About our staff

Susan Koehn
Director, Industry Partnerships

Koehn focuses on aligning workforce with growth opportunities in high potential industry clusters. Before joining M7, She worked with the region’s WIRED Initiative and the Southeast Wisconsin Workforce Development Board. She has more than 15 years experience in strategic and program planning, evaluation, grant writing, research, and professional writing. Koehn earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marquette University and a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin.

Anne Nordholm
Director, Education & Training Partnerships

Nordholm focuses on Education and Training in M7 Talent Partnerships. Prior to joining M7, Nordholm served at all levels of education in teaching and administrative roles, including as executive director for a non-profit working with innovative charter schools and as commissioner for the Lynde and Harry Bradley Technology and Trade School. She has authored a book on education, We Reap What We Sow, and serves on the board of the Walker’s Point Association. Nordholm earned her doctorate in education from Marquette University.

Karin Smith
Outreach & Onboarding Manager

Smith focuses on bridging the gap between schools and the workplace in order to develop strong regional career pathways.  She works for Milwaukee 7 as well as CESA #1 to create sustainable relationships between businesses, educators, and students. Smith is also active in the metro-Milwaukee community and serves on the Governor’s Council on Workforce Investment – Partnership Development and Resource Alignment Subcommittee. Smith earned both her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Melissa Palmen
Technical Coordinator

Palmen focuses on providing technical support for the Inspire system through monitoring its online portals. She works directly with both coaches and companies to support a talent pipeline for the next generation of students. Before joining Inspire, Palmen with Community Career Connections, Lead to Succeed, where she managed youth programs designed to build leadership, citizenship, and career skills through high level service-learning projects. She is currently working on completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Communications from Arizona State University.

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