The Western Regional CYSHCN Center has a small, but experienced staff of caring professionals ready to assist families and callers with their questions and concerns. Our staff are resourceful and available to problem solve unique situations and to provide referrals to community, state and national organizations with relevant resources to respond to the specific needs of families.
We can recommend books, videos and websites that can help families find answers to questions about educational concerns, funding options, transition issues, diagnosis specific information and more. Recommendations about a variety of parent to parent resources such as support groups, list serves and training opportunities are also available.
Dawn Stark is the Program Director of the Western Regional Center. She has over 25 years of social work experience, most of which has involved working with children and families. In recent years she was the Director of a licensed outpatient mental health clinic for adolescents, which primarily served children with severe emotional or behavioral issues. She also worked at the Chippewa County ADRC assisting teens with disabilities to transition to adult long-term care services. She spent over 10 years working with families in a Child Welfare role, and many of the families she assisted had children with special health care needs. She also worked in community mental health for several years. One common theme throughout Dawn’s employment history has been that she has worked with people who benefitted from information, support and empowerment. Dawn is a strong advocate and her first-hand experience working with complicated systems is beneficial when helping families to navigate through them.
Rose Marsh- Parent Consultant 715-726-7900, ext 2132 or 1-800-400-3678
Rose Marsh is the Parent Consultant for the Western Regional CYSHCN Center where she provides parent to parent support, service coordination, and health benefits counseling along with all types of resources, information, advocacy and assistance. Rose coordinates the Chippewa County HealthWatch Committee where she facilitates bi-monthly meetings for parents and providers interested in improving access to quality health care and community resources for CYSHCN families. Rose comes to this position with lots of experience in networking with parents and professionals because of being the parent of an adult with autism.
Jeanne Gustafson 715-726-7900, ext 2131
Jeanne Gustafson is a member of the Western Regional Center team. She works for Wisconsin Sound Beginnings, the agency in Wisconsin that is legislatively mandated to reduce loss to follow up in the Newborn Hearing Screening Program. She works through the WRC and Chippewa County Department of Public Health, to reach out to the parents of children who are at risk of not getting completed hearing screening or diagnostic evaluation if needed, to help create a more seamless hearing screening process. Her experience of being a parent who raised a hard-of hearing daughter, who is now 21 years old and a student at UW Madison, brought her to this work. This experience impassioned her to work to help other parents who have deaf or hard-of hearing children have an early diagnosis for their child. Prior to approximately 20 years out of the workforce to raise 3 children, she graduated from UW La Crosse with BS in Psychology. She worked in several positions including as a Community Support Worker, a Vocational Counselor at a Sheltered Workshop, and as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, and as a Guide by Your Side Parent Guide.
Christina Anderson 715-726-7900, ext 2134
Christina Anderson is a nurse partnering with the Regional Center. Her primary role is public health nursing at Chippewa County. At the county she works with maternal child health, prenatal care, as well as a variety of different roles including Medical Home for the Regional Center.
Christina received her nursing degree from UW Eau Claire in 2012. Originally she is from Saint Paul, MN, though she's never been a Vikings fan (don’t worry!) Previous to public health, she has also worked in a hospital on an orthopedic unit as well as a long term care ventilator unit.
What draws Christina to public health, and particularly the idea of Medical Home, is the promotion of early detection and prevention. Her hope is that with education, children with special health care needs can be detected early. Thus receive the supports that they need in order to function at their highest potential.
Linda Andresen 715-726-7900, ext 2181
Linda is a nurse partnering with the Western Regional Center Team. She comes with more than 40 years of nursing experience working with individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities in institutional and community based settings in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Linda received her training at St. Mary’s Hospital and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Linda was raised in Chippewa County (Tilden) and has been employed with Chippewa County since 2005. Linda will be assisting the Western Regional Center by assessing children for Long Term Support (LTS) and Comprehensive Community Services (CCS) through the Chippewa County Department of Human Services.