WAFCA Board of Directors 2021

Dan Magnuson, Lad Lake

Kelli Kamholz, Positive Alternatives

Joe Arzbecker, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan

Mechele Pitt Shipman, Anu Family Services


Rosangela Berbert, The Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley
Oriana Carey, Coalition for Children, Youth and Families
Derek Cortez, Chileda
Mark Elliot, Northwest Passage
Ryan Good, Foundations Health & Wholeness
Clarence Johnson, Wisconsin Community Services
Ann Leinfelder Grove, SaintA
Alan Loux, Rawhide Youth Services
Scott Strong, RISE Wisconsin
David Whelan, Children's Wisconsin



Kathy Markeland, Executive Director

Kathy joined the WAFCA staff in January 2007 bringing a diverse public policy and member services background. In 2019, she was selected to serve as Executive Director to guide the continued growth of the Association and increase member capacity to deliver outstanding human services that help Wisconsin’s children and families to achieve their full human potential.  More about Kathy...



Emily Coddington, Associate Director

Emily joined WAFCA in 2019 following nearly 20 years of child welfare experience, including direct service, supervisory, and management roles. Emily’s career has focused on supporting and advocating for children, youth, caregivers and parents, as well as those connected to the county, tribe, state and non-profit workforce.
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Allyson Forseth, Behavioral Health Initiatives Manager

Allyson joined WAFCA’s team in October 2020, bringing a strong base of knowledge and experience in the field of education, as well as a lifelong passion for increasing access to mental health services. Her role focuses on WAFCA’s school-based mental health initiatives, coordination of continuing education, facilitation of communities of practice, research, and resource sharing. More about Allyson...



rachel kruse

achel Kruse, Office Manager & Events Coordinator

Rachel joined the WAFCA staff in the fall of 2016. A UW-Whitewater graduate, she most recently worked with the Wisconsin Campus Compact (WiCC), a membership organization based at the University of Wisconsin – Extension with a mission to strengthen civic engagement and service-learning partnerships between Wisconsin’s post-secondary institutions and the communities they serve. More about Rachel...