LISC National
About Us

Patricia Goeman, Deputy Director

patricia goemanPatricia was most recently the Manager for MPS C.A.R.E.S. for the Milwaukee Public School District where she directed all aspects of operations, development, and implementation of programming.  She served as the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Urban Soccer Collaborative (MUSC) for two years while also working for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as a Director for 17 years. She has also served as Adjunct Faculty at Cardinal Stritch University in the College of Business and Management. Patricia received her B.A. in sociology at UW-Milwaukee and Master of Business Administration at Cardinal Stritch University.

Phone: (414) 930-1759


Bess Earl, Community Development Program Officer

bess earlBess Earl joined the Milwaukee LISC team as the Community Development Program Officer. In 2016 Bess Earl served as the Director of the Washington Park Partners (WPP) Sustainable Communities where she oversaw neighborhood revitalization strategies. At the same time, she was the Coordinator of Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Coordinator for United Methodist Children’s Services. Bess was an AmeriCorps member for two years with the 16th Street Community Health Center and the Washington Park Partners. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is currently enrolled in the University of Milwaukee’s Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate Program.

Phone: (414) 930-1758


Susan Eick, Lending and Affordable Housing Program Officer

sueSue joined the LISC Milwaukee team in July 2019 as the Lending and Affordable Housing Program Officer. Previously, Eick was Director of Lending Wisconsin/Iowa at IFF; the President of Legacy Redevelopment Corporation, where she managed the growth and development of the CDFI, focusing on small business and nonprofit lending in low- to moderate-income communities in Milwaukee. Her experience includes Loan Program Manager at the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation.  Eick earned a degree in Business Administration from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI before beginning her career in banking and small business lending. She is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional, and is the Treasurer of the City of Milwaukee North Avenue Marketplace BID32 Board, as well as the City of Wauwatosa, Chair of the Community Development Authority.

Phone: (414) 930-1741


Beth Haskovec, Commercial Revitalization Program Officer

Beth HaskovecBeth Haskovec joins LISC with over 15 years of community development and nonprofit management experience. Beth is committed to public service and community development initiatives with an emphasis on utilizing the arts for revitalization. Her most recent role was as Executive Director of Artists Working in Education, where she strategically grew programs and organizational impact through aligning arts and culture with neighborhood development goals. 

Previously, Beth focused on Economic Development on Milwaukee's south side. Her work included commercial corridor branding, small business technical assistance, and recruiting new business for the Silver City District. Beth received her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Iowa with a focus on nonprofit management. She currently serves on the US Board for Womankind Worldwide, and the Milwaukee County Cultural Artistic & Musical Programming Advisory Committee (CAMPAC). She is an alumna of the Peace Corps, Americorps, and the Milwaukee Forum. 

Phone: 414-930-1175


Matt Melendes, Housing & Community Engagement Program Officer

Matt joined the Milwaukee LISC team in October 2019 as Housing and Community Engagement Program Officer.  Matt has over 15 years of nonprofit and community economic development experience in affordable housing development, neighborhood planning and community organizing.  Previously, Matt was Senior Associate Director of Real Estate Development at Heartland Housing, Inc., Sustainable Communities Director at United Methodist Children’s Services of Wisconsin, Inc., Community Development Consultant at Community Development Advocates and Community Organizer at Sherman Park Community Association.

Matt received his master degree in Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has served on the City of Milwaukee’s Supportive Housing Commission and is an AmeriCorps Alumni.

Amelia Peña, Operations & Fiscal Manager

amelia penaAmelia Peña has been with LISC Milwaukee since January 2011. Amelia manages all administrative functions in the office. She prepares financial contracts, tracks income and revenue, prepares donor acknowledgements, coordinates meeting logistics, and provides administrative support to our staff. Prior to her position with LISC, Amelia was the Administrative Assistant for Public Allies National Office. She is most proud to have served in the Air Force where she was a Computer Technician. Amelia spent most of her tour in the Air Force at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. She currently lives in Milwaukee with her husband, Anthony and their children, Memphis and Mila.

Phone: (414) 930-1763