FARM Program Staff
Knowledgeable and caring, and almost all with a life-long personal experience in farming, our staff can help make a lasting difference in the lives of farmers and others with disabilities seeking independence in farming and self-employment.
Paul Leverenz, Vice President, FARM & Vocational Services
Email Paul, 608.225.2394
Known for his deep commitment to farmers and their way of life, Paul joined Easter Seals in 1992 and has headed up our nationally-honored FARM Program since its inception. As the Vice President for FARM & Vocational Services, he administers the FARM and Self-Employment Services (SES) programs for Easter Seals Wisconsin and oversees the Outagamie County Disability HelpLine. He hires, trains and supervises the Technical and Program Assistants, Rural Rehabilitation and SES Specialists, and HelpLine Coordinator. He oversees outreach activities and on-site assessments and business plans for FARM and SES, and serves as liaison to the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and AgrAbility of Wisconsin. Paul, who grew up on a farm in the Green Bay area, offers training, presentations, and mentoring on vocational rehabilitation for farmers to FARM staff, state agencies, and AgrAbility groups nationwide.
Jeff Kratochwill, ATP, Lead Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
Email Jeff, 608.279.9436
Jeff travels to farms in Wisconsin, meeting with farmers with disabilities, and working with them to find ways to help them stay in farming and maintain their independence. He conducts on-site work assessments, determines work-site modifications and adaptive equipment needs, develops a plan to implement recommendations, and coordinates funding and support services. As the Lead Rural Rehabilitation Specialist, Jeff co-supervises and provides training for other Rural Rehabilitation Specialists and reviews all FARM reports. He is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and serves as liaison to Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) field supervisors and to Client Assistance Program (CAP), to resolve DVR service issues with clients. Jeff, who was raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm, joined the Easter Seals staff in 2008.
Ami Cooper, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
Email Ami, 608.225.1867
Ami joined Easter Seals in 2012 as an AmeriCorps inter for the FARM Program and, in 2015 was hired as a Rural Rehabilitation Specialist. She works with farmers with disabilities and their families by providing services that help them continue farming and maintain independence. She conducts on-site work assessments, determines work site modifications and adaptive equipment needs, develops a plan to implement recommendations, and coordinates funding and support services. She also maintains the Ag Equipment Reutilization website. Ami grew up on her family’s Registered Holstein dairy farm in Wisconsin, where she worked actively with the herd.
T Ellenbecker, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
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 works with farmers with disabilities and their families by providing services that help them continue farming and maintain independence. She provides case management for clients, identifies immediate needs, and provides information and referral to funding and support services. T joined Easter Seals in 2000.
Paul Untiet, Rural Rehabilitation Specialist
Email Paul, 715.347.4093
During his 30 years at the Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Paul was a knowledgeable advocate for farmers and he continues in this role since joining the FARM staff. He works with farmers with disabilities and their families by providing services that help them continue farming and maintain their independence. He provides case management for clients, identifies immediate needs, and provides information and referral to funding and support services. Paul, who grew up on a farm, started working for Easter Seals in 2008.
Melba Brown, Administrative Program Assistant
Email Melba, 608.237.1446
Melba provides technical assistance to the FARM and Self-Employment Services programs. She edits FARM reports, is in charge of FARM billing and spreadsheets, and keeps client files updated. She also serves as client first contact by phone, is point of contact for AgrAbility, updates the client databases and handles all mailings.
AgrAbility of Wisconsin
Abigail Jensen, AgrAbility Outreach Specialist
Email Abi, 608-262-9336
Abigail Jensen has been serving as AgrAbility Outreach Specialist since spring of 2016. She was the program assistant for two years. Abi is a UW-Madison graduate holding degrees in Animal Science, Agriculture Economics and Life Sciences Communication.