Delegates’ Action – March 23

Common Ground held a Delegates meeting held Tuesday evening , March 23 at Mount Mary College.

We received updates on the Faces of Foreclosure Campaign, Health Care Insurance Co-op and elected new Strategy Team members whose biographies follow:

Eileen Asbell – A native of Upstate New York, Eileen has been a member of St. Michael’s Congregation since moving to Milwaukee in 1985.  She has served the parish in a variety of paid and volunteer positions and is currently completing a three plus year commitment on parish council.  Her professional training and work experience is in education.  After spending ten years in MPS, she is now working with the 5/6 unit at Woodlands School.  She has been involved with Common Ground for over two years, serving on the Youth Jobs and Communications teams.  Eileen and her husband Paul live on Milwaukee’s west side and have two adult children.

Frank Finch III – Frank is the financial secretary for Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church .  He spent four years in the marine corp and is a Vietnam Vet where he served two years.  Frank worked fifteen years with the Milwaukee County Transit and two years with MPS as a psych service aide.  Frank is married to Sherry and has three children, Denzil, Joyce and Keith.  Frank has been a Sherman Park homeowner for 28 years.

Susan Giaimo – Sue is a political scientist at Marquette University, where she teaches and researches on comparative public policy and health policy in particular.  She has long wanted to use her knowledge and interests beyond academia to help the community she lives in.  She is a native Milwaukeean, though lived in other cities and countries for over a decade until moving back here in 2003.  She now lives in Wauwatosa with her husband and son.  Since her return, she has seen stark changes in the Milwaukee area – some good, some bad – and wanted to get involved with others interested in the community.  So for the past three years she has been a part of Common Ground through her church, St. Catherine’s Parish of Milwaukee.  Sue serves on the Common Ground core team at St. Catherine’s and the Common Ground health research committee.  But she would like to deepen her commitment to Common Ground to work with others on issues that matter to our members and our neighbors.   The Strategy Team would give her the chance to do this.

Jim Gramentine – Jim has been a member of St. Paul’s Church (Episcopal) on the near east side since 1987, though he lives in Mequon. At church he has served as junior and senior warden and chaired the outreach committee for several years, stepping down in June 2009 to concentrate on coordinating the Common Ground Core Team. Retired from a long career of teaching history and administration in independent schools, including University School of Milwaukee, he has in recent years been active in and chaired the board of the national Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

Dorota Pruski – Dorota has been active in Common Ground since graduating from Marquette in 2006, when she began a year-long internship working for the organization.  Not only has her involvement enabled her to pursue her passion for social justice, but it also led Dorota to St. James’ Episcopal Church, where she is an active member and current leader of the core team.  She has also participated in the IAF National Training, Common Ground U, and was co-leader of the initial housing issue campaign.  Dorota lives and works in a freshman dorm on Marquette’s campus, serving as a Residence Hall Minister.