We are grateful to the incredible Menomonee Valley Partners and BID #26 Board of Directors for their vision, insight, and leadership. 

Menomonee valley partners board of directors


Michael Hatch
Foley & Lardner LLP                           

Bruce Keyes
Foley & Lardner LLP

Vice President
Jeff Morgan
Vice President
Allied Insulation Supply Co.

Michele Bria, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Journey House

Patrick O’Connor
Formerly BMO Harris Bank





Jennifer Bognar Zierer
Manager, Local Affairs
We Energies

Dave Cieslewicz
DCA Consulting

Peter Coffaro
Vice President of Business Services
Employ Milwaukee Workforce Development

Bill Davidson
Vice President
Harley-Davidson Museum

Karen Dettmer
Superintendent of Milwaukee Water Works
City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works

Ed Eberle
Wisconsin State Senate

Rodney Ferguson
Chief Executive Officer and General Manager
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Laura Goranson

Shelley Jurewicz
Executive Director - FaB Wisconsin
VP Economic Development - MMAC/Milwaukee 7

Katherine Lazarski
Senior Staff Attorney
Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District

Gene Manzanet
Community Lending Manager
US Bank Home Mortgage

Rocky Marcoux
Milwaukee Dept of City Development

Julie Penman
Penman Consulting

Sheri Schmit
SE Region Deputy Director,
Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Jon Spigel
Vice President - Operations
Alter Trading Corporation

Lora Strigens
Vice President for Planning & Strategy
Marquette University

Tracy Wymelenberg
Director, Governance & Community Relations
Advocate Aurora Health

Dashal Young
Marketing & PR Manager - Community Building
Wisconsin Community Services

Menomonee River Valley Business Improvement District #26 Board

Art Downey, Chairman
Taylor Dynamometer

Joyce Koker, Vice-Chair
Harley-Davidson Museum

Dan Sterk, Secretary
Rexnord Industries

Jeff Morgan, Treasurer
Allied Insulation Supply Co.

David Brien
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

John Brennan
J.M. Brennan, Inc.

Tracey Heber
Stamm Technologies

Larry Stern
Standard Electric Supply Company


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Corey Zetts
Executive Director

Phone: 414.221.5506


Corey Zetts is the Executive Director of MVP. She gets to work with dynamic staff and partners from the public and private sectors who are dedicated to strengthening the Valley and the City of Milwaukee. In practice, her primary job is bringing people together to creatively solve challenges. It’s the greatest job she could imagine. Corey manages MVP’s planning and redevelopment work, and is currently working on redevelopment plans for 40 acres of riverfront land and plans for developing Riverwalk throughout the Valley. Before coming to MVP she was working on her PhD in Philosophy, but found her heart was less in theories of justice than how they play out in the built environment.

Outside of the Valley, Corey loves working on projects around her house and garden, tending her Valley beehives, exploring with her family, learning to play violin with her daughter, and spending time with organizations making Milwaukee an even better place.

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Catrina Crane
Director of Workforce & Business Solutions

Phone: 414.221.5507


Catrina Crane serves as a trusted extension of every business in the Valley as she aids in delivering solutions to matters affecting the Valley business community. From public safety to workforce, she aids in fostering and building strong relationships to needed resources on behalf of the district. Catrina also coordinates opportunities for engagement, networking, and community impact for Valley businesses such as the Menomonee Valley Business Association, Youth Programs, and Valley Circles.

Outside of work, Catrina continues to work, but on programs that are dear to her heart such as leading her neighborhood block watch and serving as Chair of the WHS Scholarship Committee – Go PURGOLDERS! In her true spare time, she enjoys community events and chauffeuring her daughter (and friends) around to programs while serving as a parent volunteer. Catrina is a graduate of Future Milwaukee, the Marquette Associates in Commercial Real Estate Program, and received her MBM at Cardinal Stritch University.


Michelle Kramer
Director of Marketing & Business Development

Phone: 414.221.5508


Michelle Kramer works on MVP’s communications and always has her ear to the ground for great stories to share about the Valley’s revitalization. She also helps people find the right Valley property and connects them to financing resources. When she’s not doing that, Michelle coordinates Valley Week, our annual week of celebrating the Valley, and other events throughout the year that help people explore and experience all there is to do here.

In her spare time, Michelle likes to camp, go on Milwaukee excursions, bike, search for Milwaukee’s best taco place, and curl up with a good book and a cup of tea. Michelle was in the Peace Corps in Ukraine (’07-’09) and was a Trinity Fellow at Marquette University while pursuing her MBA.


Ben Hoekstra
Communications & Fundraising Coordinator

Phone: 414.221.5509


Ben Hoekstra helps with MVP’s communications and fundraising. He usually is crafting a writing project, messing with some website code, or helping design materials. When he’s not doing that, he’s probably researching something or taking a picture. Ben’s the newest addition to the team as a Trinity Fellow at Marquette University pursuing a Masters in Corporate Communications.

 When he’s not in the office, Ben is usually reading or working on graduate school projects. In the free time he has outside of work and school, Ben loves to explore Milwaukee with his wife Alyssa, hang out in a coffee shop (Stone Creek is his personal favorite), or take his dog, Maggie, for a walk by the lake.