Headshots-11Kimberly (Feist) Nonn, MS, WIBS

Founder and Supervisor

Kimberly Nonn started Feist Vocational Counseling and Placement, LLC in January 2012. Her plan was to implement evidence based vocational counseling, career training and advancement. Kimberly is a Master’s level graduate from the University of Wisconsin‑Madison: Rehabilitation and Special Education Department. Kimberly credits her studies and practicum experiences to becoming passionate about combining employment, a sense of purpose, and working with people with disabilities to achieve their dreams and goals. She has over 9 years of experience providing vocational counseling and job placement. In addition to vocational preparation and placement services, Kimberly is a trained benefits specialist. She enjoys empowering clients to understand how work may affect their benefits, and provide more information about work incentives.

Most recently, Kimberly has found a new passion for training and development. She serves as an active member in the RCE Advisory Committee, where she works with key partners in the rehabilitation counseling community in collaboration with UW‑Madison Faculty and Students to address key issues in the discipline affecting education and practice. Additionally, Kimberly enjoys hosting Master’s level practicum students, and continues to give back to her University by speaking at group lectures. Kimberly Nonn was showcased in the University of Wisconsin‑Madison: School of Education, disability Advocate News Journal. See the article here: rpse.education.wisc.edu.

When Kimberly is not working, she enjoys spending time with her active son and husband, attending Badger games, traveling, and exploring the outdoors.

 

 

 

Headshot of JoeJoseph Maedke, MS, CRC

Vocational Training Manager

Joseph Maedke is a graduate from the Master’s program at the University of Wisconsin‑Madison in Rehabilitation Psychology. During his work on his master’s degree he completed internships at both Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and with the Compensate Work Therapy Program at the Veterans Administration (VA). Through these internships as well as previous experiences Joseph has acquired many skills that will aid him in serving many different clients from all walks of life.

Originally from LaCrosse Wisconsin, Joseph moved to Stevens Point Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin‑Stevens Point for a Bachelors of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders. Upon completion of his degree he became passionate in helping people with disabilities get the help they need to live the lives they desire. A couple months after completing his Bachelors degree he and his wife packed up and moved to Madison Wisconsin so that he could continue pursuing his passion of helping people. It was at the University of Wisconsin‑Madison where Joseph’s career aspirations came into focus. At Feist VCP he provides vocational guidance and counseling, job coaching and job development services. Joseph has a very down to earth personality that puts anyone he works with at ease. He is very task oriented and thrives in many different work environments and situations.

In his free time Joseph enjoys spending time with his wife, Aliece and his chocolate lab Thor. His hobbies include playing the guitar, ultimate frisbee, exploring new places in Madison and surrounding areas, as well as hiking and camping.

In September 2016 Joseph and his wife made another addition to their family by welcoming a beautiful daughter named Juniper.

 

 

 

Headshot of AlyssaAlyssa Sutherland-Lasee, BS

Job Developer and Job Coach

Alyssa Sutherland-Lasee graduated from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in English Literature. While studying in La Crosse, Alyssa discovered her passion for working with adults with disabilities while serving as a Service Associate for Riverfront Inc. Following graduation, Alyssa moved to Madison where she started a position as a Vocational Training Specialist at Opportunities Inc., a prevocational training program that provides pre-employment training services to adults with disabilities.  While working at Opportunities Inc., Alyssa had the opportunity to work with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation in providing employment skills training and situational assessments. Alyssa is excited to further her career in the vocational field and help her clients to thrive and overcome employment barriers.

In her free time, Alyssa enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

Headshot of KristaKrista Hermsen, BS

Office Manager and Long Term Support Facilitator

Krista Hermsen attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with a Business Administration Minor. After graduation, Krista moved to Madison, WI to explore and pursue a career in the human services field. Serving as a Program Coordinator for Community Living Connections, Inc., she provided residential support to clients with intellectual and physical disabilities living in the community. It was there that she found her passion for working with individuals with disabilities. Krista also worked at St. Coletta of Wisconsin as a Case Coordinator, where she was able to provide case management services to clients with a wide-range of disabilities. Continuing to work with the clientele she loves, Krista is excited to work with clients one-on-one to assist them in reaching their employment goals, while feeling confident in their work.

In her free time, Krista enjoys being outdoors, discovering and exploring new places, and photography. She loves spending time with her husband and family.

 

 

 

Headshot of HaleyHaley Schultz, MS, LPC, CRC

Client Case Coordinator

Haley Schultz is a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of School Psychology. Her research interests focus on school-based mental health services for high school students. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and her Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology from UW-Madison. Before returning to school to pursue a Ph.D., Haley worked as a vocational rehabilitation counselor at the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation(DVR) providing rehabilitation and transitions services to youth with disabilities.

Haley is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and is certified as a rehabilitation counselor (CRC). Haley also works at the Waisman Center conducting research with families of children with autism spectrum disorder.

 

 

 

Portrait of Mandy HenryMandy Henry, WIBS

Benefits Specialist

Mandy Henry is a Benefits Specialist who has been providing Work Incentive Benefits Analysis information and support to individuals for the past two years. She is currently a member of the Work Incentive Benefits Specialist Association (WIBSA) and continues to gain knowledge of Social Security programs through training and individual research. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical and Abnormal Psychology in June of 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. Shortly after graduation she moved home to Wisconsin to pursue a career in her dedicated field. Mandy enjoys helping people understand their benefits and giving them proper information to make an informed decision on pursuing a work goal.

In her free time, Mandy enjoys spending time with family, getting outside as much as possible, and photography.

 

 

 

Hedshot of TinaTina Kloss

Work Incentives Benefits Specialist

Tina Kloss is a Work Incentives Benefits Specialist with over two years’ experience in the public benefits field, as well as over twelve years’ experience in healthcare. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Care Management in 2012, and in 2014 she completed two separate Work Incentive trainings, one at the national level, and one that focused more on state level benefits. Tina  enjoys researching Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid programs. She has a passion for helping people gain a better understanding of the benefits they receive.

In her free time, Tina enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She and her husband like to travel as often as possible, and like to fill as much time as they can with camping, hiking, and bicycling.

 

 

 

Headshot of Kaitlyn McgillisKaitlyn McGillis, BS

Job Coach

Kaitlyn McGillis graduated from UW-Madison in December 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in K-12 Special Education. She also has a certification in teaching Alternative Education from UW-Milwaukee. Kaitlyn recently began a master’s program through UW-Milwaukee to earn her degree in Administrative Leadership-Higher Education. She has been a Special Education teacher for the last 3 ½ years, and has specialized in Alternative Education for high school students for the last 2 years. Kaitlyn has a passion for working with high school and transition-age students in the areas of academic and career-focused education, with an emphasis on self-care and mindfulness. As a job coach she is excited to help individuals reach their personal career goals, and help them discover their sense of self-confidence and independence through work experiences.

In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys being outdoors, playing with her dog, and reading.

 

 

Michelle headshotMichelle Witmer

Job Coach

Michelle attended college in Indiana where she graduated with bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Addictions counseling. After graduation, she moved to Anchorage Alaska to expand her knowledge and experience working with adolescents with a mental health diagnosis. Michelle worked in a long term residential treatment facility where she taught skills development groups focused on self-care and coping as well as employment and life skills. Michelle later worked as a mental health case manager in Madison focusing on helping young adults learn and practice independent living skills, where she found her passion of helping people be successful in school and employment settings. She has experience working with providers in Dane county, including Dane county department of human services, comprehensive community services (CCS) and Division of vocational rehabilitation (DVR) to help connect individuals to services that help them be successful in the community and their place of employment. She is passionate about helping people find employment they enjoy and that can help them reach their long-term career goals. She enjoys getting to know the people she is working with and helping them discover new passions and career goals.

When not at work you can find Michelle hiking with her dog Zola exploring a new trail and spending as much time outside as possible. Michelle loves animals especially dogs and visits Madison’s dog parks whenever possible. She loves camping and being outside, cooking a new recipe especially if it includes grilling! She loves spending time with her family and any chance she gets to take a long road trip.

 

 

Amber headshotAmber Elliott

Job Coach

Bio coming soon.

 

 

 

 

Headshot of LisaLisa Leppla

Job Coach

Lisa Leppla is receiving her masters degree in Occupational Therapy from UW-Madison. Prior to graduate school, she attended Michigan State University and received her undergraduate degree in Special Education. After graduation Lisa moved to Madison and worked as a special education aide and volleyball coach in the McFarland School District for four years. Through this work she discovered the importance of supporting the non-academic needs of neurodiverse individuals and decided to get back into the classroom in pursuit of her masters in Occupational Therapy. Lisa comes to us with extensive experience as an adaptive swim instructor, personal caretaker, and outdoor recreation leader. She is excited to work hands on and utilize her developing “OT lens” to facilitate independence in the workplace.

In her free time Lisa enjoys riding her bike around Madison, playing volleyball with friends, and attending local concerts.

 

 

 

Catie Hollander

Practicum Student

Catie Hollander is a graduate student at UW-Madison in the department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education. She graduated from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Family Social Science. Catie worked remotely as a job developer for a private vocational rehabilitation company in the Twin Cities for the past 3 years. She developed her passion for this field through watching her dad, who has been a Qualified Rehabilitation Counselor for the past 40 years. Catie is currently doing the first practicum of her program at Feist Vocational Counseling & Placement and is excited for what the opportunity will bring!

In her free time, Catie enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, hanging out with any and all dogs, and being outside on her dock or at the terrace.