Alice Pauser, Founder & CEO, has conducted research on the Wisconsin Women’s Correctional System (WWCS) since 2001 and initially developed the mission statement for The Demeter Foundation. A member of the Correctional Education Association (CEA), she has presented statewide and nationally at the Prisoner’s Family Conference on the needs of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. Alice has developed and implemented programs for women to maintain mental health recovery and gain balance in their lives. She has built collaboration with Wisconsin Community Corrections and directly provides services to women in the Dane County area. Alice is a nationally certified Wellness Recovery Action Plan W.R.A.P. facilitator. She is active in providing input to Wisconsin Legislators on the status of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and the need for systems change. Her daughter is currently incarcerated at Taycheedah Correctional Institute in Wisconsin.
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Larry Burg, Board President, is a retired State of Wisconsin Correctional Sergeant who spent 30 years advocating for the safety and fair treatment of all human beings under his care. Larry has been employed on two separate occasions at Taycheedah Correctional Institution. During his three years serving on The Demeter Foundation Board Larry has held the office of Treasurer for the last year. He is currently employed by Veterans Health Administration as a Peer Support Specialist working in the Homeless Program in Madison, WI. Larry was married for 25 years before his wife passed away from breast cancer. He is now re married with a daughter, seven step children and three grandchildren.
Kathie Gieger, Treasurer, In 2012 I became interested in the area of both mental health and substance abuse peer support. I trained with Depression Bipolar Services Association of Chicago, Illinois to become a State of Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist.Some of the work and training included trauma care, crisis planning, and support community connection. In 2012 I received the Achievement for Leadership Academy Certificate from United We Stand Wisconsin. In 2013 I trained to becomeboth a trainer and worker with the Wellness Recovery Plan (W.R.A.P.) By Mary Ellen Copeland, PhD. In 2016 I received a State of Wisconsin Substance Abuse in Training Certificate, so could better support peers with duel diagnoses. I have worked with peers in community supportive housing in a resource facility and also in a woman’s sober-house supporting women struggling with addictions. I am active in my community working with programs that support people with mental illness and addiction. One of the programs I attend and support is the Back Yard Mosaic Project, a part of the Dane County Ministry directed by Chaplin Julia Weaver. The women of the Dane County jail who have Huber privileges are able to attend this group and learn about new beginnings,faith and how to gain better self- value. In 2015 I joinedthe board of directors of The Demeter Foundation, which supports women both incarcerated and formerly incarcerated.
Mikael Snitker-Magin has 18 years of experience in higher education, mental health, and rehabilitation counseling with roles ranging from mental health director to faculty member. He serves the needs of military veterans, teaches classes at Madison College, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, and holds a PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current professional interests include grant development and inclusive work environments for people with disabilities and people of color. He lives in Madison with his family and two cats.
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Michael Barthman is completing his doctorate in medicine at the University of Wisconsin and will begin training as an emergency medicine physician this coming year. He is a founding board member of the Community Health Initaiative, a nonprofit implementing community-directed mobile clinics and public health projects in rural Haiti. As a medical student, he was a leader in developing and improving health resource programs for a juvenile correctional facility, and conducted research on comprehensive health services for the most socially and medically complex patients within the health care system. He is poet and lover of music.
Boris Frank (SCORE Advisor) has been a senior consultant and nonprofit administrator for over 35 years. He currently serves as Director of Development for Family Service Madison, a 106 year-old nonprofit addressing violence and abuse issues affecting children and adults.
Sandy Weisberger (SCORE Advisor) is a retired advertising professional with nearly 40 years of experience developing and implementing media strategy for a broad range of clients. Since retiring, he has helped nonprofits identify and prioritize their marketing goals and determine strategies to achieve those goals.