President Angela Baerwolf
I started my career as an English teacher for 5 years before going back to school at UW-Madison to receive my MSW in 2013. I have been a school social worker since then and currently work at Black Hawk Middle School in Madison. I am the Behavior Health in Schools Coordinator, GSA advisor, and a member of the Culture and Climate team at my school. I have been a board member since 2016 and have enjoyed being a member of the legislative and conference committee, as well as chair of the networking committee. I live in Madison with my wife, writing for Our Lives Magazine, hosting Queery, a radio show on WORT fm, and facilitating a queer book club.
Past President Nichole Grube
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.
Treasurer Alexandra Schirmacher
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 Jackie Jackson
Professional Development Committee Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Katie Eaton
Networking Chair Eatonk@wawmsd.org
My name is Katie Eaton and I am currently a school social worker in the West Allis - West Milwaukee School District. Throughout the district, I serve my time in an Elementary School (Madison Elementary) and an Intermediate/Middle School (Frank Lloyd Wright Intermediate). With that being said, I also do SBIRT (screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment) at the high school level. I love being a school social worker and learning more about how to better myself and the school social work realm as a whole. I would love to have the opportunity to get to know school social workers around the state of Wisconsin as well as get more involved within the school social work field. I truly believe that we all can learn from each other and that everyone has ideas and viewpoints that are worth spending time exploring. I feel as though it is easy to get caught up in just working strictly with your district of employment due to time constraints, but having the opportunity to learn from other school social workers around the state would be a great to all. I enjoy meeting new people and networking as well as having leadership and growth opportunities. In my free time, I love to explore local coffee shops, explore the world, go to farmers markets, play sports, stay active, and meet new people.
Board Member Susan Baumann-Duren
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 Nicole Berry email@example.com
Nicole Berry is currently a School Social Worker with Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). Her career with MPS began in 2007, where she worked at three schools simultaneously. Ms. Berry holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has extensive experience working with children and families who live with social and emotional challenges such as mental health, trauma, homelessness, alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA), and parent incarceration. Ms. Berry is passionate about providing support and facilitating change to children and families, while continuing to advocate for social justice for them through conversations with school leaders and staff.
Board Member Murrene Payton
Legislative Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 Brianne Nillissen Mah
Secretary email@example.comBrianne 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 Sara Lennertzsalennertz@madison.k12.wi.us
I graduated from UW-Madison with my MSW in 2008. I started my school social work career in Milwaukee Public Schools where I worked for 5 years. My family moved to Iowa City, where I was a school social worker for Grant Wood Area Education agency doing special education evaluations for 4 years. I am in my second year as a school social worker in the Madison Metropolitan School District. I have experience working in urban, rural, and suburban schools in my career, but I have a passion for working in urban settings. I speak Spanish and have experience working at bilingual and dual language immersion schools. I have a passion for moving equity work forward and being more involved in legislature to make changes at a macro level that will benefit students and their families and practices in education.
Board Member Leah Kutschke
My name is Leah Kutschke, I am a school social worker at a 4K-5th grade elementary school in the Monona Grove School District in Dane County. I attended UW Madison for both my undergraduate and graduate studies in social work, and have been happily residing in Madison since graduating. My professional passions include restorative justice; trauma informed schools and practices; emotional regulation skills; and youth mental health. I am a certified trainer for the Youth Mental Health First Aid program. Personally, my passions include hiking; biking; gardening; and spending time with my dog. I enjoy being outside in just about any way I can. I look forward to serving as a board member to support Wisconsin school social workers!
Board Member Kelly Ohme
SSWAA Delegate firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Board Member Stacey Oliphant Deal
I have been a school social worker for 10 years, and I have been serving children, youth, and families for over two decades. I live with my husband Eric in the small community of Westfield, which is also the community I serve in my practice. I have three sons and a stepson, who have all graduated from high school and have moved on to begin their adult lives. I recently became a motorcyclist, and my husband and I enjoy taking short trips to nearby restaurants on weekends. I also enjoy visiting family members in the beautiful Kickapoo Valley, and staying in a small cabin that my husband and I are building.
I have had a wealth of personal and professional experience that affords me a strong knowledge base with which to provide leadership and guidance. Now that my own children have reached adulthood, I am able to share more of myself with the professional social work community. I have truly enjoyed contributing to the profession through mentorship and networking, and look forward to advancing the profession even further through the years. I believe that I will offer a unique and valuable voice to the school social work community, and look forward to serving my community and colleagues.
Board Member Shelby Wuebker
DPI State Consultant Julie Incitti email@example.com
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 Milwaukee Program Liaison Tim Schwaller
Liaison to the Regional Representatives firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
UW Madison Full-Time Program Liaison Katie Larsen-Klodd
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
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.