Why do you serve as a CIP? It is a great way to partner and work with agencies across the state to share my personal parent perspective as well as the perspective of families I work closely with. It helps me both professionally in my job and on a personal level to have a chance to impact change in Wisconsin for the children’s mental health system. Parental voice and first person lived experience is vital as we move forward to make positive change.
Why is it important? CIP’s can take the information and the knowledge they gain and share it in their own communities. I am given many opportunities to speak to organizations and groups throughout the state and I can share what OCMH and the Collective Impact Process is accomplishing. It is an opportunity to get feed-back from others as well.
How has serving as a CIP made a difference in your local area or as a provider? It has helped to share the importance of partnering and finding resources that can be shared instead of creating something new. Resource of time is often as important as money, so it is valuable to find out what is available and use it across systems in order to impact and help the most people.
What is one personal goal? It is an on-going goal to walk alongside and help as many families as I can in Wisconsin who have children with social, emotional, behavioral, mental health and/or substance use challenges.
What is your number one goal for systems change? To have “the system” be less cumbersome for parents/caregivers/families to access services and seek out help.
Family: Husband Steve and three adult boys (one who is in heaven)
Passions / Hobbies / Fun Facts: I love to read. I am a volunteer librarian at our church/school. I love helping to empower and build up families with young children.