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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

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Amy D’Addario, MS, CSW, SAC

Screening Site Coordinator/Clinician – Neenah Joint School District (HOPE)

 

Amy is a screening site coordinator with the Connected Community Wellness Screen program and an on-site clinician with the Neenah Joint School District (HOPE). Amy has over 15 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 mental health screening and services. Amy is passionate about infant, early childhood, and children’s mental health and is thrilled to be working with Neenah Joint School District to implement wellness screening for the community’s youngest students.

Contact Amy via email or at (920) 572-6674 (mobile) or (920) 751-6800 ext. 10704 (office).

 

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Crystal Ludwig, MSSW, APSW

Screening Site Coordinator/Clinician – Hortonville Area School District (E3), Oshkosh Area School District (Rise Up), Appleton Area School District

 

Crystal Ludwig is a screening site coordinator for the Connected Community Wellness program and an on-site clinician for the Hortonville Area School District (E3). Crystal has 20 years of experience providing case management services to children, youth and families. Crystal recognizes the impact that emotional wellness can have on students’ academic performance, confidence, relationships and overall educational experience. She partners with students and parents to connect them with resources that will support the students’ emotional well-being and promote success in all areas, including school. Crystal is enthusiastic about increasing awareness that anxiety, depression and other emotional challenges are common and treatable. She works with students and families to reduce the barriers that are often experienced when seeking help for mental health needs.

Contact Crystal via email or at (920) 312-4644 (mobile) or (920) 779-7900 ext. 10006 (office).

 

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Wendy Neyhard, MS

Screening Site Coordinator/Case Manager – Appleton Area School District, Kaukauna Area School District, DePere 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).

 

Rachel Birschbach, MA

Clinician – Kaukauna Area School District, DePere School District, Little Chute Area School District, School District of New London, Winneconne Community School District, Wrightstown Community School District

 

Rachel Birschbach is a clinician within the Connected Community Wellness Screen program. She obtained her bachelor’s degree from UW-Green Bay in Human Development and her master’s degree from Lakeland University in Professional Community Mental Health Counseling. Rachel has several years of experience working with adjudicated youth through Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a clinician and case manager in different settings including secure detention, group home, day treatment, and outpatient clinics. Her passion is advocating for youth experiencing mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues while working to promote wellness in all aspects of their life.

Contact Rachel via email or (920) 850-2903 (mobile) or (920) 886-9319 ext. 122 (office).

 

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Stephanie Biesterveld, SW-IT

Case Manager – Neenah Joint School District (HOPE)

 

Stephanie is a case manager with the Connected Community Wellness Screen program and the Neenah Joint School District (HOPE). She grew up in Little Chute, WI, and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she majored in psychology and minored in child and family studies. Stephanie has experience working in an inpatient psychiatric unit for children and adolescents. She is passionate about early emotional wellness intervention and connection to professional help to decrease mental health hospitalizations and increase the number of success stories.

Contact Stephanie via email or at (920) 841-0003 (mobile) or (920) 751-6800 ext. 10704 (office).

 

 

Melissa Laughlin Holtz, BS, SW-IT

Case Manager – Hortonville Area School District (E3)

 

Melissa Laughlin Holtz is a case manager with the Connected Community Wellness Screen program and the Hortonville Areas School District (E3). Melissa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Leadership from UW-Oshkosh and most recently was accepted in the Masters of Social Work (part-time) program at UW-Green Bay. She has 10+ years of experience working with youth and adults in various roles within the mental health setting 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’s an avid reader, enjoys spending time with friends and family, the outdoors, running, yoga, movies 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) or (920) 779-7900 ext.10007 (office).

Kelsi Lohaus, BA

Case Manager – 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 .

 

 

Kjersten Pederson

Case Manager Intern – Neenah Joint School District (HOPE), Winneconne Community School District

 

Kjersten is a case manager intern with the Connected Community Wellness Screen Program. In this role, she will have the opportunity to learn case management and assist with both the parent and youth report screening. Kjersten is currently pursuing her bachelors degree in Human Services Leadership at UW-Oshkosh and is expected to graduate in May 2019.  She also has 4 years of experience working with children and within various school settings. Kjersten is excited to be interning at Samaritan to gain more professional experience and learn more about solving mental health issues that are present in the community.

Contact Kjersten via email.

 

Pachee Stern, BS

Case Manager – Kaukauna Area School District, DePere School District, Little Chute Area School District, School District of New London, Winneconne Community School District, Wrightstown Community School District

 

Pachee is a case manager with the Connected Community Wellness Screen program. She grew up in Appleton and recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a bachelor’s degree in human services leadership. Pachee has experience working with struggling youth and enjoys providing them support and compassion. This experience and passion have guided her to the mental health field.

Contact Pachee via email or at (920) 378-8100 (mobile) or (920) 886-9319 ext. 122.

 

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Brittany (Zimmermann) Quintel, MSW

Case Manager – Appleton Area School District 

 

Brittany Zimmermann is a case manager with the Connected Community Wellness Screen program. She grew up in Plymouth, WI, and has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Brittany previously was a crisis counselor for four years working with variety of populations and mental health issues. She also has experience working with youth and providing them with support and resources. Brittany is excited to be working with youth and helping them be proactive with their mental health so they can work toward achieving their goals.

Contact Brittany via email or at (920) 851-6876 (mobile).

 

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

Clinician – 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.

 

Aniefiok “Nerf” Udoekong, BS

Case Manager – Appleton Area School District, Oshkosh Area School District (Rise Up)

 

Nerf is a case manager for the Community Connected Wellness Screening program. Nerf grew up in Chicago IL, and graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Nerf has six years of experience working with youth from the Fox Valley and throughout the state of Wisconsin. Nerf has a passion for providing quality care and support to youth and their families and seeing them succeed.

Contact Nerf via email or at  920-851-0613 (mobile).

 

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Jessie Stavast, MS, LPC-IT

Clinician – Oshkosh Area School District (Rise Up)

 

Jessie is an onsite clinician with the Connected Community Wellness Screen program. Jessie is from Waukesha, WI, and has an undergraduate degree in psychology. She has a master’s degree from Alverno College in community counseling psychology, with an emphasis on working with children and young adults dealing with a variety of mental wellness concerns, including anxiety and ADHD.  Jessie has many years of experience working with children, families with disabilities, and mental health behaviors in Milwaukee County and the Fox Valley. She has interned with Catalpa Health and Samaritan Counseling Center and has a passion for working with individuals of all ages and families.

Contact Jessie via email or at (920) 572-4506 (mobile).