Meet the 2016-2017 Wisconsin Council on Family Relations Board
President: Leah Reineccius
My passion for serving families started when I was young on various mission trips to Guatemala. I am continuing my passion as a Graduate student at the University of Wisconsin Stout in the Marriage and Family Therapy program. Through my assistantship at Stout, I am helping to edit and update the third edition of the textbook, Family Ties and Aging. I look forward to growing my career as an LMFT to improve the lives of children and families. I am excited to be the current President of WICFR and to grow this organization to connect more professionals across the state of Wisconsin.
President Elect: Breanna Hintz
I will graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in December 2016 with a degree in Child, Youth, and Family Studies. I currently work in the After School Care program at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Stevens Point. I hope to use the knowledge and skills I have developed in my undergrad career to someday work in a nonprofit organization that benefits families in some aspect. I have always loved working with children and am now realizing that I enjoy every dimension of family life!
Secretary: Brianne Parlier
Treasurer: Christy Worzalla
I graduated in 2013 with a degree in Family Life Education – Psychology minor. I am currently working as a Licensing Analyst at Sentry Insurance in Stevens Point in the Licensing – Legal & Compliance department. While my professional position is not related to the field of Family Life, it has been a wonderful fit for me, so I am happy to stay where I am. That said, I have found that completing the FLE program has provided me with a strong foundation for being successful in my work and personal life. It has developed and strengthened my critical thinking, analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills which are highly valued in any work environment. It has also taught me so much about child development, family dynamics, financial decision-making, leadership, the importance of asking questions, and knowing how to seek out reliable information — all of these have been helpful to me as a parent, and as a member of my community. I encourage anyone who is considering a major in FLE or Family Studies to go for it! While most who graduate from the program will find amazing and rewarding positions in the field, the education is invaluable, even if you find a position outside the professional field of Family Life
Communications Chair: Marissa Christensen
Conference/Website Chair: Chelsea Kelly
I will be graduating from UWSP in August, with a degree in Child Youth and Family Studies and a minor in After-School Development. During college I worked at the YMCA as an assistant Childcare teacher. I recently was offered a position as the lead toddler 1 teacher. I am very excited to continue to work with young children
Fundraiser Chair: Samantha Sullivan
I originally came to UWSP majoring in Special Education. After logging some practicum hours in the classroom, I realized that teaching in the classroom setting wasn’t quite what I wanted. My sophomore year I changed my major to Social Work with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies.The same week that I switched my major to social work, Dr. Wall came into HD 265 and talked about Family and Consumer Sciences-Family Life Education. I fell and love with the major and ended up switching my major for the second time that week! I am still working toward my degree and can’t wait to see what the future holds!
Historian: Alaria Petrulis
I currently hold the Membership Chair and Historian officer positions. I graduated from UW Stevens Point in 2014 with a double major in Child, Youth and Family Studies and Spanish and a minor in International Studies. Growing up, my family hosted several exchange students from France and Spain. My relationship with these “students”, now most of them grown and raising their own families, is what sparked my passion for learning a new language, traveling the world and creating lasting relationships. Shortly after graduating, I moved to Minneapolis with my husband where I began my career as an Infant Teacher at Kindeberry Hill Child Development Center. I recently started volunteering downtown Minneapolis at an organization called Urban Ventures where I’ve been getting my hands dirty in their urban gardens! I’m looking forward to spending time with the families during their summer meal nights and mobile farmers’ market!
Membership Chair: Tony Winslow
Hi Friends, this upcoming school year wil be my last as an undergrad at UW Stevens Point. I am majoring in Child Youth & Family Studies with a minor in Business Administration. My passion differs from most in this particular field since I have a strong desire to work for the Y in the summer camp program. I’m excited to be serving as the UWSP Membership Chair and look forward to stepping outside of my comfort zone and helping to lead WICFR down the path to success!
Membership Chair: Alaria Petrulis
Member at Large: Sterling Wall
I graduated from BYU in Economics (and Ag Econ), then a Masters in Counseling from University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, ending with a Ph.D. from Auburn (War Eagle!) in Human Development & Family Studies. I always wanted to be good at life. This field is about life. My interests have slowly alligned with those of my students, not just to be good at life, but to improve the quality of others lives, at home and abroad, as well.
Member at Large: Laura Zurawski
Nominating Chair: Stephanie Bartelt
Shortly after starting out my freshman year at UW-LaCrosse, I discovered the Family Life Education major at UW-Stevens Point and knew I had to make a switch! I transferred my sophmore year and fell in love with the program. I had always been passionate about marriage and families, but never quite knew where that would fit! Shortly after graduation, I married the man of my dreams and moved north to Minocqua, WI. I have spent the past two years working with families in an early intervention program. Having spent the past year as WICFR’s president, i am excited to see where our new president, Leah, will lead us this year!
Social Media Chair: McKenzie Tuschen
I went to UWSP with a major in Child Youth and Family studies and a minor in Gerontology. I got a part time job at the Boys and Girls Club as a junior in college and have been working there ever since. I also am a full time Activities Director at Willow Brooke Point assisted living where I plan and implement activities each day for my residents.