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Cindy Krahenbuhl

Executive Director

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Cindy Krahenbuhl MBA, MS began as Executive Director in 2007 and has held that position at Guest Houes of Milwaukee for nearly 12 years. In 2008, Cindy helped spearhead the first Supported Housing Project in Milwaukee in response to the community outcry of lack of services for those with severe and persistent mental health issues, which has grown to over 450 units today. In 2012, Cindy led Guest House in celebrating 30 years of ending homelessness in our clients’ lives in collaboration with the Brewers Community Foundation. In 2015 the Milwaukee Business Journal recognized Cindy as one of Milwaukee’s Women of Influence, “the cream of the crop of Milwaukee’s professional community”. Also that year, Guest House of Milwaukee’s Cream City Gardens and Rain Harvesting Project won the Wells Fargo People’s Choice Award as part of the Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDI) from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Cindy successfully led a $3 million capital campaign for Guest House which culminated in 2016 with an 8,000 square foot expansion and renovation of our facilities. Cindy continues to lead the organization in the spirit of innovation and dignity for our clients.


Contact: 414-316-2008

Senior Management

Samella Jolly

Director of Clinical Services

Samella oversees our on-site mental health and Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction clinic as well as our Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) program.

Jacob Dean

Senior Manager of Facility Operations & Safety

Jacob oversees all functions of facilities, operations, technology, and safety management, as well as our Residential Services office at Guest House.

Maria Melendes

Grants and Contracts Manager

Maria oversees our government grants and contracts, government reports, and quality assurance efforts here at the Guest House.

Catillia Searcy

Associate Director of Clinical Services

Catillia oversees Ancillary Services and care coordination within the Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) Program, as well as our Recovery Housing program.

Philip Connelly

Director of Housing

Phil oversees our shelter programs, our Pathways to Permanent Housing program and all of our permanent housing programs at Guest House.

Sharise Hollingsworth

Senior Manager of Interim Housing

Sharise oversees our Interim Housing Program, Prairie and Capuchin apartments, as well as our Rapid Rehousing and Prevention Programs.

Amy Rowell

Director of Fund Development

Amy oversees private fundraising efforts, in-kind donations, media relations, and volunteer and community engagements.


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Milwaukee WI 53205


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