Alice Pauser, Founder & Board member, Alice oversees the daily operation of the organization and serves as Executive Director. She 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 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.
Mikael Snitker-Magin, Treasurer 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.
Paula Buege-Paula Buege a psychiatric, substance use and trauma survivor.She is also the parent of 3 children, two of whom have experienced mental health and substance use challenges.Paula has been training and implementing Trauma Informed Care & Adverse Childhood Experiences in institutions and with agencies for over 10 years. Paula also works as a peer/parent peer specialist with individuals & with families who have a member experiencing social/emotional/mental health and substance use challenges. She serves on several state advisories and committees related to Mental Health & Trauma Informed Care and continues to be engaged in collaboratives to change practices in Wisconsin based on Trauma Informed Care and Adverse Childhood Experiences research. Paula infuses her lived experience into trainings and daily work.
Mike Bacsi-I live in downtown Madison with my partner, Patti Seger, and our three dogs. My daily work involves helping people purchase homes by providing counseling on credit, budgeting and available loan programs. I do this work at Johnson Bank in Madison as a VP of mortgage lending. My past board work has been with Domestic Abuse Intervention Services and Friends of Lake View Hill Park. I believe in the dignity of all people and gender equity. It is an honor for me to serve on the board of The Demeter Foundation.
Shannon Anderson-Shannon Anderson is a family nurse practitioner and as a community health nurse has over a decade of experience working with under and uninsured patients in the Dane county area. She is continually drawn to the process of justice through restoration and equity. She lives in Monona with her husband, two children and their dog Maggie. Her personal interests include knitting, spending time outdoors, reading and learning as many new things as she can. She is active in her local church and her faith provides the foundation for loving others no matter what the circumstances. She is excited to help with the Demeter Foundation.
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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.