Family Voices of Wisconsin promotes a system of comprehensive health and community supports based on fundamental principles that assure the health and well-being of children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities and their families. Our role is to advocate for the inclusion of these principles in the design, implementation and delivery of supports and services throughout Wisconsin.
What We Believe
Children are children first, regardless of their diagnosis. Support and services should be delivered with this in mind.
Families have great capacity to care for their children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities when they have informed real choices, strong supports and appropriate resources.
Health and community supports and services will respect and honor the unique culture and beliefs of families.
Children and youth are best served when their families work as partners with providers to make decisions about their health care and family supports, and children are supported within their community.
Family Voices of Wisconsin is a not-for-profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable purposes.
Family Voices of Wisconsin is classified as an exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and is not classified as a private foundation. As a 501(c)3 organization, Family Voices of Wisconsin is exempt from the payment of federal income on its exempt activities.
Beth Wroblewski, President
Lisa Stephan, Secretary
Jason Cooper, Treasurer
Patricia Erving, Member
Barb Gadbois, Member
Pam Ironside, Member
Monica Lopez, Member
Linda Rowley, Member
Meg Steimle, Member
Bill Schwab, Member
William White, President Emeritus
Liz Hecht, Co-Director
Liz is our founder and Co-Director. She also chairs the DHS Children’s Long-Term Support Council, serves as the children’s issue lead for the Survival Coalition and is active at the state and national level on supporting families. Liz is the mom of Jessica and Will (who passed away in 2018). Recently, Liz retired from the UW Waisman Center and focuses on her work with Family Voices of Wisconsin.
Barbara Katz, Co-Director
Barbara Katz is the parent of three adult sons and has been advocating for her middle son, Ben, since his birth 29 years ago. She is employed as Co-Director of Family Voices of Wisconsin, and has held that position since 2005. Barbara is the former chair of the Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities and continues to serve on a variety of local and statewide boards and committees.
Brigit Frank, Media and Education Manager
Brigit has worked with Family Voices since 2014 and has developed our online trainings in addition to using her creative eye to make our materials look professional and easy to read. Brigit is the adoptive parent of two children with complex health conditions and mental health needs.
Lynn Renner, Communications and Information Manager
Lynn has been with Family Voices of Wisconsin since 2009. She is the parent of two children. Her son has cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Lynn writes our fact sheets and newsletters, coordinates Advocacy for Change and manages the Circles of Life Conference Planning Committee.
Each family has a voice
Together, our voices will be heard