Grant given to Association for Retarded Citizens of Washington County from Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy to start Citizen Advocacy Program. Sue Moser hired as Coordinator. Office located in St. Joseph’s Hospital
June 1982 – August 1987
Ran Self-Advocacy project with separate grants. Various staff hired. Susan Goebel stays on after grants to be first Assistant Coordinator until April 1988.
Incorporated as a non-profit organization
Office relocated to larger space in Lakeland Title Insurance office building on E. Washington Avenue, West Bend
April 1988 – July 1990
Sandy Olson hired as Assistant Program Coordinator
First External evaluation of Citizen Advocacy
Grant from Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy made staff expansion possible.
July 1990 – December 1994
Lynn Zemlicka, Assistant Program Coordinator
August 1990 – December 1991
Susan Maurer- Office Manager (Up to this time job training people or secretarial trainees were assisting in the office)
Jan Downs hired as Officer Manager
Office relocated to Marth Real Estate Building on N 6th Avenue, West Bend
External evaluation done
Office relocated to 139 S. 6th Avenue, West Bend
Relationship Review done
December 1994 to March 1996
Deb Anderson hired as Program Coordinator
March 1996 to February 1998
Deb Anderson becomes Executive Director
February 1998 to April 2000
Re-organization of internal structure–Deb Anderson resigns as Executive Director and acts only as Program Coordinator. Jan Downs takes over all administrative duties, and becomes Administrator
April 2000 to November 2001
Lisa Beringer hired as Executive Director/Program Coordinator—Jan Downs – Office Administrator
Lynn Zemlicka hired as Program Coordinator
Susan Kaczmarek hired as Executive Director
Lisa Pulte hired as Program Coordinator
David Slinde hired as Executive Director
Office relocated to 1702 W. Washington Street, West Bend
Jan Downs resigns as Office Administrator –Mark Brunner hired as Executive Director
S.W.O.T. analysis provides a more secure direction for Citizen Advocacy program.
Non-profit Management Fund matching grant for $3,000 gives Citizen Advocacy opportunity to upgrade office computer system.
Office relocated to 120 N Main St. Ste. 350, West Bend
Received grant from Greater Milwaukee Foundation to fund the SST program
Tracy Elver hired as Assistant Program Coordinator
CA 400 Business to Community Program launched
Received second year funding grant from Greater Milwaukee Foundation to fund the SST program
Lisa Pulte leaves as Program Coordinator
Sarah Johnson join the CA staff as Program Coordinator
Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger, founder of Citizen Advocacy, headlines our Annual Dinner and non-profit, board workshop
Jenny Spieth joins the CA staff as our new Community Activist
Citizen Advocacy of Washington County made its 2007 goal of 7 matches in the course of the year
The the first time ever, Citizen Advocacy of Washington County increases its working list to 10 partners
Second annual Citizens’ Ball auction exceeds all previous auctions by 43%.
Citizen Advocacy of Washington County notified it will receive Year 3 of SST grant.
Community Activist, Jenny Spieth, leaves.
Kristie Haecker, Sarah Jones, Pat Strachota, Cheryl Starling join the board.
Gerry Lofy and LynnDee Murphy leave the board after serving three full terms.
Lynn Mueller leaves the board after one term.
The Citizen Advocacy matching program announces 7 matches for 2007.
Deb Wilke joins our CA board. Board membership stands at 9 for the first time in two years.
Graham Wiemer and Dr. Krysti Wick join our CA board. Membership now stands at 11 for the first time since 1985.
Sarah Johnson, Program Coordinator, announces that she will be moving to Rockford, IL. Sarah achieved 13 matches in the 18 months she was with our CA program. Community Activist, Jessica Frederick becomes interim Program Coordinator.
The Citizens’ Ball is a great success and over 240 guests attend. Our fundraising goals are exceeded by 13%.
The West Bend Mutual Charitable Trust becomes a sustaining supporter of our CA program.
Jessica Frederick becomes our Program Coordinator.
Michael Laird joins our CA board as our 12th member.
Community Partners Pilot Program begins at Kewaskum High School.
Miles Severson joins our board of directors. For the first time we now have 12 directors on the board.
The last Citizens’ Ball is held in Hartford, WI.
Kewaskum Community Partners Program graduates from Pilot to Ongoing.
Sexual Abuse workshop, sponsored by Community Memorial Hospital and hosted by West Bend Mutual attended by 25 community professionals and members.
Nancy Baker joins CA Board of Directors. Sarah retires after serving 3 terms.
First Gala – Dancing For A Difference takes place in Hartford, WI.
Our 32nd Annual Dinner takes place at West Bend Mutual. Investors of the Year are Gerry and Joy Zeidler. Volunteer of the Year is Nancy Baker.
CA announces the closing of our 120 N. Main Street offices and a pending move to the Cornerstone Church Building on Hickory and Main in downtown West Bend.
Ryan Hetzel, director and past President of our Board of Directors, retires after three terms. Ryan is replaced by Cheri Lindstedt, Westbury Bank, West Bend.
Community Partners program expands to West Bend East and West High Schools.
Citizen Advocacy moves its offices from the 120 N. Main Street, West Bend (Centrum Building) to 102 S. Main, (Our Place), West Bend. Citizen Advocacy also establishes an Executive Office in Kewaskum.
2nd Annual Gala–Dancing For A Difference in Hartford, WI.
Citizen Advocacy launches its new Community Connections program in Washington County.
The Board of Directors begins a Branding Research program aimed at amending our mission statement and, possibly, changing the program name. Pointer Marketing of West Bend is hired to do the research.
Citizen Advocacy holds its 34th Annual Meeting at Moraine Park Technical College, West Bend.
The Board of Directors votes officially to change the Program Mission Statement to: “Our mission is to create relationships which make a positive difference in the lives of persons with disabilities.” This change opens the program to “all” disabilities.