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Children Come First Advisory Committee

Children Come First Advisory Committee

Established by Wis. Stat. § 46.56, the Children Come First Advisory Committee supports the development of a comprehensive service system of coordinated care for children who are involved in two or more systems of care.

Meetings are held over Zoom four times per year. All meetings are open to the public.

Children's System of Care Champion Nomination
Nominations are due July 12, 2024.

Children Come First Advisory Committee Bylaws Handbook (PDF)


Kia Kjensrud
Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (WIAAP) and WIAAP Foundation

Phil Robinson
White Pine Consulting


  • Angela Clements
    Parent Peer Specialist
  • Robert Kaminski
  • Joanne Kitelinger
  • Emma McGovern
    Young Adult
  • Amy Polsin
  • Heidi Roettger
    Parent Peer Specialist
  • Greg Gintz
    Therapy Without Walls
  • Jill Chaffee
    Lutheran Social Services
  • Scott Strong
    RISE Wisconsin
  • Corinne Wherley
    Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Erica Toman
    Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Tibissum Rice
    Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Rebecca Green-Blanks
    Oneida Nation
  • Hugh Davis
    Wisconsin Family Ties
  • Phyllis Greenberger
    Disability Rights Wisconsin
  • Legardea Jackson
    Owen's Place
  • Emily Coddington
    Wisconsin Association of Family and Children’s Agencies
  • John Bauman
    Dane County Juvenile Court
  • Hugh Vargas
    The Human Service Center
  • Rebecca Bell
    Dodge County
  • Nichol Wienkes
    Green Lake County
  • Leanne Delsart
    Milwaukee County/Wraparound Milwaukee
  • Judy VanRyzin
    Outagamie County
  • Jill Ellinwood
    Sauk County
  • Matthew Strittmater
    Sheboygan County
  • Amanda Huber
    Waukesha County
  • Georgette Teschner
    Wood County
  • Linda Hall
    Office of Children’s Mental Health
  • Sarah Dillinger
    Department of Children and Families
  • Jennifer McBain
    Department of Children and Families
  • Sheila Corroo
    Department of Corrections
  • Kenya Bright
    Department of Health Services
  • Jason Cram
    Department of Health Services
  • Tessa Freedberg
    Department of Health Services
  • Ann Kelley-Kuehmichel
    Department of Health Services
  • Michelle Lund
    Department of Health Services
  • Andrea Gugel
    Department of Public Instruction
  • Susan Piazza
    Department of Public Instruction

Meeting materials

Contact us

Staff from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services support the work of the Children Come First Advisory Committee. Email your questions or concerns to the DHS Division of Care and Treatment Services.

Wisconsin's Children's System Care

The Children Come First Advisory Committee advises the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on the implementation of Wisconsin’s Children’s System of Care, services that help children facing a behavioral health challenge do better at home, in school, in the community, and throughout life.

Wisconsin Wayfinder

Wisconsin Wayfinder supports families of children with delays, disabilities, special health care needs, and mental health conditions. Children’s resource guides are helpers who assist families, caregivers, professionals, and organizations in finding a wide array of supports and services available through the Children’s Resource Network.

Disclaimer about advisory council content

This content reflects the views and opinions of the advisory council. It may not reflect the official policy or position of DHS.

Last revised February 5, 2024