David Wiley, Executive Leadership
David has worked with students as a state licensed middle school teacher and as high school coach. He has owned a local, small business for over 15 years and is on staff at Alliance Bible Church. He has a master’s degree in education from Alverno College and a bachelor’s degree from Moody Bible Institute. His primary responsibilities include the management of The Student Union’s employees and leading partnerships with student and community groups.
His Aspirations: To see local youth making a positive impact within our community with their unique talents and for them to inspire their peers to do the same.
His Passion: Building teamwork, growing people and seeing organizations run well.
Fun Fact: I enjoy sports and going on family outings with my wife & 5 kids.
Dwayne Sommersell, Executive Leadership
Dwayne joins The Student Union team with a passion in teaching and building meaningful connections. In addition to being on staff at Alliance Bible Church, Dwayne’s responsibilities at TSU are to help lead partnerships with student groups. In his free time, he and his wife along with their three kids, enjoys exploring their Mequon neighborhood and watching movies.
His Aspirations: I would love to meet and get to know the students that walk through the door and for TSU to be a place where students continue to return and enjoy spending time with their friends and making new friends.
His Passion: Raising his 3 kids, reading, and teaching students.
Fun Fact: I was born in the Caribbean Island of Trinidad and moved to Brooklyn, NY at the age of 4.
Jessica Morgan, Social Media & Marketing Manager
Jessica has a passion for creative design and the ever expanding digital world. A graduate from Ripon College, with a degree in Anthropology and emphasis toward Digital Communications, she has developed and implemented various marketing campaigns, tracked and managed user analytic performance on a variety of different digital platforms as well as managed multiple brands successfully throughout her career.
When she’s not getting nerdy with tracking platform performance and analytics Jessica finds joy in being a wife, doing arts and crafts, spending time in the great outdoors by hiking or camping with her husband and spending quality time with friends and family.
Her Aspirations: To make a meaningful impact to those around me and to demonstrate the love, joy and peace of Jesus Christ in all I do.
Her Passion: Crafting/watercolor painting, enjoying the great outdoors by hiking or camping and spending time with friends and family.
Fun Fact: I love history and had the opportunity to travel to San Pedro de Atacama in Chile to work at their museum studying ancient pottery, arrowheads and mummies.
Jennifer Lane, Community Coordinator
Jen is a licensed elementary and special education teacher. As a graduate of Ball State University, Jen began her teaching career in Atlanta, Georgia. Most recently, Jen stepped down as a special education paraprofessional in the Cedarburg School District. Jen was employed with the district since 2013 working in various capacities both at Parkview and Westlawn Elementary. Her primary responsibilities here at TSU will focus on community connections with mentors, families, and students in both the Acacia academics program and TSU outreach opportunities.
Her Aspirations: Building meaningful relationships that encourage herself and others to be all that God has intended for us to be.
Her Passion: My family; bringing up 3 teenagers with my amazing husband. I am also passionate about youth connections and loving my community well.
Fun Fact: Jen is originally from Indiana and has lived in Georgia, Illinois, and now Wisconsin.
Melissa Weliky, Office Manager
In addition to being the Office Manager at Alliance Bible Church, Melissa assists The Student Union in Administrative Support in a variety of tasks. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and uses these skills to support the Management Team to fulfill our vision and principles.
Her Aspirations: To impact our youth and community in sharing the love of Christ through providing encouragement, hope and joy.
Her Passion: Reading, crafting and spending time at the lake exploring while spending quality time with her daughters, friends and family.
Fun Fact: I crewed for special shape hot air ballooning as a pastime in college.
Alia Fortney, TSU Cafe Manager
Alia is a commuter student at Concordia University, Wisconsin, studying music and business. She has been involved with TSU since she was in high school, visiting regularly, working as a barista, and currently working as cafe manager. Apart from working at TSU, Alia keeps herself busy with school, youth and worship ministries, and teaching private piano lessons. She strives to reach those around her through service and dedication. Working at TSU is a way Alia loves carrying that out, through making drinks, conversation, and relationships.
Her Aspirations: To live in God’s presence and follow Him to impact those around me with confidence, peace, and truth.
Her Passion: Everything music, making and researching coffee and tea, making handcrafts, enjoying nature, and quality time with others.
Fun Fact: I personally have 51 houseplants (and counting!).
Ryan Bloom, TSU Cafe Manager
Ryan comes to TSU with experience and passion for both coffee and youth. Ryan studied Camping Ministry and Youth Ministry at Spring Arbor University. With work and leadership experience in coffee shops, at camp, and at school, this is a great place for Ryan to continue his passions as a Café Manager. In this role, Ryan will help the café run smoothly through behind-the-scenes management duties, while also helping to lead the café baristas. Moreover, he will help with events, help train staff, and aid in many other programs that will take place here.
Ryan hopes to continue to help TSU grow as a café while holding sight of the goal and tradition of empowering the next generation.
His Aspirations: To follow God’s calling, make the most of every opportunity, and seek to build others up as leaders.
His Passion: Hanging out with his wife, traveling, anything outdoors, coffee, and disc golf.
Fun Fact: I have been on a safari in Africa.
Macee, TSU Cafe Barista
Macee Hope is a current college student aspiring to become a high school teacher of social studies and theatre arts. Macee loves learning about cultures and history wherever she finds herself on her travels, as well as the diversity and creativity found in our local communities as well
When Macee is not working at TSU, she enjoys singing in her campus praise team, figure skating, and reading books on philosophy, history, or dystopian society.
Her Aspirations: To build relationships so that all guests feel they are a valued person of the community and direct youth to resources that promote growth in every aspect of their lives.
Her Passion: Singing, soaking in the outdoors, and serving as a trustworthy mentor to youth around the community.
Fun Fact: For a brief time I lived in Jacmel, the art capital of Haiti.
Ethan, TSU Cafe Barista
Ethan was born in Dayton Ohio and moved to Cedarburg in 2011. He enjoys helping his family renovate his house and cooking. He is homeschooled and is a junior in High School. Ethan served for two years in the toddler room at Alliance Bible Church and currently enjoys having the opportunity to play electric guitar on the youth worship team.
His Aspirations: I strive to be a Godly role model, while also encouraging people to attend and be involved with the church more, and helping them become the best versions of themselves.
His Passion: I enjoy playing electric guitar, talking with my friends and family, and playing with my younger siblings.
Fun Fact: I have five siblings under eight!