Leadership Team

What is WI CAN? Formed in 2009, the Wisconsin Child Abuse Network (WI CAN) is an inter-disciplinary public-private partnership dedicated to improving the accuracy of child abuse investigations and is led by representatives of state departments, community-based organizations, professional associations, along with the state’s medical universities and children’s hospitals. Why WI CAN? Child maltreatment has immediate negative consequences for the child, family and society, and its lifelong impact on physical and mental health is devastating. Accurate detection of and effective intervention for all types of child maltreatment require a coordinated inter-disciplinary response by law enforcement and child welfare, usually with input from medical professionals. While the law enforcement and child welfare responses are statutorily mandated and funded, the medical response beyond making a mandated report is not. WI CAN has created a solution to improve the response to child maltreatment in Wisconsin by increasing access to evidence-based practices, education, and experts from key disciplines. WI CAN creates the environment where professionals work cooperatively to reach the ideal outcome for every child.

Elizabeth Champion, MS

Executive Director – Child Advocacy Centers of Wisconsin

 

Amy Domaszek

Director of Statewide Prosecutor’s Education and Training (SPET)

WI Dept. of Justice

Amy earned her B.A. in English from Luther College and an M.S. in Human and Community Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Amy has been professionally engaged in domestic violence advocacy and batterers treatment facilitation. Her background also includes wellness and professional development programming, community leadership, event planning, and property management.

Emily Erickson

Child Welfare Policy and Program Section Manager

WI Dept. of Children and Families

Emily Erickson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has worked in both child/family mental health as well as child protective services. Emily has a passion for supporting healthy children and families. She is particularly interested in the intersection of trauma, alcohol and other drug abuse, mental health and child maltreatment. Emily received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from UW-Madison and her Master of Science in Community Counseling from Denver Seminary.

Nila Grahl

Nila is the Manager of the Racine and Kenosha County Child Advocacy Centers as part of Children’s Wisconsin and has been in this role since 2014. She is also the past president of the Board of Directors of the Child Advocacy Centers of Wisconsin. Nila started her career as an attorney with the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian in Chicago, IL representing children as their Guardian ad litem (GAL) in various capacities. Nila was also the Director and oversaw the creation of the Family Visitation Center of Lake County, IL working with children and parents navigating custody and visitation arrangements when faced with the realities of intimate partner violence.  She is a graduate of Marquette University and DePaul University College of Law.

Kristen Iniguez, DO

Pediatrician

Marshfield Child Advocacy Center

Susan Kanack, BSN, RN, SANE-P, SANE-A

Susan received her Bachelor of Nursing degree from Carroll University and is a board-certified Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) in Adult, Adolescents and Pediatrics.   Susan is the statewide coordinator for forensic nursing at the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and provides training and technical assistance to hospitals, nurses, law enforcement and prosecutors across the state on medical forensic topics and best practice.  She also continues to see patients in the Milwaukee area at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in their Forensic Nursing Program.   Prior to that, Susan worked at Advocate Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee as a forensic nurse in the busiest sexual assault treatment center in the state, seeing over 300 patients of all ages for sexual assault, domestic violence, trafficking, and strangulation.  Susan has been a nurse since 1998 and has worked with marginalized and abused women for the majority of her career.  She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Nurses and the Academy of Forensic Nursing.

Connie Klick, MSW

Director of Child Advocacy and Protection Services,

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Board Member, Child Advocacy Centers of Wisconsin

Connie is the director of Child Advocacy and Protection Services for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She oversees seven child advocacy centers (CACs) and two medical satellite offices across Wisconsin, one of the largest child advocacy networks in the country. She has experience working with victims of child maltreatment in both public and private agencies and is involved in state and national initiatives that address child maltreatment and family violence issues. Connie is also a Child Advocacy Centers of Wisconsin board member. This organization supports and promotes the development of CACs in Wisconsin in the effort to provide child-friendly locations to facilitate multidisciplinary team child maltreatment assessments.

Pennie Meyers

Executive Director

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault (WCASA)

Melodee Nugent

Statistician

Quantitative Health Sciences

Medical College of Wisconsin

I have over 20 years of experience of working with medical data as a biostatistician. Experience includes implementing statistical analyses and providing data management in support of projects. I have collaborated with physicians in the design and analysis of research data, provided essential scientific and technical expertise to develop scientifically and statistically valid study and project protocols; and analyzed and reported results in a statistically valid manner for section projects and studies.

Amanda Palm, PA-C, LCSW

Physician Assistant

UW American Family Children’s Hospital

Child Protection Program

Ray Przybelski

Director, Portage County Health and Human Services Department

Vice President, Wisconsin Counties Human Services Association (WCHSA)

Lynn K. Sheets, MD

Medical Director, Child Advocacy and Protection Services

Professor, Medical College of Wisconsin

Section Chief, Child Advocacy and Protection

Dr. Sheets is a board-certified child abuse pediatrician who has over 25 years of experience in evaluating children suspected of being maltreated. She is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and section chief of the Child Advocacy and Protection Division. She is also the Medical Director of Children’s Hospital and Health System’s Child Advocacy and Protection Services which provides services to children in foster care and children suspected of being maltreated.

Eric Swanson

Indian Child Welfare Supervisor

Forest County Potawatomi

Michelle Urban, MD

Medical Director

Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services

WI Dept. of Children and Families

Rita Ventura, DNP, FNP-BC

Child Advocacy and Protection Services

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Dr. Ventura received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marquette University, Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Marquette University. She is a certified family nurse practitioner. She has been working in the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Child Advocacy and Protection Services program since 2001. Dr. Ventura provides service to children in foster care and those suspected of being maltreated in both the Kenosha and Racine Child Advocacy Centers.

Michelle L. Viste

Executive Director, Office of Crime Victim Services

WI Dept. of Justice

Jessica Wipperfurth

Social Worker

UW American Family Children’s Hospital

Child Protection Program

Jennifer Yates, MSN, FNP-BC

Child Advocacy and Protection Services Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UW-Madison and Master of Science in Nursing from California State University, Long Beach. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner and began working as a nurse practitioner at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, California providing medical management of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Jennifer started providing medical evaluations to potential victims of child maltreatment in 2006 at the Child Abuse Services Team in Orange County, California. Jennifer started working for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Child Advocacy and Protection Services Program in 2009 and provides medical evaluations to potential victims of child maltreatment at the Fox Valley Child Advocacy Center in Neenah and the Willow Tree Cornerstone Child Advocacy Center in Green Bay.