Staff

To contact a member of Easter Seals Wisconsin FARM Program, please e-mail Melba Brown, call toll-free: 800-422-2324 x106, fax: 608-277-8333 or mail: 101 Nob Hill Rd, Ste 301, Madison, WI  53713

You can also email members of the FARM staff by clicking on the links below.

If you are interested in involvement with the FARM Program through an AmeriCorps position, you can learn more about them here.

Paul Leverenz, MS, Vice President, Vocational Services, 608-225-2394

Paul supervises the FARM and other Easter Seals vocational programs. He offers training, presentations, and mentoring on vocational rehabilitation for farmers, to FARM staff, to state agencies, and to AgrAbility groups. Paul has a BA in Human Services from UW-Oshkosh and an MS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Mankato State University. He grew up on a farm in the Green Bay area.

Jeff Kratochwill, BS, COTA, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist, 608-279-9436

Jeff travels to farms in Wisconsin, meeting with farmers with disabilities, and helping them stay in farming. He was born and raised on a dairy farm in southwest Wisconsin. Jeff has an Associate's Degree in Occupational Therapy and a BS in Business Management and Communications from Concordia University. He has worked at several rehabilitation sites and helped people with disabilities to recover function after a decrease in health status. Most recently, he managed a home modification program in the Dane county area for elderly and disabled individuals wanting to stay at home safely and independently. He returns to his father's farm on most weekends to help with a variety of chores, and, in exchange, he keeps some Angus steers on the farm.

Bruce Whitmore, MS, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist, 920-675-0570

Bruce travels to farms in Wisconsin, where he has worked with more than 200 farmers with disabilities to help them stay in farming. He has a BS from UW-Platteville in Technical Agriculture, and an MS in Education and Professional Development from UW-Platteville. He was born and raised on a dairy farm in Walworth County, owned and operated an 800-acre dairy, beef and cash grain farm, and taught vocational agriculture at Brodhead High School. At St. Coletta of Wisconsin, he managed a 750-acre farm of dairy, hogs, beef, poultry, and garden crops used by the school and sold for cash income. Bruce has been a volunteer firefighter for 20 years.

T Ellenbecker, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist, Case Manager, 608-279-9437

T brings to the FARM program 26 years of counseling and case management skills, her knowledge of farming, and her awareness of how disabilities might affect farmers. She joined Easter Seals in 2000 after retiring from a counseling position with the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. T has fond memories of a childhood spent helping her farm neighbors with a variety of chores.

Paul N Untiet, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist, Case Manager, 715-347-4093

Paul came to Easter Seals after working 30 years as a counselor for DVR. He had worked with the Easter Seals FARM program and staff, teaming together to find solutions for farmers with disabilities who wanted to stay in farming. He was a knowledgeable advocate for farmers at DVR and he continues in this role on the FARM staff. He grew up on a farm and continues to grow a vegetable garden and maintain the lawn and flowerbeds in summer. His interest in genealogy helped him trace his family heritage back to a 13th century farm, which is now a dairy operation.

Judith Guttman, MA, FARM Technical Assistant, 608-277-8288

Judith edits and formats reports for the FARM Program. She lived for many years in Washington DC, where she taught high school English in the public schools and conducted team-building and long-term planning consultations for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. She has a BA from Earlham College, an MA in English Literature from Brandeis University, and an MA in Educational Technology from the Catholic University of America.

Melba Brown, FARM Technical Assistant, 800-422-2324, ext 106

Melba helps our specialists schedule appointments with farmers, gathers information, researches assistive implements and technology, maintains our database, and helps with on-going training for our partners and staff. Her background as the wife of a dairy farmer helps her understand the challenges of farm life and to appreciate farmers' love of the land and commitment to farming. This has strengthened her sense of the need for the service FARM provides and the satisfaction she gets from her contribution to the program.

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