Meet Our Consulting Team
Anthony started his career as an AmeriCorps Volunteer in La Crosse, WI, where he learned the importance and impact of community service. Since that start, he has accumulated an eclectic assortment of experiences including (but not limited to) LGBT youth development, volunteer recruitment / retention, and financial awareness training. He has used these experiences to help support individuals and communities in a more holistic manner. Anthony has a Bachelor of Science in social work from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. While at UW–Milwaukee, Anthony was a leader in LGBT issues both in Student Government as well as Student Life at the LGBT Resource Center.
Gerald Coon, PhD
Actively involved in LGBTQ advocacy issues for more than 35 years, Gerry brings over 20 years of executive management experience to his role as President & CEO. Prior to joining Diverse & Resilient, Gerry worked with children and adults with mental health, physical, and cognitive disabilities. Gerry also taught courses on the nonprofit sector at the university level. In addition to his LGBTQ advocacy work, Gerry volunteers doing community organizing and economic development work on Milwaukee’s near west side. Gerry holds a PhD in educational leadership, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, and an MBA. Gerry and his partner, Stewart Dempsey, have lived in Milwaukee’s Walnut Hill neighborhood since 1988, restoring a treasured 130-year-old home and the gardens surrounding it.
Kathy began her career at Kimberly-Clark Corporation in 1993 focused on diversity and inclusion. After Kimberly-Clark, Kathy helped start Harmony Café, a program of Goodwill Industries located in Appleton, as its first program director. Kathy’s anti-violence work began in 2002 when working for Harbor House Domestic Abuse Programs in Appleton for eight years as the Community Education and Outreach Advocate. Kathy also founded the Fox Valley LGBTQ Anti-Violence Project. Kathy spent seven years as the City of Appleton’s Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator. Kathy provides numerous training workshops and educational presentations on LGBTQ issues, workplace discrimination, violence in communities, racism, developing resiliency, LGBTQ aging, refugee resettlement, and various other presentations about working with marginalized communities. Currently, Kathy is the statewide LGBTQ Anti-Violence Manager for Diverse & Resilient, a governance committee board member of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, and a board member of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
Katie Hamm, MSW
Katie Hamm, MSW is an adjunct faculty member of UW–Milwaukee’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and consultant to nonprofits. Her teaching includes cultural diversity, human development across the lifespan, direct practice, and human sexuality among other courses. She began her human services career 27 years ago working with runaway and homeless youth in Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Youth Network. In 1994, Katie moved oversees to Rome, Italy, where she lived for 11 years. During that time, she worked for the American University of Rome and as an interpreter for the Rota Romana. She moved to Milwaukee in 2004 and served the community through positions at United Way, Diverse & Resilient, and Pathfinders. Her program work specializes in the areas of human sexuality, LGBTQ inclusion, youth development, and issues of racism and oppression. Katie has a solid theoretical background and extensive experience with translating research into practice. She has presented locally and nationally on issues of diversity, human sexuality, and community readiness.
After several years in NYC working in theatre and dance, Kofi is back in Milwaukee. Since the theatre and dance communities were so deeply affected by the AIDS epidemic, he has seen firsthand the need for HIV prevention. At that time, he volunteered for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis and Equity Fights AIDS as well as other organizations actively working for social justice. It was a natural progression for him to start working in HIV prevention and LGBT health promotion once he was back in Milwaukee. Kofi is a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Wisconsin Health Leaders Fellowship.