Eric Peterson – Board Chair
Eric Peterson is the head of Government Affairs for Milwaukee County. Reporting directly to County Executive Chris Abele, Eric is responsible for advocacy on behalf of the county and its citizens to the local, state, and federal governments. Prior to joining the county in September of 2013, Eric was chief of staff to Senator Lena C. Taylor of Milwaukee and managed Wisconsin’s powerful Joint Committee on Finance and the Committee on the Judiciary. Eric was born in Menomonie, WI and raised on his family’s farm in Amery, WI.
Eric is the founding secretary of the newly created National Association of County LGBT Leaders & Allies and also is a member of the National Association of County Intergovernmental Relations Officers. He also serves as the Commissioner of SSBL Milwaukee, the upper Midwest’s oldest LGBT softball league, and as a committee chair and parliamentarian for the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Milwaukee Gay Sports Network. He is excited to be a member of the Cream City Foundation board working to pool and leverage the generous gifts of the LGBT community and its allies for collective growth and progress.
Pat Galgan – Vice Chair
Patrinia Galgan, recognized as the Fair Wisconsin Education Fund 2015 Community Activist of the Year, is an open and visible transgender woman, LGBT+ advocate, business professional, and inclusion and diversity champion.
Ms. Galgan is an Information Technology professional at Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. During her career at Baird, she has been highly involved with inclusion and diversity efforts. She currently serves on the Leadership Team for Baird’s LGBT+ Associate Resource Group, Spectrum. In honor of her many career accomplishments at the firm; in 2015 she was selected as an Assistant Vice President at Baird.
As an extension to her professional inclusion and diversity efforts, she is a frequent attendee and member of the LGBT Workplace Alliance in Wisconsin. Ms. Galgan also previously served as a member of the Board of Directors and volunteer for the LGBT Center of SE Wisconsin in Racine.
Ms. Galgan is a veteran of the United States Navy. Patrinia, her wife Jo Ann, and their son reside in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.
Erika Baurecht – Vice President
Erika Baurecht is an experienced transactional attorney with Husch Blackwell, working with the Commercial Real Estate, Construction Services and Commercial Finance teams. She prides herself on delivering effective legal solutions and services to her clients on a national level, with an exemplary level of service at a superior value.
Ms. Baurecht has devoted the entirety of her 18-year legal career to the representation of corporations, construction professionals, banking institutions, developers, retailers, technology companies and restaurant owners that frequently develop, manage and finance commercial real estate both nationally and internationally. She is highly experienced in a wide variety of commercial real estate matters, including the acquisition, disposition and construction of operating assets for all types of property, including multistate and offshore portfolios, and in all areas of leasing, including office, retail, manufacturing, such as industrial ground leases, sale-leaseback transactions, government-owned properties, and data center, communications and cellular site leasing.
Ms. Baurecht has extensive experience in complex construction transactions, serving as outside and in-house counsel to general contractors, design/build firms, subcontractors, engineers, architects, developers and governmental entities throughout the United States on private and public projects of all sizes. Additionally, she represents national and state banking associations, institutional lenders, life insurance companies and borrowers in connection with the origination, refinancing and servicing of construction loans, bridge loans, term loans, permanent loans, revolving lines of credit and other credit arrangements secured by office, retail, industrial, multi-family, hospitality, health care, seniors and affordable housing properties across the United States and Canada, and regularly participates in more complex transactions involving preferred equity, mezzanine debt, cross-collateralized properties, and multi-asset workouts.
Ms. Baurecht frequently speaks at seminars and to local and national associations on issues concerning the risk management of construction projects, commercial leasing, facilities management, and lien law. She is a native of New Mexico and a former collegiate soccer and rugby player.
Stewart Morrisey, Treasurer
Stewart Morrisey is the Director of Operations, Waxdale for SC Johnson which is located in Racine, Wisconsin. He is responsible for leading the largest manufacturing site in the globe for the company producing familiar brands such as Glade, Windex, and Off. In addition to his daily responsibilities, he is also the Chairperson for the company’s LGBT ERG which has been familiarized as IGNITE with a focus of creating an environment for all employees to feel comfortable bringing their true authentic selves to work each day in a supportive environment for their individuality. Stewart has worked for SC Johnson and been a resident of Wisconsin since May of 2012 and is happy to have settled in and call this home today. Prior to relocating to Milwaukee, Stewart lived in Michigan where he worked for Nestle. Before that, he worked for Procter & Gamble located in North Carolina where he grew up as well. Most of his career has been in Manufacturing Operations with assignments including Engineering, Production Leadership, Lean/TPM implementation, Human Resources, and Logistics.
During his career in operations, he has also worked to make a difference in the communities in which he lives through United Way support and other volunteerism activities. Most recently, he along with a team of driven friends established a Nonprofit in support of organizing and implementing the Regional Pride Celebrations of Grand Rapids and Southwest Michigan. Stewart is now happy to join Cream City Foundation and to look for ways to make a difference to Southeast Wisconsin’s LGBT community following the past successes of the Foundation and supporting future growth and development of the broader community.
Bridget E. Paskey – Secretary
Bridget Paskey is the director of global internal communications at Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company with core businesses in the automotive, building and energy storage industries, with 170,000 employees serving customers in more than 150 countries. In her role she is responsible for the strategy and execution of communication to employees around the globe that foster awareness, understanding, enthusiasm and behavior change. She counsels senior leaders and implements large global initiatives that shape and transform culture, improve reputation and drive business value. Previously Bridget held various communication positions within her more than 25-year career including PepsiCo, Champion International Corporation and United Way. She holds a master’s degree in Organizational Communication and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Public relations. Although she’s lived in several states, she is a Wisconsin native and was thrilled to relocate to Milwaukee in 2012.
Dan Bergen – Board Director
Dan Bergen is the executive director of the new Office of Community Engagement at Marquette University where he is responsible for the promotion and support of community-based research, community-engaged learning, and service. Dr. Bergen spent the prior 12 years of his career in student affairs, most recently serving as the interim assistant vice president of student affairs at Marquette University where he oversaw divisional communications, sexual violence prevention education and advocacy, and neighborhood relations.
He has substantial experience in university-community engagement, specifically strengthening university-property owner/manager relationships, mediating landlord-tenant disputes, and developing renter education for the off-campus student population. He is the co-chair of the Housing Working Team for the Near West Side Partners, the chair of the Neighborhood Excellence Committee, and one of the goal stewards for Marquette University’s “Social Responsibility through Community Engagement” strategic initiative. Dr. Bergen received his PhD in British Literature from Marquette University where his research focused on cognitive theory and empathy development through literary engagement. He received his B.A. in Advertising from UW-Eau Claire, and his M.A. in Cultural Studies from Kansas State University. Dr. Bergen has presented locally and nationally on the topics of university/community relations, and student tenant/property owner mediation, consulted regionally on sexual violence prevention education, and adjunct taught in the English Departments at Marquette University and Carthage College. He is a native of Milwaukee and, in his free time, enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.