Who We Are

St. Ann Center opened in 1999, and is recognized as a global pioneer in the field of intergenerational care. We provide quality, compassionate care to children, frail elders and adults of all ages with disabilities, regardless of their faith, culture or ability to pay.

But the St. Ann story actually began in 1983, as a mission of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi in the then-new field of adult day care. Learn more about how we began, and what convinced us that we had to add childcare to our services and begin thinking intergenerationally.

Over 35 years in intergenerational care

Our history is planted deep in Franciscan values: making peace, reverencing all creation, showing compassion and creating a caring community. The Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi brought these values to Milwaukee in 1849 and to St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care 134 years later. Today, this dynamic heritage continues to grow into a ministry with a vision.

St. Ann Center Leadership

Edna Lonergan, OSF

Founder and President of St. Ann Center

Sister Edna holds degrees in nursing, occupational and massage therapy and gerontology. She created the first dementia-specific day care in Milwaukee and in 1999, the nation’s first fully integrated intergenerational day care at the Stein Campus on the south side. In 2015, she replicated the services at the new Bucyrus Campus on the near north side, one of the poorest and most underserved areas of Milwaukee.


Dayo Akande

Chief Operating Officer

John Glaser

Chief Investment Officer

Chris Jackson

Chief Development Officer

Board of Directors

Timothy W. Sullivan

Board Chair

Kristen Kriegbaum

Vice Board Chair

Full Board of Directors

  • Timothy W. Sullivan, Chair
  • Kristen Kriegbaum, Vice Chair
  • Dr. Michael Goss
  • Sr. Ann Kelley, OSF
  • Peter Kordus
  • Craig Mackus
  • Jeremy Moore
  • Sr. Diane Oman, OSF
  • William K. Reilley, Sr.
  • Angela Thompson
  • Ramona Dicks-Williams

Properties Board of Directors

  • Timothy W. Sullivan, Chair
  • Bishop Walter Harvey
  • Rev. Joseph Jackson Jr.
  • Tabatha Jordan
  • Sr. Ann Kelley, OSF
  • Craig Mackus
  • Fr. Bryan Massingale
  • Barbara Wyatt Sibley
  • Una Van Duvall

Administrative Team

Sr. Diana De Bruin, OSF
Sr. Kathryn Dean Strandell, OSF
Sr. Ellen Carr, OSF

Our Sister Ministries

St. Ann Center is one of nine collaborative ministries of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, a Catholic order of sisters in Milwaukee. The other ministries are: Canticle Court, Inc. and Juniper Court, Inc.; Cardinal Stritch University; Franciscan CenterSt. Coletta’s of Illinois; St. Coletta of Wisconsin; Cardinal Cushing Centers; and St. Elizabeth School.

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