Deb, Marc, Mia and Andie are 17 year residents of Whitefish Bay.
My husband Marc is a first-generation American. My in-laws are originally from Cuba, and left as Fidel Castro launched his communist revolution. Marc was born in Erie, Pennsylvania where his parents settled after immigrating from Cuba in 1958. At the time Marc’s father was working for GE Locomotives and he managed to get the family safely out of Cuba, leaving almost everything behind. Marc did not spend long in Erie because his family was sent overseas with GE. The family lived in Mexico, Brazil, and Singapore, and Marc only lived full-time in the United States when he started at Dartmouth College in 1987. Since moving to Wisconsin 17 years ago Marc has worked for Johnson Controls in the building efficiency and battery businesses. Last year the battery division, where Marc currently works, was sold and is now called Clarios. The new company is still located in Glendale.
The United Way of Greater Milwaukee selected Marc as one of the very first recipients of the “Philanthropic Five” award for his volunteer work in our community. He has served on the boards of the Urban Ecology Center and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Hispanic Collaborative, housed within the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce (MMAC).
Mia Andraca is a junior at Whitefish Bay High School. She loves babysitting and has dedicated her spare time to working with children in need. For the past three years she has tutored the same student every Saturday morning on Milwaukee’s South Side through the Summit program, and last summer was a junior counselor at Camp Pow Wow, a summer camp for children and adults with disabilities. She also plays lacrosse, participates in Model United Nations, and volunteers with the Whitefish Bay Charity Chicks every holiday season.
Andie is a freshman at Whitefish Bay High School and is an aspiring singer and actress. Last year Andie played Sarah Brown in the Whitefish Bay Middle School’s production of Guys and Dolls and was selected for the Wisconsin All-State Choir. She was a volunteer intern at First Stage this summer and as a freshman at Bay she performed in Cinderella, a free play for children in the community. Andie also volunteers with the Charity Chicks and is the freshman representative on the high school’s Choir Council.