As President and CEO of Newcap, Inc., Cheryl Detrick is responsible for setting direction and guidance for the organization along with their board of directors. She leads a staff of 85 in 10 counties in northern and northeastern Wisconsin as well as overseeing some of their services in 4 other counties.
Newcap’s 51-year mission is to move people from poverty to opportunities and economic security. The organization offers programs for basic needs such as food (food pantries and a commodities program), housing (Section 8, Tenant Based Rental Assistance, permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless with mental health issues, as well as SOAR – a program that helps homeless individuals who are qualified get signed up for social security income and/or disability), and transportation (Work n Wheels and QuickStart vehicle purchase programs and New Freedom medical mileage and transportation). Newcap’s 30+ programs include Create Your Own Opportunities, a business development program for low and moderate-income entrepreneurs; Steps to Success, a skills training and enhancement program and Financial Capabilities to teach people to grow their personal assets and manage their finances through difficulty and prosperity. They also serve as the contractor for the adult and dislocated worker programs in Oconto, Marinette and Florence counties and staff the job centers in those areas. In addition, the organization has five community health clinics in Green Bay, Oconto, Marinette, Crandon and Eagle River.
Cheryl joined Newcap in January 2016. She enjoys the impact she is able to make through her work. “I have an almost pathological need to make a difference and Newcap affords me that ability in not only in community development but also in the individual lives of our participants,” Cheryl said.
A graduate of Drake University, Cheryl received her bachelor’s degree in politics. She is currently enrolled in the master’s degree program for nonprofit leadership and management at UW-Milwaukee. Cheryl’s family includes her two adult children, Alicia and Tim, and her granddaughter, “the adorable Miss Scarlett.” She also has a “furry child” Penny, a German Shepherd/Belgian Malnois) and a “grandsnoop” Bentley (a German Shepherd).
In her free time, Cheryl enjoys working out, reading, working in her yard, drinking wine, and politics. She also serves on the Golden House Board of Directors. Her special achievements include being named the Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year for her work as spokesperson for a large school bond referendum.
Cheryl joined MW because she “loves being around smart, involved, supportive women.” She has gained some wonderful friendships. Cheryl shared, “I think when women succeed families and America succeed! If you want to change the course of history, educate women and give them choices and opportunities.