Commission on Aging

The Commission on Aging is a governing and policy-making body with the Department on Aging serving as the Commission's administrative arm.



The Commission on Aging currently has an executive committee, six standing committees and an advisory council:


The Executive Committee consists of the Chairs of the standing committees and one "at large" member from the Commission on Aging. This committee may act in the name of the Commission.

The Advocacy Committee advocates on local, state, and federal issues concerning older adults. 

The Service Delivery Committee reviews proposals for home and community-based service contracts and recommends funding awards. This committee also reviews program and service assessments.

The Resource Center Oversight Committee functions as a governing board that provides oversight of the Aging Resource Center operations.

The Intergenerational Council works to promote and strengthen solidarity, support and positive interaction among generations in the community.

The Wellness Council serves to educate and promote health and wellness among older adults using the foundation of the eight dimensions or wellness.

The Nutrition Council functions as an advisor providing recommendations, support and assistance, and serve as a liaison between the senior meal program operation and the general public.


The Advisory Council approves the Area Plan for Milwaukee County and conducts special studies. the advisory council has six special workgroups:
  • Underserved Populations

  • Chore and Home Service
  • Communcations

  • Social Engagement



Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Board of Supervisors.  They are responsible for developing and implementing a coordinated human service system of community-based services for Milwaukee County residents aged 60 and older.




Viola "Vi" Hawkins (Chairperson) retired from the city of Milwaukee housing authority as a supportive services coordinator supervisor. She also served that agency as an intake specialist in the WIC program.

Viola has attended UW-Milwaukee and MATC and participated in leadership training from the National Center for Economic and Community Development.

Her volunteer service includes the American Red Cross, Friends of Dineen Park, LPL Church and the Institute for Future Wisconsin. She is also a member of the Milwaukee County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.



Frank R. Gonzales Jr. (Vice Chairperson) has been a community activist and advocate for over 60 years.  He was one of the first Latinos to attend a national political convention and Co-founder of Bruce Guadalupe School where he was active in fundraising.

Frank has over 40 years of involvement with the Social Development Commission starting with development of area councils in the mid-1960s. 

He attended MATC and UW-Milwauukee and was appointed by the Mayor of Milwaukee to the Citizen Advisory Council for Community Development Block Grants where he served as chair for 2 years

He is past president of Walkers Point Development Council and  served on that council for 21 years. Frank volunteers for Mexican Fiesta, Headstart community policy committee and South Side National Night Out Committee.
He also serves on the board of directors for the Mitchell Park 4th of July committee and has been the talent contest master of ceremonies for 23 years.



Mattie Payne, (Secretary) is the Manager of the Senior Companion Program at Milwaukee’s Social Development Commission (SDC). The Senior Companions Program helps homebound, isolated seniors remain in their own homes and avoid moving to institutionalized settings by linking them to other, income eligible seniors aged 55+ who receive a small stipend for volunteering with light household tasks, shopping, reading & writing, and transportation needs. 

Senior Companions received the Program of the Year award from the Milwaukee Aging Consortium and the Governor's Community Service Award for Effective Practices in a statewide competition. The program has also been honored by the National Senior Corps Association. The national group also selected the SDC’s Senior Companion program as one of two recipients of its Innovative Practice Award.




Supervisor Steve F. Taylor was elected to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors in April 2012 to represent the 9th District, which includes Hales Corners and parts of Franklin and Oak Creek.  Shortly after he was elected, Supervisor Taylor was selected by his peers to serve as 2nd Vice-Chairman of the County Board.
Supervisor Taylor serves on the Economic & Community Development Committee, the Health & Human Needs Committee, and the Intergovernmental Relations Committee. Additionally, Supervisor Taylor is currently serving an appointment to the Milwaukee County Commission on Aging.
 A native of Muskego, WI, Taylor obtained a Bachelor's Degree in political science and public administration from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  He was elected to the La Crosse Common Council in 1997 at the age of 21 and served until 2001.  From 2002-2006, Taylor lived in East Lansing, Michigan, where he was appointed to and served on the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Supervisor Taylor has been a Franklin resident since 2006.  In addition to his County Board duties, Taylor also serves as an Alderman in the City of Franklin, where he is currently the Common Council President.




Brenda J. Doxtator works with the fiscal office of Spotted Eagle Inc. formerly known as the Milwaukee Area Indian Manpower Council.

Brenda has been active in Milwaukee’s Native American community for over 35 years.  She is past treasurer and fundraiser for United Indians of Milwaukee, board member of Indian community school, and worked with Indian council of the elderly as a bookkeeper.

She has a long history of advocacy and action with Milwaukee’s Native American Community. She was a board member of the Indian Council of the Elderly for 5 years and served as chair for 2 years.

She is a past board member of the Siggenauk Interfaith Center, the YWCA and the Lutheran Church of the Great Spirit. She also served on the Committee for Project Hold and Second Chance at MIlwaukee Area Technical College.




Paul Fairchild is the President & CEO, Cream City Foundation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Working for nearly 20 years in the social justice movement, Paul R. Fairchild assumed the position of President & CEO of Milwaukee’s Cream City Foundation on March 1, 2012. His career has included working for equality in health care, housing, human services, immigration, HIV/Aids, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality.
Throughout his tenure, Fairchild has worked with several of the Midwest’s most prestigious service providers and advocacy organizations. Hailing from Chicago, he most recently served as Chief Development Officer and interim CEO for Howard Brown Health Center, the Midwest’s largest provider of healthcare to LGBT individuals. Before joining Howard Brown, Fairchild served as Director of Development at Horizons Community Services, now known as the Center on Halsted and Vice President for Donor & Community Relations for Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. He holds the distinction of being the only man to serve on the Board of the Lesbian Community Cancer Project.




Casper T. Green  has been contributing his numerous skills and abilities to Milwaukee County seniors since retiring from Ladish corp. in 1994. 

Currently he serves as President of Franklin Senior Citizens Inc.

He attended UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee with studies in labor law and also took courses in voice at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music.
Casper volunteers extensively for the City of Franklin; sitting on the personnel committee, the negotiations committee, and the cultural committe.  He is also an active senior meal program volunteer and helped to plan the City's 50th anniversary celebration.

Casper is a member of the Milwaukee County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame and a Golden Idol talent competition grand prize winner. 




Bob Haase has always been active regarding civil and human rights issues. Bob is a retired structural iron worker. He worked as a field iron worker in various capacities including: crew, foreman, general foreman and superintendent of projects. He was also a training coordinator for the Joint Labor/Management Apprentice Committee for 19years. Bob taught trade theory at the National Training Fund Program; he helped develop trade training manuals for International Union and  taught welding at WCTC. He was an American Welding Society certified welding inspector; a member of AWS; and served on the Code Committee for the state of Wisconsin. Bob is an officer for the National Alliance of Retired Americans formerly the Allied Council of Senior Citizens.  He is currently serving on the board for Wisconsin Alliance of Retired Americans and many various community boards: Citizen Action, Jobs with Peace, Milwaukee Area Labor Council, and is in his second term with the Milwaukee County Commission on Aging. Bob was selected to the Milwaukee County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame in 2010.



Eileen T. Hayes is retired after working over 40 years in health care, serving the geriatric population.  Eileen is a registered nurse, having received a nursing degree from Columbia College of Nursing.  During her career, she served on several boards, committees, and commissions focusing on nursing and geriatrics.  She is currently a member of the MCDA Service Delivery Committee.

She has been recognized with induction into the Columbia College Nursing Hall of Fame and as a Nursing Alumnus Honoree of MATC.




Alvin C. Hill is the Director of Diversity, Learning and Development at Milwaukee Center for Independence where he focuses on agency wide collaboration, leadership development, education strategies and implementation of diversity programs.  

His skills include analyzing and resolving conflicts and using communication and relationship building to establish and maintain cooperative rapport in all organization levels. 

Alvin attended MATC, UW-Milwaukee, and the Department of Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute.

He has worked in Development, Human Resources, and as a manager of diversity recruitment.  Alvin also served in Wisconsin Army National Guard.



Gwen T. Jackson - Commissioner Emeritus - has been referred to as one of the most influential African American women of Milwaukee in our time. Her service to the community has spanned over 50 years. She has and continues to serve on numerous non-profit boards.
A seasoned business executive, she worked her way up the ranks to become one of the first African American women to become a corporate vice president in Milwaukee.  
Gwen served as national chair for Red Cross volunteers and on the Red Cross National Board of governors. She holds an appointment as chair emeritus of the American Red Cross Milwaukee chapter. In 2010 the Milwaukee County Executive appointed Gwen commissioner emeritus to the Commission on Aging. 
She has also been an influential voice on numerous other boards including, the YWCA, and the United Way, Girl Scouts and Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee. She has served on the State Medical and Dentistry examining boards, the Board of Curative Rehabilitation Center, the Planning Council for Health and Human Services, Milwaukee Health Consultants, the Federation of State Medical Boards, Milwaukee Public Schools, the Metro Milwaukee Alliance, the Art Museum, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Next Door Foundation, Silver Spring Neighborhood Association, Milwaukee Youth Commission, St. Francis Children’s Center and more.
Gwen’s memberships include the NAACP, Milwaukee Urban League, YWCA, Milwaukee Management Support Organization and the American Society for Training and Development
She has been recognized locally and nationally by the Urban League, United Way, American Red Cross, YMCA, Black Women Network NAACP, Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, Mount Mary College, and the State of Wisconsin. She has had both a senior housing complex and an elementary school named in her honor. Gwen is also a member of the Milwaukee County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.


Lynnea Katz-Petted is the Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Greater Milwaukee.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Alverno College, is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a registered compensation and financial planner with a mutual funds investment license.
Lynnea has 18 yrs of experience in corporate/non-profit management, financial services, marketing and sales. She also has training in performance improvement, organizational development and coaching.
She serves on the board of Community Advocates and has worked with the Nonprofit/volunteer center, Milwaukee Center for Independence and other community groups.


Sr. Edna Lonergan, OSF is the founder and president of St. Ann Center.  She leads local, national and international advocacy efforts to better the lives of the underserved, and is founder of Milwaukee Community Service Bank. 
Sr. Edna served as advisor to local and national community based projects for the adult developmentally disabled. She was a delegate to the People to People Ambassador program in China; where she presented the multigenerational concept of adult day care at the world assembly on aging. 
She has certification as an LPN from the Sacred Heart School of Nursing in Milwaukee and is a graduate of Mt. Mary College and North Texas State University.
Her many memberships include Wisconsin Adult Day Care Association, Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Association, the National Council on Aging, Milwaukee Aging Consortium and the Rotary Club of Milwaukee. 
Sr. Edna has received many awards and recognitions from numerous organizations including Interfaith, Wisconsin Alliance of Retired Americans, Grantmakers in Aging, Milwaukee Common Council, Milwaukee County, the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and the White House Conference on Aging.




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Judith Strauss is vice president of programs at Jewish Family Services where she develops older adult programs and provides staff support to board committees and the general board.
She is licensed by the State of Wisconsin as a professional counselor and is a graduate of UW-Madison and UW - Milwaukee.
Judith has clinical experience in private practice psychotherapy, has been a vocational counselor for Goodwill SEW and worked as a social worker at Neighborhood House Inc. Milwaukee. She is past chair and present board member of Mental Health Association of Milwaukee and served as peer reviewer on the council on accreditation.
Judith received the Mel Zaret Award as an outstanding Jewish community worker and the Most Innovative Program Award from the National Association of Jewish Family and Children’s Services Agencies. 





Barbara Wyatt-Sibley is a retired business management professional with over thirty years of experience. She has extensive management experience in large complex organizations including AT&T, Time Warner Cable, YWCA of Greater Milwaukee, State of Wisconsin and Milwaukee Christian Center.
She is a native of Milwaukee and a product of the Milwaukee Public School System. Barbara is a graduate of Alverno College where she serves as a trustee. In October of this year, she was inducted into the Vanguard Society of Alverno College to recognize Alumnae whose records of distinguished service, leadership and achievement have brought pride and distinction to the college locally, nationally and internationally.
Ms. Wyatt Sibley has a history of community involvement including neighborhood development; women and girl services; education and the arts. She currently serves on the steering committee for National Black Marriage Day, Milwaukee. 
Her professional membership includes Zonta Club of Milwaukee where she has been a member for the past twenty-five years. She serves in her church, Mt Zion Baptist Church, where her husband Rev Louis E Sibley III, is the Senior Pastor. She is actively involved with numerous ministries and the local minister’s wives chapter.
Barbara believes that everyone has an opportunity to make a difference in the community; and if each one of us gives a little, much can be accomplished.