Philanthropic 5 Awards

2015 Nominations are now being accepted!

Nominations will be accepted through June 5, 2015 at 5 pm.


Each year, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Emerging Leaders honor five community leaders for their commitment to the Milwaukee & Waukesha area through their Philanthropic Five awards.

The awards, created by United Way’s Emerging Leaders Council, recognize five community leaders in their 20s, 30s and 40s who give, advocate and volunteer for change throughout our nonprofit community.

Philanthropic 5 (P5) Award Winners receive:

  • $500 to invest in the cause of their choice.*
  • Public recognition in Milwaukee Business Journal for award recipients and their companies.
  • An awards event held in their honor.

*United Way donor choice guidelines will apply

Congratulations to our 2014 Award Winners

Griselda Aldrete, Executive Director, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee

“She is improving the future of Hispanics in Milwaukee, and ultimately making Milwaukee a stronger community.”

Griselda Aldrete’s passion for education and giving back to the Hispanic community is palpable.  Under her leadership, Griselda has grown Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee (HPGM) into a locally and nationally recognized organization, making her a key community collaborator.  Her passion for education and Milwaukee’s community is deeply rooted, having volunteered her time with the Mexican Fiesta/Wisconsin Scholarship Fund to help raise funds for Hispanic youth attending college since she was 17.
Griselda's video

Jon Donahue, Vice President, Wealth Management, Johnson Bank

“Believe me.. Milwaukee is lucky to count Jon as one of our emerging leaders.”

Jon Donahue’s dedication to community service makes him stand out as a leader in our community. Jon is a member of PAVE (Partners Advancing Values in Education)’s Board Corps – a new initiative that empowers Milwaukee professionals to make a real impact by serving on the boards of high-potential independent schools. Jon extends his generosity away from home, volunteering in orphanages overseas.
Jon's video

Anne Martinelli, MD, OB/GYN Specialist, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

“She came to our rescue just like a knight in shining armor.”

Anne Martinelli is a strong advocate for breaking the cycle of abuse, neglect and poverty of women and children.  As an Executive Board Member of the Safe Babies Healthy Families, she is a vocal ambassador in the community on the importance of appropriate prenatal care.  Anne extends her impact globally, serving as an active medical missionary with Hearts in Motion, providing medical care for impoverished women and children.
Anne's video

Derek Mosley, Municipal Court Judge, Milwaukee Municipal Court

“He’s a true example of the impact behind giving of time, talent and treasure.”

Derek Mosley’s passion and advocacy for people in this community runs deep.  Beyond the courtroom, he created a Youth Development Boot Camp for juvenile offenders and helped establish a community court in Milwaukee.  In his effort to break the cycle, Derek speaks to students at MPS on a range of topics regarding laws that affect youth, including the dangers of sexting.
Derek's video

Joe Villmow, President and CEO, EmpowerMe Foundation

“Joe changed my life in unimaginable and immeasurable ways.. he makes students’ (like myself) dreams come true.”

Joe Villmow is committed to empowering youth in our community.  Diagnosed with dyslexia as a child, Joe overcame his challenges through the help of a mentor and achieved his mission – to graduate from Marquette University.  Joe founded EmpowerMe to help students reach their highest potential by teaching them the critical business and life skills he learned that led to his personal success.
Joe's video

Spotlight: Career Advice from 2014 Winners

What's the best advice each of the winners have received? What would they like to share with the next generation? Read our winner Q&A.


Previous winners:


  • Christine Culver, UPAF
  • Kadie Jelenchick, Foley & Lardner, LLP
  • Austin Ramirez, HUSCO International
  • Jeffery Roman, Urban Roots Milwaukee
  • Robyn Vining, Robyn Vining Photography


  • Amy Lindner, Meta House
  • Rayna Andrews, City of Milwaukee
  • Deborah Lukovich, allinea, llc
  • George K. Williams, Harley-Davidson Motor Company
  • Valerie Vidal, Quarles & Brady LLP


  • Héctor Colón, Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee
  • John Holz, Plunkett Raysich Architects, LLP
  • Jackie Wells, West Suburban YMCA
  • Jill Kline, Wisconsin Humane Society
  • Jessica Monville, MillerCoors


  • Nancy Hernandez, ABRAZO Multicultural Marketing & Communication
  • Darryl Morin, Advanced Wireless
  • Abby Ramirez, Schools that Can Milwaukee
  • Dan Tranchita, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated
  • Darren Goldstein, KPMG LLP


  • John Florsheim, WEYCO Group
  • Cristina Hernandez-Malaby, Quarles & Brady
  • Judy Krause, Urban Ecology Center
  • Craig Mastantuono, Mastantuono Law Office
  • Michelle Nettles, Quest Milwaukee, Marquette University


  • Jennifer Bartolotta, The Bartolotta Restaurants
  • Alonzo Kelly, Wells Fargo Funds Management Group
  • Marc Andraca, Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • Gary Mueller, Serve Marketing
  • Alexander Fraser, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP


Special thanks to our P5 Awards Sponsors:

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