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.
Paul Leverenz, Vice President
Email Paul, 608-225-2394
Paul supervises the FARM Program, Self-Employment Serivices and other Easter Seals vocational programs. He offers training, presentations, and mentoring on vocational rehabilitation for farmers, FARM staff, state agencies, and AgrAbility groups. Paul has a B.A. in Human Services from UW – Oshkosh, and an M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Mankato State University. He grew up on a farm in the Green Bay area.
Email T., 715.842.3411
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 (DVR). T has fond memories of a childhood spent helping her farm neighbors with a variety of chores.
Paul Untiet, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
Email Paul, 715.347.4093
Paul came to Easter Seals after working 30 years as a counselor for Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (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.
Jeff Kratochwill, Lead Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
Email Jeff, 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 B.S. 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.
Ami Cooper, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
Email Ami, 608.237.1527
Ami graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in Agricultural Business. She began working with the Easter Seals Wisconsin FARM Program as an AmeriCorps intern in 2012. As she learned more about the program, she came to love everything the program does for farmers around the state of Wisconsin. Having grown up on her family’s Registered Holstein dairy farm, working for the FARM Program gives Ami the chance to work in an area close to her heart. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to stay in the field of agriculture and help other farmers all at the same time,” says Ami.
Melba Brown, Technical Assistant
Email Melba, 608.237.1372
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.
Monette Bebow-Reinhard, Administrative Program Assistant
Email Monette, 608.237.1446
Bebow-Reinhard has long desired to move to the Madison area, and her years of writing and editing experience made her a good fit for the position of Administrative Program Assistant, Farms Division. “My husband grew up on a farm, and I absorbed a lot,” she notes. Joe Reinhard is in the process of selling their family golf course and will join her here; this move puts them closer to her daughter in northern Illinois. Her two married sons, and granddaughters, live in Seattle. She is a published author and holds a master’s in history.