Our Staff


Arn Quakkelaar - Executive Director

Arn serves as the CEO and Founder of Genesis in Milwaukee. During a span of 40 years in the professional world working as a registered engineer for Johnson Controls and Allen Bradley/Rockwell Automation, Arn was able to develop his God given gifts and talents. Arn and his high school sweetheart, Norma, married in 1959 and raised five sons. They are active members of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, WI.

After taking early retirement in 1996, Arn knew he wanted to fulfill his call into “missionary work” but he didn’t know if it would be “around the world or across the street”. It was during this time when Arn visited with community leaders, organizations, pastors, deacons, gang leaders and Christians who were carrying the gospel to the inner city. Then in 1997 Arn and Norma started BASICS (Brothers And Sisters In Christ Serving) in Milwaukee, Inc. as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

In 2009, after several years of intensive research into the problems in corrections, justice systems and law enforcement, Arn founded the GENESIS in Milwaukee, Inc. GENESIS is now serving hundreds of “Returning Citizens” and their Mentors to assist them in recovery. With the vision, “to see Christians united to transform lives and cities for the Glory of God”, Arn is more convinced than ever that this is where God wants him to be! Contact Arn: arn@genesisinmke.org



Frank Woods Sr - Program Director

Frank B. Woods, Sr.is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Genesis in Milwaukee and serves Genesis by facilitating the Genesis Mentor Training and is also a mentor coordination specialist. After being part of the problem in Milwaukee early in his life, Frank has now become part of the solution. Coming from a place where most of black males are familiar with, he knows firsthand what challenges returning citizens face as they return to our community.

Frank has been a leader for more than 18 years, and has been in ministry for 7 years. As a student at M.A.T.C Downtown Milwaukee he studied Business mid-Management. He also led in marketing and promoting various releasesfor a co-owned record label for 10 years. Frank serves with The Captive Project as Assistant Executive Director, heading up different components and dealing with high crime areas in inner city Milwaukee.

Frankserves as Assistant Minister at Christ Community Church in Milwaukee. LaDawn, his wife of 8 years, supports him while surviving a life with diabetes type 1 andhas stood beside him faithfully for 18 years through nurturing their family. Contact Frank: frank@genesisinmke.org