The Sharing Center appoints interim executive director after resignation

The Sharing Center, a Western Kenosha County’s relief organization currently based in Paddock Lake, has announced a change in staff leadership.

The statement, issued today, says Susanne Wilczek resigned as executive director. It does not discuss the circumstances of her departure. Wilczek started with the center in June 2011.

Sharon Pomaville has been appointed as interim executive director. There has been no disruption to the center’s service to clients, said board President Kim Swanson.

The entire statement follows:

The Sharing Board of Directors would like to announce that Susanne Wilczek has resigned as the Executive Director and we wish her well in her future endeavors. With the Center relocating in spring to its new location at the Trevor Fire Dept building, the Board has hired professional staff to guide the Center through the next strategic phase. Sharon Pomaville, a former Sharing Center Board member, has accepted the position of Interim Executive Director.Sharon is grounded in southeastern Wisconsin, born and raised in Racine and currently a homeowner and resident of Salem, WI.

Sharon has been an active participant with nonprofits throughout southeastern Wisconsin, primarily focused on serving the underserved. She has served a number of Kenosha nonprofits including the United Way of Kenosha County as Infant Mortality Initiative Coordinator, Emergency Services Network of Kenosha County as Special Project Coordinator, The Mahone Fund as Event Marketing Coordinator, and Kenosha Human Development Services as Project Coordinator.

Active in the arts, and a published writer, she’s a contributor to Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s Prologue; an Event Specialist to Eric Clapton’s Crossroad’s Centre – Antigua; Supporting Partner to The International House of Blues Foundation, a Talent Contributor to Chicago’s Buddy Guy’s Legends, and participated in plays at the PM&L Theater in Antioch, IL.

Her work in the non-profit sector and volunteering at the Sharing Center gives her a unique understanding of the Center’s needs and appreciation of its clients and the mission.

The Center is proud of the newly created Back to Work room which offers classes to clients and houses the Career Closet. In collaboration with Gateway Technical College and UW-Parkside’s Extension office, the class topics range from resume writing and interviewing skills to menu planning, maximizing coupons and how to create a household expense budget. In the future, the Center is looking to host a Computer Lab for basic computer skill training. With the help of Gateway Technical College and UW-Parkside, the class offerings starting next month are just the beginning of the ways the Center is moving forward in helping the residents in western Kenosha County.

In order to meet the increasing needs of the Center, we rely on the good will of the community. The Sharing Center was started 29 years ago by the kind hearts of Kathy & Rick Fohrs. The support Kenosha county communities have given to the Center over the years has allowed it to expand to the strong organization it is today serving almost 700 households. Programs like the Healthy Snack program at area grade schools, providing Senior Food boxes and the Seed to Table program are just a few examples how the Center has grown to fulfill the needs in western Kenosha County.

Currently the Center is in need of monetary donations for moving expenses and office supplies for the new building, shelving units to expand the food department; office furniture; and donations of gently used Career clothing for men and women. To donate, please contact Sharon Pomaville, at (262) 997-0783, or by mailing a (tax deductible) donation to: The Sharing Center c/o Building Fund, 7001 236th Avenue, Paddock Lake, WI 53168.

If interested in a tour of the current building and to see the layout of the new location, please schedule an appointment with the Sharing Center by calling (262) 997-0783, or emailing The Center is also planning a Community Open House celebration at their new location in May/June 2012. To volunteer for the Open House, please contact Kim Swanson, at

Said Board President Kim Swanson: “The Sharing Center Board, staff and volunteers are committed to providing the highest quality of service to address the needs of western Kenosha County residents and we appreciate all the support from area businesses, churches, Boy and Girl Scout troops, school groups, Civic organizations and the general public. Thank you for helping the Center fulfill its mission everyday.”



  1. Karen says:

    I just wanted to say “Thank you” to the Sharing Center and all their volunteers! I am a current supporter and donor and will continue to help them help others! I believe their move to Trevor is the best possible salution for their space issues and rent issues. This move will help them better serve the outline communities, I would hope that everyone would support this fantastic organization as it helps so many! Thank you again!

  2. Annie says:

    I’m wondering why the past director left so quickly. She wasn’t even there a year. I thought Susanne was a very good fit. When I dropped off donations, she was always very kind. The aura of the Sharing center now seems very uncomfortable and impersonal. Very much at aarms length. It feels like something is off. Any insight as to why Susanne resigned?

  3. Cheryl says:

    I personally know Sharon and feel that an excellent choice was made!

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