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.
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!
Treasurer Alexandra Schirmacher
Wisconsin Alliance of Pupil Services Organization Representative email@example.com
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 Leticia Kubisiak
Nominations Chair email@example.com
Midwest Council Secretary
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
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 Nichole Berry firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello! My name is Nicole Berry and I am currently a School Social Worker with Milwaukee Public Schools. I began working with MPS in 2007 and I simultaneously worked at 3 different schools. Presently, I work in a K-8 Montessori school and I have also worked in high schools as well. I also serve on the Labor Management Committee for the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association. In the beginning of my social work career, I worked with families living with mental health and AODA challenges. I also worked with Child Protective Services as an ongoing case manager and at Horizon House, a halfway house for women. My passion is working with children and families and facilitating changes that allows people to move through whatever challenges they may be facing. For fun I absolutely love line dancing!!!
The opportunity to develop my leadership skills is why I have applied for a board membership with the Wisconsin School Social Workers Association. Developing my leadership abilities would allow for continued advocacy for students, families and the social work discipline. I work with groups and facilitate various conversations with school leaders, staff, and families. This school year my responsibilities have increased; as such I would benefit from networking with other like-minded individuals. This is also my primary goal this school year. As a twelve-year School Social Worker for Milwaukee Public Schools we often work independently. However, I am learning that collaborating with other social workers enhances my communication skills and professional abilities. School Social Workers have a holistic or whole child approach as we focus on school, home, and community. I continue to learn various ways to empower our families while promoting the relevance of School Social Workers in all schools. Despite this, we all have areas that we would like to improve upon, and for me that is advocacy for our social work profession and the families we serve. I would be honored to serve on the Wisconsin School Social Workers Association Board to share and develop more knowledge.
Board Member Murrene Payton
Legislative Chair email@example.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
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgBrianne 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 Dani Robb
This is the start of my 12th 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
President-Elect Angela Baerwolf
Networking Chair email@example.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 four years I have been a social worker at a middle school in Madison. I have lived in Madison for 17 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 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 Carrie McCarthy
Carrie graduated UW-Madison in 1997 with a BA in Behavioral Science and Law and Political Science. She then got her MSW from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a concentration in schools. She has experience working with runaway youth, youth in juvenile detention, and victims of domestic violence. She was hired by the Berlin Area School District in 2014 to help administrate the School Climate Transformation Grant as the Family and Community Partnership Coordinator. She is responsible for strengthening family and community partnerships throughout the district of over 1600 students with a special focus on mental health integration. She is a Tier III external coach and facilitator and is responsible for district-wide professional development in PBIS, Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and Trauma Informed Schools. In 2017 she took on the additional role of School Social Worker in the district. In her free time, Carrie enjoys playing tennis and golf and spending quality time with her three children Anna (12), Thomas (9), and Charlie (6) and her husband of 17 years Tom.
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.
UW Green Bay Program Liaison Margaret Kubek
Margaret Kubek is proud to have worked as a school social worker in Chicago, East Harlem and, most recently, Green Bay Public Schools. She has also held positions in other social work realms, including as a development associate, housing program coordinator, and in family court in NYC. Currently, she is the MSW Field Coordinator and Lecturer at UW-Green Bay. Margaret received her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis. She is excited to be involved with WSSWA!