Team Members

Throughout the startup and pilot phase of the program, we have relied almost entirely on a volunteer workforce. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has donated their time and expertise. Listed below are our current organizing groups and continuing contributors.

Board Members

  • Tiffany Malone, Alvarado Real Estate Group
  • Sara Alvarado, Alvarado Real Estate Group
  • Grace Trewartha, Live Beneath Your Means
  • Gail Wiseman, One City Schools
  • Darin Harris, Living Giving Enterprises
  • Robert Beets, Prime Root
  • Sara Whitley, Johnson Financial Group
  • Justice Castañeda, Common WealthDevelopment
  • Narik Riak, Movin’ Out
  • Katie Kolakowski, Stark Company Realtors
  • Sarah Campagna, Summit Credit Union
  • Nakia Wiley, MMSD

Advisory Members

  • Jeff Mack, Park Bank
  • Salli Martyniak
  • Saran Ouk, City of Madison Business Resource Manager 
  • Carousel Bayrd, Attorney, Community Justice
  • Kingsley Gobourne, Artemis Provisions and Cheese, UnityPoint Health
  • Kevin King

Course Instructors

Jonathon Ferguson and Grace Trewartha, Wealth Building instructors

Keena Atkinson and LaShawne Hunt, Financial Literacy Cohort facilitators

Mercedes Lewis and Ann Raschien, Homeownership Cohort facilitators

Theo Yancey and Ian Carter, Homeownership instructors

Education Committee

  • Sara Campagna, co-chair, Summit Credit Union
  • Myesha Thompson, co-chair, OWN IT: Building Black Wealth
  • Renae Sigall, UW Credit Union
  • Ian Warlick-Short, UW Credit Union
  • Alex Ysquierdo, Wisconsin Economic Development
  • Lane Manning, RE/MAX Preferred
  • Ian Carter, Keller Williams
  • Dave Grauwels, Guild Mortgage

Fundraising Team

  • Robert Beets, lead, Prime Root
  • Sara Alvarado, Alvarado Real Estate Group
  • Grace Trewartha, Live Beneath Your Means
  • Eliza Waters, One City Schools


Volunteers are a major part of our success. If you are interested in contributing to OWN IT, learn more about volunteering opportunities.