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Wellness Team

Jen Parsons

Wellness Screen Program Director

Jen has 10+ years experience working with youth and adults in various roles within the mental health setting. Jen is proud of the Connected Community Wellness Screen program mission, as the main focus is on early identification, intervention and connection to supportive community resources for any mental health concern that a student may be struggling with. Jen’s role consists of being a resource for community partners, school districts as well as parents. Jen and her family are a part of the Kaukauna School District, where her daughter began attending in 2016. “I am so proud that this program is within many districts in this region, and I am excited that mental wellness is becoming a part of each school’s overall culture.”

Please contact Jen if you would like to become a partner in providing this program to your students, or if you would like to donate to its cause.

(920) 886-9319 ext. 109

Amy D’Addario, MS, CSW, SAC

Program Manager

Amy is a Program Manager with the Connected Community Wellness Screen program. Amy is a Certified Social Worker and Substance Abuse Counselor with nearly 20 years of experience serving children, youth, and families in a variety of systems including child welfare, coordinated services, juvenile justice, adult corrections, and private practice. Amy has also managed several county and statewide initiatives focused on trauma, family-focused substance abuse, early childhood mental health, and universal screening. Amy is passionate about infant, early childhood, and children’s mental health and is thrilled to be supporting the staff of the CCWS Program to serve families across the Fox Valley region.

Contact Amy via email or at (920) 572-6674

Wendy Neyhard, MS

Screening Site Coordinator/Case Manager
Appleton Area School District, Kaukauna Area School District, De Pere School District, Little Chute Area School District, School District of New London, Winneconne Community School District, Wrightstown Community School District

Wendy is a screening site coordinator and case manager for the Connected Community Wellness Screen program. She has more than 30 years’ experience in K-12 schools as a special education teacher and school administrator. Her most recent experience was in the Hortonville Area School District where she was involved in the development and implementation of E3, a comprehensive K-12 mental health/wellness program. Wendy is passionate about providing students with access to upstream prevention programs to help them develop coping and resiliency skills. Through her work in schools, Wendy sees the importance of providing emotional wellness screening to students so that early intervention can occur. She is a proponent of communication and collaboration with students, parents, school staff and other providers to ensure students’ success in all areas of their lives.

Contact Wendy via email or at (920) 850-7032 (mobile) or (920) 886-9319 ext. 302 (office).

Jessica Ecke, MA

Clinician

Appleton Area School District 

Jessica is a clinician with the Connected Community Wellness Screen program and the Appleton Area School District. She is experienced in working with youth and families in a variety of settings, working to increase their knowledge and awareness of mental illness and connecting them with resources available in the community. Jessica is trained in trauma-informed care practices and is passionate about breaking down barriers that inhibit individuals from living life to its fullest.  She is excited to be in the schools to promote early prevention of mental health issues affecting students’ overall wellbeing and ability to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.

Contact Jessica via email or at (920) 378-8100.

Samantha Jo Fieck, MSW

Clinician and District Coordinator

School District of New London, School District of Omro, Winneconne Community School District

Samantha Jo Fieck is an on-site clinician for the Connected Community Wellness Screen program and a traveling team that services New London, Omro and Winneconne School Dristricts. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from UW-Oshkosh and her master’s degree from UW-Milwaukee both in Social Work. Samantha Jo has over 8 years of experience serving youth and families in a variety of settings. In her various roles, she has witnessed the effects emotional wellness can have not only on the individual, but also their family, school, work and activities. As a result, Samantha Jo is passionate about being proactive in early emotional wellness intervention and connecting youth and families to resources that can provide support and hope.

Contact Samantha Jo via email or at (920) 810-2035 (mobile).

Melissa Laughlin Holtz, BS, SW-IT

Clinician

Oshkosh Area School District (Rise Up)

Melissa Laughlin Holtz is a clinician with the Connected Community Wellness Screen program and the Oshkosh Area School District (Rise Up). Melissa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Leadership from UW-Oshkosh and is working on her Master of Social Work degree (part-time) at UW-Green Bay. She has 12+ years of experience working with youth and adults in various roles within the fields of healthcare and mental health and is passionate about empowering individuals to make positives changes that allow them to truly thrive. Originally from New London, WI, Melissa now resides in Oshkosh with her husband, Brian, and their pets. She is an avid reader, enjoys spending time with friends and family, nature, running, yoga, watching movies, listening to podcasts and music. Melissa is also involved with her community, particularly the Oshkosh Area Humane Society.

Contact Melissa via email or at (920) 850-5571 (mobile).

Hannah Laus, BS

Case Manager
Chilton School District, De Pere School District , Kaukauna Area School District, Little Chute Area School District, School District of New London, Omro School District, Shiocton School District, Winneconne Community School District, and Wrightstown Community School District

Hannah is a case manager with the Connected Community Wellness Screen Program. She grew up in Oshkosh, WI and graduated from UW-Oshkosh with her bachelor of science degree in Human Services Leadership. Hannah has experience working with school aged children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental illness. She also has experience working with the aging population. Her passion is working with young children and promoting the importance of mental health to overall wellbeing and helping eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health. Hannah also loves spending time with friends and family and volunteering in her community.

Contact Hannah via email or at 920-851-6876.

Kelsi Lohaus, BA

Case Manager and District Coordinator
Oshkosh Area School District (Rise Up)

Kelsi is a case manager with the Connected Community Wellness Screen program and the Oshkosh Area School District (Rise Up). She grew up in Stillwater, MN and graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA degree in child psychology. Kelsi has over 8 years of experience working with youth in the mental health field. She is passionate about connecting youth and families to resources that can provide support and hope while reducing the stigma of mental health.

Contact Kelsi via email or at (920) 572-4582 .

Patricia (Tricia) Plutz, MSE, NCC, LPC-IT

Clinician and District Coordinator
Appleton Area School District 

Tricia is an on-site clinician for the Connected Community Wellness Screen program. Tricia has over 10 years’ experience serving children, youth, adults and families in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric, outpatient counseling, schools and colleges. Tricia is passionate about empowering individuals to make positives changes that allow them to truly thrive. She is excited to partner with schools to ensure students have access to mental health resources so they can succeed and reach their highest potential.

Contact Tricia via email or at (920) 886-9319 ext. 122.

Choua Schommer

Adminstrative Specialist
Wellness Screen Administrator

Choua helps the Wellness Screen Team with administrative tasks. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Development with a minor in Psychology from UW- Green Bay. Her main task is managing the software (Apricot- Social Solutions) that the team uses for Wellness Screen which holds all of the data/reports.

Contact Choua via email or at (920) 886-9319 ext. 101.

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