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Our Team

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Dana M. Johnson - Founder/CEO

Dana Johnson has been a tireless advocate on a state and national level for breast cancer awareness. She is a member of the policy committee for the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Coalition (WBCC) and Team Leader for the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC). She created ThePinkTableTalk podcast and blog in memory of her mother and countless women and men in an effort to pay it forward one conversation at a time at a metaphoric pink table. 

P. Thomas Thadison III - Executive Producer/Webmaster

P. Thomas Thadison III aka "Thad" is an acclaimed Web designer with over 20 years experience and is a highly regarded community member and advocate and adviser for non-profit organization. His vision and dedication to our cause has helped to bring the PinkTableTalk Podcast and messaging into fruition.

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Catherine Fink - Marketing and Public Relations Intern

Catherine Fink has join the PinkTableTalk team as a Marketing and Public Relations Intern. Catherine is currently a freshman at Marquette University studying Corporate Communication with a minor in Data Science and German.

Board of Directors

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Shantel S. Bacchus

Shantel S Bacchus is a daughter, sister, wife, mother, entrepreneur and friend. Shantel is a Milwaukee native and treasures her ties to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) and is an alumni of Milwaukee Trade and Technical High School (Bradley Tech) and continued her studies locally at Lakeland College (currently Lakeland University).

 

Shantel takes pride in being a mother and entrepreneur and exhibits this in her financial workshops and podcasts she hosts with her daughters, titled Family Matters.

 

As the owner of Bacchus Insurance Group, she carries this passion over as she continues to spread knowledge and information on building wealth and financial freedom.

 

Richard M. Badger

Richard M. Badger, is a son, brother, husband, father and grandfather. Richard has been committed to his community and country. He served in the U.S. Army for eight years after high school.

 

He worked as a community organizer helping residents and stakeholders prioritize funding to improve the conditions of the community, primarily in the 53206 zip code.

 

Richard has been involved in local politics, organizing GOTV efforts, going into high schools with the Youth Vote effort, and serving on several campaigns. Richard has worked for our current Mayor Tom Barrett as a liaison to the African American, Veteran communities, as well, he initiated the Safe Summer initiative, Ceasefire Sabbath and is a founding member of the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative. Richard worked in the state senate as a community relations director for one of our great state senators. In this role, he served as an intermediary between the senate office and the senator, ensuring that issues were addressed in a timely fashion, and that potential legislation was communicated to the community prior to action being taken.

 

Currently, Richard works with the Department of Workforce Development in the Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards. In this role, Richard works with businesses, the technical colleges and other stakeholders building apprenticeship programs. The WI apprenticeship program is the first and best in the country. Richard also does outreach to high schools and organizations providing information about the importance and significance of going into the skilled trades.

 

In 2015, Richard decided that 2016 would be the year that he would take control of his life. In December 2015, he went in for a regular physical, at which time, he was referred to a urologist. In June 2016, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In December 2016, he would get a prostatectomy. Richard is now almost 3 years free of cancer.

 

Over the past 17 years Richard has found himself chasing the ever elusive par in the game of golf. His passion most recently landed him the head coaching position at Alverno College. This new opportunity brings new responsibility, but also new joy. Golf, like life no matter how many bad shots/decisions you make, it is the one or two good ones that keep you encouraged and coming back.

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Djdade (DJ) Denson

Djdade (DJ) Denson, I am a Milwaukee Native and alumni of The University School of Milwaukee Class of 2014. After Graduating from USM, I was recruited to run Track and Field at Marquette University, where I participated in the Triple Jump, Long Jump, High Jump & 60 m dash. Beginning at Marquette I enrolled as an undecided Math Major and eventually worked my way into the College of Engineering. While in the College of Engineering I studied Environmental Engineering with a specialty in water and civil engineering. At Marquette, I joined the National Society of Black Engineers, Engineers without Boarders, won 3 Big East championships, conducted experiments on behalf of the NSF and founded an organization to teach students how to trade in the Foreign Exchange Market. I graduated from Marquette in 2019, with an Environmental Engineering degree and a drive to do more for the city of Milwaukee. That lead me to become a project manager for Hunzinger Construction. At Hunzinger, I had the opportunity to build and manage the Komatsu International Headquarters, the American Family Amphitheater on the Summerfest Grounds and even a few projects at USM. After gaining construction management experience at Hunzinger. I ventured back to the neighborhood I grew up in and shifted my focus to uplifting and collaboration with community and local business owners. Currently, I own and operate a full service restaurant in the heart of Milwaukee named: Coffee Makes You Black, where we serve the community in a multitude of ways besides delicious food.

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