Governing Board

Joan Delaney has built her adult life around the idea that educational opportunities must be provided for all students in a community.  After graduating with a BS in Education from UW-Whitewater in 1972, she embarked on teaching upper elementary students.  In 1976 Joan expanded her educational license to include K-12 Reading Education and took a Reading position with West Allis-West Milwaukee School District in the fall of 1977.  For 23 years Joan worked with middle school students to improve their reading comprehension, wrote middle school curriculum  and developed a Middle School program for At Risk youth.  After receiving her  Master of Science in Educational Leadership she spent the last 10 years of her career in administrative roles for WAWM.  Upon retirement Joan has proudly helped facilitate the development of Shared Journey’s Charter High School, for pregnant and teen parents in West Allis-West Milwaukee, where she is currently a member of the Governing Board under the leadership of Lisa Colla.  It has been a joy for Joan  to see the young parents attending Shared Journeys and their children,  build successful academic and personal lives over the past 8 years!

Pam Dowling
Pam Dowling has dedicated herself to educating everyone on how money works so that they can live the life they want. She started her career in financial services on a part time basis in May 1989. Her full time job at the time was as a City of Glendale Police Officer. Due to a life change of getting married and wanting to start a family, she made the choice to go full time in financial services and leave police work in January 1990. She is licensed through FINRA with her series 63, 6 and 65. She is also a principal in securities with a series 26. She is also licensed through the State of Wisconsin with the following licenses - life insurance, property and casualty, long term care, health and pre-paid legal. In addition she holds non-resident licenses in multiple other states. She had been listed in the top financial service providers in the Milwaukee area for customer service. She has built  her own office as a franchise of Primerica Financial Services. She is an active volunteer in several areas - with her church as Finance Council Chair and other committees there. She is on the Governing Board for Shared Journeys, and instructor on money basics. This is a charter school through the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District for school age parents. She is very active as a masters swimmer with practices and competing. She enjoys the time with her two adult children, family and friends, traveling, hiking, reading, gardening and DIY projects.

Terese Beauchamp
Terese Beauchamp is currently the Manager of Women’s Health and Community Education and Manager of the Karen Yontz Women’s Cardiac Awareness Center for Aurora Health Care. Positions she has held since 2003 and 2005 respectively.  Prior to moving to Wisconsin, she was the Director of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at Kent State University-East Liverpool Campus. She is a physical therapist whose career has centered around health and wellness education and helping people learn to live an active life. She is a life-longer learner and believes everyone can take steps to proactively protect and improve their own health.  She is passionate about helping individuals reach their highest level of well-being through education and support. In addition to serving on the Shared Journeys Charter School Governance Board, she is involved in several community service organizations including being the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of West Allis, the West Allis Community Dinner Dance Committee and the West Allis Healthy Lifestyle Coalition.  She chairs the West Allis West Milwaukee Mental Health and Substance Abuse Task Force. Terese has an advanced Master Degree in Physical Therapy and a certification in Organizational Development. She enjoys spending time with her husband, two adult children, son-in-law and granddaughter, reading, cooking, cycling and weight lifting.

Yvonne Duemke

Yvonne Duemke is the Retired Deputy Health Commissioner at the West Allis Health Department providing supervision for the Community Health Services division.  She began her nursing career in Medical-Surgical-Endocrine, moving into Pediatrics-NICU. She found her passion in Public Health dedicating efforts for health promotion and disease prevention with a strong emphasis on the life course perspective. Her public health work progressed from working as a Public Health Nurse to her current position.  Yvonne graduated from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing and Carroll College, earning a B.S in Nursing.  She has earned a Pediatrics certification; certificate in Supervision through Cities, Villages, Municipalities Insurance (CVMIC); and a Johnson & Johnson School Health Leadership Program Fellow. She has interests in Performance Management-QI, Promotoras-Spanish Community Health Workers, Health Equity and Maternal-Child-Family services. Ms. Duemke has served on numerous committees, coalitions and work groups at the agency level and within the community, often in leadership roles.  She serves on the Advisory and Governing Boards for Shared Journeys, a charter school through the West Allis West Milwaukee School District for school age parents.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, adult children and young grandchildren, time in Door County, Wisconsin, traveling, hiking, gardening, crafts and reading.


Mrs. Colla has dedicated her career to helping students achieve personal and academic success. She has taught in the West Allis/West Milwaukee School District since 1989, teaching grades 1, 2, 3, and high school. In addition, she has been a reading teacher working with students at a variety of levels and in multiple settings. She is the founder and former director of the Morgan Grove Family Center, an after-school and summer site for children. Mrs. Colla is the dean, teacher, and program facilitator for Shared Journeys. Here she has moved the school from a program to the current status of an instrumentality charter school. She has served on numerous committees and in leadership roles both at the district level as well as within the community. Among her accomplishments she was a Kohl Fellowship Award recipient and Herb Kohl Principal Leadership Award recipient, Community Dinner Dance recipient, MMABSE Teacher of the Year, and Crystal Apple Grant and Award recipient. She holds a BS and MS in education, minor in health education, reading licensure, alternative education licensure, online instructor licensure and child care provider licensure. She enjoys spending time with her husband, four daughters, son in law, and grandson, traveling, exercising, and reading.

Mary Beth

MaryBeth Boske is a former student of Shared Journeys, a charter school through the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District.  She became involved with the school when she became pregnant her sophomore year of high school, at the age of 15.  Now, 12 years later, she has the active role of president on their governing board.  After graduating high school with honors, she moved along to obtain her bachelor’s degree in business finances from UW-Milwaukee in 2013.  This year she is excited to celebrate her fifth anniversary working for Chase bank as a Home Lending Advisor.  She also has a deep passion for animals so stays involved with the Milwaukee Humane Society rehabilitating and fostering animals.  Her son is now 15 years old and has been accepted to attend Waukesha’s Engineering Preparatory Academy for his high school career, a great achievement.  MaryBeth has always been such an advocate for creating healthy co-parenting relationships and loves encouraging everyone she knows to truly put their child’s best interests first.


Melissa Hanson holds a BSN in Nursing and has worked as a nurse for over 35 years. Having worked both in the hospital and the community setting, her current position is as a Public Health Specialist for the West Allis Health Department where she has been employed since 1990. In this current role she tracks and assesses community data and coordinates or actively participates in numerous community-based initiatives and workgroups. She is pleased to serve as a member of the Shared Journeys Charter School Governing Board. Outside of work she enjoys time with family, friends, walking her dog, trying new restaurants and spending time at her family’s Northwoods cabin.

Ashley Palen is the Deputy Health Commissioner and Director of Community and Environmental Health Services for the West Allis Health Department. She began her career in Health Education at the Kenosha County Division of Health and has always been passionate about preventive and supportive health services. She grew from a Public Health Specialist into her leadership role at the West Allis Health Department where she brings her strength in community outreach and quality improvement to the forefront of the department. Ashley graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a Master’s of Health Administration and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelor’s of Community Health Education. Additionally she is a Certified Health Education Specialist and Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician. She was first introduced to Shared Journeys when asked to speak with the students about child passenger safety and saw the value this program brings to the West Allis community. She has served on numerous state and local committees including the WPHA Membership Committee, the Wisconsin Child Passenger Safety Advisory Board and Chaired the Public Health Generalist Network. She enjoys spending time outdoors connecting with nature, hiking and exploring new parks in Southeast Wisconsin. She also spends her time knitting and is avid fan of strategic board games.