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Our team is one of our strongest assets in advancing our work and making a difference for Wisconsin’s youngest children. Each of our team members bring unique strengths and talents that blend together to make our efforts successful.

 

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Amanda Austin

ERS Observer
amandas@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 285.2088

  • Has a degree in Early Childhood, and is at a total loss when he comes to her tween and teenage daughters
  • Not sure what she wants to be when she grows up, but is enjoying the adventures along the way
  • Finds peace when running, biking or fishing – especially in the fall
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Abbe Braun

Professional Development Manager
Abbe@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.2491

  • Is a fearless trainer, ready to dive into content and problem solve with professionals
  • Has a fascination with child development and the way children learn and grow
  • Dances for a hobby and now inspires the same love of dance in kids through her teaching
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Gloria Campos

Micro-Grant Specialist
Gloria@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.2122

  • Moved from IL to WI to be closer to her family; especially her grandson
  • Her favorite hobby is reading, and she hopes to visit Israel one day
  • Loves working with children and looks forward to her work through SFTA to support providers in building the best possible child care
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Penny Chase

Quality Improvement Manager
Penny@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.4308

  • Has a talent for breaking down concepts and drawing connections when training and mentoring others
  • Knows the NAEYC Code of Ethics like the back of her hand
  • Loves this quote from Mr. Rogers: “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”
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Connie Dunlap

Family Engagement Specialist
Connie@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.4311

  • Is passionate about prevention work with families and loves to engage them by building on their strengths and working through their challenges
  • Is a proud military wife and mother of two adorable boys who she learns from each day
  • Loves to be active outdoors, whether it be snow skiing, water skiing, biking, scuba diving, gardening, or anything really
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Jenna Finley

Professional Development Specialist
Jenna@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.2124

  • With her dynamic communication style, she is adept in building trusting relationships and establishing a common purpose and goal by training and coaching
  • Enjoys, spending time with her family, cooking, pinning, and going to the spa
  • Enthusiastic about assisting early childhood programs with their development of quality in providing care to the children and families they serve
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Jill Hoiting

Co-Director, Programs & External Relations
Jill@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.2494

  • Believes social justice is key
  • Loves her work at SFTA because she has the opportunity to combine two passions: early childhood and systems solutions
  • Has three adorable nephews who are a constant reminder of why this work matters
Hillary Johnson

Data & Evaluation Specialist
Hillary@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.4309

  • Has a background in international geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and is passionate about using geographic analysis for identifying needs and gaps in services, including child care. Could stare at maps all day
  • Lived in the Middle East for 3.5 years working in information management and mapping to support the Syrian refugee response
  • Enjoys traveling, paddling lakes and rivers, playing tennis, biking, camping, cooking and really, really wants a garden someday
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Amanda Jones

Micro-Grant Specialist
Amanda@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.2127

  • Has lived in Colorado, Utah and WI but is originally from Indiana
  • Has a great passion for live music concerts–met the band Linkin Park and has a long bucket list of musicians that she still wishes to meet
  • Loves to work with children and is excited to be a part of SFTA to support child care providers
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Kathy Kadar

Quality Assurance Specialist
Kathy@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(920) 858.3868

  • Believes building relationships and supporting others at whatever level that may be, is the key to advancing quality childcare in the state of Wisconsin
  • Lives, sleeps and dreams, (with an occasional nightmare), about the environmental rating scales
  • Is a lover and supporter of the fine arts
Abby Kilgas

Communications & Advocacy Specialist
Abigail@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.4307

  • Believes that we can learn an immense amount from children and investing in early childhood is the key to supporting generations of world-changers
  • Loves being in the outdoors with her husband and could spend all her free time hiking and camping
  • Catch her at craft coffee shops, the local plant store, reading Harry Potter, running around the lakes of Madison, or dreaming about owning a dog
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Toni Kutner

Licensing Preparation Technical Consultant
Tonik@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(414) 238.2926

  • Is a strong advocate for prevention, mentoring those entering the field on how to prevent child abuse and neglect
  • Is the person to talk to if you’re thinking about renting or buying a building for child care in Milwaukee because she knows city zoning ordinances inside and out
  • Is a concert connoisseur
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Erik Larson

Co-Director, Operations
Erik@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.2492

  • Is a forecaster of budgets and champion of accounting
  • Volunteers with five other nonprofits in the Madison area, including the FEED Kitchens Project
  • His dog, Boise, is named after one of the many cities he’s lived in
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Jenny Martin

ERS Observer
Jenny@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 301.5084

  • Knew at early age she wanted to work in the Early Childhood after being around 17 cousins at family events
  • Loves watching the Badgers, especially the Badger basketball team, and plans family vacations around basketball tournaments in the Virgin Islands, South Padres Islands, and other fun places
  • Has her hands full with two energetic children, so if they aren’t at home, you can find her family at the baseball field
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Leah Purcell

ERS Observer
Leah@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(414) 209.4099

  • Loves working in the early childhood field, and is inspired by children’s endless curiosity
  • Born and raised in Madison, she is an avid Badger and Packer fan
  • Enjoys volleyball, cooking, and traveling with family and friends (favorite trips have included Italy, Spain and Greece)
Gabi Quinn

Office Manager & Micro-Grant Specialist
Gabi@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.2493

  • Worked with preschoolers throughout college and loved listening to all their stories, made up or real
  • Was forced as a child to hike up the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan. Now she (mostly) enjoys hiking around ancient ruins, temples, and pyramids
  • Has had the song “Believe” by Cher stuck in her head since 1998
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Anna Ramirez

Licensing Preparation Manager
Annar@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(262) 898.7067

  • Has experience in six different facets of programming that support early childhood, but has found her true love in preparing potential child care professionals for licensure
  • Began Milwaukee’s first Hispanic provider support group for family child care providers
  • Is a gardener extraordinaire
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Romilia Schlueter

Bilingual Quality Improvement Specialist
Romilia@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.2495

  • Has a famous voice known from her hosting of the radio program, Apoyando Familias Aprendiendo Juntos
  • Was the first of SFTA’s staff to earn the Infant, Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate
  • Makes learning fun, no matter the subject, no matter the venue
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Scott Schweiger

YoungStar Rating Manager
Scott@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 285.2414

  • Has a twin sister, who is not identical; silly how many people ask that question
  • Loves to take road trips and has traveled most of the United States (49 of them – Alaska is the last one), and many provinces in Canada
  • Enjoys playing with his sons who love wrestling, playing with balls, fishing, and splashing in water
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Sherri Underwood

Micro-Grant Manager
Sherri@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(608) 443.2120

  • Is a former high school Spanish teacher
  • Loves knitting, making crafts, baking, canning, and herb gardening
  • Believes in the power of kindness, compassion, and respect as key to successful interactions with all people
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Sue VanderLoop

ERS Observer
Sue@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(715) 212.7022

  • Proud mother of two adult children who have taught her to “Live, Love and Laugh” through good times and bad
  • Loves to read and is a self-proclaimed book nerd who will share this passion with anyone who will listen
  • Words to live by: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” To Kill a Mockingbird
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Chanel L. Vang

Accounting & HR Specialist
Chanel@supportingfamiliestogether.org

  • Graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Social Welfare and Sociology and is passionate about helping others and working in a human service setting
  • Got married in 2015 and has become more and more fascinated with the realm of early childhood development because of her son
  • Has a bubbly personality and enjoys learning, being active, traveling, and especially, sleeping in on Saturdays
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Diana Zorn

Quality Assurance Specialist
Diana@supportingfamiliestogether.org
(920) 819.7444

  • Believes strongly in the “Power of Play” for young children and in Jean Piaget’s words: “When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself.” Strives to communicate through her work with child care providers, children’s need for unstructured time to imagine, pretend, jump, dance, run, and explore
  • Opens her home to foster kittens and cats from the Bay Area Humane Society in Green Bay, and has fostered over 100 kittens and cats in the last several years
  • Is married with two teenage children and enjoys spending time with family and friends watching sports, (Go Packers!), going to see bands, and just hanging out together

Interested in joining our team? Learn more.

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