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About WISE

The WISE – Initiative for Stigma Elimination (WISE) is a nationwide coalition of organizations and individuals promoting inclusion and support for those affected by mental illness and addiction/substance use through the advancement of evidence-based practices for stigma reduction efforts.

WISE Executive Committee

Dr. Ricardo Anderson

Dr. Ricardo Anderson

Chair of WISE, Instructional Connections. Academic Coach

Ellie Jarvie

Ellie Jarvie

Lead Advocate, Disability Rights Wisconsin

Thomasina Jenkins

Thomasina Jenkins, LCSW, CSAC, ICS

Clinical Assistant Professor and Field Liason Helen Bader School of Social Welfare UW – Milwaukee

Mark W Powless

Mark W. Powless

General Manager, Oneida Nation

Megan McLachlan

Megan McLachlan, MEd

Education coordinator at NAMI Wisconsin

Maria Inosencia Amarante

Dr. Maria Inosencia Amarante LPC, SAC, Ph.D.

Multicultural Trauma and Addiction Treatment Center of Wisconsin

Rogers Community Learning and Engagement staff supports the work of WISE - Initiative for Stigma Elimination

Alison Wolf

Alison Wolf

Operation and Development Manager

Emily Jonesberg

Emily Jonesberg, MSW, LCSW

Program Manager

Hanna Maechtle

Hanna Maechtle

Training Specialist

Brittney Fair

Brittney Fair, MSW, APSW

Training Specialist

Coaching for Success Program, Sheboygan, WI

Kimberly Johnson

Kimberly Johnson

Lead Coach – Coaching for Success Sheboygan

Patrick Uselding

Patrick Uselding

Lead Coach – Coaching for Success Sheboygan

WISE Partners

Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI

American Heart Association, Milwaukee, WI

Appleton Public Library, Appleton, WI

Aurora Family Services, Milwaukee, WI

Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, WI

Character Counts, Mental Health Committee – Port Washington school District, WI

City on a Hill, Milwaukee, WI

Coalition for Children’s Mental Health, Milwaukee, WI

Compassion MKE, Milwaukee, WI

Convergence Resource Center, Milwaukee, WI

COPE Services (Ozaukee County), WI

Data You Can Use, Milwaukee, WI

Dry Hootch, Milwaukee

Illinois Institute of Technology – Dr. Patrick Corrigan

Center for Urban Research, Teaching and Outreach (CURTO), Marquette University

Children’s Wisconsin

Christian Family Solutions, WI, MN, FL, ID, MI, NE

Concordia University, Mequon, WI

Cultivate Mental Wellness Ozaukee and Washington County Partnership

Disability Rights Wisconsin

Ex Fabula, Milwaukee, WI

Finding Your Fairytale – Angela Kupper, Milwaukee, WI

Gathering on the Green, Mequon, WI

Giving Voice to Depression Podcast, Milwaukee, WI

The Institute of Trauma and Trauma Informed Care, Buffalo, NY

Kentucky Department of Public Instruction, Commonwealth of Kentucky

LaCrosse Mental Health Coalition, WI

Latino Health Coalition, Milwaukee, WI

LGBTQ Community Center, Milwaukee, WI

Love IV Lawrence, Tampa, FL

Medical College of Wisconsin

Mental Health America Lakeshore Sheboygan, WI

Mental Health America Wisconsin

Mental Health Task Force of Polk County, WI

Milwaukee Center for Independence, WI

Milwaukee Mental Health Task Force, WI

Milwaukee Public Schools, WI

MIRACLE (Mental Illness Raising Awareness with Church and Community Leaders Everywhere), Milwaukee, WI

Multicultural Trauma and Addiction Treatment Center of Wisconsin

NAMI Dane County, WI

NAMI Chicago, IL

NAMI Fox Valley, WI

NAMI Southeast WI

NAMI Racine, WI


New Concept Self Development Center, Milwaukee, WI

Next Door, Milwaukee

Nicolet Federated Library System, WI
No Shame On U, Chicago, IL

North East WI Mental Health Connection

Nurturing Diversity Partners, Milwaukee, WI

Office of Children’s Mental Health (OCMH), WI

Oneida Nation, Green Bay, WI

Ozaukee Family Services, WI

PATH School based mental health program, Sheboygan, WI

Prevent Suicide Greater Milwaukee, WI

Prevent Suicide WI

REDgen, Shorewood, WI

Resilient Retreat, Sarasota, Florida

Rogers Behavioral Health, WI, PA, TN, FL, CA, GA, IL, MN, CO, WA

Safe and Sound, Milwaukee, WI

Samaritan Family Wellness, Glendale, WI

Sebastian Family Psychology Services, Milwaukee, WI

SCPMH – School Community Partnership for Mental Health, Milwaukee, WI

Shorehaven Behavioral Health, Brown Deer, WI

Southwest Wisconsin Behavioral Health Partnership Community Action Program

Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Coalition of Portage County, WI

The Jed Foundation, Los Angeles

University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, Milwaukee, WI

University of Wisconsin Madison

University of Wisconsin Whitewater

Veteran Peer Support at Medical College of Wisconsin

Core El Centro, Milwaukee, WI

Wellpoint Care Network, Milwaukee, WI

WISH (Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools) Center, CESA (Cooperative Educational Service Agency), Wisconsin

Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

Wisconsin Family Ties (WFT)

Wisconsin PATCH Program

Wisconsin Peer Specialists

Wood County Mental Health Matters Coalition, WI