Our Team

Our team is one of our strongest assets in advancing our work and making a difference for Wisconsin’s youngest children.

Connect with a staff member below or Contact SFTA


Jodi Widuch

Interim Executive Director

Penny Chase

Early Childhood Initiatives Manager

Connie Dunlap

Family Support Manager

Laura Lash

Partner Up! Program Manager

Our Team

Jodi Widuch

Interim Executive Director
(608) 443-2494

Penny Chase

Early Childhood Initiatives Manager
(608) 443-4308

Connie Dunlap, IMH-E®

Family Support Manager
(608) 443-4311

Amanda Austin, IMH-E®

Professional Development Specialist
(608) 443-2495

Julie Walter, IMH-E®

Family Support Specialist
(608) 330-0965

Yaret Moreno

Bilingual Professional Development Specialist
(608) 577-2921

Diana Zorn, IMH-E®

Family Support Specialist
(920) 819-7444

Alyssa Hannam

Program & Communications Specialist
(920) 728-5744

Laura Lash

Partner Up! Program Manager
(608) 443-2121

Max Luck

Data Specialist
(608) 443-4309

Annie Confer

Partner Up! Specialist
(608) 440-8966

Jeffrey Mund

Partner Up! Data Specialist
(608) 443-4307

Jared Hickey

Business Engagement and Initiatives Advisor
(608) 443-2120

Cassandra Phoenix

Administrative Assistant
(608) 443-2493

Our Board

We strive to ensure our Board of Directors represents a variety of skills and areas of expertise that contribute to sustaining a strong organization and creating meaningful improvements to Wisconsin’s early care and education systems. Our Board always includes a representative elected by our member CCR&Rs and FRCs to ensure our organization stays true to its original purpose.

Marita Herkert-Oakland, President

Co-Founder I Strategic Planner I Fractional Chief of Staff, Reluned
Lana Wood, Treasurer

Founder, Parsley
Kathy Mullay, FRC Representative

Executive Director, Northwest Connection Family Resources
Renee Ernsting, CCR&R Representative

Director, Child Care Partnership
Mary Beth Plane, MSSW, PhD

Former Senior Scientist at University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine

JoAnn Grode

Former Service and Health Associate Dean at Mid-State Technical College and Executive Director at the Wisconsin Rapids Housing Authority

Andrew J. Turner

Legal Research and Writing Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Law

Become an SFTA Board Member

SFTA is currently recruiting new members to its board of directors. The board of directors is entrusted with the authority to establish policy for the governance of Supporting Families Together Association. Its members are trustees who act on behalf of SFTA and have the principle responsibility for setting and fulfilling the mission.