Executive / Administrative Staff

Carl Wesley, President and CEO (Ex Officio)
(414) 270-4627

Carl returned to Milwaukee to lead CFSS in 2015 after serving in increasingly responsible roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was previously the assistant director of P.E.O.P.L.E. (Pre-college Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one of the most comprehensive precollege-through-college programs in the United States. Carl was instrumental in providing intensive college preparatory and retention services on a year-round basis, that included rigorous academic workshops, college major/career exploration, campus exposure, and student leadership development to over 1,300 students 2nd thru college graduation. Prior to his role with P.E.O.P.L.E., Carl worked with youth from 6th grade to college graduation, providing precollege workshops and services for youth in his various roles at the University of Platteville. Carl has utilized his experience in working with youth to develop a unique organic mentoring model for both youth and young adults. This model’s implementation began during his career at UW Madison and has been improved and implemented recently at CFSS. Carl has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and two master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He is currently completing his dissertation for a doctorate degree in Education.

Dafi Dyer, Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the President and CEO
(414) 270-4604

Dafi provides executive-level management support to the CFSS President and CEO. Ms. Dyer’s previous experience includes years of nonprofit and local government project management, planning and customer service. Dafi holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Cardinal Stritch University.

Jasmine Taylor
Jasmine Taylor, Administrative Coordinator

Jasmine provides overall coordination to administrative functions in order to support the effective implementation of programs and initiatives within CFSS.  Jasmine has worked at Washington Park Partners/LISC AmeriCorps as a Community Engagement Specialist and at Walker’s Point Youth and Family Center as a Youth Program Assistant.  In addition, she has volunteered at Body & Soul Healing Arts Center/Alice’s Garden and she is a long-time volunteer at Northwest Side Community Development Corporation (CDC).  Jasmine received a Bachelor of Science in Community Engagement and Education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Mollie Lazear, Administrative Coordinator
(414) 270-2957

Mollie provides internal support to Center for Self-Sufficiency Program Department. Her previous experience includes serving as VP of Administration for an employment agency employing over 800 and working ten years as Assistant to the Chairman of the Board of a super-regional travel agency employing over 700. She also received several awards during her over 15 years of volun­teer work for the Boy Scouts of America at the troop, district, and council level, where she spe­cialized in training new adult leaders. Ms. Lazear holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Cardinal Stritch University.

Jennifer Patrick, Director of Human Resources
(414) 270-6944

Jennifer is responsible for all aspects of Human Resources including recruitment, selection, retention, employee benefits, compensation and employee relations. She joined CFSS in January 2013 and she has over 20 years of human resources experience. Prior to CFSS, she held leadership positions in Human Resources at Mid-America Apartment Communities, a publicly held real estate investment trust (REIT) and Cooperative Marketing Concepts (CMC), a high performance telemarketing and training services firm. Jennifer graduated from Baylor University with a B.A. in English. She received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification from the HR Certification Institute in 1997. Jennifer has served in various Board, Chair and volunteer capacities for a number of nonprofit organizations including the Junior League of Milwaukee, Women in Crisis Hotline, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Ronald McDonald House and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).