Executive / Administrative Staff

Carl Wesley, Ed.D, President and CEO (Ex Officio)
(414) 270-4627
Carl Wesley is currently the President and CEO of the Center for Self-Sufficiency (CFSS), a non-profit agency located in Milwaukee dedicated to transforming the community through supporting individuals, families, and returning citizens.
Carl returned to Milwaukee to lead CFSS in 2015 after serving in a variety of increasingly responsible roles at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
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. Prior to his position at UW-Madison, Carl served as Interim Director of Multicultural Educational Resource Center and University Diversity Initiatives, Director of Precollege Programs, and Retention Coordinator. Throughout his professional career Carl has been instrumental in providing intensive college preparatory, student mentoring, racial identity development training, and retention services to students, staff, faculty and community members. Carl has worked on a number of leadership committees dedicated to enhancing students and community members lives. He has utilized his experience in working with youth to develop a unique organic mentoring model for both youth and young adults. He developed this model during his career at UW- Platteville and he improved and implemented it shortly after his arrival to CFSS.
Carl has a B.S. in Criminal Justice, and two master’s degrees: one in Adult Education and the other in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He also holds a doctorate degree in Education from Edgewood College in Madison, WI.
Dafi Dyer, Chief of Staff & Director of Contracts & Special Projects
(414) 270-4604

Dafi provides executive-level management support to the CFSS President and CEO. In addition, she is responsible for the successful management of all CFSS contracts as well as Special Projects. In her capacity of Chief of Staff Dafi provides the CFSS team with holistic support and resources needed to ensure quality service to the members we serve.

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.

LaKesha Reid, Director of Programs
(414) 270-4631

Being in love with helping others her whole life, LaKesha joined the CFSS team and brought a wealth of knowledge and experience along with her. LaKesha leads a team that is dedicated to supporting individuals who are transitioning from confinement to the community as well strengthening families. Prior to her current position, LaKesha previously worked with individuals both pre and post release in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections System. LaKesha has worked as the Lead CCT/DSE Monitor at ATTIC Correctional Services for their 980 program for sexually violent sex offenders. She also worked as an SSI Advocate with the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. She has spent time with Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin as a Family Support Specialist where she advocated and worked endlessly assisting parents with meeting court requirements for child reunification. She holds a degree in Management in Criminal Justice from Concordia University and has also received various AODA certifications from the Minority Counselor Training Institute in Milwaukee and is pursuing her Master’s in Professional Counseling from Concordia University. LaKesha is dedicated to building strong families and communities. She has served as an educator, motivator, and initiative leader mobilizing fund and program development efforts.

Rochelle Lewis, Executive Assistant to the President & CEO/Administrative Coordinator
414-270-4679

Rochelle was born and raised in Milwaukee growing up near 28th Atkinson Street as her mother’s only child. She studied at and received her bachelor’s degree in business administration with a communications minor from the University of Milwaukee. Prior to joining CFSS, Rochelle worked for 7 plus years as a human resource assistant at Astronautics, an associate recruiter for Manpower and as an administrative assistant for the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.

In her free time, Rochelle enjoys reading urban fiction novels and watching action packed movies. Her favorite food is hot wings and if she could travel anywhere in the world without time and money being an issue, it would be to most celebrated island in the South Pacific, Bora Bora!

Andrew Schiesl, Sustainability Specialist

Andrew initially volunteered within the Marketing and Communication Department of CFSS before joining the team full-time in 2014. He currently is part of the Administrative Team where he provides oversight to all CFSS programming and ensures quality and sustainability practices are in place. Andrew graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee with his BA in Psychology with a Minor in Criminal Justice.

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).