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Toward One Wisconsin Network Public Members

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Jeff Amstutz

A2Z: The Agency
Appleton, WI

Erika Anna

Department of Nutritional Sciences @ UW-Madison
Madison, WI

Jessa Bokhoven

Marathon County Health Department
Wausau, WI

Jeff is an award-winning, seasoned marketing professional with more than 25 years of experience. He started A2Z in 2005. Jeff and his team have quickly built a diverse, global clientele. Jeff has a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism with an emphasis in graphic design & marketing from Ball State University. Jeff is proud to call Greater Appleton his home and is deeply ingrained in the community. He recently joined the Board of Directors of the Fox Cities Chamber and Write On, Door County. He also served as a past president of the Board of Directors for the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys spending time with his husband Chad, family and friends. Jeff and Chad love spending time in their “happy place,” Door County.

Erika Anna is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist by training and works as Teaching Faculty within the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her responsibilities include instruction and public health and community nutrition outreach.

Public Health Educator at the Marathon County Health Department.

Tifene Brown

Department of Corrections
Madison, WI

Demi Jo Carr

Covid Response & Recovery Team (CRRT) WI Department of Health Services
Milwaukee, WI

Saul Castillo

Wisconsin Laborers’ Apprenticeship and Training Fund
DeForest, WI

From Milwaukee to Beijing as a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) undergraduate, then to Ferguson, MO, as a master’s student at UWM, Demi Jo Carr is carving out a uniquely relevant research path. On the advice of professors who encouraged Demi Jo to ground her research in the community near her childhood home in Milwaukee’s Lincoln Creek neighborhood, Carr was one of the first students enrolled in UWM’s Sustainable Peacebuilding master’s program. At university, Demi Jo, learned the importance of weaving lived experience as a cultural anthropologist, with expertise in systems thinking, community organizing, and gun violence prevention. In 2016, Demi Jo pursued a Ph.D. in the Public and Community Health doctoral program at the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Institute for Health & Equity, deciding to part with the program to pursue other opportunities in public health. Demi Jo Carr is currently the Health Equity Specialist for COVID-19 testing on the COVID-19 Rapid Response Team (CRRT) at the Department of Health Services. In recognition for her service during the COVID-19 Pandemic, Demi Jo is a recipient of a 2022 Health Services Hero certificate.

Saul Castillo is the Director of Outreach and Equity for the Wisconsin Laborers’ Apprenticeship and Training Fund in DeForest, Wisconsin. He works statewide to create structured programs and pathways to the Laborers Apprenticeship Program. He has a passion for reducing the barriers to entry into the trades for underrepresented populations. Prior to this role, Saul held various positions at Madison Area Technical College including; working with Early College Programs to create pathways from high school to college, serving as an Operations Manager, and finally as Interim Associate Dean with the construction apprenticeship and Construction and Remodeling programs. In addition to his roles with Madison College, Saul brings industry experience from his time as an Industrial Pipefitter apprentice at General Motors, in Janesville. Saul holds a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. As a first-generation Latino college student, he uses his other personal educational experiences, including having attended a two-year college (UW-Rock County), a traditional four-year university (UW-Madison), an online graduate School (Northern Arizona University), and three different technical colleges (Gateway, Blackhawk, MATC-Madison) to help guide others on their path through life. Furthermore, he understands the work of the non-profit sector through work with charitable organizations throughout the years, including having served on the board for Worker Justice Wisconsin, and president of the board for the Workers’ Rights Center in Madison. Twice, he has been a part of United Way of Dane County work groups (Latino Advisory Delegation and Delegation to Improve Behavioral Health). It is his mission to improve the lives of those in our communities, whether it be a step into a lifelong career or a first step in a longer journey.

Cheryl Champion

Insight Counseling
Duluth, MN

Amanda Charais

ThedaCare Family of Foundations
Fox Cities, WI

Aj Clauss

Western Technical College
Sparta, WI

AJ Clauss holds a Masters of Business Administration from Viterbo University, with an emphasis in Ethical Leadership, and a Master of Science in Education focusing on College Student Development and Administration from UW-La Crosse. Currently, AJ serves as the Equity & Inclusion Coordinator at Western Technical College. They previously worked as the Programming Coordinator for the Research & Resource Center for Campus Climate, co-advisor to the SEEDs program (social justice peer education), ATP (Awareness through Performance), and the Native American Student Association at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Travis Coenen

Village of Wrightstown
Wrightstown, WI

Aneisha Denson

Milwaukee Area Technical College
Milwaukee, WI

Richard Downey

Assistant City Administrator, City of Altoona
Altoona, WI

Community leader trying to make a difference in the community.

I am a local government professional with over twenty years of experience. I have worked in multiple states and now call Wisconsin home. I know that the road to inclusion, diversity, and equality is just that, a journey. Every day I know I make progress on that journey; somedays I move backward, and some days forward.

Latanya Dukes

Human Service Area Coordinator
Milwaukee, WI

Stacy Eslick

Wisconsin School Counselor Association

Araceli Esparaza

Midwest Mujeres
Madison, WI

Our vision is for Wisconsin to be the model for excellence in equitable school counseling practice, exemplified by the advocacy, leadership, and expertise of the members of the WSCA. WSCA’s Goals (ENDS) The Wisconsin School Counselor Association exists so there are conditions enabling Wisconsin School Counselors to practice with the highest level of effectiveness using an equity lens to the extent that justifies available resources. 1. School counselors (active and pre-service) have the knowledge necessary for effective school counseling practices to develop, implement, and evaluate comprehensive school counseling programs. -School Counselors have the knowledge about current ethical and professional practices and their application. -School counselors are knowledgeable about trends in school counseling and education. -School counselors are knowledgeable about leadership and advocacy principles. -School counselors are knowledgeable about equitable and culturally responsive practices. 2. Key Stakeholders (including but not limited to) school administrators, policy makers, and community members will understand the impact made by the school counselor implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.

Midwest Mujeres (Midwest Women) is a mentorship collective for multicultural women’s entrepreneurial or career growth. We focus on networking, mentoring, marketing, and building nonprofit organizations serving issues like health, wellness, the arts, consultant/freelance work, and social justice issues.

M. Fluno

Langlade County Health Department
Antigo, WI

Patty Hoeft

Oneida Judiciary
Oneida, WI

Everett Grady

Pathways in Motion

Everett Grady grew up in the Jacksonville, Illinois area. Later graduated with a B.S. in Construction Management from Illinois State University in 1986. Grady, was with Abbott Laboratories for 20 years where he held several positions with responsibilities in facilities management, engineering, project management, site engineering, and capital planning management. Everett E. Grady was Director of Infrastructure Site Master Planning and Engineering support for Abbott’s Global Pharmaceutical Operations. Multi-talented in developing strong working environment and consistently exceeds all goals. Has developed the reputation as the “go to person” for many difficult and diverse tasks requiring top-level decision-making. In 2006, Grady was appointed to the United States Olympic Committee with responsibility for the engineering and venue development team supporting Chicago’s bid for the 2016 Summer Olympics. October 2009, Grady attended the IOC presentation with President Obama in Copenhagen Denmark. Losing the bid for the summer games to Rio Grady went on to launch a software start-up company: KAEGEM, Corp. KAEGEM Corp. operates RecruitMeToday, a recruiting software hosting job recruiting videos, and providing video services for employer branding. The platform specializing in trade skills that are received by high school student in Career Technology and Education (CTE) programs. Grady, also serves as managing board member for Pathways in Motion, a non-profit organization focused on workforce development and working hard to keep America’s diverse workforce educated and engaged. Through a strong network of community services, eligible participants are provided key opportunities needed to further their education or obtain jobs in today’s competitive labor market. Grady served on the boards for Waukegan, Illinois Youthbuild, Lake County Youth Conservation Corp., Willow House, Lake County United Way, and the Habitat for Humanity.

Bethany Hoffman

Church Mutual
Wausau, WI

Rebecca Hopkins

Western Technical College
La Crosse, WI

Susan House

Oneida Nation
Oneida, WI

Dr. Rebecca Hopkins is a professional educator and academic administrator with 18 years in higher education, as well as experience in K-12 teaching, and state government. Dr. Hopkins’ areas of expertise are teaching and learning, teacher preparation, equity and inclusion, program development, student success, and partnerships. Dr. Hopkins currently serves as the Associate Dean of Learner Support and Transition at Western Technical College in Wisconsin, helping oversee the alternative high school, Adult Basic Education, developmental education, ELL, re-entry programming in partnership with four area jails, the Learning Commons and library services, as well as “just in time” embedded support ensuring best practices across the College for student success. Prior to this, Dr. Hopkins was the Dean of Education at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for 12 years. Dr. Hopkins has strong local, regional, and international experience having participated on state teacher preparation evaluation teams, led program development including consulting internationally, and has leadership experience in accreditation (program specific and institutional level) both regionally and internationally.

Susan House, Ph.D., (Oneida) is a lifelong champion for the minority communities. Susan is from Oneida Nation, Wisconsin and is proud to represent her people and other first nation people and support the needs of minorities.

Lisa Humenik

United Way of Wisconsin
Madison, WI

Therese Izzo Nemec

Fox Valley Technical College
Appleton, WI

Patricia Johnson

WI Dept. of Workforce Development – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Milwaukee and Racine, WI

Patti Johnson earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology/Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of WI-Milwaukee. She is a graduate of the National Rehabilitation Leadership Institute in California. Throughout her career, Patti has provided employment services to individuals with disabilities and the businesses who want to benefit from their talent. She joined the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) in 2006, and leads DVR’s Business Services area. She is responsible for developing and sustaining positive, productive partnerships with business partners.

Chantel Kilmer

Department of Workforce Development – Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Madison, WI

Maggie Koch

Bellin Health
Green Bay, WI

Todd Kuckkahn

Plover, WI

Chantel Kilmer joined DVR-WI in 2021. She has a background in business development, marketing and sales-and has worked in the California wine industry. Chantel has served as an interpreter for individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. Currently, she is the DVR Business Services Consultant in the South-Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Area. Chantel works with WI businesses to learn about challenges they experience attracting and retaining an engaged, productive, and happy team that truly has a sense of belonging. She has recently presented on the challenges and opportunities that exist with many generations in the workforce. Chantel often shares that she really enjoys assisting employers recruit from DVR’s diverse talent pool, developing retention strategies in partnership with employers, and training teams on the subjects of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She whole-heartedly feels she has the best job in DWD/DVR!

I am on a mission to revolutionize corporate leadership and culture. I am proud to be certified as a DEI instructor, as well as a DISC consultant, speaker, and coach. My speaking has taken me outside of the country and I have written articles internationally as well. You can find more about me at www.toddkuckkahn.com or on social media channels.

Greta Lax

Greta Lax LLC
Appleton, WI

Jacqueline Lee

UW-River Falls
River Falls, WI

Mai Lo Lee

UW-Green Bay
Green Bay & Appleton, WI

Greta A. Lax, M.S.,CDP®, is a coach, consultant, and facilitator specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), with a passion for providing professional development and support that helps leaders, other coaches, consultants, and DEI practitioners, be more confident and effective in this work. She brings a unique mix of training and experience in corporate, education, and research spanning multiple industries and disciplines, an educational foundation in industrial organizational psychology, and a lens deeply informed by more than a decade working for and alongside historically marginalized communities. Today she helps others understand and expand their lens on the world, developing tools and skills so they can more successfully navigate differences and improve their own outcomes with colleagues, employees, clients, and customers.

Raised in Central Wisconsin. Educator at Heart. Community Partner. Higher Education Professional.

Maikou Lor

UW-River Falls
River Falls, WI

Niki Lucht

Wood County Health Department
Wood County, WI

Melissa Meyler-Warlow

Riverstone Counseling and Crisis Services
Milwaukee, WI

My background in education and psychology shapes my holistic approach of helping the clients in our care. I incorporate Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), YoungStar, and past coursework into teaching our community the importance of developing emotional regulation skills, self-confidence, and a positive mindset. I know that our work at Riverstone makes a difference and it’s work worth doing.

Kelly Mulder

Medical College of Wisconsin – Central WI
Wausau, WI

Edwin Nyakoe-Nyasani

Milwaukee After Hours Amigos Rotary Club
Milwaukee, WI

Katie Olson

Appleton, WI

My name is Edwin Nyakoe-Nyasani. I am an immigrant born and raised in Kenya, East Africa. Currently, I work in Public Health for The WI Dept of Health Services in the office of health informatics as a health records coordinator. As the Health Reports Coordinator, I report to and work under the general supervision of the Informatics Architecture Section/PHIN Unit and is responsible for project coordination and business requirements gathering and analysis for existing and anticipated new public health data systems. I am also a member of the Health Equity Advisory Team and Health Equity and Diversity Council. In my private time, I work with my local Rotary Club on community projects to improve the vitality and health of our communities.

Social justice advocate. I fight for gun violence prevention, mental health access, equity, etc. Opinions are my own. I strive to use my strong racial-justice and anti-oppression foundation to work effectively in partnership with people most impacted by societal marginalization and injustice.

Natalie Oostenbrug

Outagamie County
Outagamie County, WI

Britanie Peaslee

Rainbow Hospice Care, Inc.
Jefferson, WI

Claire Piehowski

Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation
Milwaukee, WI

Natalie Oostenbrug is Outagamie County’s first Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer and has 4+ years of experience in advocating for and increasing awareness around marginalized communities. She has a passion for tailoring education to meet individuals and teams where they are currently at in their understandings. We all start somewhere! As Outagamie County’s DEI Officer, she hopes to continually find ways to show appreciation and recognition to our Employees as they diligently work to serve our local communities.

Brittany Pyatt

Girl Scouts
Green Bay, WI

Kari Reyburn

Western Technical College
La Crosse, WI

Marianne Rosen

Department of Children and Families
Madison, WI

Director of Equity, Inclusion, & Community Engagement

I serve as the Policy Initiatives Advisor for Wisconsin’s Division of Family and Economic Security. Over the past five years, I’ve become increasingly involved in efforts to support and advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, including serving as the Vice-Chair and Chair of the Department of Children and Families’ Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee, as a Lead on the Division’s Equity and Inclusion Advisory Panel, as a facilitator for departmental equity training, and as member of the Safe and Respectful Workplace workgroup. I welcome opportunities to connect and collaborate with others committed to this critical work!

Kristen Ruhl

Milwaukee, WI

Lyssa Seefeldt

Extension Eau Claire County
Altoona, WI

Shamani Shikwambi

UW – River Falls
River Falls, WI

Dairy and Livestock Agent. Educator. Agriculture Enabler. Lyssa is the Extension Dairy and Livestock Agent in Eau Claire County. She works with agriculture industry partners to provide dairy and livestock programs relevant to farmers. Lyssa earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in animal science from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and South Dakota State University respectively. Lyssa is interested in collaborating with partners around agriculture DEI work, continuing to expand knowledge about where agriculture and DEI intersect, and exploring where partnerships could help everyone move Toward One Wisconsin.

Currently serving as the Executive Director of Student Success and Senior Diversity Officer for the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.

Laurice Snyder

Fond du Lac School District
Fond du Lac, WI

Jeffrey Todd

First Presbyterian Church of Wausau; Wausau Free Clinic
Wausau, WI

Monica Tucker

Department of Children and Families
Milwaukee, WI

For over 35 years, Laurice has been fighting oppression and inequity. For the first 20 years it was personal, fighting for basic survival through poverty, hunger, homelessness due to domestic violence and the quandary of racial identity. For the past decade and a half, it’s also been professional, leading work that disrupts systems of racism and oppression in schools and communities. She currently serves as the District Coordinator for Equity for the Fond du Lac School District where she leads the development and implementation of an equity framework that advances the academic success for all students. Prior to this position, she spent four years serving as the Diversity Relations Manager and Equal Opportunity Officer-Student for Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, WI. Laurice has successfully built the capacity for cultural responsiveness in the community in many ways. Her most recent initiative has been co-founding The Humanity Project: Telling the untold story which is the first-ever community conversation in Fond du Lac focused on exposing the histories of people of color in the United States. It’s a year-long project that brings individuals together with the purpose of gaining a racial understanding about themselves and the people around them. Laurice facilitates the use of protocols and conditions that isolate race in personal and immediate ways while also focusing on efforts to reduce the devastating impact of systemic racism. Laurice also established a District Equity Leadership Team, which engages district administrators, community members, and parents to develop racial conscious and culturally relevant practices that reduce racial disparities in achievement. A Green Bay native, Laurice graduated from Green Bay West High School in 2001. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and Spanish, with an emphasis in social work from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2005 and a Masters Degree in Cultural Foundations in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2012. She has served as a National AmeriCorps Volunteer in Upstate New York, a Boys & Girls Club program director and YMCA family camp director. Laurice is passionate about creating a society where every individual is validated for who they are and not marginalized for who they are not. Laurice lives in Fond du Lac, WI and is married with three children.

Ka Vang

City of Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI

Kristin Vogel

Milwaukee County Office of Equity
Milwaukee, WI

Lora Warner

UW – Green Bay
Green Bay, WI

EDI Coordinator

Kaylynn Winegar

Eau Claire Area Chamber
Eau Claire, WI

Trina Woldt

Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
Oshkosh, WI

Dang Yang

Marshfield Clinic
Eau Claire, WI

Kaylynn Winegar is the VP of Workforce Initiatives at the Eau Claire Area Chamber. She currently leads over 25 employer workforce initiatives to solve workforce challenges for small, medium and large business owners. Through her passion for service to the community, Kaylynn continually looks for opportunities to make an impact.

Currently Director of Leadership Oshkosh for the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce. Professionally worked in marketing and advertising for over 30 years most recently as Chief Marketing Officer for Jewelers Mutual Insurance in Neenah, Wisconsin. Trina serves as the board President for the Paine Art Center and Gardens and the Bellhaven Homeowners’ Association. She grew up in Oshkosh and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Her community service work has been both on a local and global level. Trina incorporated social responsibility into her corporate career early on. Most notably, she was recognized in 2017 as a finalist for the U.S. Chief Marketing Officer award for Social Responsibility and received the United State’s President’s Volunteer Service Award for her dedicated service to UNICEF.

I’m a passionate and people-focused professional with an emphasis in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). As a DEI practitioner, trainer, and researcher, I am interested in developing and implementing support services and resources that serve communities from historically excluded populations. As a diversity, equity, and inclusion practitioner and trainer, I am interested in supporting individuals, organizations, agencies, and teams with their own DEI efforts.

Nicole Yang

Lakeshore Technical College
Cleveland, OH

Emily Zachary

Platteville School District: Inclusion Advocate
Platteville, WI

Manager of Access, Equity, & Inclusion at Lakeshore Technical College. * Accommodation Services * Cuturally informed guidance and support to help BIPoC and ELL students navigate college and enhance their Lakeshore Experience. * Trainings and workshops on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion * Equal Education Opportunity Officer

I am an educator and DEIB Specialist working in k-12 education in the fields of instructional coaching, educational leadership, mentorship, and DE&I solutions. I have broad experience in leading for equity in educational and organizational settings.

Updates from T1W Members

Araceli Esparza – Midwest Mujeres

My name is Araceli Esparza, I’m the founder of a new organization called Midwest Mujeres. Our mission is to reduce the income inequalities for women. We are a mentorship program that connects, guides, and mentors Latinas and other Black and Brown women on business opportunities, online education, and presentation skills.

Midwest Mujeres Collective program is a mentorship program that teaches Latinas and other women self-empowerment storytelling skills, and how they can create or expand their own platform and use social marketing for social issues like health, wellness, career development, domestic violence, and other social justice issues…

…We recently received the United Way micro-investment grant. This was a special distinction because as a new Latina lead organization, often we are not afforded the cosigning from established organizations…

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As Outagamie County’s first diversity, equity and inclusion officer, Natalie Oostenbrug aims to give all employees a voice

Natalie Oostenbrug.

APPLETON – Outagamie County’s first diversity, equity and inclusion officer aims to make all county employees feel they have a voice and to help make the county staff more reflective of the increasingly diverse community it serves.

“I think that a lot of people feel that they don’t have a voice. They don’t have representation,” Natalie Oostenbrug told The Post-Crescent. “Being able to give them a voice is just so valuable. That I get to do it in a place I have always called home is just icing on the cake.”

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