Providing professional services for Wisconsin juvenile justice

Board of Directors

Joy Lynn George - President
Joy Lynn has been employed with Pierce County DHS since October 2002 as an on-going Juvenile Justice Social Worker. Most of her caseload consists of juvenile delinquents on dispositional orders with a few on JIPS orders and DPA’s. She has worked with a high number of sex-offenders in the last few years. Joy Lynn helped develop and implement an out-patient sex-offender treatment program for juveniles in Pierce County. She is trained and actively practices evidence-based practice, criminogenic needs, JAIS assessments, and Aggression Replacement Training with juveniles. Prior to Pierce County she worked at Dunn County for almost 2 years and Polk County for 5 years doing on-going Juvenile Court Supervision. Joy Lynn graduated from UW-River Falls in 1996 with her BSW and from Vermilion Community College in 1993 with her Associate of Arts Degree in Law Enforcement. She is a licensed/certified Social Worker in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Joy Lynn has been on the board since 2008. She is on the Conference and Technology Committees and the Chairperson for the Newsletter Committee.
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Melissa Williams - President Elect
Melissa has been employed with Washburn County Health and Human Services since November 1999, as the Juvenile Court Intake worker. Melissa handles all the juvenile intake responsibilities and supervises all the DPA’s. Prior to working in Washburn County, Melissa worked in Polk County for 7 years doing on-going juvenile supervision. Melissa joined the board in 2006, and serves on the conference, recognition, and nomination committee. She chaired the training committee from 2009-2017. She became chairperson of the nomination committee in 2016.
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Lindsay Campbell - Secretary
Lindsay Campbell is the Juvenile Justice supervisor for Waushara County DHS and has been in that position since 2008, supervising juvenile justice social workers and also maintaining a case load. Prior to working in Waushara, she worked in CPS on-going and then initial assessment for six years in Waupaca County, and also worked after hours on-call juvenile intake. She has a BS in Psychology from UW-Stevens Point, and a MSW from UW-Oshkosh.
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Kathy Gourdine - Treasurer
Graduated in May of 2000 with a Master's Degree in Social Work from UWM, Kathy earned her Bachelor's Degree in Social Work at UW-Oshkosh in 1993. She has been employed by Fond du Lac County Social Services since March, 1993, in the juvenile-resource unit. Kathy has served on the WJCIA board since 1995.
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Sandy Craig
Sandy graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from UW-Green Bay in 1994. She was employed by Family Service Association in Green Bay for 5 years. Sandy developed and implemented the Learnfare Program. She worked with low income youth who were truant or dropped out of school. For 10 months Sandy worked for the State of Wisconsin as a Program and Policy Analyst. She soon learned she missed working with youth and began working at Outagamie County Division of Youth and Family Services as a Juvenile Court Intake Worker. Sandy has worked as an Intake Worker for the past 18 years. Sandy has been involved in program development and implementation. She has facilitated groups such as Clean Break, Families in Action and Trauma Workshop. Sandy worked collaboratively with Outagamie Counties Child Protection Services to develop and implement an intra-familiar sexual assault protocol.
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Kris Fleming
Kris has worked in child welfare/juvenile justice since 1993, as an initial assessment worker, CHIPS case manager, intensive in-home therapist, and JJ case manager. She was appointed to Juvenile Court Intake in August 2015. This is a court-attached intake position. Kris was elected to the WJCIA Board of Directors in September 2015. She lives on an 80 acre farm in Lafayette County with her husband, 2 dogs, and 2 cats. Her daughter is a CSP social worker in Milwaukee and her son is a senior at Viterbo University, majoring in nursing.
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Barb Haffa
Barb has been employed at Wood County Department of Social Services, Marshfield Office, since March 1993. Barb initially worked in the Family Service Unit until 1999 when she was assigned to the Juvenile Court Intake Unit where she continues to practice. Prior to her employment with Wood County, she worked at an AODA halfway house for adolescents and as a Prevention Specialist. Barb joined the Board of Directors in September 2005 and is currently serving on the Conference Planning Committee.
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Renee Handrow
Renee is a graduate of UW-Stout and has been employed with Rock County since 1994 and is a certified Social Worker. She originally started her career with Rock County in CPS where she worked in Access, On-Going and reunification services working closely with birth parents and foster parents. In 2009, Renee transferred from CPS to the Juvenile Justice Department within Rock County. While in the JJ Division, Renee has worked as an intake worker, provided formal supervision to juveniles and currently is an Intensive Case Manager in the division. She is a regional WJCIA representative for her county and attends the regional meetings quarterly. She is part of the OE (Organizational Effectiveness) team of Rock County and is the county’s OE internal facilitator. Renee is trained in and practices Family Functional Case Management (FFCM) and has been utilizing this evidence based approach since 2013. Renee participates in monthly gang meetings through the Janesville Police Department and is also a member of Rock County’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) that provides support and training to co-workers that experience a traumatic work event. She brings over 23 years of experience in the child welfare and juvenile justice field and has been on the Board since 2014.
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Barbara Kultgen
Barbara is the Manager of the Juvenile Court Intake Unit with Sheboygan County Health and Human Services Department since 2014. She has been employed in Sheboygan County since 1998 as a social worker and has worked in the Juvenile Court Intake Unit since 2001. She was assigned to Tower Academy (formerly called STRIVE) for 13 years working with adjudicated youth and their families through this self-contained special education program in the Sheboygan Area School District. Barbara has been employed in the field of child welfare since 1997 after obtaining a BSW from UW-Whitewater. She is currently the liaison for Sheboygan County Shelter Care and the Intensive Supervision Program as well as involved in work groups related to trauma-informed care and evidence-based practices. Barbara has been practicing mindfulness through yoga and meditation for over a decade and teaching since 2008 when she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yogaloft in Sheboygan. She has experience teaching yoga and meditation to diverse groups including in the workplace, to athletes, to children, and to at-risk youth. She is currently working towards completion of a Children’s Yoga Teacher certification.
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Stacy Ledvina
Stacy attended UW-Oshkosh where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work in 1995. In 1996 she went on to UW-Milwaukee where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Social Work, with an emphasis in school social work. Upon graduation she worked for 1 ½ years as a contracted worker with the Manitowoc County Human Services Department in the Long Term Support Unit, working primarily with disabled children. In September 1998 Stacy became a county employee, working in the juvenile court unit as an ongoing social worker. In November, 2006 Stacy became the supervisor of the Youth and Family Services Unit. She supervises juvenile court intake/ongoing and the Intensive Supervision Program. Stacy has been on the WCJIA Board of Directors since 2008.
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Linzi Luck
Linzi is an Ongoing Juvenile Justice Social Worker for La Crosse County. She graduated in 2013 from UW-Platteville with her B.S. in Psychology and minor in Criminal Justice. Following college she took a year off from school and worked full-time providing in-home Autism therapy in the Beaver Dam, WI area. In 2014, she went back to school for her Master’s in Social Work from UW-Madison and graduated in 2016. While in graduate school she interned from Briarpatch Youth Services during the 2014-2015 school year. While at Briarpatch, she provided intensive supervision to youth on county supervision in Dane county. During the 2015-2016 school year, she decided to try her hand at policy and program development and interned at the Dane County TimeBank helping with running and developing their new community based Youth Court Program. This program worked to divert those youth that received municipal citations and other minor delinquency charges (i.e. Disorderly Conduct) out of the juvenile system by providing them with restorative justice alternatives. These alternatives included, community service, research papers, or apology letters, to name a few. After graduation she wanted to continue working with youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system which led her to her current position at La Crosse County.
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Kari McKenna
Kari graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Human Services. Her career in Human Services began in 2010 working as an Ongoing Case Manager with Children's Service Society of Wisconsin in Milwaukee County. In 2013, she relocated to Monroe County where she began Ongoing Case Management for CPS until December 2014, when she accepted the position of Juvenile Justice Intake worker and still holds the position currently. Kari works with Juveniles through the Intake Process and Court Systems in Monroe County providing both supervision services and referrals to other services to help juveniles, as well as works with the Truancy Court and JIPS systems. Kari resides in Wilton, WI, with her husband, two young boys and their dog, Ranger.
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John Mock
John is currently a Juvenile Justice Court Intake Worker with Jefferson County Human Services. I have been with Jefferson County for 2 ½ years. I was initially hired on with Jefferson County as an Intake/crisis worker and handled all emergency after hour’s calls – including juvenile justice, child protective services, and adult AODA and mental health emergencies. Shortly after starting in that position, I was fortunate enough to transition into the Juvenile Justice Field when a position became available. My passion is working with at-risk youth, and I have been working with that population, in some capacity, since 2005. I have a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Edgewood College. During College I worked at a children’s group home as a youth specialist. I worked there for several years as a supervisor and then assistant director. Shortly after graduating college, I worked as a supervisor at a county juvenile detention center for three years. After juvenile corrections, I worked in the school district as a social worker. I have now found my home with Jefferson County and enjoy working with all of the experienced and committed human services professionals that make up the department.
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Jodi Petersen
Jodi has been employed at Portage County Health and Human Services Department since 1997. She worked in the Youth and Family Services section for 13 years providing intake and ongoing case management for juveniles involved in delinquency and JIPS issues. Since June of 2010, Jodi has been the Juvenile Justice Supervisor. Jodi graduated from UW-EC in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has since obtained her social work certification. She also worked in residential treatment and juvenile detention prior to her career in Portage County. Jodi has served on the Curriculum, Membership, By Laws,and Newsletter committees and chaired the Nomination Committee from 2009-2016. Jodi has served on the
WJCIA Board since 2006.
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Kerry Root
Kerry has been a Social Worker since 1995 when she graduated from UW-Eau Claire. She has worked in Corrections, Residential, and done Protective Services in Clark and Rock Counties. In 2016 Kerry became the 3rd ever Juvenile Court Intake worker for Chippewa County (following behind Mike Weber and Gary Lefler). She had done on-going Juvenile Justice for 13 years in Chippewa County prior to taking the Intake position. Kerry has been on the WJCIA Board for 2 years and is chairing the Legislative Committee. When away from work, Kerry enjoys spending time with her family, especially watching her 2 teenage boys play sports.
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Sarah Socha
Sarah has been employed with Price County since 1991. Her duties have included child protection investigations, foster care, and monitoring DPA’s. In 1995 she became the Chief Juvenile Intake Worker with duties including juvenile intake inquiries and following each case through DPA or Delinquency adjudication to closure. In 2000, she assisted in developing and coordinating the Price County Teen Court Program. In 2004 she accepted the position as the Children and Youth Supervisor and supervises the areas of juvenile court intake, initial assessment, child protection, foster care, and ongoing services. She served one term as president of WJCIA in 2007-2008. She has served on conference, legislative and training committees and has been the chair of curriculum for the past four years.
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Cindy Waller
Cindy has been employed at Eau Claire County since August 2001. Initially, Cindy began as a para-professional with the Community Support Program for adults with mental illness. Then transferred to the Eau Claire County District Attorney's office and was a Crisis Response Specialist. In 2003, Cindy took on the responsibilities of a Juvenile Court Intake Worker in Eau Claire County. In this court attached position, Cindy conducts intake inquiries for CHIPS, JIPS, and Delinquency referrals. She supervises Deferred Prosecution Agreements of the juveniles she places on a DPA’s and writes court reports for juveniles who are adjudicated delinquent for first time offenders. Cindy is actively involved with a variety of committees and organizations in the county and community. Cindy has been a member of the WJCIA Board of Directors since 2007 and enjoys working with the other board members throughout the state. Since Cindy's election to the WJCIA Board, she has served on Conference, Curriculum, Newsletter and Membership committees and has been a past Secretary for the Board.
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Jeff Weiler
Jeff has been employed at Sauk County Dept. of Human Services since 1998 in the Youth Service Unit. His duties include juvenile court intake and managing an on-going caseload of juveniles experiencing delinquency problems. Jeff has both a bachelors’ and masters’ degree earned at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1997 and 1998 respectively. Prior to working at Sauk County Jeff worked for the Dane County Juvenile Court Program and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections: Probation and Parole.
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Melissa Zarczynski
Melissa graduated from University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a minor in Psychology in December 2001. She is currently a Certified Social Worker in Dodge County since 2001. She has worked as a Juvenile Court Intake Worker for the past eleven years and prior to that was a Child Protective Services Initial Assessment worker. She enjoys working with the youth in Dodge County and attempting to provide services to assist in improving their choices to positively impact their futures. As a board member she looks forward to gaining knowledge of current happenings in Juvenile Justice and be able to take that knowledge back to co-workers and implement the knowledge gained into daily practice.
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Joel Zimmerman
Joel worked over 8 years with adjudicated delinquents from many counties around Wisconsin. In his time he worked closely with families, counties and schools to develop treatment plans and transitional plans to help kids re-enter their homes, schools, and communities with the best possible pathway to success. Joel now works in Washburn County with Economic Development, including creating programs to connect adjudicated youth with business leaders to begin job mentorship. Joel is from Duluth, MN, graduated with his BS from UW-Superior and moved to Webster, WI after getting his Master’s Degree in Chicago.
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