Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System - Madison
8010 Excelsior Drive, Suite 100
Madison, WI 53717
Phone: (608) 890-3965
Fax: (608) 890-1594
Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System - Appleton
2323 E Capitol Drive, Suite 121
Appleton, WI 54911
To contact specific staff members, please refer to the list below.
Heather began working with the training system as the Training Manager for the Intertribal Child Welfare (ICW) Training Partnership in 2005. Her primary focus is on development and coordination of training for tribal child welfare workers. Heather also developed and trains the Foundation curriculum “Case Practice with American Indian Tribes” for county child welfare workers. Prior to working for the ICW Training Partnership, Heather worked in child protection in both the county and tribal systems. Heather obtained her B.S. from the University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire, and was a recipient of a Bush Leadership Fellowship in 2007 which allowed her to go on and receive her MSW from the University of Minnesota—Duluth.
Darin Smith works in the area of Organizational Effectiveness, Program Evaluation and Juvenile Justice for the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System. He brings extensive experience in the child welfare arena including working in Wisconsin counties as a caseworker, supervisor and director. He has a MPA from UW-Oshkosh and a BS in Psychology from UW-Stevens Point and has been a member of the WCWPDS team since 2011.
Megan Baltz, MSW APSW, is the Special Initiatives Coordinator for the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System focusing in out of home care related projects. Prior to this position she managed the foster parent training program for the southern region. She is a proud graduate from the Title IV E Program at UW Madison School of Social Work. Megan draws upon her five years of experience working as a caseworker in Green County where she conducted ongoing case management services, initial assessment and was the foster care coordinator.
Sarah has a BA in Mandarin Chinese and Linguistics from Macalester College, and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in physical therapy from UW-Madison while working part-time for WCWPDS. She coordinates the printing and collation of training materials for our numerous trainings, as well as fixing printer and copier issues, in between keeping the office supplied with everything from tissues to batteries & paperclips. When not in the office or classroom, Sarah can be found in the gym lifting weights or out on the trails carrying heavy things for fun.
Kelli works for WCWPDS managing all case worker special skills and topics trainings. She began working with the training system as the Training Manager for Western Wisconsin Partnership at UW-River Falls in 2006. She managed and coordinated training for supervisors and staff. Prior to working at the Partnership, Kelli worked in child protection at a county agency. She earned her BSW from UW-Eau Claire and her MBA from UW-Eau Claire.
Micaela is a trainer for WCWPDS with the focus being on Foundation Trainings for child welfare workers across the State of Wisconsin. Micaela joined WCWPDS in June of 2016. Prior to this she worked at Rock County Human Services for 15 years. During that time Micaela worked in direct practice in CPS as an Ongoing case manager, Initial Assessment case manager and in Access. Micaela also worked with families needing assistance from the Economic Support Division. Micaela received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology at UW-Whitewater in 1998.
Julie’s main duties as editor include providing support to the curriculum and training managers by reviewing and updating a variety of training documents to ensure instructional materials are of the highest quality and usability for statewide training. As a Child and Adolescent Needs Assessment (CANS) scorer, Julie sends out vignettes, scores the CANS exam using the statistical analysis software SPSS, and communicates scoring results. Additionally, she summarizes training evaluations and sends them to trainers, documents credit/mileage/time in the Access database and marks attendance of trainings on PDS online.
Andrea Cleland, MSSW, CAPSW, is the Safety Trainer for WCWPDS and delivers child safety trainings for CPS workers, supervisors and contract providers statewide. Previously, she worked for 14 years at Rock County as an Access worker, Initial Assessment worker, Ongoing Services worker, and a staff trainer. Andrea also worked as a contract Safety Trainer for the Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership where she trained Safety courses. Andrea earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a graduate of The School of Social Work’s Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program.
Elizabeth processes payments to trainers and vendors, deposits and credit card reconciliation. Contact Elizabeth for questions about any of the above.
Sabrina is an integral part of the WCWPDS team, creating visuals for training handouts, making pamphlets aesthetically pleasing, and generally helping out with anything that's needed.
Jennifer is the Worker Foundation Training Manager for Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System. She has been involved in the child welfare training system since 2009, specializing primarily in Foundation training for caseworkers. She spent fifteen years prior working in child welfare with county agencies, and has enjoyed training parents, staff, and foster parents since 1997. Jennifer received her BSW – Child Welfare Emphasis (UW-Green Bay) in 1994, and obtained her MSW (UW-Green Bay) in 2009.
Vicki Heling is a Child Welfare Foundation Trainer. Prior to coming to WCWPDS Vicki worked for over 16 years in the child welfare/juvenile court system including 3 years as a supervisor. Vicki graduated from UWGB in 1999 with a degree in Human Development with an emphasis in preclinical counseling and a minor in psychology. In 2002 she obtained her Social Work Certification and in 2004, Vicki received a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling through Lakeland University.
Kimberly joined the WCWPDS in the fall of 2015 as an Organizational Effectiveness Facilitator. Her role includes coordinating and facilitating Organizational Effectiveness projects along with coaching and mentoring to county agencies throughout Wisconsin. Prior to this she was a Trainer at the Southern Child Welfare Training Partnership. Kimberly has been in the field of child welfare field since 1994 and her experience includes Ongoing social work, special needs adoption, specialty work regarding permanency for children, continuous quality improvement and seven years of direct supervision. She has a MSSW from UW-Madison and a BSW from UW-LaCrosse.
Connie is part of the team that provides Foundation trainings to new workers. Connie also provides assistance to new child welfare workers, welcoming them and helping orient them to the WCWPDS training system. She serves as the content expert on Pre-Service Training, Safety Overview for Non-CPS, and Confirming Safe Environments. Connie represents WCWPDS at Regional Supervisor Meetings. Connie’s background is diverse and includes serving public and private child welfare for over twenty three years. Additionally she has taught courses at UW-Madison School of Social Work.
Abigail has a BA in Political Science and a certificate in Chinese Professional Communication from UW-Madison, and is currently preparing for the LSATs and applications to law school. As an LTE, she assists Mateja in securing venues, catering and equipment for WCWPDS trainings. When not working at WCWPDS, she is working hard (or hardly working) at Trader Joe’s, or trying to relax on the days off by running, reading, playing piano or ukulele, or cooking.
Mateja is the Training Support Coordinator at WCWPDS. She is in charge of securing venues, catering and equipment for all WCWPDS trainings, and does her best to make sure the trainings go off without a hitch. She holds a B.A. in vocal performance, and both an M.A. and Ph.D in Linguistics, so she is new to the field of social work and is excited to be learning all about it from the ground up. When not vying for the ultimate caterer for WCWPDS, Mateja can be found teaching private piano and voice lessons, or playing with local music groups such as Killarney Blarney (Irish) and Martini Three (jazz).
Beth joined the WCWPDS in June 2016 as a Supervisor Foundation Trainer. She provides Supervisor Foundation and Secondary Traumatic Stress Training as well as assisting in the development of new trainings for supervisors and staff. Previously, she worked with Ho Chunk Nation, the Department of Corrections, and for the last 15 years with Jackson County DHHS where she was the Director for 4 of the 15 years. Beth received both her MSSW and BSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is excited to be returning to the UW and the School of Social Work.
Deb Turnell works part time with WCWPDS, and has worked with us in various capacities since 2009. Her historical knowledge of WCWPDS is invaluable. She is currently leading the training of Juvenile Justice workers through Basic Intake Worker Training.
Richelle Zimmerman has joined WCWPDS as a trainer for the Worker Foundation program, designed to train and develop new social workers in the Child Welfare System. Richelle previously worked in child welfare for La Crosse County Human Services for 18 years where she developed into a trauma informed social worker. She has diverse training experience, as she was an adjunct instructor for the Western Technical College, as a sociology instructor for 16 years and trained La Crosse County foster parent/relative care providers, also for 16 years. In 2013, Richelle joined the Western WI Training Partnership as a part-time trainer. Training new workers in the child welfare system is energizing for Richelle and she looks forward to this opportunity.