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Rachel Shields Ebersole

Operations Coordinator
Rachel Shields Ebersole photo

As our Operations Coordinator, Rachel supports the overall organization by strengthening our administrative systems and structures, coordinating our internal and external workflow, and helping to further weave our network. 

Rachel loves to create community of all kinds, to facilitate productive and empowering group conversations, to support others as they achieve their dreams, to connect people who should know each other. She puts the power of good listening and insightful questions to work changing the everyday lives of the people around her.

Contact Rachel at rsebersole [at] imaginemke.org to: learn more about the ways you can get plugged in to Imagine MKE's work or to share info about creators and community events you think we should know about.

Before Imagine MKE: Rachel comes to us from (most recently) Portland, Oregon, where she ran Urban Office, a 150-member locally owned coworking space, taking care of everything from events and member relations to billing, marketing, and facilities management. Prior to that, she worked as a book editor in Vermont, ran the membership and farm store side of a small CSA on Colorado's Western Slope, and earned a music theory and composition degree from Furman University in South Carolina.

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Elisabeth Gasparka

Marketing and Communications Manager
Elisabeth Gasparka photo

Elisabeth is Imagine MKE's Marketing and Communications Manager. In this role, she is a key storyteller and advocate for the work of Imagine MKE; she oversees channels of communication including the amplifier newsletter and social media, while contributing to content and messaging across all platforms. 

Elisabeth is a freelance contributor to Milwaukee Magazine, and a volunteer and committee Vice President for the South Shore Farmer’s Market. She is also an artist, writer, and musician, and brings to Imagine MKE inside perspective on the cultural landscape. 

Contact Elisabeth at egasparka [at] imaginemke.org to: share a lead on a story that highlights Milwaukee being a world-class arts and culture destination, talk communication strategy, tell your own story through the blog or podcast, or meet up at a concert or exhibition.  

Before Imagine MKE: Elisabeth was the Development Officer for Membership at the Milwaukee Art Museum, where she worked at the intersection of art, arts administration, and the public, serving a membership base of over 20,000 households. She was responsible for contributing to the voice of the institution’s membership program in everything from solicitation messaging, to the monthly member newsletter, Member Insights. She created and led dynamic events and cultural excursions, and was a point person for and connector of the programming of the institution for members up through the Director’s Circle level of membership. Prior to serving at the Milwaukee Art Museum in progressive development positions, Elisabeth was an Advancement Associate at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan.  

Through previous roles, Elisabeth gained experience in marketing, writing press releases, and arts and culture journalism. Elisabeth has a BA in Visual Art from Oberlin College and a MS in Communication from Northwestern University.