Current Board Members

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. 

Secretary   Karen Zimmerman

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 Schirmacher

Wisconsin Alliance of Pupil Services Organization Representative

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

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

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                       Jacob Hanifl

Jacob Hanifl received his MSW degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015. Upon earning his graduate degree, he worked for the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) as the district’s expulsion social worker during the 2015-16 school year. He then, during the 2016-17 school year, worked in the School District of Beloit as a Behavior Interventionist and Equity Liaison at McNeel Intermediate. Currently, Jacob is a school social worker at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School in the Sun Prairie Area School District. Jacob also participates on the Teaching, Learning, and Equity Committee and is an Advisor for Cardinal Heights’ Black Student Union (BSU). Jacob also facilitated several male student groups fostering academic excellence, social-emotional maturity, positive masculinity and respect for womanhood, communal responsibility, fraternity, and college readiness. Jacob is actively involved in the community and has a passion for racial justice. He also enjoys working on systems level issues and coming up with solutions that will positively impact those most underserved and oppressed.

Board Member                                Murrene Payton 

Legislative Chair

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

Membership Chair

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                                                    Amie Mitchell

Newsletter Editor

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

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
years at Jefferson County as a social worker in the area of child welfare and juvenile delinquency.  I am currently working for the Milton School District as a School Social Worker.  I have been given the opportunity to work with children all age levels 4K-12 and enjoy helping students and families; particularly students experiencing mental health challenges, trauma and students experiencing homelessness.

Board Member                                                                     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. 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

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.

DPI State Consultant       Julie Incitti 

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

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!

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