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.



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)  






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





Patsy Delgado






 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.



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.


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.


 Mary Kepler 

Fred Knueppel





Sylvan Leabman





Gary Mikolajczyk


Nengmay Vang






Pastor Johnny White, Sr.







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.