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.
Joshua Putney, Acting Director of Acacia Educational Support & Cafe Manager
Joshua has recently returned to the U.S. from teaching English at a Humanities University in Mongolia. Prior to completing his TEFL certification and moving abroad, Joshua earned a bachelor’s degree in Pre-Counseling in Chicago while working with 21st Century Kids and The Latin School Of Chicago. He has a heart for youth opportunity, education, and hospitality.
His Aspirations: To honor my God, family and community through a lifestyle that reflects consistent love!
His Passion: Coffee as conversation, chemistry, and craft.
Fun Fact: I have lived for extended periods of time in 3 countries and have visited 8 for short term trips.
Jessica Morgan, Social Media & Marketing Manager
Jessica has a passion for creative design and the ever expanding digital world. As a seasoned professional, she’s successfully developed and implemented campaigns and analytic tracking across various digital channels. She graduated from Ripon College with a degree in Anthropology and emphasis toward Digital Communications.
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.
Gideon Schmickle, TSU Cafe Barista
Gideon is currently a homeschooler finishing up his senior year of high school. Often joking that he is the “longest working” barista, Gideon has been a part of the TSU team since sophomore year. He loves interacting with everybody that steps in the door, and he is passionate about creating a safe atmosphere that invites people to be themselves. When he isn’t working at TSU, Gideon interns at Alliance Bible Church, plays guitar, and is always searching for the next person’s “new and exciting” response.
His Aspirations: To demonstrate the love of God in every aspect of my life and to be a person anyone can talk to.
His Passion: Playing guitar, spending time with friends and family, and building Legos.
Fun Fact: I (17) share a birthday with my brother (19) and sister (15) on Pi day.