Oriana Eversole, Research Analyst and Evaluator
Oriana started with the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health in 2018, and has over 15 years of professional experience in human services and education. Oriana holds a PhD in Educational Measurement and Evaluation from the University of South Florida and is certified in Lean Six Sigma, a quality improvement approach. Her specializations include collaborative and participatory approaches to evaluation, evaluation use, quality improvement, and strategic planning. She has contributed to multiple peer-reviewed publications, and she regularly presents at national evaluation and research conferences. Prior to this position, she worked as an evaluator for the University of South Florida and for Pinellas County Schools. In addition, she completed an MA in Community Development at Clark University and was a Community and Partnership Development Manager at United Way Suncoast in Tampa, Florida. In her current role, she enjoys working and engaging in analysis, evaluation, and quality improvement to support the well-being of children and families throughout Wisconsin.
Elizabeth Hudson, Director
Elizabeth has worked in the field of trauma prevention and treatment for over 25 years as a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate, mental health clinician, clinical supervisor, and non-profit administrator. In February 2014, Wisconsin’s Governor appointed Elizabeth to create the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health. In addition to focusing on innovative ways to prevent and address mental health issues, the Office coordinates, integrates and aligns state agencies activities focused on children’s mental health. Prior to this appointment, Elizabeth was employed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health where she partnered with the Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services to integrate trauma-informed care into wide range of human service settings including mental health, child welfare, schools, homelessness services, and juvenile and adult correctional settings.
Karen Katz, Operations Lead
As the Operations Lead at the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH), Karen oversees the Children's Mental Health Collective Impact (CMHCI) initiative's backbone activities. The CMHCI Executive Council and work groups’ activities are leading to new ways of thinking about service integration, measurement, and outcomes.
Although Karen’s professional background is in marketing, her passion has been the non-profit work she has been involved in for years in Central Wisconsin. She was Chair of the LIFE in Marathon County project and has been on numerous boards including Healthy Marathon County, United Way of Marathon County Impact teams, the Wausau Chamber of Commerce, The Women’s Community, and the Wisconsin Women’s Council. She is a recipient of the Athena Award and United Way of Marathon County Volunteer of the Year.
Ali Maresh, Communications Specialist
Ali serves as the Communications Specialist for the Office of Children's Mental Health where she is responsible for developing and coordinating the office’s communication efforts. Previously, Ali served as the Communications Manager and International Student Advisor at Georgetown University. In 2016, she received her Master’s in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University. While completing her graduate capstone, Ali worked with reSTART, the nation’s first internet and video game addiction center on a plan to educate parents on the importance of moderate technology use. Since this project, Ali has been speaking publically to K-12 schools, colleges, and businesses about child well-being in the digital age. She has guest lectured at George Washington University and is an adjunct faculty member in Madison College’s Communications & Performing Arts department.
Andrea Turtenwald, Family Relations Coordinator
Andrea joined OCMH in 2018, having served Wisconsin youth, parents and families for over seven years. Andrea's early professional experiences include youth development and service-learning for Military families, as well as providing Child Welfare case management in Milwaukee. More recently, Andrea facilitated parent leadership development through a school-based parent-empowerment program and managed a Social-Emotional Learning program in four Milwaukee schools. Andrea's leadership style is characterized by building cohesion, demonstrating vulnerability, and empowering partners through emotional and tangible support. Andrea earned her Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and her Master's Degree in Public Service from Marquette University. She is passionate about the work of the OCMH, in part, because of her personal journey with self-harm, depression, and anxiety. Her path in life has shown her that increasing positive relationships in people's lives can make all the difference. Andrea is honored to raise up the voices of those with lived experiences as the Family Relations Coordinator with the Office of Children's Mental Health.