Edie Turnbull, Executive Director | email
Kelly Schaer, Program Manager | email
Paolo Guttadauro, Operations Coordinator | email
Staci Hamilton, College Program Coordinator | email
Sam Mott, External Relations Coordinator | email
Edie Turnbull, Executive Director
Edie comes to College Possible after several years as the director of fund development for SHARP Literacy, a Milwaukee nonprofit that helps urban elementary students learn to read and write. In her role, she was responsible for raising the funds to cover the operating budget each year, as well as securing donors for several special projects. She worked closely with the 18-member board of directors and significantly increased the directors’ engagement and activity with the organization, as well as the amount of funds raised. She also worked with outside co-chairs for the annual campaign and fundraising luncheon, and she secured the largest major gift for the annual campaign in the organization’s history.
Before joining SHARP Literacy, Edie served as vice president of Public Affairs, Marketing & Communication at Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC). In this role, she lead a team of six full-time team members and several part-time college students who were responsible for special events, website, college magazine, public relations, media relations, government relations, strategic planning, employee communication and speech writing. She was a contributing member of President’s Cabinet, and worked directly with Board of Regents. Prior to WLC, Edie served in marketing, communication and publishing roles for major Milwaukee-based corporations, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and M&I Bank.
Raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Edie came to Milwaukee for college and received her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University. She went back to Iowa for graduate school but missed the excitement and old-world charm of Milwaukee, so she returned after receiving her master’s degree in communication at the University of Iowa. She has a 16-year-old son who keeps her on her toes, and she recently married her college sweetheart. In an attempt at leading a balanced life, she carves out time each day to read for pleasure, and she loves the Milwaukee Brewers and opera. She is excited about being part of such a force for good in the education landscape in Milwaukee and the nation. Top
Kelly Schaer, Program Manager
Kelly is the program manager of College Possible Milwaukee. She works with the coaches in Milwaukee, supporting all aspects of programming in the Milwaukee office, including our partner high schools, our college team and our community relations team.
Kelly is a licensed school counselor and has worked in several Milwaukee high schools. Her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is in educational psychology with an emphasis on school counseling and her bachelor's degree is in biology and psychology from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL. Kelly moved to Milwaukee from Illinois to participate in Lutheran Volunteer Corps. As a part of Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Kelly worked in an urban church with families immersed in poverty. Through this experience, Kelly became passionate about social justice issues and walking with the people of Milwaukee to form a stronger community.
Kelly enjoys spending time with her husband, Wendel; her three children, Steven, Devin and Zoe; and her two cats, Layla and Cecilia. Kelly also likes reading, attending the many free concerts and activities in Milwaukee and hanging out with friends. Top
Paolo Guttadauro, Operations Coordinator
As operations coordinator, Paolo manages the bookkeeping, human resources and IT needs of the Milwaukee site. In addition to these duties, he is responsible for handling AmeriCorps recruitment and supervising the community partners team.
Originally from California, Paolo earned his BA in History from Gonzaga University and MA in the same subject from Marquette University. With several years as a Teaching Assistant at the collegiate level, Paolo knows the value of making sure each entering first-year student is properly prepared for the academic and social demands of college. He also has experience as a program coordinator at a summer camp for underprivileged youth and as a chief financial officer for a nonprofit organization. These experiences have given him a passion for making sure everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a college education.
Paolo is an avid movie and sports buff. He has seen all of the American Film Institute's top 100 movies and is working his way through the Oscar winners for Best Picture. Despite residing in Packer Nation, Paolo is a rabid 49ers fan. However, he begrudgingly respects Green Bay’s history and current supremacy. Top
Staci Hamilton, College Program Coordinator
As the College Program Coordinator at College Possible Milwaukee, Staci works with the College Coaches to help College Possible students persist to graduation.
Staci recently finished her master's degree at Marquette University in educational policy and leadership, with a focus in college student personnel administration. During her time in graduate school, she was able to gain experiences in several areas of student affairs, including: residence life, orientation, and financial aid. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Staci was an admissions counselor at the University of St. Thomas, where she also did her undergraduate work in writing-intensive English and vocal music.
In her free time, Staci loves to read (especially non-fiction and biographies!), sing, and explore Milwaukee. She is so excited to be part of the College Possible team, and looks forward to helping students realize their dream of going to and graduating from college. Top
Sam Mott, External Relations Coordinator
As the External Relations Coordinator, Sam helps support the fundraising and communications goals of College Possible Milwaukee. Sam recently completed a term of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA in College Possible’s National office and is thrilled to continue on with the organization to make college possible for Milwaukee students.
Sam attended Beloit College, where she majored in creative writing with an emphasis in poetry. She was active in the Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Delta and in the Office of Admissions, and it was at Beloit where she found her passion for higher education. After graduating, Sam put her degree to use as a marketing intern at Milkweed Editions, a nonprofit literary publisher in Minneapolis, where she realized that she wanted to continue helping students in the future.
In her free time, Sam enjoys drinking tea and practicing yoga, and she is excited to make Milwaukee her new home. Top