Current Board Members



President


Nichole Grube

wisconsinssw@gmail.com

Nichole Grube received her MSW from UW-Milwaukee and earned her BSW from UW-Whitewater. Nichole worked in the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District for 9 years prior to her current position, since August 2012, as a social worker in the School District of Elmbrook. Nichole has primarily served at the elementary level but is currently serving a middle and high school and has a strong passion for social emotional learning and is QPR (Question Persuade, Refer) and a Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainer. 

Secretary


Karen Zimmerman

zimmerka@wauwatosa.k12.wi.us     

 Karen Zimmerman has been a school social worker at various schools for the Wauwatosa School District since 1991. She has received degrees in social work from Indiana University and UW-Milwaukee.   Throughout her life and career, she has always had a passion for social justice, education, diversity, and community involvement.

Treasurer


Alexandra Garcia

agarcia@deforestschools.org

I graduated from UW-Madison Masters program in 2010. Since that time, I worked two years in home hospice, three years in the Emergency Department at UW-Hospital, and started my first year in schools last year. While working in the Emergency Department, I went to school part-time to complete my School Social Work requirements. I am starting my second year as the secondary School Social Worker in DeForest. I recently moved to Cottage Grove from the west side of Madison. I have an energetic, totally crazy Rhodesian Ridgeback named Tucker. He is my partner in crime and we can be found hiking at Devils Lake, enjoying a canoe ride,, and reading a good book. I consider myself a life-long-learner. 

Board Member

Professional Development Committee Chair

Jackie Jackson

jbjackson12281953@gmail.com
 Jackie Jackson earned an MSW from UW-Madison in 1978. She retired at the end of January 2016 after 33 years as a school social worker with the School District of Beloit. She has been on the board for numerous years serving as publicity/promotions chair, president, conference planning committee member and spring conference chair. Currently she is adjunct faculty at Blackhawk Technical College, but has taught at the post secondary level for 25+ years.

Board Member

Nominations Chair

Midwest Council Secretary

Leticia Kubisiak

lety874@yahoo.com
Leticia Kubisiak earned a Master of Social Work degree from UW Milwaukee in December of 2002. She has since been employed with the Kenosha Unified School District as a school social worker. Prior work experience includes phone counselor, case management work, and ongoing unit case management services Leticia has served on the board since 2011 and currently holds the Nominations Chair and is the Practitioner Representative with the Midwest School Social Work Council board. Leticia also previously served as the Social Work Department Chair and Co-Chair for the Kenosha Unified School District Student Support Department. Leticia resides in Kenosha and is married with three children. In her free time she enjoys bicycle riding, camping, and reading.

Board Member


Susan Baumann-Duren

baumasu@staff.saukpr.k12.wi.us
 Susan Baumann-Duren earned her MSW from UW-Milwaukee in 1994. She has been employed by the Sauk Prairie School District for the past 23 years. She has been supporting students in the district as a school social worker, ATOD Coordinator, and Homeless Coordinator. Previously to her work with the Sauk Prairie District, she was a social worker in Jefferson and Dane County. Susan has been on the WSSWA board for many years. She is a representative to the WAPSO board for WSSWA. She is also on the State Superintendent's AODA Advisory Council.

Board Member


Cathleen Pollock

catpollock@aol.com
Cathleen Pollock received her degree from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has served on the WSSWA board as the treasurer for many years. She currently works with Milwaukee Public Schools.

Board Member

Wisconsin Alliance of Pupil Services (WAPSO) Rep,
Legislative Chair

Murrene Payton

paytm@hotmail.com
Murrene Payton earned a MSW degree from UW-Milwaukee in May 1994. She practiced school social work in Wisconsin since 1997. Murrene has been an active member of the WSSWA board for many years. She served as president, past president, membership chair, WAPSO representative, and Midwest Council representative. She also served on the conference planning committee and network chair for many years. She is currently the legislative chair.

Board Member


Naomi Adams

adamsfamily1109@msn.com

Naomi Adams received her MSW from The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2011. Her career includes supporting schools, students and families as a School Social Worker, Special Education Diagnostician, Parent Educator, Family Involvement Liaison, and Mental Health Coordinator since 2001. She currently serves as SSW for the Marinette School District while living with her family in the Green Bay area. She loves the many hats SSW’s wear an is a strong advocate for her students and her own 3 children. Naomi loves to spend time with her kids, go for daily walks, enjoys musicals, and in her rare quiet time she loves to read.

Board Member

Membership Chair

Brianne Nillissen Mah

briannenillissen@gmail.com

Brianne Nillissen Mah obtained her MSW from UW- Madison in 2009 and completed her Post-Graduate School Social Work certification at UW-Milwaukee in 2010.  She currently is a School Social Worker in the Kenosha Unified School district in a role split between the district teen parenting program and one of the high school positions. Prior experience in the field includes family preservation work with families involved in child welfare and working with teen parents in foster living in group home settings.  Outside her professional life, she enjoys running, gardening/working for a community farm, spending time with family, and attending concerts and local community events.


Board Member

Newsletter Editor

Amie Mitchell

mitchellamie@mhasd.k12.wi.us

Amie Mitchell received her MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. Prior to that she was an Americorp VISTA volunteer working with Lutheran Social Services. After receiving her MSSW, she worked for 13 years as a school social worker in the Twin Cities, with high school students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) meeting their many social-emotional and mental health needs. Most recently she is a school social worker in the Mt. Horeb Area School District working with students kindergarten through 5th grade. She has a strong passion for the mental wellness of youth and supporting families where they are.

Board Member

Dani Robb

robbd@sdoj.org

This is the start of my 10th year as a school social worker. I completed my undergraduate work at UW Whitewater in 2004 and completed my Master’s degree in social work at UW Madison in 2005. I spent two years at Jefferson County as a social worker in the area of child welfare and juvenile delinquency. The 2016-17 school year is my 10th year as school social worker.  I am currently working for the Jefferson School District as a School Social Worker.  I have been given the opportunity to work with children all age levels K-12 and my favorite age group to work with is high school students, particularly students experiencing mental health challenges, trauma and students experiencing homelessness.


Board Member 

Networking Chair

Angela Baerwolf

angelabaerwolf@uwalumni.com

I started my career as an English teacher for 5 years before going back to school at UW-Madison to receive my MSW. Upon graduation, I took a position as a Student Services Specialist in a high school in Janesville for one year. For the past three years I have been a social worker at a middle school in Madison. I have lived in Madison for 16 years, and have been an active member in the LGBT community as an activist and educator. I currently advise my school's GSA and was a mentor for Proud Theater, a theatre troupe for LGBT youth and allies. I have also been an involved fundraiser for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin. I like getting in on the ground level to share new ideas as well as learn and grow from others. I am specifically interested in policy work.  

Board Member

SSWAA Delegate

Kelly Ohme

kmohme@gmail.com

I have a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UW-Madison (Go Badgers!) and a Master’s degree in School Social Work from UW-Milwaukee. I have been practicing social work for about 15 years and have been a school social worker with the School District of Waukesha for about 8 years. I enjoy spending my free time with my two children, gardening, reading and cycling. I feel that it is important to be part of making positive change on a broad scale.

UW Milwaukee Liaison

Liaison to the Regional Representatives

Tim Schwaller

 

Tim Schwaller is one of UW Milwaukee's field liaisons, overseeing the areas of school social work, undergraduate mental health, and placements that serve individuals and families in poverty.Tim has worked for more than 25 years as a social worker. Other work experience includes working in residential treatment facilities with emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, in group homes and foster homes, and as a therapist. Tim has served on the WSSWA board for years, including as president and long time conference chair.

DPI State Consultant

Julie Incitti

julie.incitti@dpi.wi.gov

Julie Incitti received her MSW from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and previously supported students and families across the Stoughton Area School District as a school social worker. Prior to earning her graduate degree, Julie served as a director of youth and teen programming through non-profit organizations, including work in outdoor education. Julie was a WSSWA board member from 2011 - 2017 and had been president, conference planning co-chair, and legislative committee chair.

UW Madison Full-time Program Liaison

Katie Larsen-Klodd

klarsenklodd@madison.k12.wi.us
Katie Larsen-Klodd earned her MSSW at the UW-Madison in 1996. She has worked as a school social worker with the Madison Metropolitan School District since 2002 and is a field faculty advisor at the UW-Madison. She has also worked as a school social worker in Oshkosh and Wauwatosa School Districts. She has been a liaison for the WSSWA board since 2011.

UW Madison Part-time Program Liaison

Jenny Braunginn

jbraung@wisc.edu

Jenny Braunginn received her MSW from UW Madison and served as a school social worker in Verona for many years. She is very active in social justice education and organizing efforts.
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