A letter from the for her years of dedicated service to
(V/W Coordinator, Wood Co.) and
Stephanie Jens (V/W Coordinator,
President …. A luncheon honoring Chris will be
Outagamie Co.) and Penny Werner
(V/W Coordinator, Fond du Lac Co.)
held on Thursday, April 18 . whose terms had expired, however,
Mark your calendars! Stephanie was elected Secretary and
The conference brochure with Penny was re-elected to the position
th registration information should be sent of regional representative. We are
soon, so get your registration in early! happy to have their continued
Wisconsin Victim/Witness experience.
Professionals Welcome & Congratulations! I
will host their annual training would like to take this opportunity to Help Needed! Having been elected
conference. „officially‟ welcome Kathy Zupan to Vice President of the Association, the
her new position with the Department regional representative (term expiring
The conference will be held at the of Justice. I believe we are fortunate to 2002) position held by Kathy Senn
Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells. have someone with such knowledge (V/W Coordinator, Douglas Co.) is
and experience! Kathy has already vacant. Since no one ran for the
If you have never been to this facility, shown us that she will continue to vacancy for the term that expired in
it is truly awesome! It is a 300 plus work closely with our association and 2001, Glenna Davis (V/W
room hotel with a Northwoods theme the professionals who staff the Coordinator, Vilas Co.) was re-
and every amenity you could ask for, victim/witness programs throughout appointed to that position.
including the nation‟s largest four story Wisconsin!
indoor water park with three swimming In November, I had sent an e-mail to
pools, ten water slides and two Your WVWP Board of Directors! I everyone in that region asking for
whirlpools! If your would like more would also like to take this opportunity volunteers.
information, I encourage you to visit to congratulate the individuals recently
their web site at: elected to the Wisconsin No one came forward at that time, so
www.greatwolflodge.com Victim/Witness Professionals due to Kathy‟s “promotion”, I am again
You will be truly impressed! Board of Directors. In a world where begging members who may be
none of us know what “being caught interested.
Aside from a beautiful facility, your up with our work” means, serving on
WVWP Board, under the direction of the board is a tremendous sacrifice of
time. Elsewhere in this publication Please contact me at your
Heather Havlik-Simonson (who has earliest convenience if you
you will find those who were recently
graciously agreed to continue to serve
as conference chairperson) has put
elected and those currently serving can at all find it in yourself to
terms. I look forward to working with give a little back to an
together a stellar agenda, including
two national presenters who will be organization that works so
addressing the issues of ‘Vicarious hard for you!
Many thanks! With the election of
Trauma’ and ‘Promoting Tolerance
new board members, it is also time to
in an Intolerable World’. We will (Hey, if it wasn‟t important, I wouldn‟t
say farewell and thank you to those
also have a session on ‘Dealing with ask..)
whose terms have expired. I would
High Profile Media Cases’ and, like to recognize: Heather Havlik-
naturally, a presentation of uncertain (FYI: The Northern Region consists of
Simonson (V/W Coordinator,
origination by Dave Perlman. the following counties: Douglas,
Richland Co.) who had served as
Vice-President; Shelly Sturdevant Bayfield, Ashland, Iron, Vilas, Oneida,
We will also dedicate part of our Price, Washburn and Burnett).
(V/W Coordinator, Rock Co.) who had
conference time to honor Chris Nolan
served as Secretary; and regional
representatives: Trisha Anderson Until next time, take care...
Friday, November 2, 2001 bring suggested language to the next WVWP Board Membership, Contact
Wisconsin Victim Witness meeting.
Professionals Board Meeting
Information, and term length
State Crime Lab 2002 Conference: The Great Wolf WVWP Board President:
Wausau, Wisconsin Lodge was chosen as the site for the Patricia Krueger (2002)
conference, which will be held on April (715) 748-1450
Present: Patricia Krueger, Jen Miller, 17-19, 2002. Topics and other
Kathy Senn, Nancy Bourne, Gloria conference business was discussed. WVWP Board Vice President
Christensen, Glenna Davis, Roxie Kathryn Senn (2003)
Scheel, Heather Simonson. The next WVWP meeting will be on (715) 395-1455
January 18 at the Great Wolf Lodge.
WVWP Board Secretary
President Patricia Krueger called the Heather Simonson moved that the
Stephanie Jens (2003)
meeting to order at 10:20 a.m. WVWP pay for the board to stay at the
Lodge the night of January 17 for
Minutes from June 14, 2001 were conference planning activities. Gloria WVWP Board Treasurer:
reviewed. Heather Simonson moved seconded the motion; motion Gloria Christenson (2002)
to approve the minutes, and Kathy approved. (715) 468-4675
Senn seconded the motion. Minutes Northern Representatives:
approved. Old Business: Feedback about the
Restorative Justice Conference, as To be announced (2002)
The Treasurer’s Report for January well as the working document from it,
– April, 2001 was presented. Jen were emailed to all members. DOJ is Glenna Davis (2003)
Miller moved to approve the report, working on restorative justice (715) 479-3614
and Roxie Scheel seconded. Report guidelines and will be incorporating
our document into their Northwest Representatives:
recommendations. Nancy Bourne (2002)
Membership: We have
approximately 130 members. New Business: The OCVS state Carol Day (2003)
conference will be October 21-23, (715) 839-4795
Elections: Patricia Krueger handed 2002 at the Kalahari Resort in the
Dells. Northeast Representatives:
out the ballot form and bios that were Sheree Repinski (2002)
sent out. The vacancy in the northern The OCVS Professional Development
Course was discussed and tabled until (715) 526-4919
region was discussed. Kathy Senn
recommended that the length of the next year, in the hopes that Carol Day Geri Heinz (2003)
term be listed on future ballot forms. can assist with it. (715) 261-1111
Jen Miller suggested that existing
Speakers Bureau: A discussion was Southeast Representatives:
board members and terms, not up for
held regarding establishing a Jen Miller (2002)
election, be attached to the ballot as (262) 548-7071
well. speaker‟s bureau. Jen Miller will
maintain a roster of interested, Penny Werner (2003)
Advocacy Awards: No report. potential speakers. (920) 929-7049
Jen Miller suggested that restitution Southwest Representatives:
Standing Rules: There was a
and V/W state funding be topics for Karen Rengert (2002)
discussion of redistricting the regions (608) 269-8881
– this will need to be discussed at the the next agenda.
April meeting. Kathy Senn will work Gayle Patraw (2003)
on suggestions for redistricting. Gloria Christensen made a motion to (608) 326-0299
Patricia Krueger mentioned that we adjourn the meeting, and Roxie
might want to consider a chain of Scheel seconded. The meeting was
command for the presidency; she will adjourned at 1:00 p.m.
The Resource Good news!
Connection Just a thought..
The Office of Crime Victim
Have you ever wondered what Speaker’s Bureau Services is... again... offering
happens to all the old cellular phones quarterly Regional meetings to
out there in our world? Due to popular demand, WVWP Wisconsin Victim/Witness Service
is working toward establishing Providers as a way to
I expected that all they did was plug a “Speaker’s Bureau.” disseminate updated information
up a landfill leaching hazardous waste necessary to our work as well as
into the environment until I stumbled Ideally, The Wisconsin a tried-n-true method of
across this nifty little website at networking to brainstorm
WWW.Free-Cell-Phones.org set up Victim/Witness Assistance
emerging trends and the
to recycle those old phones for the Service Speakers Bureau will
difficulties that often accompany
benefit of victims of domestic violence. offer community groups across
the need to adapt to those
Wisconsin a rich resource of trends.
In addition to raising money for speakers with insights on
organizations that assist victims of issues of interest pertaining to Who can we thank for this? Why,
domestic violence, the site's mission is Kathy Zupan, of course. The
to publicize local businesses and the provision of services to
crime victims in the state of new Director of Victim Services
organizations that collect used cell
Wisconsin. for the Office of Crime Victim
phones for redistribution to battered
Services of the Wisconsin
women. The phones are refurbished
and reprogrammed to dial 911. The demand is clearly out Department of Justice.
there, we just need to work on Just in case you missed the brief
In Wisconsin cellular phones may be the supply... biography that accompanied the
dropped off at;
announcement of her acceptance
If anyone is interested in to this position we are including
Milwaukee speaking on different topics an excerpt from the 10-18-01
Lincoln Professional Center
10401 W. Lincoln Avenue - Excel related to Victim/Witness announcement to all
Communications Suite 211 services, and has some Victim/Witness Professionals
Or experience doing so, please from Kitty Kocol, Executive
Saukville contact Jen Miller at; Director of the Office of Crime
Cole Family Consignment$, LLC 262-548-7075. Victim Services;
655 N. Riverside Drive
“Kathy began providing
Or Let her know your area of
services to crime victims in
You can always send Cellular phones expertise/interest and any time 1981. She has an
to the national collection point at
or travel limitations that she undergraduate degree in
Free-Cell-Phones.org should be aware of before she social work from UW-Eau
3104 East Camelback #205 starts fielding and filling our Claire and worked as a
Phoenix, AZ 85016 many requests for speakers. juvenile probation officer in
St. Croix County. She worked
Pretty cool huh? Increase victim safety I think it should go without in Rochester, Minnesota as a
and save the environment at the same saying that we hope to hear victim/witness specialist for
time.... from MANY of you soon... more than five years, after
which, she moved to Ohio and
earned a Master’s in
Education with a counseling
specialization from the Who are We? Try to explain why the system gives
University of Dayton. Kathy the offenders so many breaks
provided sexual abuse We are victim advocates… And we are the buffer for the
prevention education for But, who are we? attorneys and the courts
Planned Parenthood of Miami
Valley for about three years. We are the unheard voice of victims The anger and frustration bounces off
Upon her return to Wisconsin We struggle to bring the reality and of us…not them
in 1991, Kathy became a horror of crime into a political, legal We give the hugs, the Kleenex, and
Victim/Witness Coordinator in and bureaucratic system… the pats on the back
Rock County, where she
worked until early 1993. She A system that works with statistics While they are fed to the defense
then joined the Office of and volume and the bottom line. attorneys like a piece of meat to a
Crime Victim Services in the A system that doesn’t want to see the pack of wolves
Wisconsin Department of victims’ face and only deals with them The “Right” to be treated and dignity
Justice and initiated the when they are forced to, and then and respect?…if your lucky.
Victim Resource Center. poorly.
And what do we do with all of this?
Kathy is looking forward to We see the grief, feel the pain and
the opportunity to support hold the hand of hurt. We put in long hours, internalize the
victim service professionals emotions, and push on.
We see the blood, the bruises, the
and is excited about We feel helpless and small, like an ant
face of death.
partnering with climbing a mountain.
victim/witness coordinators We hear the anguish, the despair and
and other service providers to the loss. We try to keep form being sucked into
better assist victims of the vacuum of the emotionless
We know the intimate and graphic process
details of a sexual assault, a homicide,
a battery to the point that we can We try not to admit our weakness,
hide that tear that slips out and keep
Judicial Joke almost visualize it, smell it and feel it.
our chin up
And we don’t get away from it…every
of the Moment day, it’s another horror Today I felt like a child who spent
hours building a sand castle only to
There is an opinion out there And we steel ourselves from emotion have a big bully come and knock it
so we can be strong down.
that the American Criminal
Justice System and computers Strong for the victim who needs our I feel defeated and angry.
support, our strength
have been proliferating at But I won’t give up.
about the same rate of speed Strong for ourselves so we can be
there for the next victim Tomorrow I’ll build another sandcastle
since 1970... and maybe only the water will wash it
We feed them the coldness of the away slowly and I won’t feel so bad.
The difference seems to be system and try to make it warm
that the computers have Try to explain how everyone is “doing Author: Carol Day - Coordinator
gotten twice as smart and half the best they can” Eau Claire County
as expensive every eighteen Try to explain why the offender has (Written after a meeting with a county
more rights than they do
months. board committee)
details of a sexual assault, a homicide, We try not to admit our weakness, hide
a battery to the point that we can that tear that slips out and keep our
Judicial Joke almost visualize it, smell it and feel it. chin up
of the Moment
Today I felt like a child who spent
hours building a sand castle only to
have a big bully come and knock it
I feel defeated and angry.
But I won’t give up.
Tomorrow I’ll build another sandcastle
and maybe only the water will wash it
away slowly and I won’t feel so bad.
Author: Ca rol D a y - Coordina tor
E a u Cla ire County
V ictim/ W itne ss Assista nce
(Written after a meeting with a county