Karen directs and manages all aspects of the Alliance’s initiatives, operations and budgeting. Karen leads efforts to build partnerships with government, public and private health systems, organizations, and individuals to foster the Alliance’s work.
Karen received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and an associate’s degree in early childhood development from Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Karen enjoys family time with her husband and two young adult children, baking and power walking.
Matt is responsible for management of the Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program and oversees the direction of all other oral health and early literacy programs at the Alliance. Matt provides leadership and operational support to Alliance staff.
Matt received his bachelor’s degree in health sciences and dental hygiene from Marquette University, a Community Dental Health Certificate from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and a master’s degree in public health from A.T. Still University.
Matt enjoys home improvement projects with his wife, running, cycling and competing in duathlons.
Rachel is serving for the 2019-2020 year with the Wisconsin HealthCorps at Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin. She will be working primarily with the asthma, emergency care, and early literacy initiatives. Rachel has always been very passionate about children’s health and well-being and is excited to gain experience working in public health.
Rachel graduated from Marquette University in May 2019 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences. After her year of service, she hopes to attend a dual degree program obtaining both her master’s of public health and doctorate of osteopathic medicine.
Born and raised in Michigan, Rachel now calls Milwaukee home and loves exploring all that Wisconsin has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, spending time with friends, and reading nerdy books about health care and history.
Program Leader - Creative Services and Student Development
Tara Goris, MS
Tara works with the Alliance initiatives to develop and maintain graphic and branding standards. Tara is responsible for editing, design, layout and production of communication and promotional materials. She oversees and manages the interns and HealthCorps members at the Alliance.
Tara received her bachelor’s degree in public health from Indiana University, a master’s degree in adult education and human resource development from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an associate’s degree in graphic design from Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Tara is grateful for her role with the Alliance, as it is a unique blend of her high regard for public health and love of design. Tara enjoys downhill skiing, reading and hiking.
Brittany is the project manager for the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition initiative. In this role, Brittany works with partners from diverse professional backgrounds throughout the state to improve asthma management, enhance quality of life, reduce disparities and prevent asthma-related deaths.
Brittany received her bachelor’s degree with dual majors in sociology and women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree in communication from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
In her free time, Brittany enjoys running, playing/watching sports, reading the newest book releases, watching British television/movies, and attending standup or improv comedy shows.
Langston is program leader of strategic partnerships at the Alliance. In this role, he builds community-based partnerships to improve asthma management, enhance quality of life, reduce disparities and prevent asthma-related deaths. In addition, he oversees the management of the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition, a diverse group comprised of more than 180 members spanning various professions statewide.
Langston has 15 years of experience in public health and is committed to creating environments where children and families thrive. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is an alumnus of Marquette University’s Future Milwaukee program. Currently, he is working toward his master’s degree in public health with a focus on public health policy and administration.
Langston has a passion for community justice and is co-founder of Milwaukee’s Summer of Peace initiative. Established in 2002, this youth led non-violence program has touched the lives of tens of thousands of children and recently expanded with an annual peace summit on Chicago’s Southside.
In his spare time, Langston enjoys staying active…from the simple neighborhood walks with his two children to playing in competitive kickball and paintball leagues.
Karin manages the Reach Out and Read Wisconsin initiative out of the Alliance’s Madison office.
Karin received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and social relations from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, a master’s degree in early childhood education from Washington University in St. Louis, and a master’s degree in social work from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Karin grew up in the Boston area, has lived in the Midwest for more than 20 years and still misses the smell of low tide. She enjoys reading, photography, knitting, travel, languages, biking and kayaking throughout Wisconsin. She’s currently learning to fly-fish. She lives in the Madison area with her husband.
Project Coordinator - Reach Out and Read Wisconsin
Alex provides technical support to primary care clinicians and promotes a love of reading to young children. She is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received her bachelor’s degree in child development.
Alex enjoys being outdoors, reading, yoga and trying DIY projects inspired by Pinterest.
Erica is project manager for the Emergency Medical Services for Children initiative. In this role, Erica works with partners throughout the state to improve emergency pediatric care in pre-hospital and hospital settings.
Erica received her bachelor’s degree in community health education from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master’s degree in public health from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
In her free time, Erica enjoys cooking, spending time with family and traveling.
As the project coordinator for the Infant Death Center, Joanna’s focus is to reach out to families across the state that have experienced the sudden and unexpected loss of an infant. She assesses the needs of each grieving family and provides support by connecting families with bereavement resources in their community.
Joanna worked closely with grieving families at a Milwaukee area cemetery prior to working for the Alliance. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from UW-Milwaukee. In her free time, she is a voracious reader and loves to laugh with her family and friends.
Project Manager - Injury Prevention and Death Review
Amanda Bagin, MPH, CHES
Amanda provides technical assistance to injury prevention and child death review teams in Wisconsin counties that participate in the Keeping Kids Alive initiative. She also leads the Sleep Baby Safe and Newborn Nest projects and provides technical assistance to local health departments and tribal agencies working on infant safe sleep.
Amanda received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master’s degree in public health from A. T. Still University.
In her free time, Amanda enjoys running, traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and dog.
Naomi is a project manager with the medical home initiative. She provides support and education to primary care clinicians, service providers and families to achieve family-centered, high quality care.
Naomi received her bachelor’s degree in social work from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Naomi enjoys playing volleyball and walking her dogs, Duke and Whistle. She especially enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Colleen is a project manager for the medical home initiative. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and communications from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her background includes professions in the private sector and more recently, in the nonprofit sector with a focus on health-related areas.
Colleen is the mother of two beautiful children, a loveable golden retriever and a feisty cat. She enjoys spending time with her family, watching her children’s activities, taking long walks, watching Badger sports and drinking her morning coffee.
Geeta is program leader of the medical home initiative. She oversees and manages projects in this section of the Alliance designed to support physicians, partners and parents in providing family-centered, high quality care.
Geeta Wadhwani received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She completed her master’s degree in public health at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Geeta enjoys her family, running, hiking and traveling.
Dana works as project manager for the Healthy Smiles for Mom and Baby project that focuses on integrating oral health into primary medical care for pregnant women and infants.
Dana is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, where she received a bachelor’s degree in community health education. She has experience in coalition building, strategic planning and health education from her role managing an obesity prevention initiative in Richland County.
Dana enjoys running, farmer’s markets and going on outdoor adventures with her husband and dog.
is project manager for the Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition, working in
collaboration with the DentaQuest Foundation’s Midwest Collaborative Team to
assist in oral health program development and local coalition expansion efforts
received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin in
Madison. Rachael also received her juris doctorate from Marquette University
Law School, specializing in health law.
Born and raised in Milwaukee, Rachael enjoys spending time downtown and along the lakefront. Her hobbies include photography, soccer, working out and spending time with her family.
Implementation Specialist - Medical Dental Integration
Jenna Linden, RDH, CDHC
Jenna is responsible for the clinical
implementation of the Wisconsin Medical Dental Integration Project. She’s
passionate about improving children’s dental health to help them reach their
full potential. Over the past decade, Jenna has worked in public health in
Minnesota and Wisconsin as a dental hygienist and a clinical director at a nonprofit
children’s dental program. She also works as a consultant for the American
Dental Association, helping new Community Dental Health Coordinators establish
community outreach and improve oral health outcomes for their local
Jenna received her Bachelor of
Science in dental hygiene from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.
She completed her Community Dental Health Coordinator training through Rio
Salado College in Arizona.
Jenna enjoys beach days, reading, traveling, cheering on the Cubs and going on adventures with her three sons and husband.
Project Coordinator - Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition
Rosie McGovern is the oral health project coordinator for the Alliance. Her role includes coordinating the local oral health coalitions throughout the state, and working directly with the Midwest Collaborative Initiative.
Rosie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where she received her bachelor’s degree in public health and community health education.
Rosie enjoys spending time with friends, traveling, and spending time outside being active.