Who We Are   

Our Facilitators

The Zeidler Center is made up of hundreds of diverse facilitators in the Greater Milwaukee area and beyond who we’ve trained to facilitate small and large group processes. 

  We are committed to local &
resident-led programming. 
  Our facilitators come from 
the communities we serve.  
Our facilitators come from a wide range of experiences and professions, but they all value the power of listening circles, and believe in the actions of facilitated dialogue – building trust, humanization, deep listening, and speaking from the heart. We offer a public facilitator training every month, and private trainings for organizations and groupsContact us for more information.
To sign up for basic facilitator training:  Register Here
For private facilitator training: Register Here
Para cursos de facilitación en español, por favor envíe un email a fernando@zeidlercenter.org

Directors & Program Leadership

 Katherine Wilson, PhD 

Executive Director

Dr. Katherine Wilson has served as Executive Director of the Zeidler Center since April 2013.  She holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with research in genocide studies. Passionate about community building at both the local and global level, Katherine works with small and large groups to facilitate civil discourse, mediate conflict, and train facilitators. 


Contact: katherine@zeidlercenter.org

(414) 446 1502

 Sed Smith 

Program Director - Dane County Police & Community Program 

 April Monique Shields 

Neighborhood Coordinator - Madison Northside Peace & Safety Program 

 Sharon McMurray 

Neighborhood Coordinator - Milwaukee Police & Community Program; Program Coordinator - Lutheran Congregations

 Terri Rundell 

Program Coordinator - Lutheran Congregations


 Michelle Anderson 

Office Manager/Bookkeeper

Michelle has over a decade of Administrative, Customer Service, Office Managing and Bookkeeping experience, holding positions in the Medical, Hospitality and Business fields. She developed a passion for social justice and advocacy work in a position at MICAH. She is pleased to support civil dialogue, applying her administrative skills at the Zeidler Center! Michelle is the proud mother of 3 amazingly beautiful children, two sons (Nathaniel 15 & Noah 13) and one daughter (Laeloni 7).


Contact: office@zeidlercenter.org

(414) 239-8555

 Anna Opgenorth 

Director of Development

 Monica Miller 

Director of Art, Design, and Marketing

Executive Assistant

Monica Miller is a multidisciplinary cultural worker and artist organizer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Within her scope of production, she investigates the relationship between performance and audience, site and politics, all while attempting to facilitate agency and equity through her engagement. Miller has held various leadership positions within multiple arts and culture nonprofits, including the former Institute of Visual Arts (INOVA) gallery, the Milwaukee Artist Resource Network, the Greater Milwaukee Commitee’s Beerline Trail Neighborhood Development Project, Wormfarm Institute, and more. She has exhibited, curated, and developed arts programming throughout the state of Wisconsin and in California, and she is currently an artist in residence at Hawthorn Contemporary where she runs her artist economy exchange project, Facilitating Situations.

She holds a dual role as the Director of Art, Design, and Marketing and Executive Assistant.


Contact: executive.assistant@zeidlercenter.org

(414) 239 - 8555


Education & Trainings

 Jules Maloney 

Lead Trainer

How do you want to show up in life today? That is a question Jules Maloney tries to ask herself every day. The answer often includes being playful, mindful of words and just being nice. She is guided by the principles and practice of Nonviolent Communication. From this work she helps organize compassion based family camps, runs Empathy Booths, teaches individuals and organizations tools for richer communication and adults how to slow down and enjoy the wonders of the moment with younger folks. She has an BA in International Studies, Economics and Peace Studies, a MA in Communication from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and is a Strengths Based Development Coach.  Jules is thrilled to be part of the Zeidler Center as an Instructor for the Facilitator Trainings. She lives in the Riverwest Neighborhood of Milwaukee and cherishes time with her family.  

 Cornelius Taylor 

Lead YPI Trainer

 Joseph Woodlin 

Lead YPI Trainer

Board of Directors

Susan Tyndall, JD
Habush, Habush and Rottier
Interm Board President
Rev. Lisa Bates-Froiland, PhD
Redeemer Lutheran 
Board Vice President
Carole Poth
St. Catherine's
Board Secretary
Brett Heaton Juarez
Northwestern Mutual
Board Treasurer
Marty Calderon
God Touch Milwaukee Inc.
Mary Campbell, JD
ELCA Global Mission
Adam Carr
Community Connector
Bevin Christie
Carmen Schools of Science and Technology
Rick Deines
Zeidler Center founder
Michael Hostad
Greater Milwaukee Committee
Joyce Tang-Boyland, PhD
Alverno University
LJ Tanner
MHS Health Wisconsin
Katherine Wilson, PhD
Executive Director
Dr. Anita Zeidler
On Monday, September 3, 2018, we lost our dear friend and board member Anita Zeidler.  She was the daughter of our Center’s namesake, Mayor Frank P. Zeidler, and she served as Treasurer on the Zeidler Center Board for 4 years. Her zeal for the Zeidler Center, and especially its work on behalf of the common good, will be missed beyond measure.

Advisory Board 

(Now seeking advisory board members. Contact Anna Opgenorth (anna@zeidlercenter.org) for more information.)
Reggie Jackson
America's Black Holocaust Museum
Carl Mueller
Mueller Communications
Dan Steininger

Some of our Partners

Partners support our work in many ways:
  • Convene and collaborate on private or public dialogues
  • Endorse & market upcoming Zeidler Center events
  • Share the story of the Center
If you are interested, we’d love to Connect.

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