jeanne Duffy / Executive Director
Jeanne Duffy has over 30 years of experience in community development, management, fundraising, lending and engaging people of all ages in service & philanthropy both domestically and internationally. She joined Serve Wisconsin in December 2016, bringing her commitment to service and engaging people from all backgrounds to create stronger communities through AmeriCorps service. She is an accomplished leader; successfully guiding a $14 million nonprofit through the sudden departure of their long-term executive director and a year-long transition. She currently manages over $7 million in federal and state funds and a professional staff. Jeanne volunteered for five years immediately out of college. Her first placement was at Chicago’s 8th Day Center for Justice, where she is eternally grateful for the staff whose commitment to justice and overcoming systemic poverty inspire her to this day. Internationally, she spent two years organizing and securing funding for schools on the Caribbean coast of Guatemala in the early 1990s. Jeanne and her husband have three children. She enjoys family activities, attending her children’s events, running, and horseback riding.
Ruhamah Bauman / Program Officer
Ruhamah joined Serve Wisconsin as a Program Officer after having already developed her passion for National Service through her previous professional experience. Before joining Serve Wisconsin in April 2019, Ruhamah was a Program Officer with the Corporation for National and Community Service based in Milwaukee, where she managed an extensive portfolio of Senior Corps sponsors, AmeriCorps VISTA sponsors, and other agency initiatives. During her time with CNCS, Ruhamah developed new project sponsors, provided extensive technical assistance, conducted compliance monitoring, and led Wisconsin in being nationally recognized for its participation in the 2018 National Service Recognition Day. Setting her foundation in national service experience, Ruhamah served two years through AmeriCorps VISTA. During her first year of service, she served at Habitat for Humanity-Sheboygan, WI, where she focused on resource development through donor stewardship, grant writing, and fundraising events. Ruhamah then served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader at Habitat for Humanity-Wisconsin, where she recruited, trained, and guided over 20 members statewide. Ruhamah is originally from Ohio but is now a proud Wisconsinite. She is a University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee alumnus with an MA in History, and a History/English BA graduate from Kent State University. When Ruhamah is not working, you can find her along the shores of Lake Michigan, walking her dog, nose stuck in a book, or dancing at a concert.
kyle clower / Community Engagement Specialist
Kyle joined Serve Wisconsin as our Community Engagement Specialist in November 2018 after relocating to the Madison area. Before joining Serve Wisconsin, Kyle taught history and government in California and Missouri, spending over a decade teaching the value of active citizenship and global awareness. Additionally, Kyle gained valuable insights into the impacts of active citizenry and programs on communities and conducting outreach to inform and engage the public during his work for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Missouri before becoming a teacher. After years of emphasizing how we can make a difference for our fellow citizens to his students in the classroom, Kyle was excited to bring these passions and experience to Serve Wisconsin and promote the work done by our AmeriCorps members and programs. When not in the office, Kyle enjoys spending his time playing and reading with his two children and competing in racquetball and curling leagues.
Alexis matthews / Program Officer
Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Alexis saw her mom continually volunteering and serving the needs of others. The apple didn’t fall far from the tree, as Alexis now lives a life committed to service and volunteerism. Alexis took a gap year after her freshman year of college and served as an AmeriCorps member with Habitat for Humanity in Jacksonville, FL in 2007-2008. This gap year opened her eyes to the possibility of making a career out of service. She went on to finish her Bachelor’s in Social Work at Florida State University and her Master’s in Social Work at University of Illinois at Chicago. She has ten years of non-profit experience serving populations and causes including individuals with different abilities, vocational training programs, housing rights and advocacy for low income individuals, alcohol and/or drug addiction, and individuals experiencing homelessness. Alexis has experience as an AmeriCorps member at Habitat for Humanity, an AmeriCorps Program Manager at Easter Seals Wisconsin, and now as an AmeriCorps Program Officer at Serve Wisconsin. Alexis and her husband live in McFarland, WI. They take one big road trip each year in order to see as many places as possible along the way. Of all the places they’ve been so far, Charleston, SC is their favorite.
casey sweeney / Program Officer
Casey Sweeney is a Program Officer and currently oversees the grant making process for federal AmeriCorps funds in Wisconsin. Originally hailing from Green Lake, Wisconsin, Casey began his service-focused career with a year-long, international volunteer program, Young Adults in Global Mission. South of Mexico City, he worked with a small nonprofit organization specializing in water and sanitation solutions for water scarce regions. Afterwards, Casey covered a good portion of the Midwest as a recruiter for the program at colleges and universities. Casey holds a BA in Conservation Biology, Environmental Studies, and Spanish. In his free time, Casey enjoys backpacking, cooking, reading, and listening to music.
steven yule / Senior Program Officer
As Serve Wisconsin’s longest serving staffer, Steven provides guidance and oversight for Serve Wisconsin’s operations, in addition to managing a portfolio of AmeriCorps program grants and managing projects and processes that result from new federal requirements. Steven is also engaged in activities related to national service practices and policies on the national level. Having had helping others instilled from an early age, he has been engaged in providing community service and helping others for most of his life.