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Policy and Research Advisor

Donna Friedsam serves as Policy and Research Advisor, as well as Principal Investigator for Covering Kids & Families-Wisconsin, in addition to her primary role as the Health Policy Programs Director at the UW Population Health Institute.

Donna Friedsam

608-263-4881
dafriedsam@wisc.edu


Operations ManagerAllison Espeseth Dissemination Coordinator

Allison Espeseth has worked with Covering Kids & Families since 2004. Responsible for day-to-day operations and mission, she has been involved in assessing the effectiveness of strategies for public health coverage outreach in schools since 2007 and leads project evaluation.

Allison Espeseth

608-261-1455

aehales@wisc.edu


Healthcare Outreach Specialist

Jeni Appleby

Jeni Appleby rejoined Covering Kids & Families- Wisconsin in 2011 as an Outreach Specialist located at Community Advocates in Milwaukee. Jeni provides Affordable Care Act and BadgerCare Plus outreach and education to communities in southeastern Wisconsin.

Jeni Appleby

414-270-4685

jappleby@wisc.edu


Healthcare Outreach Specialist/Licensed Navigator

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Danielle Coterel is a Healthcare Outreach Specialist at Covering Kids & Families based in Milwaukee.  She has been engaged in outreach and educational efforts surrounding BadgerCare Plus and the Affordable Care Act in the southeastern region of Wisconsin. Danielle also provides support to the Milwaukee Enrollment Network. Prior to joining CKF in 2010, Danielle provided case management services for children, families, and individuals with developmental disabilities in a variety of settings in the Milwaukee area. Danielle earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 2011.

Danielle Coterel

414-270-4687

dzirkel@wisc.edu


Direct Certification Outreach Specialist

Caroline Gomez, Outreach SpecialistHelena Gilbertson joined Covering Kids & Families in 2014 to work with the Direct Certification grant, focused on training and supporting Wisconsin school districts as they use computer programs to certify eligible school children for free lunch through the federal School Nutrition Program. She also manages CKF events and meetings. Helena earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Helena Gilbertson

608-261-1455

hmkahle@wisc.edu


Healthcare Outreach Specialist/Licensed Navigator

Caroline Gomez, Outreach SpecialistCaroline Gomez has been a Healthcare Outreach Specialist with Covering Kids & Families since 2011. Her first project was REACH BC+ (Retention and Enrollment to Achieve Children's Health and Build Capacity +) working with pupil services school staff from Madison Metropolitan School District and the CESA 8 school districts in northeastern Wisconsin. She joined her CKF colleagues at the Milwaukee office where she is working with UW Cooperative Extension county faculty and the Milwaukee Enrollment Network on community outreach and education related to the Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Marketplace in Milwaukee and statewide. Caroline earned her Master's degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,

Caroline Gomez

414-270-2963

cbgomez@wisc.edu


Health Insurance Literacy Specialist

Lindsay SwindallStephanie joined Covering Kids & Families in time 2015 to manage two grants related to helping consumers better understand and use their new health insurance. As a bi-lingual staff member with a masters degree in Spanish Linguistics, she also assists with translation and enrollment.

Stephanie has experience teaching in traditional classrooms one-to-one with new immigrants, and teaching adults who have other first languages.

Stephanie Severs

608-261-1455

severs@wisc.edu


Licensed Navigator

Lindsay SwindallLindsay joined Covering Kids & Families just in time for 2014 Open Enrollment to guide outreach and enrollment activities for Dane County and southwestern Wisconsin counties. She conducted enrollment for the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace in the first year, and has additional experience in social media, website management, customer service and marketing. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Lindsay Swindall

608-261-1455

swindall@wisc.edu


Direct Certification Outreach Specialist/Licensed Navigator

Danielle_Zirkel_Outreach Specialist

Nikki Wykowski works with the Direct Certification grant, focused on training and supporting Wisconsin school districts as they use computer programs to certify eligible school children for free lunch through the federal School Nutrition Program. She is also a licensed navigator and conducts enrollment in Dane County. Nikki earned her Master’s degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University-Chicago.

Nikki Wykowski

608-890-4783

wykowski@wisc.edu