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La Casa de Esperanza Staff Listing

Shari Campbell

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Chief Operating Officer

Shari began working at La Casa de Esperanza, as Director of Children, Family & Youth Services in 2000. Shari graduated from UW-Green Bay with majors in Human Development and Elementary Education, and earned her Master’s in Business Administration in 2011, and has completed one year toward her Doctoral Degree.  She began her career as a middle school English teacher and was an adult educator for two years. However, the majority of her 24 years of professional experience has been in the field of Early Childhood Education in the non-profit sector.

In the field of Early Childhood Education, Shari has been a teacher; owned a large center in Fairbanks, Alaska; directed two centers for The Salvation Army in Syracuse, New York; and was Early Childhood Services and Clinical Director for a program for children with special needs in Watertown, New York.

In 2015 Shari become La Casa’s Chief Operating Officer and oversees the following programs and services: Children’s Education Programs, Workforce Development and Financial Stability, La Casa Village I & II, Café Esperanza, Communications, Human Resources, Facilities, Technology, and Special Events.


Larry Pesch

Executive Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Larry comes to La Casa after a successful career at Brookfield Academy, where he was a Principal, coach, and Advancement Director.
Prior to BA, Larry served as principal of Kenosha St. Joseph High School, Dean of Students at Dominican High School, and Social Studies teacher at St. John’s Military Academy. He also taught in China.

Larry has a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Marquette University, with an emphasis on the role of community in supporting educational improvement. His dissertation focused on the full-service school model as a new paradigm for reforming urban education. Larry has Masters Degrees from both Marquette and Cardinal Stritch, and a Bachelors from St. Norbert College.

Larry will be involved in all aspects of the capital campaign to build the new charter school, as well as helping to build relationships with the broader external community.


Patrick Larkin

Vice President of Weatherization

Patrick has over 15 years’ experience in the energy efficiency industry. All 15 years have been dedicated at non-profit and government agencies, most recently working as a Lead Program and Policy Analyst for the Department of Administration – Division of Energy, Housing and Community Resources. Patrick began his career in the field completing weatherization work and his position responsibilities during that time have included conducting energy audits, state weatherization trainings, technical assistance, quality assurance, utility management, Department of Energy evaluations, and presenting at national conferences. He has contributed to energy efficiency programs and weatherization studies in Missouri, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin.


Ailec González

Ailec Gonzalez

Vice President of Finance

Ailec González is the Vice President of Finance for La Casa de Esperanza. With fourteen years of experience in the nonprofit sector and 21 years of accounting experience, Ailec’s primary responsibility as VP of Finance is the overall financial and administrative management of $16 million annual budget of the organization.


Laurel Andersen

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Director of Human Resources

My original direction when I attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, was to be a voice major and sing professionally or teach music but I changed direction after attending Prospect Hall, a two-year private secretarial college for girls.

It was the training I received at Prospect Hall that got me a job, sight-unseen, at Coca-Cola UK/Europe in London working for the Sales Director and eventually as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director. A move to Toronto, Canada put me back in the Sales and Marketing Department and gave me yet another perspective on learning about personal interaction with people in a different culture.

After several years at a large advertising agency where I was the Executive Assistant to the President and Executive Vice President of the agency as well as the H.R. Director and supervisor of the entire secretarial pool, I decided to start my own home business so that I could spend more time with my children. I worked as a legal headhunter for the next six years and now am pleased to be Director of Human Resources at La Casa where all of our staff members are my clients. It’s a privilege to be part of an agency that truly serves the community for the betterment of our society.


Karen Oates

Karen Oates

Director of Workforce Development and Financial Stability

As the Director of La Casa’s Center for Financial Stability, Karen has oversight of much of the adult programming for La Casa, including:  the Employer-Based Financial Wellness Program, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, Financial Stability Initiative, and Employment Program.


Cindy Retzack

Cindy Retzack

Senior Housing Specialist

Cindy has been managing Apartments for over 26 years. She and her husband were the Resident Managers in a complex of over 100 units in Menomonee Falls for over 6 ½ years & they also were the Resident Managers in another complex in the Town of Brookfield of 128 units for 6 ½ years.


LaShawnda Holland

Charter School Principal

Principal Holland comes to La Casa De Esperanza with a background in Early Childhood and Secondary education. Prior to joining La Casa, Mrs. Holland worked as a classroom teacher in grades K5, 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th in the Milwaukee Public school system. Mrs. Holland also worked at the Young Leaders Academy where she served as the Site Director for the Early Childhood Center, Dean of Students and Lower school Assistant Principal. Mrs. Holland served as the Principal of the Green Bay Avenue- Millennium campus for the last three school years, which is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mrs. Holland holds a B.A. in English, M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction and M. Ed in Educational Leadership. Outside of school time Mrs. Holland enjoys spending time with her husband and their two sons. Mrs. Holland is very excited to join La Casa as the new Charter school principal.


Carmen de la Paz

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Public Relations

Carmen moved to Waukesha in 1967 after receiving her degree from the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Carmen began her career at La Casa in 1971 as a teacher’s aide in La Escuelita. Later, Carmen was promoted to Lead Teacher and then to Parent Coordinator. She now serves as the Public Relations for La Casa De Esperanza


Mary Hamkins

Mary Hamkins

Senior Accountant/Internal Auditor  

Mary is responsible for keeping and verifying accurate records and for performing a variety of accounting and other financial functions.  Mary has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Dayton and also has her CPA license. She is a senior Accountant and Internal Auditor for La Casa De Esperanza.


Paige Collins

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Director of Early Education Programs

Paige Collins is the Director of Early Education Programs including School-Age Programming. Paige holds a Masters of Business Administration awarded by Cardinal Stritch University of Milwaukee Wisconsin, the Administrator’s Credential for Early Care through The Wisconsin Registry, and has over 10 years of experience in the field of early education. Paige’s past experiences include working as an Assistant Director of Early Care, Administrative Assistant in the field, as well as different teaching positions in other early childhood programs. Joining the team in 2010 as a preschool teacher Paige has built a strong knowledge base and understanding of La Casa’s vision and mission.