business, coaching, and volunteer work, Anne Slattery is
making a mark as a community leader.
With a professional background in accounting, Slattery
has worked in a variety of positions and in August of
2017 was hired as chief financial officer for W.M.
business is an equipment manufacturer for the dairy,
food, beverage, craft beer, and personal care product
industries. It has over 120 employees at two Wisconsin
locations and in the field across the country, according
to its website.
“I’m enjoying the challenge of learning the different
aspects of the company,” Slattery said.
previously worked for a public accounting firm and also
worked for MyHealthDirect before taking on the position
at W.M. Sprinkman.
think there’s always opportunities for women to grow in
business. Much of it comes through networking,” said
Slattery, who added that technical proficiency and
continuously striving to grow in one’s field are also
key to success.
challenge of making changes in her career has seemed
attainable to Slattery, who said her family has an
that kind of enterprising spirit that has also driven
Slattery as a coach and volunteer leader in the area.
Slattery was formerly a volleyball coach at Carroll
University and is the current varsity coach at Pewaukee
her 11-plus years as coach, Slattery said she has worked
to build a successful program, with the team winning two
conference championships and last October the regional
“She has been building the program, been doing a
tremendous job,” said John Maltsch, athletic director
for Pewaukee High School.
“We’re now one of the teams in the conference
(opponents) have to worry about each and every week,” he
Maltsch added that Slattery’s work with younger
volleyball players in the community has also been
Inspiring the next generation
Slattery is owner and director of the Midwest Penguins
Volleyball Club, which she and her business partner,
Janice Siebert, founded in 1997. The club has worked
with more than 2,000 young athletes and hired 150
coaches during its tenure, according to the club
Alysha Schertz played for Slattery when she was a coach
“Right away she saw potential in me that I didn’t even
see in myself, and she had a way of motivating players
that was unlike any coach I ever had,” Schertz said.
“She didn’t yell, because she didn’t have to. As players
we wanted to work hard.”
Encouraged by Slattery, Schertz went on to coach and
then referee. She said the Midwest Penguins has grown
into one of the most competitive clubs in the region
while still maintaining a close-knit family feel.
Slattery and Janice Siebert “have impacted so many
families in the community by providing safe, and
affordable opportunities to play volleyball at all
ages,” said Schertz, now a freelance journalist and
consultant who has remained active with the club by
assisting with social media, marketing, and fundraising
noted that Slattery has served for many years on
decision making boards for the sport.
“Anne has done so much for the game of volleyball in
general. Not only has she been coaching for decades, but
she has also been a mentor to many people in all levels
of the sport,” Schertz said.
Different ways of giving back
Slattery is the co-founder of Empowering Change Through
Healthy Opportunities, Inc., a non-profit group designed
to give back to others throughout the community through
healthy family opportunities and education.
“The vision with E.C.H.O. is to provide some fun, simple
family experiences,” Slattery said. “There’s a lot of
work to do in the health community.”
Slattery and a group of close friends and colleagues
started the group in honor of Slattery’s brother, David,
who battled obesity in his adult life.
made real progress toward achieving his goals, but
passed away before they could be fully realized, Schertz
“Anne is determined to make sure his story lives on,”
she said. “The organization is small, but I know Anne
and her team have big plans for its future.”
group’s annual Big Ball Bash raises money for programs
in need and Schertz said reinforces how fun an active
lifestyle can be.
Ultimately, Slattery said she is driven by wanting to
make a difference in the lives of the children around
her, to “build their esteem and confidence and see them
is something Schertz says she is sure Slattery will
continue to accomplish.
'Anne is nothing short of amazing. She is such an asset
to everything she touches,” Schertz said.
am looking forward to seeing where she, and the staff at
Midwest Penguins, take the organization, and also can’t
wait to see how E.C.H.O. continues to grow and impact