As a membership organization Local First Milwaukee has a board of directors made up of volunteers from our member businesses. The board’s work is to guide the organization’s decisions in the areas of membership, communication, finance, and marketing. Elections are held annually to fill board seats and each member of the association has one vote to elect their representatives.

Pam Mehnert, Outpost Natural Foods

Vice President

Russ Klisch, Lakefront Brewery

Kristin Brojanac, Brewery Credit Union

Troy Freund, Troy Freund Photography


Beth Handle, Milwaukee Kayak Company

Steve Hawthorne, Rocket Baby Bakery

Steve Kessler, Anodyne Coffee Roasters

Heidi Steeno, James Steeno Gallery

Julie Waterman, Indulgence Chocolatiers

Chris Gross, Brew City Boxes

2015 Elections for the Local First Milwaukee Board of Directors are upon us. We thank Steve Hawthorne, Julie Waterman, and Heidi Steeno for their dedicated service to our organization! Their terms have each been completed, and we have one additional vacant seat, for a total of four seats that need to be filled. 

We invite you to meet our candidates for the four open seats. All Local First Milwaukee member businesses will have one vote and our new board of directors will be announced at our Annual Meeting, which takes place on Tuesday, March 10 at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center from 5:30-9:00 p.m.

Sarah Bliss | Inside Sales Rep | Fein Brothers

Learn more about Sarah HERE.



Ryan Clancy | Co-owner | Bounce Milwaukee

Learn more about Ryan HERE


Ana Docta | Owner | KASANA Restaurant & Bar

Learn more about Ana HERE.


Lyn Falk | Owner-President |Retail Works

Learn more about Lyn HERE


John Leidy | Owner | JDBC Tax Services

Learn more about John HERE


Dan Nowak | Owner | Tall Guy and a Grill Catering

Learn more about Dan HERE


Angela Quigley | Co-owner | Married In Milwaukee

Learn more about Angela HERE


Jonute Svien | CEO | Fresh Farm Bowls Food Truck

Learn more about Jonute HERE.


Eric Tallmadge | Founder/CEO | Small Shops United

Learn more about Eric HERE


Julie Waterman | Owner | Indulgence Chocolatiers

Learn more about Julie HERE


Cassandra Wind | Owner/Acupuncturist | Wind Sports & Wellness

Learn more about Cassandra HERE


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