Family Reflections
A publication of Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin
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Dancing for Little Stars - Save the Date!
Bond Foundation Supports the Crisis Center
Just for Dads
The Spirit of Giving
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Family Services'
Board of Directors
Chair: Geoff Lacy
Vice Chair: Sue Porath
Treasurer: Mark Kasper
Secretary: Tom Sigmund

Laura Beck
Gerard Faller
Robert Fleming
John Frey
John Gossage
Mike Jerry
Steve Kerscher
Kristy Maney
Tom Molitor
Matt Mueller
John O'Connor
Marty Olson
Steve Pasowicz
Joe Thibaudeau
Chuck Timmerman
Steve Warner
Jerry Wieland

Administrative Team
Jeff Vande Leest,
President & CEO 
Lois Mischler, Vice President
Angela Steuck, Vice President
Joe Ferraro, Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Brent Roubal, Vice President of Communications & Development
Nancy Van De Kreeke, Vice President of Human Resources
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January 2015
Dancing for Little Stars - Save the Date!

Save the Date - Dancing for Little Stars is back for another year!


Dancing for Little Stars 2015

Join us on Friday, March 27th for the 8th annual Dancing for Little Stars competition to support child abuse prevention in the Oshkosh area.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and a silent auction. Guests can cheer on and vote for their favorite local celebrity dancers and join in the fun of the "Afterglow".

We are still looking for dancers for this event! No experience required - professional dance instructors are provided. To learn more, contact Angie Pestka at 920-436-4360 ext. 1242.

Tickets for the event will be available on our web site beginning February 2nd. Dance team announcements and other exciting updates will be posted in the coming weeks. Visit for all the latest.


Bond Foundation Gift Supports the Crisis Center
Bond Foundation Donation
Mary McMonagle, Chairperson of the Leon H. and Clymene M. Bond Foundation in Oconto (pictured left), recently presented a gift of $6,000 to Lois Mischler, Vice President at Family Services. The gift was given on behalf of the foundation and its board members for furnishings and updates to the Crisis Center.

Thanks to all for your generous support of our community and families in their time of need.

The Crisis Center of Family Services provides professional short-term counseling, face-to-face and over the phone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for people of all ages in Brown and Sheboygan Counties.


Just for Dads
Just for Dads Did you know that Family Services offers a number of classes and groups that are led by dads, just for dads?

New and expectant fathers throughout Green Bay, the Fox Cities and Oshkosh can attend free classes to help them learn what to expect in the coming months, as well as how to nurture and care for their babies. Play groups are offered as well in the Fox Cities, with a Fatherhood Specialist on hand, providing a free interactive play time and parenting resources for young families.

To learn more about the services and events available in your area, visit:

Fox Cities & Oshkosh (Parent Connection):
Green Bay (Healthy Families): 


The Spirit of Giving
community Beginning with the ALS Foundation this past summer and our agency's annual United Way campaign this fall, the staff of Family Services have begun making monthly Friday "Jeans Day" donations to support a number of community causes.


In November, proceeds raised supported the "Movember" movement, a month long awareness of men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer awareness. Funds raised were donated to the UW Medical Foundation - Urologic Research Institute Fund.


Throughout the holiday season of December, Family Services staff supported the Salvation Army's red kettle drive, which provides food and shelter for families in need. Staff also donated three large boxes of food items to help with this cause. In January, funds are being raised for our local Special Olympics, an organization that brings a lot of joy and sense of accomplishment to people living with disabilities.


In all, staff have contributed nearly $700 to the causes.


"We have a strong tradition here at Family Services of helping kids and families in need," stated agency President, Jeff Vande Leest. "It is very rewarding to see our staff helping others every day through our own programs and services, and equally rewarding to see the impact of our giving in response to other community needs as well."


Strengthening Families
Sam was seven years old when he began working with a Therapist at our Counseling Clinic. At the time, he was very physically aggressive and was struggling at home and at school. Sam's three-year-old sister was often afraid of him because of his name calling and physical abuse. His parents were frustrated because he lacked focus and had a difficult time following directions. His negative behavior also put his parents' jobs in jeopardy since no day care would continue caring for him. At times, Sam felt sad and was very hard on himself. He had a history of threatening to run away, saying that he didn't want to live, and banging his head on objects when he was upset.

The first several months of counseling were focused on building Sam's self-esteem, practicing to verbalize his feelings, and teaching him to go to his parents or teachers when he was upset. Our Therapist also worked with Sam's parents to help them manage his behavior with the use of a behavior chart, where Sam was able to earn small treats or privileges for good behavior.

In addition, Sam's parents have learned a number of positive parenting techniques to stop Sam's unwanted behavior. With these techniques and through ongoing counseling, they began to see significant improvement in Sam's behavior at home and with his sister. His teachers are also happy with the improvement they've seen at school. Sam now has a sense of responsibility and is learning how his actions affect other people. His self-esteem has improved and he's finally feeling good about himself and the world around him.

The Counseling Clinic of Family Services provides comprehensive counseling services for individuals of any age, families and/or groups on a variety of mental health issues. Our therapists help people recognize problems and identify possible solutions or alternatives to live happier, more productive lives.

  Family Reflections is a publication of Family Services of Northeast Wisconsin, Inc.
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Family Services is a non-profit, human services agency that protects, heals and cares for the children and families of Northeast Wisconsin.

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