, CEO Greater Milwaukee Foundation
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou

Thank you Kia for always making me and the team feel welcomed, appreciated and supported. We write these goodbyes knowing we will continue to be connected by the work we have done to support our city. I know you will continue to make people feel connected and valued.

Jonathan Dunn, Goal 3 Leader Milwaukee Succeeds
Kia Patterson (center) and Milwaukee Succeeds Team
I loved carpooling with Kia and having those quiet times in the car to know one another more deeply.

Audrey Borland, Goal 2 Leader Milwaukee Succeeds
I’ll miss Kia’s warm smile and southern greeting. She has a great sense of humor that we’ll all miss. I wish you the very best!

Tim Coughlin, Goal 1 Milwaukee Succeeds
I know I haven’t had the pleasure of knowing you for long, but every single morning I can always count on you to start my day with a smile. Your energy, enthusiasm, and happiness are contagious! I have loved our quick daily check-ins and want you to know that your kindness has made me feel truly welcome and valued here at Milwaukee Succeeds. We will miss you dearly!

Jamie Racette, Project and Evaluation Coordinator Milwaukee Succeeds
Well how can describe a relationship that I treasure so much? I will miss Kia’s warm and friendly personality and her smile. And for being that person that always helps you find the positive side in every circumstance. I will truly miss her and I know the best is yet to come for her and she deserves it.

Nurma Brown, Administrative Assistant Greater Milwaukee Foundation 
Kia - We’re still mad at you for not saving us any shrimp after the Milwaukee Succeeds Stories of Transformation Event at MATC. Please do not contact us until you find delicious shrimp in Texas. Best of luck in your shrimp search.

Brian McKaig and Mary Ellen Jones, Marketing & Communications United Way Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County 
It’s really hard to see Kia leave. I’m so grateful for the memories created by our time working together –they will help me get through the sadness of missing her! No matter the nature- professional or personal – she’s been there for me since day one, usually with a smile on her face. My Milwaukee Succeeds experience just won’t be the same. Wishing Kia many blessings, lots of sunshine, and a peaceful heart. In gratitude and friendship .

Lorna Dilley, Impact Manager Milwaukee Succeeds
Kia brings joy and gratitude to everything she does. She is committed, thoughtful and always willing to help. Kia’s deep compassion and empathy for others are noble and inspiring traits. She will be greatly missed by the GMF Family.

Aileen Rogers, Executive Coordinator Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Thank you Kia for being so helpful to me and always smiling when I approach you with questions.

Linda Velasco, Administrative Assistant Milwaukee Succeeds
Dear Kia,  I will miss your positive, take charge attitude of getting things done. Your professionalism is second to none. My best to you and your family in your next endeavor.

Jackie Herd-Barber, Community Volunteer
Kia and John Patterson
Kia has an absolutely infectious smile and positive outlook on everything she does. You can’t help but be uplifted and energized when talking to her or just being around her. I admired her commitment to Milwaukee Succeeds and to her work overall, especially in those early days when so much was undefined. She really was an important part of the team who helped it become the strong partnership that it is today.

Becca Mader, Senior Communications Specialist Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Oh, what bitter-sweet news, I love Kia!! Working with Kia was wonderful!! Kia always has a SMILE on her voice, even when my message was “sorry not available on ANY of those dates listed,” Kia would laugh and happily move on to plan B… Kia knows my number by heart, and would answer the phone with “Hi Deb!!!” and we both would laugh… I wish Kia great success and bliss!!! Hugs

Deb Ostrenga, Executive Assistant Northwestern Mutual

Danae Davis  |  Executive Director
Milwaukee Succeeds
101 W. Pleasant St., Suite 210, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Direct: 414.336.7057

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