My name is Meghan Teigen and I am so pleased to be a new member of the Board of Directors for The Arc-Dane County. I am a partner with the law firm Johnson Teigen, LLC (formally Christenson Johnson, LLC). We are an estate planning and special needs planning law firm in Fitchburg. I am very proud that one of my firm's specialty practice areas is special needs planning- which means that we specialize in working with individuals with disabilities who need to do their own planning, typically in consideration of their public benefits eligibility, as well as working with families who need assistance with the unique issues related to planning for the long-term support of a loved one with a disability. I have worked in the field of special needs planning for many years and I am so happy to work with The Arc-Dane County, as they provide such great service to so many of my clients.
Prior to going into private practice, I worked as an attorney with two Madison based non-profits that provide legal services across Wisconsin to individuals with disabilities and older adults.
Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources (GWAAR), and Wispact, Inc. b
oth gave me great knowledge of public benefits and long-term care planning possibilities. I am extremely happy with my move to private practice, as I can now directly help individuals and families meet their long-term goals. I love meeting with a family and discussing their goals for their loved one, and working with them to make sure the proper legal documents are in place to make that goal a reality.
I live in Fitchburg with my husband and children, who keep us very busy! I am a big Badger fan and I love working, living, and raising my family in Dane County. I am very pleased to be a new Board member, and I very much look forward to helping the Arc-Dane County continue to grow and fulfill its Mission.
Cheryl Lytle has served on the board of directors for The Arc-Dane County since May 2015. She got involved with Arc-Dane County through her good friend, John Leemkuil, who served on the board for many years. At that time, the board was working on their succession plan and invited her to participate in a few events before inviting her to serve on the board.
Lytle currently serves as the Events Director for the Wisconsin Grocers Association, as well as the Administrative Assistant for the Water Quality Association of Wisconsin. These two positions keep her busy but her efforts for The Arc-Dane County give her a lot of pride to help people with special needs and strengthening Dane County.
"I enjoy the Arc's dance events the most because I've been able to meet new people and establish friendships", Lytle remarked. "I love the fruit sales committee for the same reason, plus we raise funds for the Arc AND enjoy the citrus in the early spring." Many volunteers are needed for the fruit sale and Lytle encourages others to find out how to get involved.
She also coordinates the Arc-Dane County's Awards Banquet in April which recognizes individuals going above and beyond for people with special needs in the community. "It's all about the acceptance speeches from the honorees, it's touching to learn a little about folks and appreciate all they contribute." Lytle says nominations for The Arc-Dane County awards will open in the Fall of 2019 for the 2020 Awards Banquet and she would like to encourage folks to nominate someone who makes a difference in the life of someone with intellectual or developmental disabilities.