Christine Fessler, President/CEO
Christine has guided Easter Seals Wisconsin as Chief Executive Officer and President of the Board of Directors since 1994. She is responsible for carrying out the policies established by the Board and delegating authority to management staff for accomplishing agency and department objectives. She coordinates Board and staff efforts, defines staffing needs, administers personnel policies and is responsible for hiring and supervision of management staff. She develops the budget and coordinates and implements budget development, oversees and refines grant proposals, negotiates contracts, seeks new funding sources, guides strategic planning, represents Easter Seals Wisconsin in Easter Seals, Inc. activities, and works with stewardship of major donors and volunteers. She has 40 years of experience in disability services and nonprofit program and fiscal management.
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 Easter Seals in 2015.
Adanze Krause, Administrative Office Assistant
Email Adanze, 608.237.1551
Adanze Krause joined Easter Seals as an Administrative Office Assistant in August, 2016. She believes at Easter Seals Wisconsin she will be able to truly change the lives of others. Eager to begin pursuing her true passion, she feels serving communities in need is her calling. Her mother, a dedicated and loving special education teacher, inspired her to pursue nonprofit work.
Lorrie Greene, Technology Support Specialist
Email Lorrie, 608.237.1567
Lorrie joined Easter Seals staff in 2016, she supports agency technology needs, and is responsible for help desk and agency network, server, hardware and software support. Including making purchases, seeking in-kind donations of software, and planning for IT needs in conjunction with management staff. She has twenty 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, Director, Camp & Respite Services
Email Carissa, 608.254.2502
Carissa is responsible for the enhancement and expansion of Easter Seals 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 the Wawbeek and Respite Camp Directors and the Volunteer and Nursing Coordinators. Carissa also oversees Veterans Family Camp, rentals, and year-round facility use, and develops new program initiatives. She joined Easter Seals Wisconsin in 2009.
Stevie Thomas, Co-Director, Camp Wawbeek
Email Stevie, 608.237.1576
Stevie has been working at Camp Wawbeek during the summer sessions since 2010 and, in 2015, was hired to serve as the on-site co-director of the summer program at Camp Wawbeek. She implements policies and procedures to ensure a safe, high-quality program. She assists with the training and supervision of seasonal staff, Wawbeek AmeriCorps members, and volunteers. When she’s not at Camp Wawbeek, Stevie lives in Australia where she is a para-legal.
Alex Peters, Assistant Director, Camp Wawbeek
Email Alex, 608.234.8319
Alex joined Easter Seals 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 sessions, and served as the 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 for so much over the last few years. Alex says that being at camp is so magical and that the connections campers make with each other and with staff is his favorite thing to see when he’s there.
Cyndi Hemmer, Director, Respite Camp
Email Cyndi, 608.254.8319
Cyndi joined Easter Seals in 2011, working summers at Camp Wawbeek and as the AmeriCorps Volunteer Coordinator for 2013-2015. After fulfilling her AmeriCorps commitment, she was hired as the Assistant Director of Camp Wawbeek and was named the Director of Easter Seals Wisconsin Respite Camp in 2016. As Director of the Wisconsin Elks/Easter Seals Respite Camp, Cyndi oversees the management, operations, development and growth of the Respite program, serves as on-site director for year-round programs, and develops and implements policies and procedures to ensure safe, high-quality programs. She is responsible for development and monitoring of the Respite budget and Respite Camp facility rental and use. She recruits and trains seasonal staff to ensure maximum enrollment and is responsible for seasonal staff intake, as well as supervision of Respite AmeriCorps members.
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Alexis Matthews, AmeriCorps Program Manager
Email Alexis, 608.237.1397
Alexis Matthews joined the Easter Seals Wisconsin team in August of 2015 as the AmeriCorps Program Manager. In that 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.
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, helps organize the Human Race event and facilitates Parent-to-Parent, Autism Family Network and TUFFs support groups. 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.
Kris Ackley, Director of Development
Email Kris, 608.237.1370
Kris joined Easter Seals Wisconsin in 2010, bringing with her many years of fundraising experience on the local, state and national level. She develops and manages the Development budget and coordinates, develops and executes all special events, including the Golf Outing for Kids, Blizzard Blast, Skip Ellenbecker Memorial Golf Outing and the Ken Saville Fall Sprawl. In addition to events, Kris works with volunteer groups and national corporate sponsors and coordinates the Annual Campaign statewide, Lily Day, Friends of Wawbeek/Respite and Planned Giving.
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 Easter Seals in 2013, Cally worked as the Outreach Specialist for AgrAbility of Wisconsin, a partner of Easter Seals.
Amber Riedesel, Director, Donation Center
E-mail Amber, 608.310.3001
Amber first joined Easter Seals Wisconsin in 2009 and was named Director of the Donation Center in 2015. As such, she is responsible for the overall and day-to-day operation, supervision, productivity and expansion of the Donation Center operation statewide. She oversees staff hiring, training and supervision, alternative collection methods and bin management, and the monitoring of the Donation Center budget,cost effectiveness and profitability. She also works with the Savers liaison to comply with reporting requirements.
Nance Roepke, Assistant Director/Business Manager, Donation Center
Email Nance, 608.257.7780
Nance assists with the overall operation of the Donation Center operation statewide. She handles reporting, invoices, and billing summaries and assists with budgeting and analysis. Nance joined Easter Seals in 1985.
Trevor Bellrichard, Transportation Manager, Donation Center
Email Trevor, 608.257.7780
As Transportation Manager at the Donation Center, Trevor is responsible for supervision of daily operations, hiring and supervision of Donation Center drivers, and fleet management. He manages route performance, including optimizing routes and tracking driver performance. Trevor has been with Easter Seals since 2012.
FARM & Vocational Services
Knowledgeable and caring, and almost all with a 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.
Paul Leverenz, Vice President, FARM & Vocational Services
Email Paul, 608-225-2394
Known for his deep commitment to farmers and their way of life, Paul joined Easter Seals in 1992 and has headed up our nationally-honored FARM Program since its inception. As the Vice President for FARM & Vocational Services, he administers the FARM and Self-Employment Services (SES) programs for Easter Seals Wisconsin and oversees the Outagamie County Disability HelpLine. He hires, trains and supervises the Technical and Program Assistants, Rural Rehabilitation and SES Specialists, and HelpLine Coordinator. He oversees outreach activities and 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. Paul, who grew up on a farm in the Green Bay area, offers training, presentations, and mentoring on vocational rehabilitation for farmers to FARM staff, state agencies, and AgrAbility groups nationwide.
Jeff Kratochwill, Lead Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
Email Jeff, 608.279.9436
Jeff travels to farms in Wisconsin, meeting with farmers with disabilities, and working with them to find ways to help them stay in farming and maintain their independence. He 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. As the Lead Rural Rehabilitation Specialist, Jeff co-supervises and provides training for other Rural Rehabilitation Specialists and reviews all FARM reports. He 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 Easter Seals staff in 2008.
Ami Cooper, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
Email Ami, 608.237.1527
Ami joined Easter Seals in 2012 as an AmeriCorps inter for the FARM Program and, in 2015 was hired as a Rural Rehabilitation Specialist. 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. She also maintains the Ag Equipment Reutilization website. Ami grew up on her family’s Registered Holstein dairy farm in Wisconsin, where she worked actively 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, her knowledge of farming, and her 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 Easter Seals in 2000.
Julie Jensen, Self-Employment Services Specialist
Email Julie, 920.431.0843
Julie developed and launched the Easter Seals 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 that 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.
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 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 Easter Seals in 2008.
Melba Brown, FARM Office Coordinator & Technical Assistant
Email Melba, 608.237.1372
Melba’s background as the wife of a dairy farmer helps her understand the challenges of farm life and appreciate farmers’ commitment to their profession. As the FARM Office Coordinator & Technical Assistant, she coordinates referrals, prepares training curriculum and materials, develops and maintains the electronic resource library, assists in marketing and outreach, coordinates services with community organizations, and maintains client records and the client database. Melba has been with Easter Seals since 2006.
Monette Bebow-Reinhard, Administrative Program Assistant
Email Monette, 608.237.1446
Moving to Madison from the Green Bay area, Monette joined Easter Seals in 2015. She provides technical assistance to the FARM and Self-Employment Services programs, working closely with vendors, conducting research for assessments, editing, formatting and preparing DVR assessment reports for both programs, and preparing DVR billing.
Pam Ganser, Chief Financial Officer
Email Pam, 608.237.1387
Coming to Easter Seals 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.
Linda Eby, Accounting & Human Resources Coordinator
Email Linda, 608.237.1380
A Madison native with extensive nonprofit and human resources experience, Linda joined Easter Seals Wisconsin in 2008 as the HR Coordinator and Accounting Assistant. She is responsible for depositing cash receipts, cash disbursements to vendors, and vendor relations. She 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 Easter Seals Wisconsin in conjunction with its programs, services, and events. After moving to Madison from Lexington, Kentucky, Stacey joined Easter Seals 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 VIPs 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, Easter Seals Wisconsin’s disability awareness program aimed at children and teens. She has been with Easter Seals since 1994.