Fulfilling the Promise
A conference for parent educators and home visitors
March 21-22, 2012
Holiday Inn and Convention Center
Stevens Point, WI
Corey Anderson, BS, Case Manager, Waupaca County Healthy Beginnings
Corey Anderson has been working as a Healthy Beginnings Case Manager with Waupaca County for 4 years, with a special
interest in the teen population. Corey graduated with a BS in Family Life Education from UW-Stevens Point. Previous to
coming to Waupaca County, Corey worked as the Assistant Director of the Plover branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Portage
County with an emphasis on implementing programing for the whole family.
Lori L. Bakken, MS, PhD, Associate Professor and Evaluation Specialist, School of Human Ecology,
Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Lori joined the UW-Madison, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies as an Associate Professor in 2010. She has 15 years of
experience developing, directing, evaluating, and studying educational programs to prepare physicians for research careers.
She holds a joint appointment as an Evaluation Specialist for UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension in which she focuses on
building evaluation capacity through teaching and learning. Additionally, she holds an affiliate appointment in the School of
Education, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Dr. Bakken is nationally recognized for her
leadership and research in evaluating NIH-funded educational programs for clinician-researchers and she has developed an
instrument for assessing research self-efficacy that is used throughout the United States.
Lisa Bell, RDH, MPH, State Public Health Dental Hygienist, State of Wisconsin Division of Public Health
Lisa Bell has been the State Public Health Dental Hygienist since March 2007. In her role, Lisa is instrumental in developing
and sustaining prevention based programs with an emphasis on surveillance, grant procurement, and creating strong
community partnerships and coalitions. She brought that same energy and commitment to the Madison Dental Initiative
(MDI), a not for profit organization providing dental care to Dane County homeless. MDI is held as a model for the
resolution of healthcare disparities by utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to disease reduction. Lisa received her
Bachelors degree in Dental Hygiene from St. Petersburg College, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and a Masters of Public
Health from A.T. Still University also graduating Summa Cum Laude. Awards for her work include the Madison Dane County
Public Health Leadership Award, the 2010 United Way Community Volunteer of the Year Award, and the 2011 Wisconsin
Dental Association Community Outreach Award.
Ann Brickson, MSSW, LICSW, Children and Youth Coordinator, Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Ann has worked with battered women, children, teens, and families for over 30 years. Her professional experience includes
crisis counseling with teens and families, services for at risk children and youth, and advocacy with battered women and
their children. She is currently the Children and Youth Program Coordinator for the Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic
Violence where she does training, technical assistance, and program and policy development regarding children’s exposure
to domestic violence, dating violence, family dynamics of domestic abuse, and the relationship between domestic violence
and child abuse.
Abby Collier, MS, Injury Prevention and Death Review Project Manager, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Abby works to implement a comprehensive death review program that seeks to understand the risk factors and
circumstances surrounding the death of a child. Ms. Collier works with individual counties to establish and sustain local
death review teams that focus on community based injury prevention. Additionally, Ms. Collier's work has been published
in the international journal of Injury Prevention and she currently sits on the board of directors for the Mid-West Injury
Prevention Alliance. Ms. Collier received her master’s degree in community counseling and has a background in addiction
counseling and mental health treatment.
Carmen Esterrich, Family Advocate, Early Head Start: Dane County Parent Council, Inc.
Carmen has a Bachelor of Sociology/Criminal Justice from InterAmerican University in Puerto Rico. Carmen has been
working with families and children since 1991 and is currently a Family Advocate at Early Head Start.
Diane Flanagan, RDH, CYSHCN, Oral Health Project Manager, Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Diane Flanagan’s experience includes over 25 years of clinical dental hygiene practice in pediatric dentistry. Diane has been
a strong community educator and advocate for the oral health of children, including children with special health care needs.
Her experience also includes advocacy activities on a state and federal level while serving as president of a national non-
profit organization. Diane currently is the oral health Project Manager for the Earlier is Better program administered by
Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin.
Alicia Fleischmann, Master’s student in counseling psychology at Marquette University
Alicia Fleischmann received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology in 2010 from St. Norbert College. Alicia serves as a
research assistant and a counseling student-intern for Penfield Children’s Center Behavior Clinic. She plans to continue
providing mental health services to at-risk children upon graduation in May 2012, and potentially continuing on for doctoral
studies starting fall 2012.
Sabrina Gentile, Governmental Relations Manager, Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
Sabrina has worked in and outside the State Capitol since 1990. Sabrina began her work in state government working for
then – state Senator David Helbach (D-Stevens Point) for four years. She then spent 12 years at the Farm Bureau where she
was the token Democrat on staff lobbying on agriculture, environment, and health care issues. Sabrina joined WCCF in
January 2007. She feels very fortunate to work with the talented policy advisors at WCCF on health care, juvenile justice,
economic security, early care and education, and tax policy. Sabrina received her Communication Arts Degree from the
University of Wisconsin in 1990 and lives on the west side of Madison with her 13 year old son, Dominic.
Kristen Grimes, MAOM, MCHES, Asthma Project Manager, Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Kristen has worked as the project manager at Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin since 2001. Her main role is to
manage the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition (WAC) and to facilitate the implementation of the Wisconsin Asthma Plan. Ms.
Grimes received her bachelor’s degree in community health education from UW-La Crosse in 1999 and earned her master’s
degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix in 2004. Ms. Grimes has been a certified health
education specialist (CHES) since 1999 and was among the first to earn her master CHES in March 2011. In June of 2011 she
was certified as a health promotion policy expert through the Society for Public Health Education. Ms. Grimes has worked in
the public health field for over 12 years, specifically focused on coalitions both at the local and state levels. Her work has
been published in the Journal of Asthma and Allergy Educators, Journal of Ethnicity and Disease, and the Journal of the
Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin.
Jill Hicks, BS, Healthy Beginnings Staff Mentor, UW-Extension, Healthy Beginnings Program Portage County
Jill has worked with Healthy Beginnings Portage County, a home visitation program for first time parents from birth to age
5, for the last 11 years. For the past 7 years, Jill has served as the Staff Mentor of the program, assisting and supporting
staff in best meeting the needs of the families. Jill is certified Parents as Teachers and has had extensive experience working
with this curriculum through home visits. Jill has a passion for empowering all families to become their child's first and most
Jennifer Jones, BSW, Associate Director, Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund
Jennifer Jones is currently the Associate Director of the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund, the state’s leading child abuse
prevention agency. In her role, Ms. Jones facilitates the Board’s strategic planning, public policy and advocacy efforts, and
coordinates the communication activities for the agency. Prior to her position with the Children’s Trust Fund, Ms. Jones
served as the communications specialist in the Secretary’s Office at the Department of Children and Families and as a child
welfare policy advisor in the Division of Children and Family Services. Ms. Jones also served as the Executive Director of the
National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness and was co-founder of Students Together Ending Poverty
and Homes Not Jails Boston. Ms. Jones also serves on the board of the Hunger Task Force.
Kasey Kaepernick, Case Manager, Waupaca County Healthy Beginnings
Kasey has been performing home visitations for over 6 years. Kasey is the Co-Chair of Prevent Child Abuse Waupaca and a
Co-Presenter of Families Forever, a program court mandated to divorcing parents of Waupaca County with children under
the age of 18 years. Kasey holds a BS in Family Life Education from UW-Stevens Point. Twice a year Kasey presents a
Fatherhood program to men of Waupaca County. Most importantly, he is the father of two wonderful children.
Terry Kruse, BSN, Unit Supervisor, Maternal Child Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Terry Kruse has been a public health nurse for 30 years, focusing in the area of maternal, child, and family health. For the
past ten years, with the Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Terry has served as the Maternal/Perinatal Nurse Consultant
and the Unit Supervisor for the Maternal Child Health/Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs programs. Terry
has extensive experience providing consultation and technical assistance on maternal and child health issues to state and
Elizabeth Lanter, MSW, APSW, Treatment Foster Care Worker, Children’s Service Society of Wisconsin
Ms. Lanter has a bachelor's degree in Psychology, focused on children and families. She earned a Master's Degree in Social
Work, with a focus on children and families in direct service and policy practice. Elizabeth began working with families in
Child Protective Services (CPS) in 2005. After her Master's degree, she transitioned to working with kids with high level
treatment and medical needs in foster care. Through her work in CPS, she realized that in order to best serve these
families, it was important to prevent these families from ever having contact with CPS. She pursued a post-master's
certificate in Infant Mental Health to help support the greatest protective factor in abuse/neglect cases: the socio-
development of the parent, the socio-emotional development of the child and their relationship. With her understanding
that her work with children and families is greatly impacted by what is happening politically, she keeps herself very involved
in the local and national political scenes.
Audrey Laszewski, MS, Project Director, Wisconsin’s Early Years Home Visitation Outcomes
Ms. Laszewski is an independent contractor and the Project Director for the Outcomes Project. Audrey holds a Master’s of
Science degree in Administrative Science from UW–Green Bay. She specializes in the development of collaborative work
products amongst diverse stakeholders. She successfully managed a Wisconsin Partnership Program grant from UW-
Madison. Ms. Laszewski has provided expert testimony before the Wisconsin Legislative Council Strengthening Families
Committee and provided recommendations for policy and legislative changes for the field of home visitation. Her work
includes the design and implementation of multi-site data collection system for home visitation. She has a ten year history
of successfully leading the Outcomes Project from initial concept to being a nationally recognized cross model
collaboration. She has over 20 years of experience in project management and analysis. Her current work focus is the
creation of a home visiting program quality rating tool and management of the Outcomes Project.
Jeanne Leccia-Erickson, Director, Project Babies
Project Babies serves young families with children from birth to 2 years of age, through education, advocacy, and outreach.
Project Babies activities are designed to ensure that families will be confident in their parenting by utilizing community
resources that support them in creating stable, nurturing environments that promote the development of a sense of
competence with their children. As education is one of the tenets of Project Babies, Jeanne has assisted in the development
and implementation of Play, Learn, Grow events. These interactive “workshops” are designed to offer brain development
information and parenting skills through hands on activities and engagement. Jeanne also works to heighten the
understanding of early childhood brain development through training workshops and as a speaker at conferences and
seminars on such topics as the impact of poverty on brain development prenatally through adolescence, early brain
development and literacy, and the impact of alcohol and other drugs on the brain.
Jodee Liedtke, MSW, Integrated Community Solutions, LLC
Ms. Liedtke holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from UW–Madison. She has been a provider, supervisor, and
administrator of child welfare and mental health services for over thirty-five years. Jodee is a national consultant in
children’s mental health and child welfare services, most recently working in system reform efforts in Phoenix, AZ, San
Diego, CA, and Upstate NY. Jodee currently works with the State of Wisconsin as a consultant to counties on child welfare
and mental health teaming efforts and with the Children’s Trust Fund. Jodee has worked with many counties and states to
implement, through the family teaming process, systems of care for children with mental health treatment needs. She is
also an owner of the Midwest Center for Cultural Competence and provides training and strategic planning for agencies,
organizations, and systems. Jodee consulted on the design and implementation of the CTF Teaming Up with Families
Initiative and has served as the primary trainer and coach for numerous Community Response sites.
Kathy Markeland, Wisconsin Association of Family and Children’s Agencies
Ms. Markeland is Associate Director at the Wisconsin Association of Family and Children’s Agencies (WAFCA), a member
organization serving more than 45 mental health, education, and social services agencies across Wisconsin. Kathy joined the
WAFCA staff in 2007 bringing a diverse member services, public policy, and advocacy background, including representing
the interests of faith-based social services agencies and county government. In her role as Associate Director, Kathy tracks
state and federal public policy trends, monitors state agency activities, implements WAFCA policy priorities, coordinates
member initiatives, and organizes the Social Work Inservice Program (SWIP), which provides training for member agencies’
therapists and social workers on contemporary practice theories and therapeutic skills. Since 2008, Markeland has
coordinated all elements of the CTF Teaming Up with Families Initiative including ongoing model design, organizing training,
technical assistance, and program evaluation.
Kimberly McCormick, MS, LPC, Family Counselor, Penfield Children’s Center Behavior Clinic
Kimberly provides in-home therapy to families of children with significant behavioral and emotional problems. She is also a
Pool-Counselor at Roger’s Memorial Hospital, West Allis location, on the Child-Adolescent Inpatient Unit. She received her
MS in Professional Counseling from Concordia University-Mequon and her BA in Psychology and in Social Welfare from UW-
Madison. She plans to continue providing mental health services within the community in an effort to prevent child abuse
Lana Nenide, MS, IMH-E (IV), Professional Development Director, Wisconsin Alliance for Infant Mental Health
Lana has a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and her main areas of
interest and expertise are infant and early childhood mental health (I/ECMH), social and emotional competence, child
temperament, and parenting. She was a Research Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Twin Laboratories on the
Genetics of Emotional Ontogeny project for 4 years, evaluating infant and toddler social-emotional development and
coding behavioral data. Since 2006, Lana has been overseeing professional development efforts at the Wisconsin Alliance
for Infant Mental Health. Her main responsibilities include facilitating the work of the Pyramid Model implementation,
developing and delivering workshops and seminars, providing consultation and technical assistance, coordinating grant
projects, supervising student-interns, and presenting infant and early childhood mental health issues at a variety of state
policy meetings. Lana is a graduate of the Napa Infant-Parent Mental Health Post Graduate Certificate Program.
Jean Nothnagel, MS, Outreach Specialist, Covering Kids and Families Wisconsin, UW-Madison
Jean Nothnagel is an Outreach Specialist for Covering Kids and Families (CKF), a statewide coalition dedicated to reducing
health disparities and improving overall health in Wisconsin by cultivating a network of informed individuals and
organizations who promote families’ participation in public health insurance programs. Jean is primarily engaged in school
based outreach activities in the southwestern corner of Wisconsin where school nurses, guidance counselors, Special
Education staff, and others have participated in training in BadgerCare+ basics and have access to outreach tools through
CKF. Jean has prior experience in the state health care financing arena as a clinical consultant in Health Care Program
Integrity for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) and also served the Wisconsin Birth to 3 Program at DHS.
Jean has a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Therapy and a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration.
Kevin O'Brien, LMFT, LCSW, Consultation Services Program Manager, Aurora Family Service
Kevin O’Brien has been serving youth and families for over 20 years as a psychotherapist and mental health consultant.
Kevin is grateful to have participated in the first cohort of the Infant, Early Childhood and Family Mental Health Certificate
program in Wisconsin last year.
Cailin O'Connor, MS, Consultant, Cailin O’Connor Consulting, LLC
Cailin O’Connor works as a consultant on a variety of projects related to children, youth, families, and prevention. She holds
a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a graduate certificate in Prevention and Intervention
Science from the UW–Madison. She is passionate about child abuse and neglect prevention and the promotion of positive
parenting and child well-being. Cailin has written a variety of reports and research briefs for policymakers and practitioners,
including “Adverse Childhood Experiences in Wisconsin: Findings from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey,” and “What
It Will Take: Investing in Wisconsin’s future by keeping kids safe today.” She also writes the National Alliance of Children’s
Trust and Prevention Funds’ "Research Review," an online, periodical review of current research related to child
maltreatment prevention. Cailin lives in Madison with her husband and daughter.
Tom Pease, Children’s Musician
Since 1980, Tom has been performing for children, families, and educators at schools, libraries, conferences, and
community events. He has recorded seven albums for kids and families and received many top awards for his music. Tom
lives in rural Amherst, Wisconsin with his wife, Louise, and their sons, Morgan and Broegy.
Bonnie Phernetton, Program Director, Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, Inc.
Bonnie has over twenty years of professional experience working with high risk families. The Healthy Families program is
one of the three gateway agencies in the Community Partnership for Children. As Director, Bonnie oversees a staff of home
visitors, assessment workers, supervisors, and program aides all dedicated to providing quality services to families. Bonnie
is currently involved in the Early Years Home Visitation Outcomes Project of Wisconsin, Impact Council for United Way of
Brown County, and the Green Bay Area Exchange Club.
Jan Piltz, BA, Healthy Beginnings Administrator, UW-Extension Healthy Beginnings Program Portage County
Jan has been employed by UW-Extension since 1999. She began her Extension career as a home visitor. In 2005 Jan
assumed the role of Program Administrator for Healthy Beginnings Portage County. Jan also coordinates the Wisconsin
Nutrition Education Program for Wood and Portage County. As a member of the Right From The Start Coalition, Jan and
the staff of Healthy Beginnings work with partnering agencies to ensure that families are supported "right from the start"!
Pence Revington, Med., National Trainer for Parents as Teachers, Child Development and Home Visitation Specialist,
UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension, Family Living Programs
Pence worked as a home visitor and program coordinator for the Verona Area School District from 1993-1999. She is a
National Trainer for Parents as Teachers and worked with the Bureau of Indian Affairs family support programs from 1994-
2005. Since 2004 she has served as child development and home visitation specialist with UW-Extension providing training
and technical assistance to establish best practice in home visitation programs.
Dave Riley, PhD, Rothermel-Bascom Professor, UW-Madison and UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension
Dr. Riley has authored 4 books, numerous scientific studies, and the Parenting the First Year newsletter series. He is a
parent and former Head Start teacher.
Ruth N. Schriefer, MS, Family Living Agent, UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension, Iowa County
Ruth is the Family Living Agent with UW-Extension in Iowa County. Her educational background includes a B.S. from UW-
Stout in Home Economics Education and a MS from UW-Milwaukee in Administrative Leadership/Adult Education. She
worked for UW-Extension in Manitowoc and Dane counties before transferring to Iowa County where she has been
educating and supporting families in financial education, parenting, and resources for families for 16 years.
Bev Schumacher, BS, CEO and Author, Learning Props
Bev Schumacher is passionate about building positive parent/family relationships that will support children in being school
ready and reaching their greatest learning potential. She entered the business world creating Learning Props LLC as a result
of seeing needs for resources to engage families. From door hangers, to learning games, to bilingual books her current goal
is to provide educators props to connect with families. As Co-author of A Menu for Successful Parent and Family
Involvement she hopes her ideas and encouragement will help educators be partners with families. Bev has been a
classroom educator. In addition, she has served as a Parent Involvement Coordinator visiting families in their homes as well
as providing center based support. She is a resident of Racine with roots In the Appleton/Green Bay area as well as years
enjoying the Steven Point, Darlington, and Baraboo areas.
Lisa Seidl-Gafner, Family Advocate, Early Head Start: Dane County Parent Council, Inc.
Lisa has a Bachelor of Social Work and is working on a Master of Social Work through UW-Madison. Lisa is currently a
Family Advocate for Early Head Start.
Karen Showers, MS, Education Director, Counseling and Support Services, Wisconsin Technical College System
Karen Showers is the Education Director for Counseling and Student Services (11 years) for the Wisconsin Technical College
System. She holds a MS in Guidance and Counseling from UW-Whitewater, specializing in adult career development. Karen
has 13 years’ experience implementing career development services for returning adult students including single parents,
displaced homemakers, adult basic education students, and re-careering adults in a technical college setting. Karen has also
been an early childhood teacher and childcare center director. Professional affiliations include the Association for Career
and Technical Education, the National and Wisconsin Career Development Associations, and the National Alliance for
Partnerships in Equity. Karen and her husband live in Beloit, and they have two grown children.
Erin Streeter, MSW, Family Advocate, Early Head Start: Dane County Parent Council, Inc.
Erin graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a Master of Social Work. Erin has been working with Early Head Start for 6 years as a
Mary Vilmo, Interim Student Services Program Manager, UW HELP, UW-Extension,
Division of Continuing and Online Education
Mary Vilmo is the Interim Director of UW HELP, a UW System and UW-Extension office that provides educational advising
for all 26 campuses in the UW System. She holds a MS in College Student Personnel from UW-La Crosse. Mary has taught
both middle school and high school students but has spent most of her career in higher education student services
including 10 years at UW-La Crosse. Professional affiliations include American Association of Collegiate Registrars and
Admission Officers (AACRAO), Wisconsin Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (WACRAO), National
Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), and Wisconsin Association of College Admission Counseling
(WACAC). Mary lives in Verona with her husband and has two grown daughters.