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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

Director


Molly Bandt, JD, joined Covering Kids & Families Wisconsin in 2013. Molly comes with a background in training and legal service, helping people and organizations understand and access legal rights for the elderly, people with disabilities and employees. She earned her JD from UW Madison and has a distinguished career with advocacy and state agencies.

Molly Bandt

608-890-4784

mbandt@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. Through the REACH BC+ (Retention and Enrollment to Achieve Children's Health and Build Capacity +) project, Jeni provides BadgerCare+ outreach and support to CESA 1, which is comprised of 45 school districts in southeastern Wisconsin.

Jeni Appleby

414-270-4685

jappleby@wisc.edu


Communications Specialist

Lauren CnareLauren Cnare joined Covering Kids & Families in 2012 to support outreach and enrollment activities through all the communication channels from traditional to social to spread the word about CKF’s strategies to build systems that connect children and their families to health insurance coverage through BadgerCare+ and the Health Insurance Marketplace. She’s worked in healthcare marketing and communications for 25 years.

Lauren Cnare

608-261-1455

cnare@wisc.edu

Evaluation and Dissemination CoordinatorAllison Espeseth Dissemination Coordinator

Allison Espeseth has worked with Covering Kids & Families since 2004. She has been involved in assessing the effectiveness of strategies for public health coverage outreach in schools since 2007 and currently leads project evaluation and dissemination efforts.

Allison Espeseth

608-261-1455

aehales@wisc.edu

Healthcare Outreach Specialist

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 recently 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 Gomez

414-270-2963

cbgomez@wisc.edu


Direct Certification Outreach Specialist

Marisa MacLaren Direct Certification Outreach Specialist Marisa Voelker is an Outreach Specialist with Covering Kids & Families-Wisconsin since 2012. She works on the Direct Certification Implementation grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). This grant is a partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), to make improvements to Wisconsin’s Direct Certification program and remove administrative barriers for students that are eligible for free meals at school. Prior to joining CKF, Marisa worked as a Disability Claims Reviewer at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Marisa received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Women’s Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Marisa Voelker

608-890-4783

mkvoelker@wisc.edu


Healthcare Outreach Specialist


Photo of staff member Jean Nothnagel joined Covering Kids & Families-Wisconsin in 2010 as an Outreach Specialist. Jean currently leads the REACH BC+ (Retention and Enrollment to Achieve Children's Health and Build Capacity +) project in the CESA 3 region that represents 31 school districts in southwestern Wisconsin, and lends support to other school based projects, program planning and evaluation.

Jean Nothnagel

608-261-1455

nothnagel@wisc.edu


Healthcare Outreach Specialist

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Danielle Zirkel is a Healthcare Outreach Specialist at Covering Kids & Families based in Milwaukee.  She has been engaged in outreach and educational efforts surrounding BadgerCare+ and the Affordable Care Act in the southeastern region of Wisconsin. Danielle also provides support to the Milwaukee Enrollment Network and the Milwaukee Health Watch coalition. 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 Zirkel

414-270-4687

dzirkel@wisc.edu