About the Coalition

The Coalition for Expanding School-Based Mental Health engages in many activities to fund, advocate, and advance expanded school mental health programs in schools around the state.  These activities include advocating for legislative change and drafting bills to fund ESMH programs, launching an informative website, and planning an annual summit that involves and informs a statewide network of more than 180 providers, school mental health staff, legislators, parents, and others who care about the well-being and success of each child.  You can make a difference by joining one of three Coalition committees that need your involvement and skills!  Please contact us to join!


COMMITTEES


Communications Committee

The Communications Committee manages communication & procedures for Coalition membership, works to create, modify, and update website content; compile and distribute notices to the distribution list, and manages the Coalition’s social media presence.

Legislative Committee

The Legislative Committee works to create and adapt policy, engage in legislative activities to fund expanded school mental health programs, and advocates on behalf of the coalition.

Innovative Practice & Comprehensive Model Committee

The Innovative Practice & Comprehensive Model Committee recommends presenters for both the annual summit and for non-coalition events & conferences.  The committee responds to inquiries, disseminates current best practices, and communicates the school-based mental health model and best practices at engagements.


BOARD MEMBERS


Executive Committee

Chris Crowe  (Chair)  Director & Principal, North Star Academy

Daniel Baran  (Vice-Chairperson)   Board Secretary & Treasurer, Professional Services Group, Inc

Linda Hall  (Treasurer)   Executive Director, Wisconsin Association of Family & Children’s Agencies

Jessica Bigboy  (Secretary)  Parent Peer Specialist Wisconsin Family Ties

Members-at-Large

Greta Blancarte   Mental Health Coordinator, Ashland School District

Tina Buhrow   Co-Chair Children’s Mental Health Collective Impact Executive Council, Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health

Phyllis Greenberger Lead Advocacy Specialist, Disability Rights Wisconsin

Armando Hernandez   Assistant Director of Integrated Health, Madison Metropolitan School District

Julie Hueller Manager, Racine Collaborative for Children’s Mental Health, Racine Unified School District

Andrea Mitchell, Wellness Program Supervisor, Lutheran Social Services

Rebecca McCurdy  Clinic Administrator/Outpatient Therapist,  Northwest Journey & Northwest Directions

Sara Parrell    Lead Nurse, Mental Health and Professional Development, Madison Metropolitan School District

Audrey Potter   Community Coordinator, School Community Partnership for Mental Health (SCPMH)

Kristine Sack   School Based Mental Health Coordinator, Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin & Upper Michigan

Monica Wightman   Consultant, Advancing Wellness and Resiliency Education (AWARE), Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Mary Wisnet   Community Development Program Officer, Health & Healing and Strengthening Families – United Way Fox Cities