2017 WCA September Newsletter Article

Rory Thelen, President


The Wisconsin Correctional Association is alive and well.  This has been a very busy year to date with so much more to come.  We have brought back our one day workshops which have proven to be very popular events.  In March we began with a Reentry Seminar at Lincoln Hills in Merrill, Wisconsin.  It was very well attended and provided the participants with a detailed knowledge of the process encountered by inmates when preparing to leave the prison system.  In June we held our annual Summer Charity Golf Outing at the Waushara Country Club in Wautoma, Wisconsin.  A great time was had by all of those in attendance, raising money for local charities.  I would like to thank all the participants, the golfers, the sponsors and to those who donated raffle prizes.  We had an amazing turn out!  We hope to see you again next year!

In August, with the assistance from staff at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, we held our Trauma Informed Care workshop at the Kolb Center at Fox Lake Correctional Institution.  We had over 60 participants from all areas of the Department of Corrections represented and the feedback from the attendees was very positive.  Thanks to everyone involved and we look forward to making this even better next year. I would like to remind everyone to vote in the upcoming WCA Elections for Board members.  You have until Friday, September 15, 2017 to cast your vote online at WCAToday.com.  The positions up for re-election are Recording Secretary, Private Representative, Education Representative, Juvenile Representative, and County Representative.  We encourage all members to cast your ballots for this year’s election.  If you are interested in becoming more involved with the WCA, the Conference Committee or any other committee, please contact any board member for information in how to go about this.

President Elect, Toby Formiller and I returned recently from the American Correctional Association’s annual summer conference held in St. Louis, Missouri.  We spent most of our time networking with correctional professionals from around the world, attending workshops and talking with vendors, some of which will be in attendance at our conference on September 24-26th.  As always, this proved to be a very educational experience. I am looking forward to seeing you at this year’s WCA Conference in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

Again, please go to our website to get all information on our breakout sessions, keynote speakers, raffle and hotel information.  See you in Oshkosh!

Rory Thelen





Toby Formiller, President Elect

As we enter the month of September, we can officially say we are all set for the 2017 WCA Fall Conference to be held at the Best Western Premier Hotel and Convention Center in Oshkosh, WI.  Our award winners have been picked and will be introduced at Monday’s luncheon, our scholarship winners will be introduced at Tuesday’s luncheon and currently we have voting going on for several WCA Board positions in which will be also be announced at our luncheon on Tuesday. 

WCA President Rory Thelen and myself, just recently attended the ACA’s 147th Congress of Correction Conference in St. Louis, MO.  We were very fortunate to meet several of our exhibitors there, of who will also be attending our Fall Conference.  We also met some new exhibitors there that since then, have decided to attend our Fall Conference. 

Rory and I are part of the Dual Chapter and Member ship committee which consists of discussions of membership, how we retain membership and what we have to offer for our members.  Other States were impressed on how we have started up the one day workshops for our fellow co-workers and WCA members of the State of Wisconsin for additional training, in which licensed correctional professionals can earn additional Continuous Educational Units.  The two workshops we have offered this past year (re-entry simulation at Lincoln Hills/Copper Hills and the trauma informed care workshop at Fox Lake) have been supported by the Wisconsin DOC and have been very successful!  We are excited about what the workshops will be in 2018.  Please hit Rory or myself up at this year’s Fall Conference to discuss the ACA’s Conference if you would like to.

As I end, I can’t express enough on how excited I am about this year’s Fall Conference.  I am very confident in saying that you will NOT be disappointed in what we have to offer at this year’s conference.  See you in Oshkosh!!!

WCA President-Elect
Toby Formiller



Todd Timm, Past President

How much money will you need when you retire?

This is a very informative article taken from Life Matters, DOC’s Employee Assistance program website.

Retirement planning can be stressful and discouraging. With all the variables, how can you possibly know how much to save? You don't know how long you'll live or how expensive your health care costs will be in your later years. And there's always inflation to consider.

Slow down and take a deep breath. Then take the first step: figure out how much money you'll need each year when you retire. Although there is some guesswork involved, you can systematically think about what your needs are likely to be and then calculate a reasonable estimate of your retirement expenses. It will probably be a lot less than you feared.

Make a Realistic Estimate of Your Retirement Expenses

Don't rely exclusively on the "experts" to tell you how much you'll need to live comfortably when you retire. Most retirement articles or website calculators say you need 70% to 80% of your current income during retirement (some even say 100%). For most people, this is a gross overestimation of what they'll really need. Most retirees live quite comfortably on 40% to 60% of their pre-retirement income.

Consider who pays for advertising in the financial magazines and websites -- financial firms selling retirement plan products. Then ask yourself whether it's surprising that most articles overestimate retirement needs. This is not to suggest that journalists are strictly catering to their advertisers, but if a magazine's bread and butter is advertisements, the articles are unlikely to consistently downplay the need for retirement products.

So how much will you need to live comfortably when you retire? To arrive at a realistic number, use your common sense and keep your planning simple. First, determine how much you spend now. Then subtract the expenses that you will not have in retirement. This number can be quite high and often accounts for a big reduction in needed income during retirement. Finally, add any additional expenses that retirement will bring. The final number is the amount you'll need to live each year. Each step is discussed below.

Step One: Determine How Much You Spend Now

Determine your after-tax income from last year's federal tax return. Then subtract money you put into savings or simply gave away (to kids, or charity, or something else.) Your contributions to a tax-deferred retirement plan will already have been subtracted. Your total will more or less reflect what it costs you to live now.

Step Two: Subtract Expenses You Won't Have When You Retire

The good news is that many expenses you now have will be gone by the time you retire. Determine what those items are and how much you currently spend on them each year. Here are some of the common costs that are often reduced, or eliminated, in retirement.

Mortgage: In 2006, 81% of U.S. householders over 60 years old owned their own homes and most were fully paid for. Not having to make mortgage payments is the biggest factor in many retirees' reduced cost of living.

Child-related expenses: Sports equipment, after-school activities, braces, college - these are some of the expenses that disappear after children leave the home. The typical middle-class family spends about $8,000 to $10,000 per year for a teenager that goes to public school. If your children attend private school, this number, of course, increases dramatically.

Everyday transportation: Not having to commute to work saves at least $100 to $200 per month. Once you drive less, your car will last longer too - another big source of savings.

Travel: Retirees often have more flexibility as to when they fly - so can take advantage of cheaper plane tickets. Also, many organizations, such as Elderhostel, offer reasonably priced educational travel programs for seniors.

Entertainment and leisure activities: Retirees can save significantly by taking advantage of the many generous senior discounts on entertainment, travel, lodging, meals, and recreation. For example, at many golf courses, seniors pay as much as 70% less than non-seniors.

House-related expenses: Many older people move to a smaller house, condo, or co-op apartment, often in a less-expensive part of the U.S. or sometimes to a less-expensive country (like Mexico). This means a reduction in property taxes, homeowner's insurance, and maintenance costs.

Clothing: Many people spend less on clothes in their late 60s, and even more so in their 70s and 80s. These savings are usually because: • Retirees don't need to purchase clothes for work, and • People with more time can scope out the sales or other good deals. Income taxes: Although future state and federal income tax rates are not entirely predictable, it's reasonable to assume that if your income drops when you retire, so too will your tax rate. Step Three: Add Costs You are Likely to Incur After Retirement

Although most retirees find that their overall expenses decrease, several types of expenditures are likely to increase during retirement. Add these into your estimate.

Adult children needing financial help: Your child-related costs may continue if you have a mentally or physically challenged child that needs your care, or if your children are still in the nest when you retire.

Extensive travel: Many seniors take advantage of free time and senior discounts to travel extensively. Even if you aren't staying in luxury hotels, your travel bill is likely to increase if you plan to take more trips than in your pre-retirement days.

Health care: Most people spend more on health care as they age. Many relatively healthy retirees today cover health care costs by supplementing free Medicare with a reasonably priced "medi-gap" insurance policy. However, you'll probably spend more on medicines and unreimbursed medical care than you do now. And certainly, if you or your spouse needs long-term care or in-home skilled nursing, your expenses will increase.

Take the Next Steps in Retirement Planning

Arriving at a realistic idea of how much income you'll need each year during retirement is a great start to your retirement planning. Doing this math gives many people peace of mind, especially if they discover that the income they'll need is much less than they originally thought.

Once you've taken this first step in retirement planning, you're ready to tackle the next steps: estimating how much income you are likely to receive from Social Security and other retirement savings plans, and then adopting a plan to close any retirement savings gap (while adjusting for inflation).

Nolo Legal Press, 2017


 Valorie Manninen-Nelson, Juvenile Representative

Anxiety Symptoms That Many People Overlook

“Anxious” is a word with two faces. Sometimes it means eager excitement. “I’m anxious to see you!” we say, as we get off the phone with a friend who’s coming to visit. The other side of “anxious” is a bit darker: “I’m anxious about that test,” we say, when we’re worried about the results. We call the second meaning “anxiety,” and most of us experience it from time to time.

More people in the United States have anxiety disorders than any other mental illness. Anxiety affects more than 40 million adult Americans and about one in eight children. Some experts put the estimate much higher, because many people don’t know they have anxiety, are diagnosed incorrectly, or don’t seek help for it. Those are some very real numbers to think about.

Only about one-third of people who have anxiety disorders seek treatment.

Many anxious people know they have anxiety, but many more do not. They think catastrophizing, expecting the worst, worrying about what people think of them, or staying up late at night worrying about just about everything is normal.

It feels normal because that’s what they’ve been used to most of their lives – but it doesn’t have to be. Most people with an anxiety disorder can overcome it with treatment, support, and self-help strategies. So what does that mean and what does that look like?

7 specific anxiety disorders

1. Social Phobia

People with social phobias are afraid of embarrassment or judgement in social situations and may blush, feel tongue-tied, go blank, have rapid heart rate, or show other signs of anxiety in those situations. They will avoid social situations whenever possible.

 2. Special Phobias

People with special phobias might be unreasonably afraid of animals such as dogs or spiders, natural events like storms or lightning, heights, open spaces, enclosed spaces, and other parts of the normal world. They may go to extremes to avoid these things.

3. Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) can include feeling nervous most of the time, a sense of impending doom, feeling helpless, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, sweating, trembling, a queasy feeling, and tension in the neck, shoulders, or both. 

4. Acute Stress Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Both of these anxiety disorders sometimes occur after people have witnessed or experienced a physical threat. Symptoms include disturbing memories, flashbacks of the event, trouble sleeping or concentrating, and feeling either tense or numb. Acute Stress Disorder symptoms begin within a month of the traumatic event, while PTSD symptoms typically begin later. Symptoms can last for many years without treatment.

5. Panic Disorder

People with panic disorder have unexpected, severe anxiety attacks during which they are afraid they might die, pass out, or that they are suffocating. They often avoid places where panic attacks occur, which can lead to agoraphobia.

6. Hypochondria

People with hypochondria (now called Illness Anxiety Disorder) worry about having illnesses they probably don’t have. They catastrophize minor or imagined symptoms into a worst-case scenario. For example, they may be convinced that a headache means they have a fatal brain tumor.

7. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Sufferers may check obsessively, count when counting is unnecessary, and in general do ritualized behaviors. They feel unbearably anxious if they do not perform these rituals.

The most common anxiety disorders, in approximately this order, are: Social Phobia, Specific Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Acute and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Panic Disorder, Hypochondria, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

The most common anxiety disorders, in approximately this order, are: Social Phobia, Specific Phobias, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Acute and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Panic Disorder, Hypochondria, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Signs and Symptoms of Anxiety:

If you identify with any of the following symptoms, you might be dealing with an anxiety disorder.

*You’re almost always worried or on edge.

• You have irrational fears that you just can’t shake.

• You’re often afraid that bad things will happen if you don’t do things in a particular way.

• You avoid everyday situations or activities because they make you anxious.

• You have sudden, unpredictable attacks of heart-pounding panic.

• You almost always expect the worst.

• You have trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep.

• Your muscles almost always feel tense.

• You often feel overwhelmed.

• You expect more from yourself than most people do

• You tend to focus on your health and personal problems more than other things in your life.

• Your anxiety interferes with work, school, or family life.

• You have one or more of the following physical symptoms: pounding heart, sweating when you’re not exercising or in a warm place, headaches, frequent upset stomach or diarrhea, dizziness, shortness of breath, shaking or trembling.

So what if you feel these types of symptoms or see these signs in you or someone you know? Start having a conversation about getting help or assisting someone you know in seeking help. With a trained professional counselor, Psychologist, Psychiatrist or Clergy you can get started in finding help. Although the barriers and stigma of mental health has improved vastly it still worries people to seek help. I had a long talk with a family member about a mental health diagnosis and her dread of medication/ therapy. I started talking to her about other “medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer…if you were prescribed medication due to one of these illnesses wouldn’t you take it?” She said “of course because that is what I need to do to be healthy” and I smiled, “then doing it for any other illness should be no different RIGHT?” We were able to laugh about it and she agreed that something had to change because she was always in such a dark place and just wanted to be happy once in a while. Luckily she was open to talking and I know that not everyone is but sometimes just starting the conversation is enough to open the door to help.

As a friend, partner, sibling, parent or co-worker we always wish the best for each other. We need to continue to educate ourselves and others about mental illness. Anxiety is just one topic but the struggle is real for so many that may never get help or find a way to live better because of the stigma. With Therapy and medication management there is hope and helps to assist people with life changing measures to give them a chance to be in a much better place.

If you have questions about mental health providers or just concerns there are several resources you can use:




Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889
Website: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

SAMHSA's National Helpline

1-800-662-HELP (4357)
TTY: 1-800-487-4889

Website: www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

Veteran's Crisis Line

1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889

Website: www.veteranscrisisline.net




Theresa Anderson, Recording Secretary 

 During my first year on the WCA Board, I have come to realize how much time, energy, creativity, and teamwork goes in to putting on the conference! I feel very fortunate to be able to participate in this event with all of you!  I was also given an awesome opportunity to be able to attend the American Probation and Parole Association Conference in New York City in August this year!  While attending and meeting other correctional professionals from throughout the country, I was able to exchange ideas, learn new strategies for working with offenders, and reaffirm how vital correctional employees are to promoting safety in our communities.  With topics such as: Community Justice, Trauma Informed Care,  Re-Entry Strategies, Women in Corrections, Generational Differences, Mentally Ill Offenders, and Evidence Based Practices to name a few, it seems we are all experiencing and working towards the same goals of assuring community safety and staff wellness. Although our systems, communities, and populations may be very different, the challenges, experiences, and innovative spirit of correctional professionals are very similar. 

I also recognized Wisconsin is not only making great strides to address many of these challenges, we are progressive in the implementation of innovative strategies.  WCA is an excellent opportunity to share knowledge, network, and learn new ways to work together towards our goals. If you were not able to attend this year’s WCA conference, I encourage you to consider attending next year.  I look forward to seeing everyone and sharing this experience with you at the conference!  



Richard Skime, State Representative

 On August 10, 2017 Wisconsin Correctional Association held a workshop, with the assistance of University of Wisconsin Green Bay, on Trauma Informed Care.  We had an excellent response to this event.  Numerous disciplines throughout the Department of Corrections were represented.  Sharon Locklin and Jonathan Cloud from UW Green Bay were very informative, passionate and the attendees were very responsive.  Trauma Informed Care is not a new topic but it is a newer initiative for the DOC to train more staff on the topic.  Trauma affects us all, and the clients we deal with.  Understanding Trauma and its impacts can help us as professionals deal with our clients in various situations understanding the various issues that may be impacting reactions, behaviors or lack of reactions.  WCA received a lot of positive feedback from attendees as well as from DOC Management thanking us for offering this training.   WCA’s mission includes training and networking opportunities.  We have heard the call for more training, varied topics and locations as well as the opportunity to earn outside CEU’s.  CEU’s is an interesting topic I’ve learned about during this process.  For those of you needing CEU’s for your various licensing’s you understand the state requirements, the need for certain topics, outside agency hours, certifying agencies to accredit the CEU’s and more.   It was quite an undertaking but a great partnership we have entered into with UW Green Bay that we hope to keep going.

I’d like to share some of the feedback and comments we have received from attendees at the TIC training.  “This is a great opportunity to get training you need that is work related, yet outside of your employer and counts towards your CEU’s.” one attendee stated.  Another attendee shared “This is the training we need.  We deal with people who experienced traumatic issues in their lives and it affects them daily because their brain doesn’t know how to cope with the trauma.  We are the ones that need to realize this and manage our interactions to be cognizant of their needs.”  One also said “There was information presented that I will use in my daily work as a social worker.”  Lastly one indicated “It’s a great reminder that everyone we encounter has experienced something traumatic in their lives, ourselves included. Each of us copes with things differently and we need to be more aware of our responses to situations and behaviors when dealing with the individuals we serve, those we work alongside, and recognizing it in ourselves.”

The Kolb Center was full as WCA had 60 persons attend this workshop.  Unfortunately not all that requested were able to attend.  WCA will be looking for a larger area to hold workshops yet try to keep it more central for staff.  The spring workshop is being organized at this time and I hope to have information out by our WCA conference.  Stay tuned for more information.





Amanda Derks, Corresponding Secretary

I am so excited for the upcoming conference.  We have made several strides in our information sharing and social media presence.  Our website has had a complete overhaul and is more user friendly.  I would like to thank Ashley Melanson for working diligently to create a functional website.  I have also updated our Facebook page and created Instagram and Twitter accounts.

For the most up to date conference information please be sure to like Wisconsin Correctional Association on Facebook, and follow @wcatoday on Instagram and Twitter.  I will be posting updates and conference events as we move closer to the conference start and during the conference.  If you are posting about or at the conference please use #wcaconference2017

See you all in Oshkosh!



Emily Bortz, Federal Representative

The 36th WCA Fall Conference is fast approaching!  It seems like we just welcomed in 2017.  The merchandise committee and I would like to thank everyone that has purchased merchandise over the years.  There have been many items that sold quickly and those certain items that continue to be on the table every year.  We try to bring at least a few new items each year. Our new items this year are WCA sweatpants and fleece zip-ups.  The new sweatpants we are selling have the WCA logo, pockets and are open at the bottom.  We are offering them in both heather gray and navy.  The fleece zip-ups are perfect for everyday wear.  They have the WCA logo, pockets and are hood free.  We are offering them in pearl gray and black.  We are working on updating the merchandise section on the WCA website as well as our Facebook page.  Eventually, it will be a lot easier to order merchandise with an order form containing pictures of items. As always, if there are any products you would like to see the WCA sell, please let us know via email or in person at conference.  We look forward to seeing you all!!  

(Left to Right Front: Emily Bortz, Rodney Kratz, Vickie Bortz)  (Left to Right Back: Brian Bonovetz, Jason Krocker)

At Conference the Merchandise Tables will be open: Monday (9/25) 7:00am – 4:00pm and Tuesday (9/26) 7:00am – 12:00pm Don’t wait until the last minute to purchase your merchandise.

We accept cash, checks, and credit cards!



Dean Bryan, County Representative



Jim Brace, Education Representative





Kathy Murawski, Private Representative


Over the last week watching the devastation of Hurricane Harvey I realized just how lucky we are in Wisconsin. Sure we have tornados, snow, and cold weather and have had flooding but nothing compared to what Texas and Louisiana have been going through. I am going to try especially this winter to not complain about the weather.

Gratitude has a number of definations. The root word for gratitude is gratis, meaning pleasing or thankful gives us the root grat. Words from Latin gratus have something to do with being pleasing or being thankful. To ingratiate yourself is to make others feel thankful for something you’ve done. To feel grateful is to feel thankful for something. Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness.

Gratitude is also an emotion of expressing appreciation for what one has done as opposed for example a consumer driven emphasis on what someone wants. Gratitude is getting a great deal of attention as a facet of positive psychology: studies show that we can deliberately cultivate gratitude, and can increase our well being and happiness by doing so. In addition, gratefulness and especially expression of it to others is associated with increase energy, optimism and empathy. Expressing your thanks can really improve your overall sense of well being. Studies have shown that grateful people are more agreeable, more open and less neurotic.

In relationships gratitude is also a powerful tool for strengthening interpersonal relationships. People who express their gratitude tend to be more willing to forgive others and less narcissistic. Giving thanks to those who have helped you strengthens your relationships and promotes relationship formation and maintenance as well as relationship connection and satisfaction. One study found that after 10 weeks people who had focused on gratitude in their lives showed significantly more optimism in many areas of their lives, including health and exercise.

In another study conducted people were asked to write and deliver a letter to someone for whom they were grateful to. After the task their happiness levels and life satisfaction were dramatically impacted even weeks later. The pursuit of happiness and life satisfaction gratitude is showing a direct and long lasting effect thus the more gratitude we experience the happier our lives will be.

Self control helps us to be disciplined and forcused and to persist with what is subjectively the most important for our long term well being. At some point we all learn that even if we want that big piece of chocolate cake at 10pm making that choice is going to have consequences. Self control comes into play in these moments and hopefully we make the better choice for our long term health and well being.

A study by De Steno in 2014 found that self control significantly increased when subjects choose gratitude over happiness.

One of the other professors, Ye Li stated ‘showing that emotion can foster self control and discovering a way to reduce impatience with simple gratitude exercises opens tremendous possibilies for reducing a wide range of societal ills from impulse buying, insufficient savings to obesity and smoking. Just sit back and image the applications of this research. The potential for a happier and healthier world may lie in a positive emotion as simple as gratitude. Being thankful can give us a resolve we need to make better choices in our lives and for ones we love in the most significant ways.

Without our physical health we cannot truly experience and enjoy all that life has to offer. Here yet again gratitude is playing a valuable role in influencing one of our most fundamental human needs that is our health.

Recent research performed in 2015 showed that patients with heart failure, who completed gratitude journals showed reduced symptoms in inflammation, improve sleep and better moods thus dramatically reducing their symptoms of heart failure after only 8 weeks.

We all know there is a link between the mind and body and here gratitude has a doubled benefit. The feeling of appreciation when we are grateful helps us to have healthier minds and healthier bodies. It seems that gratitude is opening yet another door into the world of health—what more could we ask for? Melinda Beck stated, “Adults who feel grateful have more energy. More optisism, more social connections and more happiness than those who do not according to studies over the past decade.”

Aside from increasing our well being psychology research has identified several other positive outcomes that are a result of practicing gratitude, helps reduce levels of stress and decreases levels of depression and anxiety.

Apply gratitude to your life. This evening before you go to sleep simply think of the positive things that happened during the day—things you are gratitude for. Take a moment to do this every night. See how you feel after a week. What do you have to lose???

I’d also like to thank all who have supported our community projects through the year. Without your support and generous giving we wouldn’t be as successful as we have been.

Thank you again!!!

See you at the conference.





WCA 2017 Annual Conference

By Ashley Melanson & Byron Wirth Conference Co-Chairs

The Wisconsin Correctional Association has opened registration for our 36th Annual Fall Conference this September 24 – 26, 2017, at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center in Oshkosh.   We invite you to join us during this training and networking opportunity where the association will host a variety of keynote speakers and breakout presentations as it relates to both work and personal issues we deal with daily.  We have an amazing line-up up keynotes and breakout sessions that will be hard to choose from!  We’re already finding ourselves wavering which ones we’ll go to! 

This year’s theme is: It Starts With Us. Be The Change.  We’ll kick off the conference Sunday evening at the President’s Reception at 6:30pm-8:30pm in the convention center.  Monday morning keynote speaker, Detective Carlo Davila at the Intelligence Fusion Center, will speak about the gift we receive of having the opportunity to make a difference every day.   He will teach us that we have to have faith in ourselves in order to take on the challenges that help us grow and change.   Monday afternoon keynote speakers are staff from Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution who lost their daughters in a tragic car accident.  The group will teach us about “Speak Up to Slow Down” and share their stories.  We’ll round out Monday with our networking and entertainment night beginning at 6:30pm in the hotel ballroom.  Join us for music, appetizers & backyard games to show off your competitive side!


Tuesday morning keynote, Michael McGowan, will talk with us about What Really Matters.  He will outline the importance of human engagement and how it is still one of the main keys to happiness and success.   On Tuesday, Teri Jendusa Nicolai will be hosting two breakout sessions titled “I am”. Teri has been featured on ABC’s 20/20, the Oprah Winfrey show, Doctor Oz show and many other shows to share her survival story of domestic abuse and an unhealthy relationship.  You can check out all the conference breakout session presenters and descriptions along with the conference schedule at our website:  http://wcatoday.com/2017conference/  

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact co-chairs Ashley Melanson (Ashley.Melanson@wisconsin.gov) or Byron Wirth (Byron.Wirth@wisconsin.gov).  We look forward to seeing you at the conference!