About Us

We are a diverse group of local professionals who help people access data and make it useful in improving community conditions. We help connect people who need data to people who have data and assist in accessing, analyzing, translating, interpreting and presenting data. We can help you ask the right questions to get the right data, put it into a local context, present it visually and put it to work in addressing issues important to you. We subscribe to the principles of the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership and work to democratize data by building local capacity, sharing best practices and helping users sort through the data to surface, explain and address issues of concern. We know this takes technical expertise, knowledge of local context, the ability to convene and collaborate with multiple stakeholders and trust.

Our Team

Dr. Victor Amaya

Dr. Victor Amaya

President and Executive Director

Dr. Victor Amaya leads DYCU’s strategy and operations with a goal of helping the organization drive impact to improve conditions in the community.

Rohan Katti

Rohan Katti

Program Manager, Data Systems

Rohan is experienced in data management and engaging community stakeholders with the goal of advancing health equity.

Amy Rohan

Amy Rohan

Program Manager, Data Access and Community Engagement

Amy Rohan is an expert in engaging residents on the issues they have identified as priorities and applies this lens when collecting and sharing data.

Amanda Beavin

Amanda Beavin

Program Manager, Community Data and Research

Amanda is passionate about elevating community voices through research and participatory decision-making in order to advance equity and community well-being.

Our Board

Christina Acevedo Packard

Christina Acevedo Packard

Board Treasurer

As a mission-driven financial professional, Christina Acevedo Packard has extensive experience in providing financial management to local, national, and international non-profit organizations.

T.J. Cobb

T.J. Cobb

Board Member

T.J. Cobb is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is committed to addressing inequities within her community. T.J.’s mission is to inspire and serve others by setting a standard of excellence with integrity and accountability.

Chris Peters

Chris Peters

Board Member

Christopher Peters is a registered nurse and assistant professor of nursing in the School of Nursing at UW-Milwaukee.

Ian B. Bautista

Ian B. Bautista

Board Chair

Ian B. Bautista serves as the Senior Director of Civic Engagement at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. He has worked his entire career in the nonprofit and public sectors on the local, regional and national levels.

Tom Hlavacek

Tom Hlavacek

Vice Board Chair

Tom Hlavacek retired in 2017 after a 35 year career in non-profit management, advocacy and public policy. Tom served for 10 years at United Cerebral Palsy helping people with disabilities move out of institutions and into their own homes.

Cheryl Blue

Cheryl Blue

Board Member

Cheryl Blue was born and raised in Milwaukee, and one of her main goals is to expand Milwaukee’s renaissance to include the 30th Street Industrial Corridor, sparking an economic resurgence for businesses and residents in the area.

Lauren Domnick

Lauren Domnick

Board Member

Lauren Domnick serves as Vice President of Data Science Innovation in Northwestern Mutual’s Data Science and Analytics (DSA) organization.

Our Network

Salma Abadin

Salma Abadin

Salma Abadin is an Action Researcher and Evaluator with the University of Wisconsin (UW) Population Health Institute with expertise in research design.

Anneliese M. Dickman

Anneliese M. Dickman

Anneliese is a policy researcher and program evaluator. Formerly, she was the research director of Wisconsin’s only non-partisan policy think tank. 

Gerardo Mares

Gerardo Mares

Gerardo Mares is a Data Analyst with the Milwaukee Public Schools. He previously worked as a crime analyst for the Milwaukee Police Department.

Mariam Ashour

Mariam Ashour

Mariam Ashour is Trinity Fellow at Marquette University. Before moving to Milwaukee, Mariam worked at the Urban Institute in Washington D.C.

Marques Hogans Sr.

Marques Hogans Sr.

Marques identifies as a Public Health professional with a passion for racial and health equity to influence change for the Social Determinants of Health.  He supports DYCU in work involving communities of color and evaluation.

David Pate

David Pate

David Pate is an expert on low-income African-American men, fatherhood, and child support, and engages with fathers to promote health literacy.

Kris Barnekow, PhD., OTR/L

Kris Barnekow, PhD., OTR/L

Kris Barnekow is the owner of Families First, LLC which provides occupational therapy consultation to organizations that serve young children and families.

Sarah Laurent

Sarah Laurent

Sarah Laurent is an Epidemiology PhD candidate at the UW Milwaukee. Her research interests include the effects of the built environment on public health.

Kathleen Pritchard

Kathleen Pritchard

Katie is the former Executive Director of DYCU. She specializes in helping clients ask the right questions, find the right data, and use it to address community issues.