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Member Spotlight: Carrie Witt


By SD Network, 2017-12-05

Carrie W Headshot 1.pngMeet Carrie Witt.  Between being the mother to five children and her job organizing events for IRIS participants, free time is for this busy lady.  She encourages everybody to ask questions and take baby steps when working towards goals.  We are so fortunate to have Carrie as a member of the Self-Determination Network. 

How are you involved with self-determination? Why did you join the SD Network?

Carrie is the Community Partnership Specialist in Northeast WI with TMG (IRIS Consultant Agency), she felt it was very important to be a part of this Network and absorb as much information as possible to be able to provide assistance to the participants we serve, as well as her community. After her manager suggested she look into the SD Network, she reviewed the website and all the great things that the Network was doing, and she wholeheartedly joined.

Tell us some good news - what's the most exciting thing happening for you  (or in Wisconsin) in terms self-determination?

Carrie received the opportunity to become the Community Partnership Specialist at TMG, which is a newly created position.  Her role is to partner with the community, schools, job development agencies and organization that are dedicated to helping individuals that are part of the IRIS program. She has been able to organize a vendor event that allowed her to have over 20 vendors that were able to help over 150 participants and their families get the resources and services that they needed, all while having a fun time. “Making a difference in people’s lives is what it’s all about,” she says. 

Tell us some good news - what's the most exciting thing happening for you  (or in Wisconsin) in terms self-determination?

Carrie encourages everyone to take baby steps when it comes to trying something new.  She says, “you might be out of your comfort zone, but try your best.”  She explains that taking two steps forward and one step back might take a bit longer to get to your goal, but eventually, you’ll reach it. She also reminds people not to be afraid to ask a lot of questions—others probably have the same questions.

What message would you like to share with the members of the SD Network?

Carrie often encourages people to put himself/herself in another person’s shoes to really understand the struggles someone might have every day. “Be kind and compassionate when working with others” she says.

What are some of your hobbies?

Carrie enjoys spending time with her family which consists of her husband and five wonderful children.   When she finds time, she also enjoys reading and playing word games. 

***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members. We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.

Member Spotlight: Mike Hipple


By SD Network, 2017-10-09

Meet Mike.  This self-advocate began leading a self-determined life at a very young age.  He believes that having the simplest choices can help a person become more self-determined.  When he’s not busy volunteering for the Wisconsin Augmentative Alternative Communication Network or attending conferences, he enjoys catching up on his favorite TV shows.  We’re so fortunate to have Mike as a member of the Self-Determination Network. 

How are you involved in self-determination?  Why did you join the SD Network?

Mike joined the SD Network to keep up on in Wisconsin for people with disabilities.  He explains that he has lots of friends on the Network, so they like to discuss what’s happening on the website. 

Tell me some good news – what’s the most exciting happening for you (or in Wisconsin) in terms of self-determination?

Mike was happy that the passing of the state budget ended waiting lists for people with disabilities. He says that this will help a lot of people to get much needed services.  He’s also looking forward to attending two special education conferences soon. 

What tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to be more self-determined?

Mike encourages parents who have children who have disabilities to start giving the child options at a young age.  Simple things, such as picking out his/her own clothes or telling someone what  he/she wants for lunch, can be crucial in leading a self-determined life.  He points out that children who are nonverbal can do this too.  “That’s how I got started living a self-determined life,“ he says. 

What message would you like to share with the members of the SD Network?

Mike would like to three things with the members.  First and foremost, he says that people have to have hope everyday because if people don’t, they’ll never be happy.  Second, he says, “we need to work with what God has given us.”   Lastly, he encourages people to try something at least three times before given up. 

What are some of your hobbies?

Mike is very involved in the Wisconsin Augmentative Alternative Communication Network and currently he’s busy getting ready for the United States Society of Augmentative Alternative Communication 2018 Membership Drive.  In his free time, he enjoys catching up on his favorite TV shows. 

***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members. We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.

Member Spotlight: Barb Wollner


By SD Network, 2017-08-09

barb.jpgMeet Barb Wollner.  When she’s not traveling the world or reading mystery novels, she is busy helping people with self-direction.  She is a firm believer in using this Network as a resource to connect with others.  She encourages people not to be afraid to reach out for assistance and support.  We are so fortunate to have Barb as a member of the Self-Determination Network!

How are you involved with self-determination?  Why did you join the SD Network?

Barb is one of the Self-Directed (SDS) coordinators for Community Care, Inc. She joined the Network to take advantage of the pool of experience of the members of the Network.  “There’s always up-to-date information coming out of the Network,” she says.

Tell us some good news - what's the most exciting thing happening for you  (or in Wisconsin) in terms self-determination?

Barb explains that the good news is the fact that we have moved beyond just talking about self-determination. There are so many resources now to assist people along the way. “Whether it’s needing an advocate, information on housing options or some practical advice on hiring employees, there are people who are knowledgeable and willing to make changes happen. That’s happening on an individual person to person level as well as impacting the system as a whole,” she says.

What tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to be more self-determined?

“Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for assistance, brain storming, or just for support,” Barb says. There are people within the Network who may have run into the same issue at some time.

What message would you like to share with the members of the SD Network? 

Barb would like to share that she values the diversity and knowledge the different members bring to the Network.  “Especially in this time of political uneasiness, the determination and thoughtful way roadblocks are tackled is appreciated,” she explains.

What are some of your hobbies?

Barb is an avid traveler; she has been to 16 different countries. She also enjoys reading and says that mystery novels are her favorite.

***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members. We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.

Member Spotlight: Ann Oven


By SD Network, 2017-06-09

Oven_Ann.jpgMeet Ann Oven.  This enthusiastic IRIS Consultant just won an award.  She was one of the first of about 40 people in the TMG part of Magellan to receive the first recognition for Customer Experience/Living the Brand.  They developed seven core brand attributes that consultants need to obtain and work by: Genuine, Responsive, Accountable, Available, Adoptive, Relational, Collaborative, Accessible, Proactive and Creative.  Ann encourages people to be creative and to dare to dream.  She enjoys watching people light up when they start discovering life’s possibilities.  She believes nothing is impossible.  We are so fortunate to have Ann as a member of the Network!      

How are you involved with self-determination? Why did you join the SD Network? 

Ann has been an IRIS Consultant with TMG/Magellan for five years.  She joined the Network to stay informed about self-direction, work strategies for people who self-direct, and to hear the latest about concerns and legislation.

Tell us some good news - what's the most exciting thing happening for you  (or in Wisconsin) in terms self-determination? 

Ann explains that she loves to see the light in the eyes of people when they start to think of life’s possibilities and how the IRIS program can partner with them to enable them to have the life that they want.

What tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to be more self-determined? 

Ann encourages people to “dare to dream.”  She explains that people should be creative and brainstorm with their IRIS consultant.  “ASK!  Don’t assume that the thing you need to achieve is not covered by IRIS.  Partner with your consultant to make it happen.  You are in the driver’s seat of your life…go where you want to go, do what you want to do and be who you want to be,” she exclaims! Her personal theme is, “there is no such thing as Impossible.”

What message would you like to share with the members of the SD Network? 

“Foundational to Self-Direction is Problem Solving from the consumer up,” Ann says.  Ann explains that each organization needs a consumer advisory committee to identify what is not working well and to brainstorm creative remedies.  People want their programs and services to be sustainable, flexible, and effective.  They know what needs to be fixed.  Get them together and develop creative solutions together. 

***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members. We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.

Member Spotlight: Kurt


By SD Network, 2017-04-10

kurt.jpgMeet Kurt.  This avid water skier  is involved in a plethora of disability organizations.   He is very involved in adaptive sports and hopes to bring adaptive water skiing to all counties in Wisconsin by 2020.  He’s active in disability ministries, and he believes self-determination is about lifestyle development and letting people be the best versions of themselves.  We are so fortunate to have Kurt as a member of the SD Network!

How are you involved with self-determination? Why did you join the SD Network?

Kurt’s interest in self-determination largely stems from sports, recreation, leisure, pastimes, hobbies, and therapeutic activities. “From that, I work hard to culminate a better position by leaders and decision-makers to the regard of disability ministries; for mine, I call it ability ministry,” he says.  He believes that it is all about lifestyle development and letting people be at the best version of themselves. Kurt joined the SD Network in consideration of his ambition to help the disability networks and organization be closer to people at home, and for the sake of letting folks determine more for themselves what they want their days to look like.   

Tell us some good news - what's the most exciting thing happening for you (or in Wisconsin) in terms self-determination?

Kurt is very involved in adaptive water skiing.  He would like to share that if individuals determine for themselves that they want to water ski, watch water skiing, or be involved other opportunities around water skiing, that there are some fantastic programs out there. He explains that five years ago, Wisconsin had five inclusive programs to water skiing; today, there are 27.   Kurt hopes to convert that number to 72.  He says, “my commitment is that I am reaching out to a million people in Wisconsin to see that in the year 2020 that there will be a sit ski available out of every county of Wisconsin - 72 counties.”  It is collaboration with other sports/rec. options out there like Access Ability Wisconsin is doing with Action Track Chairs.

What tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to be more self-determined?

Kurt believes that self-determination can easily miss one's aspiration with church.  “It is so important that if someone wants more spiritual experiences that we help each other receive more of what we intend for ourselves on a faith level,” he explains.  Kurt wants to join together to see what we can do to make membership to community groups more realistic, achievable, and welcomed.  He thinks that clubs such as Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary, and Optimist are big examples of community groups that tend not to really organize around the plausibility of people with disabilities being in their membership.    He believes that there are some exemplary exceptions to that observation, but it would be great if it were the norm.  He explains that we need to think what we can do in education from kindergarten to doctorate degrees, what we can do to prepare the workforce, professionals, volunteers, and so forth to play a role in integration like never ever before. He also believes that we need to find out more ways that community can respond to individual interests when it is not as available by agencies.  He thinks that all off this needs to connect more to the labor force and with employers to bring great increase to inclusive hiring; all individuals are a vital component in this as it is with reaching legislators.  

What message would you like to share with the members of the SD Network?                                                                                     

Kurt wants everyone to remember that people with disabilities are the largest minority group, and no other minority group is excluded from the disability minority group.  He explains that people with disabilities represent the only entirely/completely inclusive group on Planet Earth.  He encourages everyone “to work towards claiming the clout deserved by every individual with a disability in the numbers of the minority group that carries the enormity in getting it right with every single individual with a disability.”   

What are some of your hobbies?

Kurt enjoys water skiing and volunteering with disability organizations.  Currently, he’s Vice-Chair of the Wisconsin Council on Physical Disabilities, a board member of Snappin' Ministries, a board member of Madison Spinal Cord Injury, a board member of Water Skiers with Disabilities Association, and Vice-President of the Lynzay Legois Free Water Ski Club.   

Kurt wants spread the word about the U.S. Wake Sports Festival in Janesville August 15th to 19th.  There is a specialized program and welcome to water ski for people with disabilities August 15th and 16th.  For all who don't have interest in the water skiing, he welcomes them to come to the Festival anyway to be a spectator and have a chance to make new friendships. 

***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members. We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.

Member Spotlight: Emily


By SD Network, 2017-02-09

13051499_10208679688172666_4521229736855933456_n.jpgMeet Emily. This very determined lady hasn’t encountered an obstacle that she can't overcome.  Defying the odds, she graduated college and works to help people with disabilities lead successful lives.  When she’s not busy attending conferences, she’s busy helping with Special Olympics.  Emily truly encompasses the definition of self-determination.   We are so fortunate to have her as a part of the Network.   

How are you involved with self-determination? Why did you join the SD Network?

Emily is involved with self-determination through her work with people with disabilities in the community, and helping keep them independent and living happy healthy lives. Living with a disability herself, she has always been a self-determined person in her own life as well. She joined the SD Network because she feels that it's very important for people to have self-determined lives no matter, and this network helps foster that idea which is beneficial.

Tell us some good news - what's the most exciting thing happening for you (or in Wisconsin) in terms self-determination?

Emily explains that she has defied the odds that doctors set out for her.  Doctors said that there was no way she would be able to earn a college degree.  It took her a little longer than most, but she received a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services and Social Work, and she’s planning to get a Master’s degree in the near future.  She has a job that she loves and she owns a house.

As for the state of Wisconsin, Emily feels that we are moving in an exciting direction with people with disabilities and self-determination in the field of employment.  She explains that there are a lot of programs out there that can help people with disabilities find employment.  She recently attended an event at the capitol where some programs were proposed by people with disabilities.  One of the proposed programs was a certification program for people with disabilities to do CNA and personal care work.  “I think this could help with the shortage in personal care workers in the state, especially, if it can be expanded to other areas of the state,” she says.

What tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to be more self-determined?

“Fight for what you want,” Emily says.  She explains that there may be a lot of push back from people around you who don't understand or want you to succeed.  She says to ignore them and keep pushing. She explains that’s the technique she used succeed in college.

Emily also recommends being educated and always willing to learn from others.  “Use your mouth or communications devices to be heard, whatever it takes so that you can achieve the goals and life you want to live and be happy in,” she says. She has also been involved Partners in Policymaking which has helped her become a stronger self-advocate, and learn how to better have her voice heard with those on a higher level.

What message would you like to share with the members of the SD Network?

Emily encourages people to keep communicating and networking with each other. She thinks that, together, as a strong group of people, we can do what we set our minds to. “You may not agree with who is in power, or what they are doing, but they don't know that until you voice your opinion,” she says. Also, she encourages people not to be afraid to voice their opinions, and be willing to work with and educate people in order to work together to get what they want.  “It might not happen today, but it could in the future. No one knows it's a problem, though, until someone voices it, but it has to be done in a constructive way,” she explains.

What are some of your hobbies?

Some of Emily’s hobbies include reading, watching movies, and hanging out with friends and family. She also likes to do loom knitting.  She has two cats that she rescued from different places in the community who she loves to death. She enjoys traveling and seeing new places. She has met a lot of friends and learned how be more self-determined by attending conferences and other events around the state. She also loves being involved in supporting Special Olympics in a number of different ways.  She loves being out in the community!

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members. We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.

Member Spotlight: Cathy Derezinski


By SD Network, 2016-12-06

cd.jpgMeet Cathy Derezinski.   When she’s not busy working, she loves to garden and travel.   For Cathy, self-determination goes beyond just her work—it’s a way of life.  She believes self-determination is about sharing dreams and moving on them.  In her career, she helps everyone in their organization focus on self-determination.  Aside from that, she’s also part of a group that works in the community and does sessions on self-determination.  We’re so                                                         fortunate to have Cathy as a member of                                                           our Network!

How are you involved with self-determination? Why did you join the SD Network?

Cathy explains that she thinks that as people, we are all involved with self-determination or can be. “We can all help each other to become our best selves.  Self-determination is about sharing your dreams and then moving towards them. It is about finding trusted allies who will support you to get there,” she says.  Right now, she works with Family Care at Community Care of Central Wisconsin.  She is a resource for everyone connected to their organization around self-determination.   She helps people learn more about self-directing their supports, think about getting a job, or present at a conference. She also helps her co-workers come up with ideas for creating conditions for self-determination.  She points out that self-determination is a way of life--not just part of her work.  Cathy joined the SD Network when it was first developed because she was part of some state wide groups that were working on self-determination.

Tell us some good news - what's the most exciting thing happening for you (or in Wisconsin) in terms self-determination?

Cathy points out that the past few years have been exciting in the face of adversity. When changes to the long-term care system were proposed, recently thousands of people with disabilities and their allies were activated.  “It was scary, but also invigorating to gather with others from across the state and make sure our voices were heard,” she says.  Cathy accompanied people to the capitol several times.  She explains that some of the were people had never spoken with their state representatives,  and they became amazing advocates for themselves and  for their peers.  She believes that the energy from this will continue to grow and we can further expand the practice of communicating with our elected officials and keep them on their toes!

What tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to be more self-determined?

Cathy believes that think our own communities are our greatest resource. She explains that there are friends, neighbors, clubs, groups, organizations that will offer what some people call ‘radical hospitality’ where we feel really welcomed and supported; then we can find our allies and spend our time doing what we love to do!

What message would you like to share with the members of the SD Network?

Cathy appreciates all that she learns from advocates every day. She knows that we all come from different places and have differences in what we think and believe, but we can support each other and learn together what self-determination means for each of us.

What are some of your hobbies?

Cathy enjoys planting a garden every summer to grow food and to create a home for birds, bees and butterflies.  She also loves to travel anywhere and meet new people.  She’s a member of a group called PINC.  PINC was born at the Self-Determination conference because they were doing some fun things and wearing pink shirts. Now, they work in the community at events or offer sessions in self-determination.  She works a lot, but “I love my work so maybe it qualifies as a hobby” she says.

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members. We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.

Member Spotlight: Jennifer Kuhr


By SD Network, 2016-10-05

196Meet Jennifer Kuhr.  This disability advocate extraordinaire fully encompasses the definition of self-determination.  In addition to pursuing her second college degree, not only is she actively involved in People First Wisconsin, she was also recently elected to the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities.  She believes that everyone should have choices in how their life is run and she fully believes in the power of self-determination.  We’re so fortunate to have her as a member of the Network.   

How are you involved with self-determination? Why did you join the SD Network?

Jennifer was asked three or four years ago by Deb Wisniewski to help her in a breakout session at the Self Determination Conference.  She had a great time helping people sign up for the Network.  Jennifer joined the Network so she could help others as well as herself learn about self-determination.   “I have been an advocate most of my life,” she says. She has been involved in People First and the State People First of Wisconsin for over 11 years now. She wants everyone with and without a disability to have a say in how their life is ran--not to have someone else tell us who we can and cannot be with or what we do in our daily life.   She has attended most of the first Self Determination Conferences.   “I have seen with my own eyes how much self-determination can do to impact a person with a disability,” Jennifer explains.

 Tell us some good news - what's the most exciting thing happening for you (or in Wisconsin) in terms self-determination? 

Jennifer is currently attending Fox Valley Technical College pursuing her second degree. My first degree is a technical one-year Office Assistant and she’s working on getting her associates degree to be an Administrative Assistant.

In addition to her schooling, Jennifer was recently elected to the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (WBPDD).  This is a huge honor that she’s extremely proud of.

Jennifer also mentioned that she has been happily married to her husband for 10 years now. They met through People First Wisconsin.

What tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to be more self-determined?

The tip Jennifer would give to people is not to give up on what you want.  She was told in second grade by her special education teacher that she wouldn’t be able to do things like graduate high school, go to college, drive, live on her own and get married. She has done all of those things and then some. “I turned that thinking that this teacher had for me and used it to my benefit-- wish she could see me now,” she says.

Jennifer suggests that people use their friends and family for support. She loves how the BPDD has helped her tremendously in her life. She recommends the BPDD and Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) for assistance.

What message would you like to share with the members of the SD Network?

The message Jennifer would like to share is go for your dreams in whatever they may be. She explains that people can do anything if their put your mind and soul into it. “I hope you don’t get discouraged and give up. I want you to succeed like I am doing,” she says.

What are some of your hobbies?

Jennifer loves being a part of the Self-Determination Network, and she’s enjoying her new position on the BPDD.  In her free time, she loves to read, spend time with her husband and two animals--a cat named Sassy and a dog named Dylan. In addition to everything else she does, Jennifer also enjoys being a part of People First Wisconsin. She is the current President for People First of Wisconsin also the Vice President for her local People First group.

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members. We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.

Member Spotlight: Chad Murphy-Price


By SD Network, 2016-08-09

196Meet Chad Murphy-Price.  This man doesn’t know the meaning of the word “impossible”. As an avid waterskier and public speaker, he fully believes in the power of self-determination.   Being able to self-direct his personal care attendants has allowed him to go on many trips and speaking engagements that he otherwise wouldn’t have been able to.   Chad has an incredible outlook on life which he uses to inspire others everyday.  We are so fortunate to have him as a member of the Network.

How are you involved with self-determination? Why did you join the SD Network?

Chad joined the SD Network because he wanted to help others become more self-determined in their lives.  He finds it very rewarding to be able to self-direct his care attendants when he goes on trips and speaking engagements.  He says it makes him feel very self-determined.

Tell us some good news - what's the most exciting thing happening for you (or in Wisconsin) in terms self-determination?

Right now, Chad is really looking forward to being the keynote speaker at the Speak Up Speak Out Conference in Chicago at the end of October.  He presents about livin

What tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to be more self-determined?

The tip Chad would like to share with others is “no matter how hard or how difficult things may seem, always remember to continue the very best you can, and that will in turn get you through the times."

What are some of your hobbies?

In his free time, Chad enjoys doing website design and adaptive waterskiing..  He skies with the Pewaukee Lake Waterski Club every Thursday in summer.

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members. We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.

Member Spotlight: Wanda Viellieux


By SD Network, 2016-06-03
Member Spotlight: Wanda Viellieux

Meet Wanda Viellieux.  After finding out she could make her better self-direct her supports and services through IRIS, she was better able to fulfill her passion of volunteering.  She believes that everyone has the right to be involved in making decisions and is a firm believer in self-determination.  We’re so fortunate to have as a member of the Network!

How are you involved with self-determination? Why did you join the SD Network? 

Wanda decided to transfer from Family Care to IRIS because she was not getting what she needed.  She wanted to make her own choices about who she wanted to hire for the services she needed.  “I’ve been very happy as the decisions I have made; they have fulfilled what I absolutely needed,” Wanda said.  She joined the Network because she wanted to keep updated on the latest news affecting Self-Determination.  She has wanted to attend conferences, but barriers such as distance, transportation and finances have kept her from being able to do that.  “The unfortunate part of self-determination is that I live in a more rural part of the state and some services I need are more scarce,” she pointed out.

Tell us some good news - what's the most exciting thing happening for you (or in Wisconsin) in terms self-determination?   

Wanda looks to the Self-Determination Network to get the latest news about the programs and services that she uses. She has followed the 2017 Long-Term Care changes especially close. The Network “gave me the information I needed to contact state legislative people to advocate for myself and others who may be in my situation,” Wanda said.

What tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to be more self-determined?  

Wanda encourages people to be determined and do not let other people tell you otherwise.  Everyone has the right to be involved in their own care.  She said, “if you believe you are not getting the care you should be getting, go ahead and make other appropriate contacts to get the care you need.”  Wanda suggests that people get involved in learning how they can be his/her own “best advocate” and also knowing when they need to ask for someone they can trust to advocate on their behalf. 

What message would you like to share with the members of the SD Network?    

Wanda wants people to know that having disabilities or limitations in some areas of your life does not make you less dignified or less important than anyone else.  She said, “we all have differing abilities which makes life much more interesting and fun. Sometimes it can get frustrating and depressing, keep believing in yourself and what your goals are."

What are some of your hobbies?   

Self-directing my services helps Wanda remain an active part of her community.  She doesn’t have much time for hobbies as she’s an avid volunteer.  She has been a disaster volunteer for the American Red Cross since 1997, and her current focus is on disaster preparedness.  She’s also a VFW Auxiliary lifetime member.  She’s very active in supporting our veterans as patriotic instructor where she goes into schools and community youth groups to do flag programs, and to recognize how they support our veterans.  In addition to all of that, she’s involved in her church and is a presenter to youth and adults.  “These three areas of my volunteer work are also where my passion in life is.  It is so fulfilling when you can find your passion in something you love to do.  That’s what enriches my life so much more,” Wanda said.

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members. We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.

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