Jon comes to Neighborhood House with three decades of professional experience in the Milwaukee community. Earlier in his career he spent 16 years with Hunger Task Force, including 14 of those years as their Director of Advocacy. Most recently, Jon spent the last eleven years with Milwaukee County in a variety of leadership roles in the Department on Aging, County Executive’s Office, and Clerk of Circuit Court Office. Jon earned his Bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College and his Master of Public Administration degree from UW-Milwaukee.
In his spare time, Jon is actively involved in civic activities in the City of Glendale, and he has also coached a variety of youth sports in the North Shore for almost twenty years. Jon and his wife Cheryl have lived in Glendale for twenty-four years, and they have three wonderful children (ages 22, 19, and 13).
Rebecca possesses extensive experience in nonprofit fundraising, having excelled in various roles across multiple nonprofit organizations throughout the Milwaukee area for over eight years. Originally from Massachusetts, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from Framingham State University and is currently pursuing an MBA from UW-Parkside. Since moving to Milwaukee in 2010, Rebecca has developed a deep appreciation for the city’s rich culture and vibrant community.
Rebecca lives with her husband and two children in the beautiful neighborhood of Bay View, where they enjoy spending time outdoors in any season and exploring the diverse food scene that Milwaukee has to offer. Additionally, Rebecca is an avid reader and loves to keep herself informed and well-rounded by remaining a lifelong learner.
Phone:414-933-6161 ext. 127
Niki Espy earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and brings a passion for teaching people of all ages about the environment, stewardship, gardening, natural resources careers, and community improvement. She leads Neighborhood House’s highly regarded Environmental Education Program and supervises our Teen Program, Health Initiatives as well as other community-related offerings.
Niki has an extraordinary gift for engaging youth and teaching them in a highly entertaining manner how to use critical thinking, creativity and problem solving to create workable solutions, skill sets that are necessary to succeed in 21st-century jobs and our modern marketplace. Niki helps participants understand how their choices affect not only their local neighborhood but also the global environment.
Currently, Ms. Espy serves on the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network board as well as chairs their Governance Council. Niki is also President of Urban Anthropology, Inc., a member of the Community Advisory Board for the All of Us Research Project and a cohort for the U.S. Tennis Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Program. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of the Riverside Nature Center, the predecessor to the Urban Ecology Center of Milwaukee where she continued as a board member. Ms. Espy worked as an educator for the Milwaukee Public Museum for eight years. She also was awarded a Smithsonian Scholarship to the American Indian Community Outreach and Collaborations held in Lac du Flambeau, WI.
She has 28 years of experience working with children and adults in various settings teaching environmental education, including developing lessons and activities for use with the United States Forest Service, Nature’s Classroom Institute, and NH. As an educator, Niki has been an integral part of Neighborhood House’s Environmental Education Programs, and initially, as a coordinator, developed many beneficial relationships with organizations, schools, and individual teachers.
Niki has an extraordinary gift for engaging youth and teaching them in a highly entertaining manner how to use critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving to create workable solutions, skill sets that are necessary to succeed.
Phone:414.933.6161 ext 156
Phone:414.933.6161 ext 163
As our Program Director, Norm is responsible for NH’s Early Childhood, After School, Community Services, and International Learning programs. He also plays a key outreach and partnership role.
Phone:414.933.6161 ext 139
Under a unique partnership arrangement with a neighborhood school, NH Facility Manager Alex Letser shares his skills and facility management time across the two partner organizations, Neighborhood House of Milwaukee and nearby Pathways High. With skilled hands and a broad range of technical knowledge, Alex supports all those who make use of Neighborhood House’s diverse facilities.
Alex earned an associate degree in Civil and Industrial Engineering from the Technical College of Civil and Industrial Construction, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Industrial Engineering from the Institute of Civil and Industrial Engineering. Both schools are in his native Ukraine; Alex is a first-generation American citizen.
His career in engineering and project management began more than thirty years ago with a construction consulting company, where he worked as the Assistant Project Engineer and later the Design Engineer. He also served as Project Engineer for an agricultural machinery plant, where he was responsible for organizing and training those who maintained the equipment and facilities. Additionally, Alex brings more than fifteen years’ experience in commercial and residential building maintenance in the U.S.