Beth Swedeen, Executive Director
608/266-1166, E-mail: beth.swedeen@wisconsin.gov

Beth has worked on statewide disability-related program development and training, research, and evaluation, particularly in school inclusion, parent/self-advocate leadership, and employment. She is director of the “Let’s Get to Work” youth employment grant, has contributed to more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has presented widely at state and national conferences. She is the parent of two young adult daughters, one of whom has a developmental disability.

Fil Clissa, Community Inclusion
608/266-5395, E-mail: fil.clissa@wisconsin.gov

Senior Program/Policy Analyst: Fil Clissa has worked in the disability community for over 30 years. Her work is focused on providing greater opportunities for people with disabilities to fully participate in community life. She is also the project manager for the statewide self-advocacy organization and works with their leadership team to strengthen Wisconsin’s Self-advocacy voice.


Ann Sievert, State Plan Project Manager

608/267-9897, Email: ann.sievert@wisconsin.gov

Ann has worked for 30 years in the disability field advocating for community inclusion and equal rights for individuals with disabilities.   Ann has had extensive experience in team leadership, program development and evaluation, as well as ,project management.   She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis and therapy.  Ann currently provides leadership for the boards employment initiatives, development and implementation of the five year state plan, as well as,  project evaluation/annual reporting and contract management.

Natasha Office ManagerNatasha Fahey-Flynn, Office Manager
608/266-7826, Email: natasha.faheyflynn@wisconsin.gov

Natasha coordinates the day-to-day activities of the Board office and oversees the Board’s purchasing and financial activities. Natasha has a B.A. in studio art from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

 

John Shaw, Community Outreach/Advocacy
608/266-7707, E-mail: John1.shaw@wisconsin.gov

John manages the Board’s advocacy and community organizing activities. John has been instrumental in advocacy efforts for individuals with disabilities in Wisconsin for more than 25 years.  For the Board, John directs the SPARKS grants, the Partners in Policymaking program, the Youth Leadership Forum, and the statewide Disability Vote Coalition. He helped coordinate the statewide Birth-to-3 advocacy effort in 1990, established the Circles of Life Conference, and has worked as a professional provider.  John has a B.S. in history education and a B.S. in broadfield social studies.

Tami Jackson, Public Policy Analyst
608/266-0979, Email: Tamara.Jackson@wisconsin.gov

Tami Jackson is the Public Policy Analyst and Legislative Liaison for the WI Board for People with Developmental Disabilities, where she works on state and federal public policy to improve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities’ lives and systems that serve them. She works directly with the state legislature, state agencies, Wisconsin’s Congressional delegation, and with multiple advocacy coalitions. Tami develops and executes strategies to influence the state budget, legislation, and agency policy on many topics including Medicaid, transportation, employment, civil rights, public benefit programs, housing, and other issues that affect people with disabilities.

Brenda Bauer, Dementia Awareness Outreach Specialist
608/266-5565, Email: Brenda2.Bauer@wisconsin.gov

Brenda has over 12 years of combined expertise in elder care, adults with disabilities, and long-term care programs. In 2016, Brenda joined WI Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) as the Dementia Awareness Outreach Specialist for the Mind & Memory Matters project. At BPDD, Brenda is working towards increasing awareness, educating providers, and improving services for people with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability (I/DD) who are living with dementia.

Jeremy Gundlach,  Communications Specialist
608-266-7826,  Jeremy.Gundlach@Wisconsin.gov

Jeremy supports BPDD’s Mind and Memory Matters dementia identification effort and supports the BPDD board before, during and after meetings.

 

 

James Giese, Director of Communications
608/261-7829, Email: james.giese@wisconsin.gov

James is responsible for managing and coordinating the Board’s communications, including public awareness/public education efforts; special initiatives related to programs generated by the State Legislature or State Agencies; and ongoing outreach. James has a M.S. and more than 20 years of experience in communications for non-profits.

Additional Board Contacts:

Beth Moss, Take Your Legislator to Work
608/266-5038, Email: beth.moss@wisconsin.gov

Beth coordinates and manages BPDD’s Take Your Legislator to Work campaign. Beth also works on the Supported Decision Making Project and helps out with Let’s Get to Work and Employment First. She enjoys writing stories and making videos about people successfully and happily working in the community.

Jenny Neugart, Let’s Get to Work
608/261-7528, Email: jennifer.neugart@wisconsin.gov

Jenny is BPDD’s Let’s Get to Work Project Coordinator and is part of the Waisman Center – University Center for Excellence In Developmental Disabilities and Public Policy and Systems Change (UCEDD). For more, see Let’s Get to Work 

Molly Cooney, Wisconsin Promise/Project SEARCH
608/266-0266, Email: molly.cooney@wisconsin.gov

Molly is an Outreach Specialist with the Waisman Center – University Center for Excellence In Developmental Disabilities and Public Policy and Systems Change (UCEDD).  Molly coordinates BPDD’s workplace and high school transition efforts with Project SEARCH.