Beth loves being part of an energized statewide team of passionate volunteer board members and committed staff who work together to create change throughout the state. She directed BPDD’s successful “Let’s Get to Work” national youth employment project that tripled employment rates for participating youth, and is directing the Board’s “Living Well” national project to improve the health, safety and independence of people with disabilities using community-based long-term supports. Her background is designing programs and working on public policies to improve inclusive education, school transition, employment, and leadership. She has a passion for bike rides, circuit training, and a good rummage sale. She has two adult daughters who are pursuing their dreams, one of whom has a developmental disability and uses long-term supports on her jobs, at her apartment and to participate in the community.
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.
608/266-7707, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny is BPDD’s Disability Grassroots Organizer and works with Partners in Policymaking and the Disability Vote Coalition. She has also worked on the Let’s Get to Work Project. For more, see Let’s Get to Work
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.
Tami is the Public Policy Analyst and Legislative Liaison for BPDD, where she works with the legislature, Governor’s office, and state agencies to improve public policies—including Medicaid, long-term care, transportation, civil rights, and other issues—that result in greater self-determination, independence, productivity, integration, and inclusion in all facets of community life for people with developmental disabilities. Tami has developed and worked to pass disability related legislation, including Wisconsin’s Supported Decision-Making agreement law.
Jeremy supports our board members before, during and after board events and will coordinate all our internal and external communications. He is passionate about Natural Supports and how they can assist both individuals with disabilities and their families. As a sibling of someone with cerebral palsy, he participated in Sibshops as a youth and is now a trained facilitator. Jeremy is also a Lead Facilitator for the YiPPE (Youth in Partnership with Parents for Empowerment) program which trains and supports families and their transition-aged youth with disabilities.
Molly Cooney, Employment and Diversity Outreach Specialist
608/266-0266, Email: Molly.Cooney@wisconsin.gov
Molly works on the Board’s employment and diversity initiatives, including Employment First and Building Full Lives, and takes a lead on the Board’s federal reporting. She’s interested in finding ways for service systems to more intentionally use peers with lived experience to provide support to people with disabilities and their family members. Molly enjoys spending time outside walking her dog and trail running, as well as strong coffee, quiet mornings, and playing games with her kids.
Russell McCullough, Office Associate
Russell works to prepare for BPDD’s conferences and other events. He works closely with our office manager Natasha to make sure our events have enough materials and will run smoothly. Chances are you will find him at BPDD’s resource table or discussing Supported Decision Making in a breakout session at one of our events. Russell has been working for BPDD since 2012.
Allison Kelly, Living Well Project Manager
608/266-5038, Email: Allison.Kelly@wisconsin.gov
I graduated from UW-Madison with a master’s degree in social work in 2014, specializing in health, aging and disability. During my master’s program I worked doing grassroots organizing with people with disabilities and their loved ones and also interned with the WI Department of Health Services. Since graduating, I’ve worked primarily in healthcare. I’m excited to return to work that will improve disability services in Wisconsin and support people with disabilities to live their best possible lives. In my free time I enjoy biking around Madison, dancing, reading science fiction novels and spending time at my family home and farm ‘up north’.
Kaitlin McNamara, Living Well Project Coordinator
608/266-5565, Email: Kaitlin.McNamara@wisconsin.gov
Kaitlin is excited about getting to work on the Living Well Grant and connecting with the community to help improve the health, safety, and self-advocacy of people with disabilities. “I know what access to community and resources can do for the well-being of an individual, and I believe this project can support people with disabilities in living the lives they want for themselves.”