Meet Our Team
Nichole Voss is a lifelong resident of the Milwaukee area who earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. After many years working in the Social Services arena, both in Mental Health and Affordable Housing with services, Nichole Voss recently teamed up with National Alliance on Mental Illness Southeast Wisconsin (NAMI). Nichole became familiar with NAMI as an occasional volunteer and participant in fundraising events over the years. This familiarity with NAMI led to her current position as Director of the UWRC.
Favorite book: “The Drifters,” by James Michener. Read as a teenager, it shaped my future as I spent years vagabonding my way around the globe with barely a penny to my name, fascinated by: history, meeting new people, experiencing other cultures and the incompatibility of ideologies. The book encouraged the youthful me to live with a free spirit that pushes boundaries.
Vanessa Giraldez has lived in the greater Milwaukee area since 2008, and is originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Vanessa has fifteen years of professional social work experience providing a multitude of services to individuals and families, primarily working with older adults. She is excited to be part of the United for Waukesha Resiliency Center, building relationships by providing compassionate support to those affected by the Waukesha Christmas Parade tragedy on their healing journeys.
Favorite quote: My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. — Maya Angelou
Mahalia Sobhani is a native of Brookfield with experience in youth services. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from Northwestern University and is currently working towards a master’s in social work with a concentration in children, youth, and family services at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is excited to bring her background in trauma-informed care to Waukesha.
Favorite quote: True belonging does not require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are. — Brene Brown
Outreach and Media Communications Director
Allison McGaver grew up in Milwaukee County and now resides in Waukesha County with her husband and young son. Allison is passionate about community engagement and programming that improves quality of life. After receiving her BA in Communications from Alverno College, Allison has gone on to work in Southeastern WI for various nonprofits organizations and is excited to be working alongside a passionate team at the Resiliency Center.