Julie Schwaller Ryno is a Director for Umoja. She is the adoptive mom of two African-American children. She co-founded Umoja along with Dr. Bola Delano in order to fill a need for her children. She is an active member of St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, WI and is the National Sales and Marketing Manager for Diversified Woodcrafts, Inc. in Suring Wisconsin. She resides in Grand Chute, WI with her husband Bill and children, Sarah and Caleb.
Bill Ryno is a Director for Umoja, Inc. He and his wife, Julie have adopted two African American children and have dedicated their lives to helping trans-racial families understand and embrace their children’s heritage. Bill is an active member of St. Bernard Parish in Appleton, WI and is an independent sales representative. He resides in Grand Chute, WI with his wife Julie and children Sarah and Caleb.
Bola Delano-Oriaran, Ph.D. is currently an Assistant Professor of Education in the Teacher Education Department at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. She inspired and co-founded the Fox Cities Rotary Multicultural Center in Appleton, WI. Dr. Delano presently serves on the Board of Directors for the Fox Cities Rotary Multicultural Center and Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin. She is the recipient of the Downtown Appleton Rotary Club Charles and Patricia Heeter Award. In 2000, the Wisconsin State Human Relations Association presented her with an Outstanding Human Relations Educator Award. She resides in Appleton with her husband and lifetime friend, Dr. Philips Oriaran and her daughter.
Sabrina W. Robins, Ph.D. is Director of Operations at Manpower, Inc. Dr. Robins is a vendor management services professional that specializes in contingent workforce management. She has direct experience in program management, program evaluation, procurement, consumer research, market analyses, metric development, supplier quality audits. Dr. Robins is well versed in several business process improvement methodologies that effect private and public sector organizations. These varied skills have been applied to educational, corporate and public sector organizations. In addition to her current role, Sabrina Robins is responsible for Supplier Diversity. As a leader for Supplier Diversity within Manpower, Dr. Robins serves as a mentor and helps to identify business opportunities for diversity vendors. Dr. Sabrina Robins earned a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Wayne State University. Dr. Robins’ areas of expertise include: applied statistics, business process improvement, research methods and design. Dr. Robins is married and has a seven year old daughter. Her hobbies include: community service activities, volunteering at her daughter’s school, shopping, and playing scrabble. Dr. Robins is also an adult adoptee and a strong supporter of parents that provide loving homes for children.
Heather Hansen, CSW, received her social work degree in 2001 and has been a WI licensed social worker since 2004. She has spent her career working with people of all ages and backgrounds. Heather worked as a case manager with HIV-positive adults and children before moving on to working with adults with disabilities. She then worked as a special needs adoption social worker. Heather is currently the Program Coordinator for the Post-Adoption Resource Center at Family Services. Heather provides resources, referrals and support to families after adoption finalization.
Ms. Patricia Tate, also known as Grandma Pat, worked for 32 years with United Airlines at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) before retiring in 2001 and moving to Appleton, WI in 2004. Her grandson, Ryan Tolan, is the reason for her move. He was a senior at Appleton North High School as part of Appleton's “A Better Chance Program (ABC).” As a member of Appleton's “A Better Chance” executive board since 2004, she serves on the Student Affairs and the Fund Raising committees. Being involved with young people of all ages is a truly rewarding experience filled with learning, love, laughter, and is a blessing to all involved. Ms. Tate is a member of the Kiwanis “GOLDEN K” group, where she reads to kindergarteners twice a month. She is an active volunteer at Appleton North High School Homecoming and Parent-Teacher Luncheons and Conferences. Renee Logee-Hensersky Renee Logee-Hensersky is an Umoja board member and parent. She has lots of experience working with non-profits and is currently the fund development manager for the Autism Society of SE Wisconsin.