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Empowering Safe, Healthy, Meaningful Lives Requires Great Governance

Boards and Committees

The Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services answers to the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors as both a policy and budgetary body for all activities in our Disabilities Services, Youth & Family Services and Housing Divisions. The Milwaukee County Mental Health Board, as of 2015 Wisconsin Act 203, holds the same role of authority over our Behavioral Health Services. Additionally, the Combined Community Services Board holds an advisory role over our Disabilities Services Division.

Further, DHHS maintains committees providing oversight for ethics at our Behavioral Health Services and for our Disability Resource Center.

The Aging and Disability Resources Center Governing Board of Milwaukee County

Advising policy and budget for the Milwaukee County DHHS Disabilities Services, and Milwaukee County Department on Aging, Aging and Disabilities Resources Center

Member  Status Position
Jupka, Debra  Member Aging Advocate 
Meunier, William  Member  Aging Advocate 
Bush, Rachael, Vice Chair Member Aging Advocate 
Mayfield, M. Kent  Member Aging Advocate 
Dr. Lillich, David Member Aging Advocate 
Horton, Tracie Member Aging Advocate 
Sagar, Kiran Member Aging Advocate 
Pichler, Cindi Member  Professional for Disabilities
Galambos, Colleen, PhD, DSW Member  Professional for Aging 


(Updated Oct. 27, 2021)

Interested in becoming a member? We currently have openings on the ADRC Governance Board. Review our Recruitment Letter and our ADRC Board Commission Checklist to learn more about our charge, responsibilities and how to join.

ADRC Governance Board Brochure

The Aging and Disability Resources Center 2020 Listening Sessions Survey Results

The ADRC governing body hosted three virtual listening sessions in 2020, rather than in-person sessions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A written survey was also conducted to gather feedback, both by mail and online. We invite our consumers and stakeholders to review the full Listening Session Report and appendices here: 

2020 Listening Session and Survey Report

2020 Listening Session and Survey Report Appendices

 

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Commission on Aging

The Commission on Aging is the policymaking body that oversees the Milwaukee County DHHS Division on Aging. Commissioners are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by the County Board. Commissioners are selected based on their proven interest and dedication to aging issues. They represent a diverse segment of the population with respect to age, race, ethnicity, socio-economic status and residence within the County.

2020 Commission on Aging Year-End Report

Meetings

Find dates for upcoming meetings, agendas and past meeting minutes through the county's CLIC site.

Janice Wilberg, Ph.D.

Chair COA/Executive Committee

Member Service Delivery Committee

 

County Supervisor Sequanna Taylor

Member

Advocacy Committee

Amber Miller

Chair, Service Delivery Committee

Member Senior Center Committee

Mark Behar

Member Advisory Council

 

Brian Peters, B.A.

Chair, Advocacy Committee

 

Cindy Van Vreede

Member, Nutrition Council

Member, Wellness Committee

 

George Banda

Member

 

Denise Callaway

Chair, Advisory Council

 

Gloria Miller

Secretary, COA/Executive Commitee

Chair, Wellness Committee

 

Eugene R. Guszkowski, AIA

Legislative Officer

COA/Executive Committee

Chair, Senior Center Committee

 

Terrence Moore

Vice Chair, COA/Executive Committee

Member, Service Delivery Committee

Member, Senior Center Commitee

 

Cherie Swenson

Member, Advisory Council

Member, Senior Center Committee

 

 

 

 

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Current Commissioners Status
Janice Wilberg, PhD Chair COA/Executive Committee; Member Service Deliery Committee
George Banda Member
Mark Behar Member Advisory Council
Denise Callaway Chair, Advisory Council
Eugene R. Guszkowski, AIA Legislative Officer, COA/Executive Committe; Chair, Senior Center Committee
Amber Miller Chair, Service Delivery Committee; Member Senior Center Committee
Gloria Miller Secretary, COA/Executive Committee; Chair, Wellness Committee
Terrence Moore Vice Chair, COA/Executive Committee; Member, Service Delivery Committee; Member, Senior Center Committee
Paula Penebaker, B.S. Member, Advisory Council
Brian Peters, B.A. Chair Advocacy Committee
Cherie Swenson Member, Advisory Council; member, Senior Center Committee
County Supervisor Sequanna Taylor Milwaukee County Supervisor, Member, Advocacy Committee
Cindy Van Vreede Member, Nutrition Council; Member, Wellness Committee


(Updated Feb. 22, 2024)

 

Milwaukee County Mental Health Board

Governing policy and budget for the Milwaukee County DHHS Behavioral Health Services. Contact the Mental Health Board.

Learn more about the 2024 BHD Budget and How to Participate.

 

Mary Neubauer, MSW, CPS

Board Chairwoman

Committee Member:

Community Engagement

Executive

Finance

Governance

 

Kathleen Eilers, RN, MSN

Board Vice-Chairwoman

Finance Committee Chairwoman

Former Administrator

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division

Shirley Drake, BS, CPS

Board Secretary 

Committee Chairwoman:  Quality

Committee Member:  Community Engagement

Program Coordinator-Office of Consumer Affairs

Wisconsin Community Services     

Maria Perez, PhD, LCSW

Committee Member:

Governance

 

 

 

Katharine Bottoni

Committee Member:

Governance

 

 

 

Richard Canter

Committee Member:

Finance

 

 

 

Rachel Forman, PhD

Committee Member:

Quality

Governance

 

 

 

Kenneth Ginlack

Committee Chairman:  Governance      

Committee Member:

  Executive

Quality

Chief Executive Officer

Serenity Inns, Inc.

        

 

 

Dennise Lavrenz, RN, MBA, CENP

MCFI, Former Chief Clinical Officer/Senior VP Client Services

Community Engagement Chairwoman

Committee Member:

Finance

Quality

 

Jon Lehrmann, MD

Committee Member:

Finance

Ex-Officio Member

Chairman

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin

 

LaNelle Ramey

Executive Director

MENTOR Greater Milwaukee

 

 

Dr. Amy Ridley Meyers, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Medical College of  Wisconsin

Committee Member:

Community Engagement

Earlise Ward

Committee Member:

Community Engagement

Tenured Professor

University of Wisconsin - Madison

School of Medicine and Public Health

 

2024 Mental Health Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

Meeting accommodations: ADA accommodation requests should be filed with the Milwaukee County Office for Persons with Disabilities by calling (414) 278-3932 or 711 (TRS).

To receive meeting notifications, click the link and register:  City of Milwaukee Portal

Board and committee meeting dates, times and meeting locations are posted below. Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Meeting Materials and Records can be found on Milaukee County's Legislative Information Center (CLIC).

2024 Mental Health Board

All dates are the fourth Thursday of the month, except for the June meeting (due to a conflict with the MHB Finance Committee) and the December meeting (due to the holidays).

Date Time Location Public Comment
January 25 4:30 pm Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208  GENERAL
February 22 9:00 am Coggs Human Service Building Room 104, 1220 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205 NO
March 21 4:30 pm Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208  Re: BUDGET
April 25 9:00 am Coggs Human Service Building Room 104, 1220 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205 NO
June 20 9:00 am Coggs Human Service Building Room 104, 1220 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205 NO
July 11 8:00 am Coggs Human Service Building Room 104, 1220 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205 NO - Budget Presentation/Approval
August 22 9:00 am Coggs Human Service Building Room 104, 1220 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205 NO
September 26 4:30 pm Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208  Re: GENERAL
October 24 9:00 am Coggs Human Service Building Room 104, 1220 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205 NO
December 12 8:00 am Coggs Human Service Building Room 104, 1220 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205 NO

 

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2024 Mental Health Board Finance Committee

Date Time Location Topic(s) Public Comment
February 22 8:00 am Coggs Human Service Building Room 104, 1220 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205 Contracts Approval NO
March 28 1:30 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) Quarterly Meeting NO
April 25 8:00 am Coggs Human Service Building Room 104, 1220 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205 Contracts Approval NO
June 6 4:30 pm Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208  Preliminary Budget Presentation NO
June 11 4:30 pm  Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208  BUDGET (See Agenda and/or Flyer for Comment Submission Details) YES
June 20 8:00 am Coggs Human Service Building Room 104, 1220 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205 Contracts Approval NO
June 27 1:30 pm Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208  BUDGET (Presentation [See Agenda for Comment Submission] & Budget Recommendation) YES
August 22 8:00 am Coggs Human Service Building Room 104, 1220 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53205 Contracts Approval NO
September 5 1:30 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) Quarterly Meeting NO
October 24 8:00 am Coggs Human Service Building Room 104, 1220 W Vliet Street, Milwaukee, WI 53205 Contracts Approval NO
December 5 1:30 pm Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details) Quarterly Meeting/Contracts Approval NO

 

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2024 Mental Health Board Quality Committee

Date Time Location
March 4 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
June 3 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
September 9 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
December 2 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)


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2024 Mental Health Board Governance Committee

Date Time Location
January 10 1:30 p.m. Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
March 13 1:30 p.m. Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
May 8 1:30 p.m. Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
July 10 1:30 p.m. Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
September 11 1:30 p.m. Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
November 13 1:30 p.m. Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)

 

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2024 Mental Health Board Community Engagement Committee (Meeting Dates To Be Determined)

Date Time Location
January 30 10:00 a.m. Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
March 27 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
May 30 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
July 31 10:00 a.m. Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
September 25 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)
November 27 10:00 am Microsoft Teams Meeting (See Agenda for Details)

 

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For more information about the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board Community Stakeholder Advisory Council, please click on the appropriate links below or visit our Facebook page.

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The Combined Community Services Board of Milwaukee County

Advising policy and budget for Milwaukee County DHHS Disabilities Services.

Meeting schedules, records and details for the CCSB are housed on CLIC.

Combined Community Services Board Priorities 2022-2023

Dennise Lavrenz, RN, MBA, CENP

Board Chair

MCFI, Former Chief Clinical Officer/Senior VP Client Services

 

Julie Alexander

Julie Alexander

Citizen Advocate

Cindy Bentley

Champion

Special Olympics

Lisa Burg

Disabilities Advocate

Priscilla Coggs-Jones

 District 13
Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors

Luanne McGregor

Disabilities Advocate

Robyn Rodgers

Robyn R. Rodgers

Case Manager

Duncan Shrout

Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs (ret.)

IMPACT, Inc.

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BHS Ethics Committee

The BHS Ethics Committee encourages individuals to bring situations and cases to them for consultation. This committee can be of great utility in both serving a consultation role as well as providing an educational perspective.

Member Status Division Email
Ryan Ayala Member CYFS [email protected]
Heidi Ciske-Schmidt Member Wraparound Milwaukee [email protected]
Jacquelyn Cram Member CARS [email protected]
Arthur R. Derse, M.D., J.D. Ex-Officio MCW Bioethics [email protected]
James Feagles Member CARS [email protected]
Justin Kuehl, Psy.D. Chair Psychology – Crisis Services [email protected]
Garson Leder, Ph.D. Member MCW Bioethics [email protected]
Julie Owen, M.D. Member Psychiatry – MCW & MHEC [email protected]
John Schneider, M.D. Ex-Officio Psychiatry – Administration [email protected]
Ryan Spellecy, Ph.D. Member MCW Bioethics [email protected]
Annaleigh Vytlacil Member  Certified Peer Specialist [email protected]
Vicki Wheaton Member Medical Records [email protected]

 

(Updated October 19, 2023)

 

MILWAUKEE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

1220 W. Vliet St.

Suite 301

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53205

Our Vision

Together, creating healthy communities.

Our Mission

Empowering safe, healthy, meaningful lives.

Our Values

Partnership, Respect, Integrity, 

Diversity, Excellence

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