Shawn Grover is a life-long Madison resident and UW-Madison graduate. He has worked in supply chain management in the construction and manufacturing industries for over 25 years and is currently working for Fristam Pumps.
Shawn’s own trek in recovery began in 2004. Instilled in him is the principle of helping others just as he was supported on his own journey. Shawn is passionate about giving back to the recovering community, having volunteered as a Mentor at Connections Counseling since 2007.
GREG WESTRICH - TREASURER
Greg Westrich is a Commercial Banker with Johnson Financial Group. Greg as over 25 years of high profile lending, treasury management, and international banking experience at the nation’s largest financial services organizations. Specializing in serving the financial needs of middle market companies with sales revenue of $5 million to $500 million.
Greg has lost a son to the ravages of addiction as well as a brother and cousin. He has witnessed firsthand the struggles and constant battle for “normalcy”. With these battles comes intense highs and lows that can hollow out people, families, and relationships.
The recovery community has consistently reached out to Greg and his immediate family with messages of hope, acceptance, and compassion. Greg objective is to provide support for those seeking “normalcy” in their unique life journeys.
Shelly Dutch - Founding Director
Shelly Dutch has been dedicating her life work to young people and their families for almost 30 years. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her dedication to the alcohol and drug problem in our society. She is certified at both the state and national levels, and emphasizes mentoring and service as the key to recovery. She works with staff at UW Madison training residents on substance abuse and provides panels to speak throughout the country. She also founded Horizon High School, an emotional growth recovery school in 2004. Community is integral to recovery and Shelly has served as a consultant to Aaron House and Connect House.
Shelly is the Director of Connections Counseling, LLC and has worked in the AODA field for almost 30 years. Shelly is in recovery and committed to helping others on their sober journey! She is described as being compassionate, genuine and having zest for life.
Shelly enjoys being part of Recovery Foundation’s mission by providing scholarships for those in need as well as educating the community to help increase awareness about addiction.
Shelly especially loves road biking and travel!
Chuck Callender - Director
Chuck Callender is responsible for business operations and financial affairs at Connections Counseling, LLC outpatient clinic.
From a long career of technical sales and project management Chuck brings to Recovery Foundation a business development perspective and execution while respecting the foundation's mission to support compassionate, sustainable recovery from substance abuse. Long term recovery has a major recent impact on the quality and depth of Chuck's life.
Jeff Frye - Director
Jeff is a native of Madison attending UW Whitewater earning a bachelor degree in Business Admin/Mgmt. He pursued a career in the Madison Police Dept, serving Madison residents for 30 years lastly as a Captain. After retiring he worked at the Madison Federal court house for 15 years.
During his 45 years he witnessed hundreds of tragic cases where addiction related crimes left thousands of victims. He saw many addicted prisoners convicted and sent to prison only to reoffend upon release. Sentencing offenders with mental health and/or addictions generally does little to change their behavior once they reenter society. He also witnessed close friends and loved ones suffer with addictive behavior. He understands the pain of addiction.
He joined the local Families Anonymous group 6 years ago learning how important it is for people with addictions to receive treatment. Jeff strongly supports Connections Counseling. He recently joined the Recovery Foundation board because the foundation supports efforts to raise funds to assist people who need financial help paying for treatment.
Mary Schneider, PhD - SECRETARY
Mary Schneider is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Kinesiology (Occupational Therapy Program) and Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a nationally recognized expert on the effects of prenatal alcohol and/or stress exposure on neurobehavioral development and brain function. Her current work uses state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques to examine neuroadaptational changes after chronic alcohol consumption.
Mary has been a grateful member of Alanon for over 30 years, also facilitating meetings at the Dane County Jail. She has given numerous presentations over the years on the role of the family in adolescent substance abuse recovery.
JANIS WADDELL, MS, CSADC - VICE PRESIDENT
Janis works as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Rosecrance out of Illionois. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the addictions field, including 10 years of providing direct clinical services to adolescents. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in counseling/education from Northern Illinois University. Waddell’s areas of expertise include behavioral healthcare marketing, insurance managed care contracting, adolescent and adult substance abuse treatment, and current trends.
Erika Bierma - Director
Erika Bierma is an attorney with the law firm of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP. Her practice includes both criminal and civil litigation, and she has significant experience representing both adults and juveniles. Prior to joining Stafford Rosenbaum, Erika was an Associate Federal Defender where she represented individuals accused of a wide range of serious federal crimes.
Erika believes in working to make the community stronger. She believes everyone is entitled to a zealous defense, which can also encompass drug and alcohol treatment, mental health treatment or other assistance. Through her work as a defense attorney, she has seen how addictions can drive people to commit crimes also how addiction can cause people to get lost in the criminal justice system. She makes a point to learn as much about her client and their circumstances to help navigate them through the system. She is a past board member of Girls on the Run. She believes in advocating for nonconventional outcomes so that the people she represents receive the treatment they need to help with drug and alcohol addictions.
JEANNE BISSELL - DIRECTOR
Jeanne spent most of her childhood in Pennsylvania and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Michigan. Her graduate work is in Exercise Physiology from the University of Maryland. She taught physical education and health for years in the Washington DC area, she also ran a successful Certified Personal Training business there.
After moving to Madison, she was a fitness trainer and Realtor. Recently, her endeavors have been of a community advocacy/leadership/volunteer nature. Her main focus has been women’s reproductive health care access and rights. She sits on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. She chaired the Advocacy Board of that organization.
She also devotes her time and energy to DAIS, School of Hope tutoring program, the League of Women voters, the Urban League, the YWCA of Dane County and various Recovery-related service positions. She has recently become involved with the McFarland United Church of Christ. She looks forward to being of service to the Recovery Foundation.
APRIL RIPP - FOUNDATION ADMINISTRATOR
April has been working with the Recovery Foundation since the spring of 2016.
April has several years of experience working with non profit organizations in an administrator roll. Prior to her career in the non profit world, she worked in human resources for a local children's mental health clinic.
In addition to the general support she provides on a regular basis, April plans the Foundation's fundraising events, manages the social media accounts and acts as the 'go to' person for the board of directors.
April also works full time for Connections Counseling.
April holds a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
For questions regarding donations, sponsorship opportunities, etc., please email April at firstname.lastname@example.org
2020 Recovery Foundation Board of Directors