TransCenter for Youth, Inc.


Daniel Grego, Ph.D.

Daniel Grego began working for TransCenter for Youth in 1980, first as a teacher, then for twelve years as the Director of Shalom High School. In 1993, he became TransCenter’s Director of Educational Services. He was appointed the Executive Director in 2002.

Dr. Grego graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He earned his Ph.D. in Education and Environmental Philosophy from the Graduate School of The Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Grego has led workshops or has been a guest speaker for the Centre for British Teachers, the Academy for Educational Development, the National Network for Youth, the National Youth Employment Coalition, the American Youth Policy Forum, the National Council of State Legislatures, the Children’s Defense Fund, the National Governors Association, the Buck Institute for Education, the American Educational Research Association, the Alternative Education Resource Organization, and at numerous forums and conferences focusing on education issues, particularly alternative education for “at-risk” youth, charter schools, and school choice.

Dr. Grego’s writings have appeared in Encounter, the CYD Journal, Out of the Box, the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel, America, the George Wright Forum, Life Learning Magazine, Education Revolution, Vitae Scholasticae, Visions and Voices against Apartheid, The International Journal of Illich Studies, and other periodicals and anthologies. He recently contributed essays to Everywhere All the Time edited by Matt Hern, Life Learning edited by Wendy Priesnitz, A Whole Which is Greater: Why the Wisconsin “Uprising” Failed edited by Paul Gilk and David Kast, and Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook for Youth edited by Matt Hern.

He has taught in the Education Department at Alverno College and the Philosophy Department at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He has also been a guest lecturer at Marquette University, Cardinal Stritch University, National Louis University, and Antioch College, and an adjunct faculty member in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at UWM.

Director of School Development

Felita Daniels Ashley

Felita Daniels Ashley, one of the founders of NOVA, is a volunteer in the Milwaukee area who is passionate about education and understands the importance of school culture and academically rigorous programming.

Throughout her more than 40 years as a Milwaukee resident, she has watched a number of educational trends take hold in the city. Unfortunately, Ms. Daniels Ashley has seen many of the children who are most at-risk fall through the cracks. Her interest in TransCenter for Youth is sparked by the agency’s underlying philosophy and its dedication to bring best practices to the city’s families and children.

As a member of the leadership team, she assists in operations management of the organization, supports the staff and students at TransCenter’s schools, and cultivates relationships with community stakeholders, businesses, and faith-based organizations to advance TransCenter’s mission and vision.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare and a Master’s Degree in Social Work Administration.


Nancy Meylink

Nancy Meylink began working for TransCenter for Youth in 1985, first as a teacher, then for 15 years as the office administrator for Shalom High School. She became Dan Grego’s Executive Assistant in 2005.

As Executive Assistant, Nancy provides administrative support to the Executive Director as well as to the directors and teachers of the TransCenter programs. Duties include financial record keeping for the schools, data entry, and bookkeeping. Nancy also coordinates all human resource duties for the organization.

Nancy’s strengths are organizational and communication skills. Having received a Bachelors of Arts in English and Secondary Education from Marquette University in 1980, she is also able to provide assistance inside the classroom when necessary.