President 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!
Past 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 worked at Black Hawk Middle School in Madison until 2020 as the Behavior Health in Schools Coordinator, GSA advisor, and member of the Culture and Climate team. I am currently working on my DSW through University of St. Thomas. 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, cat, and dog.
Board Member Karen Spann-Turner
I have had the privilege to be an SSW in Milwaukee Public Schools for 20+ years. During that time, I have worked in traditional schools at all grade levels as well as a number of special assignments with different populations including school to work, Optimizing Success through Problem Solving (RtI) and TABS (Truancy Abatement and Burglary Suppression Program). I have worked as a trainer throughout the district for educators, families, students, community members, as well as community groups including MMABSE (Milwaukee Black School Educators), MTEA, foster care agencies and several faith based organizations. I have trained in trauma, SEL, mindfulness, restorative practices, and other wellness and mental health areas. I am currently working as the Trauma Team Leader for the 53206 Promise Partnership Schools; leading the work of 8 trauma support specialists and a mobile trauma crisis team consisting of 2 SSW's and 2 school psychologists. This program was designed to address some of the equity, racial, and other disparities in zip code 53206. I am a native of Milwaukee, a mother of 2 sons, aunt of many more, sister of 7 siblings, daughter of a pastor and an educator. I am passionate about my family, work and community as I feel they are all interconnected.
Board Member Jackie Jackson
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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 Joe Liverseed
I am a first year school social worker with Milwaukee Public Schools where I serve a dual placement with Golda Meir and Gaenslen schools. I received my B.A. in History from UW-Madison where I first entered the field of social work while supporting individuals with disabilities and their families through United Cerebral Palsy of Dane Co. and Madison School and Community Recreation. After college I followed a girl out West to California (as every good story begins) to serve as an Americorps member and later get involved in the organic farming and local foods movement. After four years of living in California and Oregon, that woman would later become my wife! We are incredibly excited to be expecting our first child, a daughter, in early January! My social work experience includes working with individuals with disabilities in numerous settings, supporting adjudicated youth in residential treatment and serving as an MSW field student with Bethany Christian Services, an agency in Waukesha focusing on adoption and foster care placements. In August 2021, I graduated from UW-Milwaukee with my MSW as well as a Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care. Outside of school social work my professional interests include alternative and experiential interventions such as adventure and wilderness therapy programs, as well as animal-assisted social work. I am an avid hiker, camper, explorer and road-tripper. Outside of school you can find me walking with my Australian Shepherd/border collie mix, Acre, or watching the Packers.
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
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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
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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 Cora Heindel
I earned my MSW from UW-Green Bay in May of 2019 and work as a school social worker in Shawano School District. I spend my time at Shawano Community High School within the district. At the high school I work with students who are experiencing homelessness, I facilitate IEPs, provide AODA interventions, support pregnant and parenting teens, and I lead our district mental health team. I am passionate about the work I do in my community and love the opportunity to make connections with students, families, and our community. In my personal life I enjoy spending time with my family, cuddling my cats and dog, being outside, and learning new things. I am excited to serve as a board member and to advocate for, and serve our wonderful profession.
Secretary Brianne Nillissen Mah
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 Lennertz
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 Maggie Danielson
My name is Maggie Danielson, I am a school social worker at Monona Grove High School in Dane County. I attended UW Oshkosh for my undergraduate and UW Madison for graduate school in social work. I am very passionate about advocacy for student and staff mental health, equity, and AODA prevention and education. I've lived in Madison for the past 7 years. I enjoy camping, hiking, reading, podcasts, my dog and taking long bubble baths at least once a week for self care.
Board Member Kelly Ohme
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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
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 Ke'Andra Hagans
Ke’Andra Hagans is a Milwaukee, WI native born and raised. She is dual licensed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and School Social Worker (SSW). The breadth of Ke’Andra’s experience has focused on serving children, families, and individuals in a variety of capacities, including psychotherapist, group facilitator, school social worker, clinical director, and adjunct professor. She carries experience working with populations in out of home placement, residential and in-patient settings, in the school, and in the community. Ke’Andra has an articulate understanding of the intersectionality of mental health, racial traumas, poverty, economic disenfranchisement, social injustices, and environmental stressors that plague the human existence. She has dedicated herself to the service of her people and community and aims to influence future Social Workers as they embark on their own journey of service.
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. Her focus is on children, youth, and families as well as post-MSW Special students needing School Social Work licensure courses. She worked for many years in Verona schools as a school social worker and as department chair. Her expertise and experience also include racial justice advocacy and training; community organizing, union work and collaboration with community programs. She is very active in social justice education and organizing efforts.
She was a contributing author to a School Social Work Practice Guide for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and is currently co-authoring a book chapter in the book New School Social Worker: The Art of Being Indispensable titled, “Self-care and Self-advocacy: Keeping Cool while Increasing Engagement.”
UW Whitewater Liaison Katherine Drechsler
Dr. Katherine Drechsler earned her MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her Doctorate of Social Work with Clinical Emphasis from George Williams College of Aurora University. She currently is the Field Coordinator for the Social Work Program and is the Advisor for the Student Social Work Organization and the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Prior to joining the UW-Whitewater faculty fulltime in 2014, she worked twenty-seven years in the social work field including as a clinical social worker working with adults with mental health and substance abuse diagnoses, in child welfare, in juvenile justice, and in residential treatment for adolescents. Dr. Drechsler’s research interests include addictions, foster care, adoption, diversity and difference in practice, evidence-based practice, and enhancing teaching in social work education. Dr. Drechsler primarily teaches practice courses and field experience.