In The Best Interest Of The Child: A Focus On The Innocents In The Opioid Crisis

May 3 @ 8:45 Am – 12:00 Pm

8:45 am – 12:00 pm

Holiday Inn Manitowoc

4601 Calumet Avenue
Manitowoc, WI 54220 United States


Learn firsthand the devastating effects of the opioid crisis on our families and community as together we try to maneuver through the complicated and often frustrating world of reunification and/or permanent placement options.

Keynote speakers and panelists include:

  • Tonette Walker,Wisconsin’s First Lady
  • Eloise Anderson, Secretary, WI Department of Children & Families
  • Elizabeth Hudson, Director WI Office of Children’s Mental Health
  • Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, PhD UW-Madison and affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Center for Healthy Minds
  • A panel discussion with Lane Kinzel, Supervisor of Social Workers, Manitowoc County; Julie Ribley, Director of CASA of Manitowoc County; Lisa Quistorf, Superintendent of Two Rivers Public Schools; Jerilyn Dietz, Manitowoc Attorney and guardian ad litem.

WI State Representative Paul Tittl will moderate the event.

Our Speakers:

Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker was born and raised in Milwaukee. She spent more than 20 years employed in the insurance industry before working for the American Diabetes Association. Currently, the First Lady works in the development department for the American Lung Association in Wisconsin.

As First Lady, Mrs. Walker most enjoys using her role to help improve the lives of the people of Wisconsin. She is currently working in partnership with various foundations and nonprofit organizations to better recognize, understand, and address the effects of trauma on the lives of children and families in Wisconsin through her Fostering Futures Initiative. Through this partnership, she hopes to establish the state of Wisconsin as a national leader in the Trauma-Informed Care movement.

Mrs. Walker also works regularly with Teen Challenge of Wisconsin, a faith-based organization dedicated to the healing and rehabilitation of those with substance abuse addictions. The First Lady works to raise awareness for the group throughout the state and also assists Teen Challenge in their fundraising and expansion efforts.

In an effort to promote health and fitness and to showcase some of the beautiful but lesser-known sites across the state, Mrs. Walker invites the people of Wisconsin to “Walk with Walker.” At each walk, the First Lady is joined by local residents, visitors, and friends and family to walk a short trail and explore Wisconsin’s most picturesque scenery. Additionally, Mrs. Walker hosts women from all over the state for an annual Wellness Weekend to promote healthy lifestyles.

Wisconsin is home to some of the friendliest and most giving people in the nation. To recognize the generosity of many Wisconsin residents, the First Lady presents a Wisconsin Heroes Award. The award goes out quarterly to a resident who voluntarily devotes his or her time and energy to a nonprofit organization or cause. The First Lady understands the value of this devoted volunteerism and honors these “heroes” who ultimately make Wisconsin a better place.

The First Lady and Governor live full time in Madison at the Wisconsin Executive Residence. Oldest son Matt graduated from Marquette University and is currently working for Associated Bank in Milwaukee. Younger son Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is working in Politics.

Elizabeth Hudson, LCSW, has worked in the field of trauma prevention and treatment for over 25 years as a sexual assault and domestic violence advocate, mental health clinician, clinical supervisor, and non-profit administrator. In February 2014,

Governor Walker appointed Elizabeth to create and lead the Wisconsin Office of Children’s Mental Health. In addition tofocusing on innovative ways to prevent mental health issues, the Office coordinates, integrates and aligns state agencies’ activities focused on children’s well-being. Prior to this appointment, Elizabeth partnered with the Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services to integrate trauma-informed care into state agencies and a wide range of human service settings. In her current role, Elizabeth continues to promote trauma-informed care and is a member of Fostering Futures, a trauma-informed care partnership led by Wisconsin’s First Lady Tonette Walker.

Eloise Anderson, Secretary of Dept. of Children and Families, is known nationally and internationally as a leader in welfare reform who has successfully led the transformation of human service policy and delivery. As the former Director of the California Department of Social Services, she created a successful work model that led to thousands of people transitioning from welfare to self-sufficiency.

Secretary Anderson began her career working in Milwaukee as a social worker and in various roles within state and county government. She has over 20 years of experience in state service, including as Administrator of the Division of Community Services at Wisconsin’s former Department of Health and Social Services.

Julie Poehlmann-Tynan, PhD, is the Dorothy A. O’Brien Professor of Human Ecology and a professor in the human development and family studies department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Center for Healthy Minds.

Through numerous publications and outreach efforts during the past 18 years, she has brought the attention of child development and family studies communities to the issue of incarcerated parents and their children. Her research with children of incarcerated parents has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Poehlmann-Tynan has served as an advisor to Sesame Street to help develop and evaluate their Emmy-nominated initiative for young children with incarcerated parents and their families called Little Children, Big Challenges: Incarceration. She has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and is the editor of two monographs and two books focusing on children with incarcerated parents.