WAFCA Board of Directors 2020

Kelli Kamholz, Positive Alternatives

Dan Magnuson, Lad Lake

Scott Strong, RISE Wisconsin

Mechele Pitt Shipman, Anu Family Services


Joe Arzbecker, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan
Rosangela Berbert, The Samaritan Counseling Center of the Fox Valley
Lynn Brady, Journey Mental Health Center
Oriana Carey, Coalition for Children, Youth and Families
Ricardo Cisneros, Catholic Charities of Milwaukee
Derek Cortez, Chileda
Mark Elliot, Northwest Passage
David Fritsch, Clinicare
Ryan Good, Foundations Health & Wholeness
Ann Leinfelder Grove, SaintA




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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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...