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About US

"Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." 
Helen Keller

OUR VISION

Waunakee is healthy and resilient.

OUR MISSION

The Waunakee Community Cares Coalition creates conditions and opportunities that prevent and reduce substance abuse.

OUR VALUES

We value engagement, education, collaboration and resiliency in our community and amongst its members. 

OUR STORY

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Since 2014, Waunakee Community Cares Coalition (WCCC) has been mobilizing partners from all sectors of the community to create a strong coalition dedicated to impactful change. WCCC utilizes local, state, and federal grant dollars to create conditions & opportunities to prevent and reduce youth substance use & support mental wellness and resiliency.

Collaborate

Educate

WCCC currently collaborates with over 20 organizations to build a healthy community. The opportunities to collaborate with diverse group members in WCCC is endless.

 

WCCC provides a robust library of opportunities and resources available for youth and adults to learn more about healthy choices, prevention, mental wellness, and resiliency.

 

WCCC engages our community and our youth in authentic ways. Join us today and help us create a healthier environment for all members of the community.

ENGAGE

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MEET THE TEAM

The WCCC is led by a committed team of community volunteers and champions for youth prevention and positive mental health.  Each sector of the community is represented on our leadership team and plays an integral part of not only the vision for our organization, but also, the impactful work done.

The WCCC is also fortunate to have a recently added full time coordinator and student intern.  They facilitate the necessary work of the leadership team and coalition.

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Jodie Sorenson

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Executive Board Chair -  I have worked for the Village of Waunakee as their Municipal Clerk of Court for the past 20 years, Wisconsin Municipal Court Clerks Association President and appointed to the Municipal Court Clerk’s Advisory Committee. I am a proud founding member of the Waunakee Community Cares Coalition in 2014 and I am currently serving as their Executive Board Chair.  I am a resident of Waunakee with my two children (one was a Waunakee graduate in 2019) and my two puppies!

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Michelle McGrath, Ed. D

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Project Coordinator - I'm a long time champion for the Waunakee Community. Today I serve as the WCCC Project Coordinator.  I have worked in education for the past 27 years, including as an assistant principal at Waunakee High School and a non-profit executive for a youth leadership organization for 15 years.  I am a resident of Waunakee and have 4 children, including one that attends Waunakee High School. 

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Maddy Zaleski

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WCCC InternHello! My name is Maddy Zaleski and I am an intern for the WCCC. I am a former student of the Waunakee school district and am now attending classes at MATC. I joined my sophomore year as the youth representative. Now as a freshman in college I continue to be part of an amazing coalition that is bettering my community.  

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Brian Kersten

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Executive Vice-Board Chair - Brian has be an educator for over 3 decades.  He recently served as the Waunakee Community High School Principal for 26 years until his retirement in 2019.  He was named State of Wisconsin High School Principal of the Year in 2001.   Brian currently serves as a New Teacher Mentor in the district and a New Building Administrator Coach for the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators. Brian and his wife Julie reside in Waunakee.  They have two adult children, Marjorie and Nathan and a young French Pointer named Dash.  

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Jessica Moehn

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Secretary/Treasurer - I currently work for the Waunakee Community School District as the ATODA Prevention Coordinator, Homeless Liaison, and 4K Social Worker. I am originally from Monroe, Wisconsin but got my Bachelors in Social Work & Gender and Women's Studies and then Masters in Social Work from UW-Madison. I like reading, taking care of my houseplants, and going on walks with my dogs. 

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Roger Bartels

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Board Member - I grew up in Southwest WI, have a wife and 2 teenage daughters. I graduated from UW Platteville in 1988. I have been a member of the Waunakee Police Dept. for over 22 years. I spent most of my 22 years as a patrol Sergeant and was promoted to Lieutenant in May of 2020. I have been a member of WCCC since May of 2020.

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Ryan Sheahan

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Board Member - Ryan Sheahan is a Program Coordinator for Public Health Madison and Dane County, and staffs the Dane County Alliance Against Commercial Tobacco. His focus is using evidence-based strategies to promote policy change, building strong alliances, and program management. Ryan lives with his wife and three kids in Waunakee, WI.

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Megan Skoug

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Youth Chair - I have lived in Waunakee nearly my whole life. I am a senior at the high school and am involved in several different athletic and extracurricular activities activities. I have a passion for helping the community and those in it and after high school I plan on attending a four year college or university to study elementary education. I am excited to be making an impact though WCC and hope to become more involved as the year goes on. 

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Mari Gasiorowicz, M.A.

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Project Evaluator – Mari is an Evaluator at Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC), which provides in-kind support to the WCCC. Mari has worked in public health in local, state, and global settings over her 30 plus-year career, including two years in Tanzania with her family when her children were in elementary school (now they are young adults). Mari is particularly interested in evaluating systems-level change work, like WCCC’s efforts.

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Jeff Lafferty

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Project Evaluator – Jeffery S. Lafferty is an environmental epidemiologist for Public Health Madison & Dane County (PHMDC) and provides data and policy analysis support for WCCC.  Jeffery has worked in the fields of cancer research and pharmaceutical development prior to joining PHMDC where he focuses on environmental health and policy for Dane County.  Jeffery was involved for nearly a decade in the development of the Dane County Youth Assessment that is administered by middle and high schools throughout Dane County including Waunakee High School.