Commission on Aging

The Commission on Aging is a governing 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 of wellness.

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

The Advisory Council approves the Area Plan for Milwaukee County and conducts special studies.

The advisory council has four special workgroups:

  • Underserved Populations

  • Chore and Home Service

  • Communications

  • 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.

Alvin C. Hill (Vice Chair) 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.



Debra Jupka, (Secretary)  dedicated 34 years of service to Milwaukee Public Schools before retiring in 2008. During her tenure in the district, Ms. Jupka was a music teacher for 14 years, a principal for 17 years and held various other district leadership positions.
Ms. Jupka’s devotion to the students enrolled in Milwaukee Public Schools has continued since her retirement. For the last several years, she has worked closely with Interfaith to implement the RSVP Tutoring Program in MPS schools. She worked with Interfaith and RSVP to bring a formalized tutoring service to the district and implement in 16 schools. There are currently more than 50 schools in the tutoring service program.
Ms. Jupka serves on the Interfaith RSVP Advisory Board – Tutoring Component, the Northwestern University Alumni Board, The MICAH Education Task Force, the Alverno College Alumnae Engagement Committee, the Siefert School Governance Council and was a past member of the Alverno College Alumnae Advisory Board. Ms. Jupka has been generous in supporting MPS students through the Michael and Helen M. Jupka Scholarship, the Debra J. Jupka Scholarship, and an Alverno College Alum Scholarship, each year.

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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.

Maria Castrejon-Perez has over 16 years of enrollment management experience as a recruiter for corporate and educational institutions. Ms. Castrejon-Perez has worked as an Operations Staffing Manager for US Bank, Recruiter for Marshall &Ilsley Corporation, Student Services Coordinator for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Assistant Director of Elmhurst College and Telecounselor/Admissions Counselor for Alverno College.

Maria has been an effective contributor of corporate commitment to increased diversity in the workplace, fostering a culture of inclusion. She has been awarded Hispanic Woman of the Year by both UMOS and the League of United Latin American Citizens Wisconsin. Ms. Castrejon-Perez is active in the community serving on the MAWIB Youth Council, Latino Aging Network, LULAC National Education Services-Finance Committee, Blood Center of Wisconsin-Media Volunteer and League of Latino American Citizens-President.


Patsy Delgado retired almost 4 years ago after serving for 15 years as Program Coordinator for the Indian Council of the Elderly. Prior to retirement she also opened and served as Site Supervisor of the Elderly Nutrition Program for 15 years at Calvary Presbyterian Church, which is now closed. Patsy also opened and served as Director of the Near Southside Interfaith office for 3 years and served as a church secretary for 22 years.

Ms. Delgado currently volunteers at the Indian Council for the Elderly, the Indian Community School, and the St. Francis Election Commission. She is active in the book club and sing-a-long group at the senior housing complex where she lives and offers rides to residents who reside there. Patsy served on the St. Ann's Intergenerational Committee, SDC's Senior Companion Committee, Alzheimer's Association committee, and the Milwaukee County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame Commitee.

Ms. Delgado is widowed and has four living children, four grand-children and four great-grandchildren. She is currently being instructed to become an Associate for the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi. She made her first commitment on June 15, 2014.

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 19 years. 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.


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, the United Way, the 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 years 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.


Fred Knueppel is a retired rural mail carrier of 34 years. A graduate of Whitnall High School and UW-Platteville Mr. Knueppel has been very active in the Franklin community. Fred was the president of the Franklin Lions Club, founding board member and treasurer of the Franklin Cultural Center, member and treasurer of Resque 2 (which is a local community group), Mayoral appointee to Franklin Plan commission, member of various sub-committees for the Franklin Plan Commission, vice president and president of the Franklin Senior Citizens, Inc., volunteer for the Independence First Computer Recycling Program, member of the Franklin Historical Society, member of the Sierra Club, and supporter of the building of a Cultural and Senior Center Building in Franklin.

Mr. Knueppel has been awarded Outstanding Volunteer by Independence First; National Silver Honoree, Older Volunteers Enrich America Award by Metlife Foundation; Inspire by Example Adult Award presented by the Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee; Home Town Hero award presented by the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club.

He was instrumental in collaborating with Independence First, Franklin Senior Citizens and the City of Franklin to create a 12 station computer room with free internet connections and printing for seniors who dine at the Milwaukee County Senior Dining Site at the Franklin City Hall. The computer room is also staffed 2 days a week for people to receive assistance with computers or electronic devices.

Sylvan Leabman is a seasoned executive with experience in planning, managing, developing and restructuring organizations, systems and programs. He has expertise in financial management, budget development and analysis, forecasting, auditing, project administration, contract negotiations and program planning/implementation. Mr. Leabman is able to work cooperatively with others and provide leadership in problem solving and strategic planning.
A graduate of Albright College and Syracuse University, Mr. Leabman has worked as the President, CEO and Vice President of Development for Jewish Family Services; the President and Managing Partner for Strategic Management Group; Director of Operations, Administration and Finance for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District; Administrator of Financial Affairs Division for the Milwaukee County Department of Administration; various positions with the Wisconsin State Government.
Sylvan is a former president of Congregation Shalom in Milwaukee. He was the Chairman of the Board and President for United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin; contributor to the Budget Building Book for Nonprofits; program and policy adviser to Council on Municipal Performance publication. Mr. Leabman was recognized as Milwaukee's Administrator of the Year in 1992 and was also elected to the Executive Board of the Government Finance Officers Association.


Gary Mikolajczyk is a retired United Auto Worker of 31 years having worked at AC Spark Plug/Delphi after attending Milwaukee Area Technical College. Gary, a resident of the city of Milwaukee, is an active volunteer and devotes many hours to community service. He is currently the Vice Chair of UAW 1866 Retirees and a member of the UAW Wisconsin State Community Services. He formally served as a trustee of UAW Local 1866, executive board member of UAW Region 4 Retired Workers Council, member of the Southeast Wisconsin UAW Community Action Council and chairperson of UAW Milwaukee Metro Council. Mr. Mikolajczyk is a graduate of the Milwaukee County Senior Stateman Program, serves on the Milwaukee County Commission on Aging Advocacy Committee and is a former delegate to the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups Governing Board.


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Nengmay Vang is the Senior Program Specialist for Hmong/American Friendship Association. Mr. Vang has also served as a Housing Program Specialist, Personnel Manager and Associate Director for the Hmong/American Friendship Association. He is the founding pastor of the Hmong First Baptist Church of Milwaukee and of the Hmong/American Friendship Association of Milwaukee. Nengmay is co-founder of the Hmong Baptist National Association in the United States, and is co-founder of the Hmong Functionary Association and the Hmong Student Assocation in Laos. 

Mr. Vang has worked as a Services Refugee Program Coordinator, Placement Specialist and Refugee Training Program Coordinator for Wisconsin Job Services, and the Administrative Secretary & Chief for the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in Laos. Nengmay is active in the community and in his church, He enjoys camping, fishing, church fellowship and volunteering in the community.



Pastor Johnny White, Sr. is an action-oriented professional with 25 plus years of proven experience in successfully creating and managing multiple projects, developing and achieving strategic vision for several organizations. He is a skilled manager, team leader and facilitator with the ability to support big-picture thinking.

Pastor White attended the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee School of Engineering and the Florida Institute of Technology and has worked successfully in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. He was the Director of Development for the North Avenue Community Development Corp; Director of Business Operations for the Social Development Commission; Director of Business Operations for OIC-GM; President of Heartlove Place, Inc., Senior Project Engineer for Johnson Controls, Senior Manufacturing Engineer for Case Corporation; Staff Engineer for Martin Marietta Corporation; Senior Industrial Engineer for General Dynamics Corporation; and Facilities Planning Engineer for Falk Corporation. .


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.









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