Antonio Butts

Executive Director

Antonio Butts is a catalytic leader who is passionate about transforming economically excluded communities into neighborhoods of health and prosperity. Antonio’s career is marked by his collaborative leadership style and ability to create social enterprise for economic and social impact.

Growing up in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood fueled his drive to be a leader. After seeing many friends become trapped by disparities, Antonio found optimism in The Boys & Girls Club and mentors who helped him cultivate his leadership talents to their full potential. Read more

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Jerrilynn Freelon

Associate Director of Operations

Jerrilynn Freelon, Associate Director of Operations, is a teacher, leader, coach, advocate, mentor, philanthropist, who has been active in the Milwaukee community for more than 40 years. She joined her family in Milwaukee after graduating from Alcorn State University, an Historically Black University, where she majored in Economics and minored in Business Management. She is an Alcorn State University legacy. Her grandfather, cousin, and brother also attended the university. She received her MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources and Finance from Marquette University. She worked at Northwestern Mutual for nearly 40 years in a variety of diverse progressive roles. She acquired a great arsenal of skills, knowledge, and experienced many firsts during her tenure there. Read more

Joined Walnut Way in 2020

Chandra Ellis

Community Wealth Building Coordinator

Born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. My relationship with the city is improving as I’ve grown closer to the residents through my work as a juicer and a Community Wealth Building Coordinator.  Juicing is what connected me to Walnut Way, as a student of the Juice Kitchen and entrepreneur of Fondy Farmers Market. I want to connect with residents in a meaningful way, I want them to know that as a parent, my desire is to improve the community of Lindsay Heights and surrounding areas to create a better future for our children. Our community is immensely talented and what I enjoy most about working with Walnut Way is being a witness to the discovery and growth of those talents.

Joined Walnut Way in 2020
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