TERESA KRUGER, WELLNESS WORKERTeresa Bio

Service Areas:
Adult and Child Physical Health Monitoring | Individual Skill Development | Wellness Management

Availability: Currently Unvailable for CCS Assignment

My name is Teresa Kruger. I am a 230 hour certified yoga and meditation instructor. I’ve been actively practicing yoga since 1999. I first came to yoga as a way to supplement my already existing workout and running routine.

The more I practiced yoga, the more I started to discover not only the physical benefits, but also the mental and spiritual benefits.

I love teaching students who are new to yoga and at a beginner’s level. I’m also trained to work specifically with individuals who have experienced trauma in their lives. I am currently working on becoming certified to work with individuals in jail and prison settings.

I’m excited to expand my teaching practice and work with people in more one-on-one sessions.

I also love art, nature, photography, music, travel, and adventures both big and small. I feel that my own personal experiences in life related to trauma, abuse, and substance related challenges combined with healing through my own yoga practice has given me a unique perspective and experience in my own healing journey.


JEREMY PEAK, WELLNESS WORKER

Service Areas: Wellness Management | Individual Skill Development | Employment Related Skills
Populations Served: Veterans, Adults with mental health and substance use challenges
Professional Type: Other Professional, BS Psychology

Availability: Currently Available for CCS Assignment in Buffalo, Pepin, Dunn,
Chippewa, Trempealeau Counties

Hello, my name is Jeremy. I was born and raised in Southern CA. After being discharged from the Air Force I made my way to Iowa and then finally here in Wisconsin.

I have had many obstacles in my life and had to work hard to overcome them. They had brought me to some dark places, yet have made me feel stronger about all my accomplishments. I have worked in healthcare for 20 years, learning everything from physical health to spiritual health. I have an Associate’s degree in Medical Assisting and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I have studied culture, religion, gender, and society. All these have helped me develop a holistic view on health and wellbeing.

Helping others has been a passion of mine since I can remember. I learn from others’ experiences that which I may never get to experience myself. I enjoy seeing others grow and enjoy in life.

I spend my spare time learning. I love researching anything that catches my interest. I also love cleaning; I find it therapeutic and can lose myself in it. Another big hobby of mine is cooking. I prefer all aspects of my meals to be homemade as much as possible. I am married with three children and the dinner table is our favorite place to connect.


ANN GLASRUD, CMA

Service Areas: Wellness Management | Individual Skill Development | Employment Related Skills
Populations Served: Adults with mental health and substance use challenges
Professional Type: Rehabilitation Worker, CMA

Availability: Currently Available for CCS Assignment in Rusk, Chippewa, Barron, Polk counties.

My name is Ann. I grew up in southern Minnesota (please no Viking jokes) on a dairy/crop farm. I have lived in Wisconsin for 5 years. I believe in Midwest Nice!

My journey in life has not been smooth sailing. It has been filled with mental illness and addiction. But I believe that the hard times form you into who you are. I try to find good out of bad, and use these experiences to develop your faith and strengths. I find meditation to be beneficial and do this daily.

I have an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science and am a Certified Medical Assistant. Prior to this I raised and trained horses for 20 years. I enjoyed coaching many people in the steps of horsemanship.

I have a passion for making a difference in people’s lives. I am very compassionate, empathetic and understanding. I do not judge people I support them. I feel my life experiences can assist others going through challenging times.

At the end of the day there is no greater reward than making a difference in someone’s life.
In my free time I am with family, friends and my dog Casey. I enjoy horses, lake life, flower gardening and entertaining. I have two grandsons and one granddaughter. This Grammy thing is a whole new love!


MORGAN PANKRATZ, CPS

Service Areas: Adult Peer Support | Wellness Management | Individual Skill Development
Populations Served: Adults with mental health and substance use challenges
Professional Type: Certified Peer Specialist

Availability: Currently Available for CCS Assignment in CLARK and TREMPELEAU COUNTIES

I’m Morgan.  I have been in recovery since 2015.  It hasn’t been easy and it can feel like recovery is more work but I tell myself it’s worth it every day.  I decided to become a Certified Peer Specialist when college was making really stressed and I felt in crisis mode all the time.

I was hospitalized for my mental health for seven months and I ended up becoming more traumatized in the process. My goal is to help people find the right coping skills to keep them out the hospital. Mindfulness, yoga and being creative have helped me majorly to stay in recovery. I want people to know they’re not alone.

If I’m not at work, I can be found just hanging out with my fiancé watching him play video games. I have a cat named Sapphire. She is my joy and she knows when I’m having a bad day or need a migraine cuddle buddy. I love to go on nature hikes and take off my shoes to soak up the Earth. I have a passion for photography and I take photos on the side when I’m not busy.


SAMANTHA JACKSON, MS, RDN

Service Areas: Wellness Management| Individual Skill Development | Physical Health Monitoring
Populations Served: Adults with Physical Health and Diet challenges
Professional Type: Other Professional, MS, RDN

Availability: Currently UNAVAILABLE for CCS Assignment in Dunn, Chippewa, Polk, Barron,
Pepin, Pierce Counties.

Hi, my name is Samantha! I am a Registered Dietitian and love working with people on their nutritional goals.  Throughout college I struggled with anxiety and an eating disorder. After this experience, I felt that my direction in life had changed and came into this field as a desire to help others with their own nutritional struggles. I have developed a love of working one on one with individuals of all ages with a range of nutritional goals. Through my own experiences, I learned quickly that having balance with food has a big impact on other areas of wellness in one’s life.

Other than moving around for school, I have lived in Western WI my whole life and love being in this area. I can often be found spending time with my husband and our dog, Lambeau (we are a family of Packer fans!). I love spending time outdoors, with family, baking and trying new recipes, and cozying up with a good book.

I look forward to assist others using your creativity and own experiences to help reach the goal you are working towards.


MARY LEMKE BIOMARY LEMKE, WELLNESS WORKER

Service Areas:
Individual Skill Development | Wellness Management | WRAP Facilitator

Availability: Currently Unavailable for CCS Assignment

Hello! I’m Mary! I’ve been with Grassroots Wellness for a year now and have fallen in love with it more everyday. The training opportunities and personal lessons I have learned while working with and around such amazing people has turned my life around in such a positive way.

If I am not working I can be found hanging out with my two kids… my son and my cat. If I find any free time I can usually be found roaming parts of Minnesota or Wisconsin trying to find the next trail to hike or video arcade to conquer.

I was always told to leave my personal life at the door and being a part of everything I have been the past year has shown me that you can be yourself with all of your strengths and weaknesses and still make a difference.

I am huge fan of using your creativity, struggles, and passion to help you achieve whatever it is you are working towards at whatever point you are in your life.


jill Charland Bio and Mae 2JILL CHARLAND, WELLNESS WORKER

Service Areas:
Adult and Child Individual Skill Development | Wellness management | Adult and Child Physical Health Monitoring | Employment Related Skills

Availability: Currently Unavailable for CCS Assignment

Hello, my name is Jill. I have lived in Western Wisconsin my whole life but fortunately I have been able to travel quite a bit, too.

My journey in life has not been the easiest, but I can now look back and be proud of myself for overcoming difficult obstacles that life sometimes throws at us.

People say I’m stubborn and strong-willed, which, to me, is a good thing; I wouldn’t be where I am at today if I wasn’t. I have always loved helping individuals to better themselves from the inside out.

I was a personal trainer for 12 plus years with experience working with children, adolescents and adults.

I was also a Doula, helping women through their pregnancy and childbirth.

I have even developed a passion for animal therapy, specifically Equine Therapy. I am hoping to become certified in Equine Therapy within the next year to work with individuals who suffer from PTSD, trauma, mental illness and substance abuse addictions.

I love to listen and understand the history of a person and help them on the path to recovery.

In my spare time I enjoy being around my animals, which include 4 cats, 2 dogs, 6 horses, and lots of chickens. Working outside and being around the animals is my therapy. Along with all of these animals, I have a blended family that includes a boyfriend and 9 children. It is a crazy household but I wouldn’t change a thing.


CRAIG H, WELLNESS WORKER

Service areas:
Individual Skill Development | Wellness Management

Availability: Currently Available for CCS Assignment

My name is Craig. I have worked in education and the mental health field for most of my adult life. It has not always been easy, but, my experiences have been enjoyable and meaningful.

The people I have had the pleasure of working with have taught me a great deal and have provided me with many things to ponder over the years. They have helped me shape my beliefs and perspective that people are much more alike than different.

I have dealt with a number of difficulties throughout my life; there are still things I work on. I have found strategies to help cope and adapt to my challenges.

I am eager to meet people with similar life challenges and operate within a new role. I am looking forward to this opportunity to assist individuals in identifying and achieving their personal goals.


LISA GOIN, WELLNESS WORKER

Service areas: Individual Skill Development | Wellness Management
Populations Served: Adults of all ages with mental health and substance use challenges
Professional Type: Rehabilitation Worker

Availability: Currently Available for CCS Assignment in Buffalo, Pepin, Dunn, Clark, Rusk, Barron, Chippewa, Trempeleau Counties

I am a married mother of 3 mostly-grown children and currently living in Chippewa County. I have been supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and other mental health challenges for over two years. This position, along with overcoming my own challenges, lead me the Grassroots program so I can share what I have to offer with others in the community.

My past challenges include a wide range of adversities, starting with nontraditional
upbringing, which includes my 5 half-siblings. I spent 3 months homeless when I was 16 years old and had my first child at 17. Throughout my young adulthood I struggled with depression/anxiety and alcohol abuse. After my second OWI and a couple weeks in jail, I made some serious changes and began my journey of recovery.

Two years later, I suffered an injury that lead to 2 surgeries on my right arm. I spent over two years on disability until I was able to work with the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation program and got back to work. I still remain a chronic pain sufferer and deal with reduced dexterity daily.

I feel grateful to have an opportunity to make a difference in the community and want nothing more than to assist others in achieving their goals.


KENTON LANG, WELLNESS WORKER

Service areas: Individual Skill Development | Wellness Management | Employment Related Skills
Populations Served: Young adults with mental health challenges and history of trauma
Professional Type: Rehabilitation Worker

Availability: Currently Available for CCS Assignment in Polk, Barron Dunn, Pierce, Pepin Counties

Currently I am 23 years old and married with a 1 year old son. I was born in Canada but came to America after my father was deported. My family grew up relatively poor and I know what it’s like to wake up in the middle of the night with no lights, or to have to boil water to take a bath.

I have experience recovering from the trauma of sexual assault as I was a victim at the age
of four. During my mother’s first battle with cancer, I was diagnosed with ADD and clinical
depression as a child in school. I was placed on medication, which they overprescribed, causing me to experience an overdose. To this day, I still feel some of the negative effects.

I have a background working in a group home for teenage girls and I’ve always tended to work more efficiently with women in general, seeing as I was mostly raised by my mother while my father worked all the time. I got into this field because I’ve always felt compassion for people and their stories. And though I may be young, I can empathize with more than some people  tend to realize. Every day is truly a learning experience.


WRRWC Service Facilitators: Please send referrals to CCS@grassrootspower.org
Download our referral form here.

 

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