Matt directs and manages all aspects of the Alliance’s initiatives, operations and budgeting. Matt leads efforts to build partnerships with government, public and private health systems, organizations, and individuals to foster the Alliance’s work.
Matt received his bachelor’s degree in health sciences and dental hygiene from Marquette University and a master’s degree in public health from A.T. Still University. Matt is a past president of the American Dental Hygienists Association
Matt enjoys spending time traveling and camping with his wife and son, Marquette basketball, cooking, home improvement and cycling outdoors when weather permits and year round on his Peloton.
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.
Sarah is the communication coordinator for Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin. In this role, Sarah creates and edits content that increases awareness of the Alliance and its seven initiatives.
Sarah received her bachelor’s degree in communication with a media studies emphasis from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in December of 2019 and is currently enrolled at Marquette University to earn a master’s degree in corporate communication.
Sarah is from the small town of Lena, Wis. and is new to the
Milwaukee area. In her free time, Sarah enjoys long-distance running,
travelling, writing and trying new foods.
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 250 members spanning various professions statewide.
Langston has over 15 years of experience in public health and is committed to creating environments where children and families thrive. He received his Master of Public Health degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Zilber School of Public Health with a focus on public health policy and administration and is an alumnus of Marquette University’s Future Milwaukee program.
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.
Program Leader - Emergency Medical Services for Children
Erica is the program leader for the Emergency Medical Services for Children initiative. In this role, Erica leads statewide efforts to improve pediatric emergency care. Erica works together with partners in pre-hospital and hospital settings to achieve the Emergency Medical Services for Children mission, to reduce child and youth mortality and morbidity resulting from severe illness or trauma.
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. Erica is a certified health education specialist (CHES®) and certified child passenger safety technician.
In her free time, Erica enjoys cooking, gardening, and knitting.
Brittany is the project manager for the Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services for Children Initiative. In this role, she works with statewide partners to improve pediatric readiness in rural and community hospitals so that all children have the best possible outcomes, regardless of their geographic location. Brittany manages a statewide program connecting EMS agencies and schools by helping prepare them in the case of an emergency that involves students with special health care needs. She also assists with efforts to implement and expand telehealth provider-to-provider consults between larger facilities and rural and community hospitals, specifically for infants, children and youth with special heath care needs.
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.
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
Marilyn Noll, MA
Marilyn is the Project Manager for Injury Prevention and Child Death Review. In this role she works with local child death review teams to review infant and child death for the purpose of preventing future child deaths. She creates and presents trainings, facilitates meetings and establishes collaborative relationships with a wide range of partners.
Marilyn received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) followed by her master’s degree in political economy, also from UTD
In her free time, Marilyn enjoys reading, rock collecting and painting, creating collages, watching non-English language crime dramas, and spending time with her family and friends.
Program Leader - Injury Prevention and Death Review
Karen Nash, MBA
In this role, Karen works to reduce the burden of injury and fatality to children and young adults through leadership of Wisconsin’s Child Death Review (CDR) program. Her main role is to provide technical assistance to CDR teams statewide by helping them to learn and understand the case review process, collect information that translates into useful data, then use the data to inform recommendations that will prevent similar deaths. Karen works collaboratively with partners to help them identify barriers and implement strategies that lead to improved local and statewide injury prevention outcomes.
Karen earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Ottawa University and has a Bachelor of Arts from Alverno College.
Karen enjoys working for the Alliance because her work promotes positive change in the lives of Wisconsin children. In her spare time, Karen likes to read and spend quality time with 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.
Lindsay serves as the project manager for the oral health initiative. In this role, she works with partners statewide to improve access to oral health services through various projects and policy initiatives. Lindsay leads and manages the work of the Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition and Milwaukee Oral Health Coalition. In addition, she is responsible for the non-clinical aspects of the Wisconsin Medical Dental Integration Project. As project manager, she creates and presents trainings, facilitates meetings and establishes collaborative relationships with a diverse group of partners.
Lindsay has over 20 years of experience in public health working as a registered nurse. Much of this time Lindsay has advocated for the health of children in the community while working within a school setting providing nursing services, asthma education and coordinating a dental varnish program. Lindsay received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
In her free time, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family, walking her golden retriever, reading and knitting.
Jenna serves as the program leader for the oral health initiative. In this role, she leads and manages key initiative aspects to improve oral health across Wisconsin through innovative solutions, strategic partnerships and proven strategies to bridge the gap between the community and dental care. In addition Jenna is responsible for the clinical implementation of the Wisconsin Medical Dental Integration Project and components of the Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program. She’s passionate about improving children’s dental health to help them reach their full potential. Over the past 13 years, Jenna has worked in public health across a variety of communities as a dental hygienist, community dental health coordinator and clinical director at a nonprofit children’s dental program.
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.