Paul Leverenz, President & CEO
As President and CEO of Easterseals Wisconsin, Paul is responsible for carrying out the mission and objectives of the agency while working collaboratively with Board members and management staff. Before being named CEO in September 2020, Paul held various leadership positions within the agency. He is known best for his deep commitment to the clients served through Easterseals Wisconsin and has spent much of his career leading the agency’s nationally honored FARM Program since its inception in 1989. During that time, Paul was Director of the program for 10 years before becoming Vice President of FARM and Vocational Services for the next 18 years. In that role he oversaw outreach activities, on-site assessments, and business plans for the department which also encompassed Self-Employment Services and the Disability HelpLine of Outagamie County. Along with those responsibilities, he served as liaison to the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and AgrAbility of Wisconsin. During his career with Easterseals Wisconsin, Paul has developed a strong sense of leadership and understanding of the intricacies of nonprofit management and looks forward to leading the agency and serving its clients in this new capacity.
Sandee Horn, Executive Assistant
Email Sandee, 608.237.1449
As Executive Assistant, Sandee provides administrative support for the CEO, Board of Directors, and Development Director. She assists with database management, agency events, and provides support for our Friends programs, Development events, Community Health Charities, and national corporate sponsor initiatives. Sandee, a Wisconsin native who has lived most of her life in Madison and south-central Wisconsin, joined Easterseals Wisconsin in 2015.
Lorrie Greene, Technology Support Specialist
Email Lorrie, 608.237.1567
Lorrie joined Easterseals Wisconsin staff in 2016, she supports agency technology needs, and is responsible for help desk and agency network, server, hardware and software support. She also makes purchases seeking in-kind donations of software and plans for IT needs in conjunction with management staff. Lorrie has 20 years experience in small-medium business IT software/hardware installation, troubleshooting, training, and support.
Camp and Respite Programs
Our experienced camp staff is dedicated to making our camps safe, fun, and exciting places to be and is essential to making Camp Wawbeek and Respite Camp the best choice for children and adults with disabilities.
Carissa Peterson, CTRS, Vice President, Camp & Respite Services
Email Carissa, 608.237.1575
Carissa is responsible for the enhancement and expansion of Easterseals Wisconsin Camps and facilities, long-term revitalization including capital projects and campaigns, and the development of statewide service club support. She explores new revenue sources for camp programs and facilities and works to secure state funding. She develops policies and procedures to ensure quality and cost effective camp programs, provides oversight of on-site camp management, and supervises Camp Wawbeek and Respite Camp Directors, along with the Volunteer and Nursing Coordinators. Carissa also oversees Veterans Family Camp, rentals, and year-round facility use, and develops new program initiatives. She joined Easterseals Wisconsin in 2009.
Anna Chambers, Respite Camp Director
Email Anna, 608.254.2502
Anna joined Easterseals Wisconsin as the Respite Camp Director in August 2021. With a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Anna joins us from her last Camp Director position with Easterseals Central California at Camp Harmon. Before graduating from Metropolitan State University of Denver, Anna completed her Therapeutic Recreation internship with The National Ability Center in Park City, Utah where she assisted with implementing adaptive programs such as biking, climbing, horseback riding, archery and skiing. Originally from Colorado, Anna loves to spend her free time with her dog in nature as well as ski, backpack, camp and bike. Anna is excited to join the Easterseals Wisconsin team and is eager to make connections with our campers and staff!
Alex Peters, Camp Wawbeek Director
Email Alex, 608.254.8319
Alex joined Easterseals Wisconsin in December 2016. He first volunteered at camp in 2010, served as an AmeriCorps member in 2012, and has been the Ropes Course Director since 2013. He has also arranged camper trips, worked with Transitions Camp sessions, and served as Dietary Aide for campers with special dietary needs. Alex grew up in Menasha and attended UW-Milwaukee. He is excited to be back at Camp Wawbeek, working with people he has come to care so much for over the last few years. Alex says that being at camp is magical and the connections campers make with each other and with staff is his favorite thing to see when he’s there.
Stevie Thomas, Director, Camp Operations
Email Stevie, 608.254.8319
Stevie has been working at Camp Wawbeek and Respite Camp during the summer sessions since 2010. In 2019, she was hired as the Director of Camp Operations, working closely with both Camp Wawbeek and Respite Camp. She implements policies and procedures to ensure a safe, high-quality program. She assists with the training and supervision of seasonal staff, AmeriCorps members, and volunteers. When she’s not at Camp, Stevie lives in Australia where she works for Rocky Bay – an organization that serves individuals with disabilities assisting them to achieve their goals, support learning, develop life-skills, make friends, and experience personal growth in the years after school.
Anna Korb, CTRS, AmeriCorps Program Manager
Email Anna, 608.237.1397
Anna joined the Easterseals Wisconsin team in August 2017 as the AmeriCorps Program Manager. She first volunteered at camp in 2013, served as an AmeriCorps member in 2015, and served a second term of AmeriCorps in 2016 as the Volunteer Coordinator. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with a Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation. In this role, she is responsible for program compliance with the AmeriCorps grant, including preparation of progress and final reports, AmeriCorps member documentation, and overall member experience. She manages record-keeping and monitoring, citizenship training, AmeriCorps supervisor communication and coordination, program evaluation, and billing – according to the AmeriCorps program budget and plan.
Brenda Nelson, Camp Billing Specialist
Brenda Nelson joined Easterseals Wisconsin this summer as the Camp Billing Specialist. She is responsible for administrative billing operations to support the Camp department, for updating databases and maintaining accurate accounting for all Camp programs, billing responsible parties for camper fees, and maintaining accounts receivable and collections. Brenda is from St. Joseph, Missouri and just moved to Wisconsin in May. Once settled, she will continue her pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education/Special Education, complementing her desire to work with people with disabilities. She has one son, loves seafood, crocheting and math.
Emily Mead, Camp Billing Assistant
Emily joined Easterseals Wisconsin in June 2019 and serves as the Camp Billing Assistant. In this role, she is responsible for obtaining authorizations, invoicing, and various administrative duties around the Madison office. Emily obtained a degree in Medical Billing from Madison College in December 2019.
Jill Gretzinger, Coordinator, Outagamie County Disability HelpLine
Email Jill, 920.832.0344
Jill has managed the Outagamie County Disability HelpLine since its inception in 1995, maintaining a data bank of resources and providing information and referral services to Outagamie County residents with disabilities and their families. She administers grants to individuals for disability-related equipment, serves on several local committees, facilitates Parent-to-Parent, Autism Family Network, TUFFs support groups, and helped organize the Human Race event for many years. Jill has formed a number of effective collaborations with other organizations and works with them and the community to identify needs. She then pursues opportunities to secure funding to meet those needs.
Pattie Slempkes, Coordinator, Outagamie County Disability HelpLine
Email Pattie, 920.832.0344
As the HelpLine Coordinator, Pattie utilizes knowledge gained over more than 30 years as an Occupational Therapist. She advocates for people with disabilities and their families on a number of local committees, seeks out funding to assist in providing disability-related equipment, and oversees the Parents-4-Parents Support Group, a HelpLine program that organizes and hosts holiday events for individuals with disabilities and their families throughout the year. She has a passion for helping others and looks forward to using that passion in her new position. Pattie enjoys gardening with her husband and spending time with family and friends traveling, hiking and camping.
Rachel Reichhoff, Director of Development
Email Rachel, 608.237.1370
Rachel joined Easterseals Wisconsin in 2018. She is a highly experienced fundraiser with a proven track record, who worked for over 10 years as a Senior Corporate Philanthropy Officer and a Major Giving Officer, conducting major events including many golf outings and galas. Rachel will manage the development budget, coordinate, develop, and execute all special events, and work with major donors to promote the viability of Easterseals Wisconsin’s programs and offerings.
Cally Ehle, Director, Grants Management
Email Cally, 608.237.1484
Cally coordinates overall grants management and development, including preparing federal, state and private grant proposals, researching new prospects, and stewardship of grant makers. She investigates new public and private funding sources and is responsible for compliance with all grant requirements including data collection, reporting, billing, evaluation, reports, and general oversight of grant activities. Cally is also responsible for the overall implementation of the AmeriCorps program and serves as AmeriCorps Program Director. Before joining Easterseals Wisconsin in 2013, Cally worked as the Outreach Specialist for AgrAbility of Wisconsin, a partner of Easterseals Wisconsin.
FARM Program & Vocational Services
Knowledgeable, caring, and almost all with life-long personal experience in farming, our staff can help make a lasting difference in the lives of farmers and others with disabilities seeking independence in farming and self-employment.
Jeff Kratochwill, ATP, Director, FARM & Vocational Services
Email Jeff, 608.279.9436
As Director of FARM & Vocational Services, Jeff hires, trains, and supervises the Technical and Program Assistants, Rural Rehabilitation and SES Specialists, and HelpLine Coordinator. He oversees outreach activities, on-site assessments, and business plans for FARM and SES, and serves as liaison to the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and AgrAbility of Wisconsin. Jeff offers training, presentations, and mentoring on vocational rehabilitation for farmers to FARM staff, state agencies, and AgrAbility groups nationwide. He is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and serves as liaison to Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) field supervisors and to Client Assistance Program (CAP), to resolve DVR service issues with clients. Jeff, who was raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, joined the Easterseals Wisconsin staff in 2007.
Ami Cooper, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
Email Ami, 608.225.1867
Ami joined the Easterseals Wisconsin staff in 2014. She works with farmers with disabilities and their families by providing services that help them continue farming and maintain independence. She conducts on-site work assessments, determines work site modifications and adaptive equipment needs, develops a plan to implement recommendations, and coordinates funding and support services. Ami is the instructor of Exploring Job Options in Rural Wisconsin, a program developed for high school students with disabilities who want to learn more about opportunities available in the agricultural industry. Ami grew up on her family’s dairy farm where she continues to work with the herd.
T Ellenbecker, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
Email T, 715.842.3411
T brings to the FARM Program 26 years of counseling and case management skills, knowledge of farming, and awareness of how disabilities might affect farmers. She works with farmers with disabilities and their families by providing services that help them continue farming and maintain independence. She provides case management for clients, identifies immediate needs, and provides information and referral to funding and support services. T joined Easterseals Wisconsin in 2000.
Julie Jensen, Self-Employment Services Specialist
Email Julie, 920.431.0843
Julie developed and launched the Easterseals Wisconsin Self-Employment Services program in 2004. She works with individuals with disabilities who are pursuing self-employment as their vocational goal, helping them to choose an enterprise which they are able to operate and will accommodate their disability. She provides assessments and feasibility studies, works with entrepreneurs to develop business plans, helps to research potential markets, and assists them in developing the structure and funding necessary to operate a business.
Lauren Byrnes, Self-Employment Service Specialist
Email Lauren, 262.364.4823
Lauren joined Easterseals Wisconsin in 2021 as the Self-Employment Service Specialist. In this position she works with individuals with disabilities who are pursuing self-employment as their vocational goal and assists in choosing an enterprise that would accommodate their disability. She provides assessments, feasibility studies, helps to research potential markets, assists in developing structure and possible funding needed to operate a business, and works directly with consumers to develop business plans.
Paul Untiet, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
Email Paul, 715.347.4093
During his 30 years at the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Paul was a knowledgeable advocate for farmers and he continues in this role since joining the FARM Program staff. He works with farmers with disabilities and their families by providing services that help them continue farming and maintain their independence. He provides case management for clients, identifies immediate needs, and provides information and referral to funding and support services. Paul, who grew up on a farm, started working for Easterseals Wisconsin in 2008.
Melba Brown, Administrative Program Assistant
Email Melba, 608.237.1446
Melba provides technical assistance to the FARM Program and Self-Employment Services programs. She edits FARM Program reports, is in charge of FARM billing and spreadsheets, keeps client files updated, and maintains the Ag Equipment Reutilization website. She also serves as client first contact by phone, is point of contact for AgrAbility, updates the client databases, and handles all mailings.
Pam Ivers, Chief Financial Officer
Email Pam, 608.237.1387
Coming to Easterseals Wisconsin with 21 years of experience, Pam joined the staff in 2008. She oversees both financial operations of the agency and human resource functions. She is responsible for fiscal analysis, the preparation and distribution of monthly financial statements, and coordination of the budget process. Pam also prepares audit schedules and tax returns, monitors compliance with regulatory agencies, administers employee benefit plans, monitors investment activities, and performs bi-weekly payroll processing.
Kim Feiner, Accounting & Human Resources Coordinator
Email Kim, 608.237.1380
Kim joined Easterseals Wisconsin in 2020 as the Accounting and Human Resources Coordinator. She is responsible for depositing cash receipts, cash disbursements to vendors, and vendor relations. Kim works with the Camp department to track and account for billing and receipts for Camp fees. She is also responsible for carrying out human resource functions for the agency, maintains personnel files, records timesheets and leave, and handles workers compensation and unemployment claims.
Marketing & Communications
Stacey Murnighan, Director, Marketing & Communications
Email Stacey, 608.237.1479
As the Director of Marketing and Communications, Stacey is responsible for the development, implementation, and management of a strategic and comprehensive communications plan, both externally and internally, promoting and marketing Easterseals Wisconsin in conjunction with its programs, services, and events. After moving to Madison from Lexington, Kentucky, Stacey joined Easterseals Wisconsin in November 2016, bringing with her over nine years of marketing and graphic design experience.
Mary Statz, Marketing & Development Specialist
Email Mary, 608.237.1520
As the Marketing and Development Specialist, Mary helps with major fundraisers such as the Golf Outing for Kids and works closely with VIP Ambassadors during the southern Wisconsin Annual Campaign. She coordinates the statewide direct mail program, plays a lead role in planning the Recognition Dinner, designs various marketing materials, and writes and edits the Independence Newsletter. In 2006, Mary conceptualized, researched and wrote the curriculum for Avenues to Understanding, Easterseals Wisconsin’s disability awareness program aimed at children and teens. She has been with Easterseals Wisconsin since 1994.