Leadership

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Donelle Hauser, M.S.W.

President/CEO

Donelle Hauser has served at-risk children and families for over 20 years. Donelle brings executive experience to Lad Lake including: turnaround environments, team-building, strategic planning, trauma-informed implementation, systems development, continuous quality improvement, electronic health record systems implementation, advocacy, contract negotiations, fiscal management, and program design.

Donelle is currently the Executive Vice President for Lad Lake, where she oversees programs that address sex trafficking, high school drop-out rates, family stability, vocational preparedness, mental health supports, and homelessness prevention (for youth aging out of foster care).  She previously served as Vice President of Residential Services at one of New York State’s largest nonprofit child welfare agencies. There, Donelle was instrumental in the development of five social enterprise programs providing vocational training and opportunities for youth. She also currently serves in several elected local and statewide positions including: the Alliance Executive Leadership Institute Alumni Board, the School Board, President of a State Juvenile Detention Association, and Wisconsin’s Department of Children and Family Services and Wisconsin’s Cross Systems Work group. She is dedicated to helping improve the Juvenile Justice System, and find innovative solutions to serve youth with complex needs.

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Judy RIch

Director of Finance

Judy Rich joined Lad Lake in 2016.  She has extensive financial management experience, including budgeting, forecasting, grant management and strategic planning with over 30 years’ experience in the nonprofit sector.  Judy holds a Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management.

Laura Melvin, M.S.

Laura Melvin, M.S.

Director of Human Resources

Laura has been in Human Resources for over 20 years and has gained her experience from working in the non-profit and the corporate sectors.  She is currently the Director of Human Resources for Lad Lake, Inc. where she oversees the human capital solutions for 300+ employees. Laura has her undergraduate from Drake University and holds a Masters in Management from University Wisconsin Milwaukee.

David Borash

David Borash

Director of Development

Dave has over 25 years of development experience working for nonprofits. Since 2012, Dave has served as Director of Development for Lad Lake where he provides leadership to the fund development and communications efforts. Dave joined Lad Lake because of his passion to the mission of Lad Lake: To guide the growth of at risk youth in order that they reach their potential and live responsibly.  Prior to his appointment at Lad Lake, Dave served in leadership roles with the Boy Scouts of America and Rawhide.  He has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to advocate for young people his entire career. Dave has his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science / Youth Agency Administration from Rockhurst College, Kansas City. Dave enjoys everything outdoors and lives with his wife Diane in Wauwatosa.