Matthew Velissaris, MA, LPC, CPT
ABG Wellness Group
Matthew is a psychotherapist trained in Clinical Psychology and an American Council on Exercise Certified Professional Trainer. Matthew diagnosis and treats mental illness in adults coping with co-occurring physical and developmental disabilities. Matthew's clinical focus is on utilizing Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Health Psychology and Motivational Interviewing as both treatment modalities for mental illness and as adjuncts to support client's starting and sustaining healthier exercise and nutritional habits. Matthew uses the American Council on Exercise's Integrated Fitness Training Model which strives for consilience between the above-mentioned psychological modalities, exercise and nutritional modalities.
Angela Marx, PhD
Place of Mind, LLC
Angela is a licensed psychologist in Wisconsin. She has been joining with children, adolescents, adults, and families in various roles and places for more than half her life and spent 12 years in academia studying and training in clinical psychology. Although she considers herself a scientist and uses research and knowledge, she also knows that there is so much more that we do not yet know and focuses on each person’s experiences to join and learn with them. Dr. Marx also has extensive practice and research experience with and provides clinical consultation to caregivers and direct support professionals. Dr. Marx has a private practice, Place of Mind LLC, that specializes in psychological assessment and facilitating mental health and wellness with neurodivergent children, adolescents, and adults to help them discover and define who they are and find, or create, the places where they belong and flourish.
IMMEDIATE PAST-PRESIDENTKristin Gremban, MS, LPC-IT
Place of Mind, LLC
Kristin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and holds a Master of Science in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Community Counseling and a post-master’s certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Kristin is a solution-focused, innovative and reflective leader that has dedicated nearly two decades of her professional career to improving the quality of care received by neurodivergent minds in diverse settings; including clinical mental health therapy, managed care, residential facilities, domestic abuse shelters, substance abuse treatment, adult day programming and integrated employment. She has spent much of her work fostering climates that investigate and address underlying causes and unmet needs behind surface level behaviors that are causing concern. She currently provides clinical consultation at Place of Mind LLC, a private practice that specializes in psychological assessment and facilitating mental health and wellness with neurodivergent children, adolescents, and adults. In this work, she joins with the person and their supporters to better understand unique brain and body needs and preferences to cultivate happier and healthier lives. She has served on the Wisconsin Board since 2014.
With a passion for experiential learning, and a commitment to inclusion and accessibility, Nancy Pickett has worked in the I/DD field for over 35 years providing creative, challenging experiences that promote growth for everyone. Since 1996 she has worked at the Milwaukee Center for Independence. In that time she contributed to significant expansion and quality improvement projects that created many opportunities for teens and adults to become active members of their communities. In her current role as Senior Director she is focused on utilizing evidence based practices to collaborate with community partners and develop new service models that support people in achieving their dreams. She also provides training on a variety of topics around the region and nationally.
ADVOCACY CHAIRAngela Marx, PhD
Place of Mind, LLC
Bio as above
LEGISLATIVE CHAIRTed Bunck, PhD
Psychologist (retired), Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (retired); Member of the American Psychological Association, the American Association on ID/DD and is listed in the National Register of Health Care Providers in Psychology. Ted currently serves on the American Association of Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities – WI Board, the Dane County Area Agency on Ageing Board, the AAA Legislative/Advocacy Committee, the State Aging Advisory Council, the Verona Library Auxiliary Board; and volunteers at the Veterans Hospital, the Badger Prairie Needs Network and Heartland Farms. He is a Vietnam Veteran.
Nicole Barbian, BS
My Choice Wisconsin
Nicole is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Don Anderson, MSW
UW School of Social Work
Following graduate school training-education, Don retired after an initial six year career role of clinical, administrative and program development experiences for people with co-occurring mental health and developmental disabilities. This period was followed by 42 years of teaching, training and clinical administration work at both the UW School of Social Work and Waisman Center. During retirement, Don continued to work privately in consulting work, parent counseling, curriculum course development and areas of agency and personnel management consulting work. He was appointed and serves as long term member of the WI DHS CORD committee and also has served on several community boards of directors for community agencies providing residential, case management and vocational services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has maintained his Wisconsin licensed clinical social worker status and serves as a guardian for couple adult people with long term support needs.
MEMBER AT LARGE
Dhwani Patel, BA
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Dhwani graduated from Marquette University and has worked in the social services field for over 10 years. She has worked in group homes with adults with developmental disabilities and holds a Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) certification. She worked for ANS Home Health service’s My Choice Wisconsin division, for over 7 years, starting off as a case manager and ending her tenure as a Program Manager. Currently, Dhwani is a Health Care Program Manager with Wisconsin Department of Health Services Division of Medicaid Services. She oversees Supervisors and Income Maintenance Specialists to deliver Medicaid programs such as Foodshare, Healthcare, Child Care, and so forth in the Milwaukee community. It provides great satisfaction for Dhwani when resources are appropriately allocated to the community with dignity and respect at the core of every interaction.
MEMBER AT LARGELeah Gutknecht, LPC, CWP
Leah holds a Master of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Wellness Practitioner. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her career to serving the needs of the diverse, rural communities of Wisconsin. Leah continues to promote strong relationships and support through connection, empathy, wellness, learning and growing together, innovation, and person-centered, trauma informed support for all. Her role as Director of Behavioral Health with Inclusa offers her the opportunity to advocate for others while promoting positive social and systematic change across our state.
PUBLICATIONS CO-CHAIRJulie Grieves, PhD, FAAIDD
Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility, Psychological Services
Julie is a licensed psychologist who has worked for the State of Wisconsin for a decade, starting at Winnebago Mental Health Institute, then Northern Wisconsin Center, and currently at Chippewa Valley Correctional Treatment Facility (CVCTF). Volunteering for Courage Center with children with disabilities in the Twin Cities (Minnesota) as a teenager with a therapeutic horseback riding program and also teaching martial arts to people of all abilities led to working in the IDD field. She assisted with the development of River Valley Riders, a therapeutic riding program in Stillwater, MN. She completed her BS at UW-River Falls and MA and PhD at the University of North Dakota. She worked at North Dakota Developmental Center which led to an internship at Sonoma Developmental Center in California before earning her doctorate. On the side, she completes Guardianship and Protective Placement evaluations for counties as an intendent evaluator. Dr. Grieves is a past president of AAIDD-WI.
Kristin Gremban, MS, LPC-IT
Place of Mind, LLC
Bio as above
RELIGION & SPIRITUALITY CHAIR
David Morstad, M.Ed, FAAIDD
David is the author of the book, "Whole Community: Introducing Faith Communities to People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities" and was the 2010 recipient of the AAIDD Religion and Spirituality Division’s Henri J.M. Nouwen Award. For more than 38 years, he served in a variety of roles with Bethesda Lutheran Communities and was the founding Executive Director and Senior Fellow of the Bethesda Institute. As a teacher and consultant, David has worked with professional organizations across the US, Central America, the Baltic nations, and the Middle East. He currently serves on the Wisconsin Governor’s Committee for People with Disabilities.
Options for Community Growth, Inc.
Dan is an owner and agency President of Options for Community Growth, Inc. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of IDD. He is a board member and past president of AAIDD-WI, past President of Residential Services Association of Wisconsin (RSA-WI), member of Disability Service Provider Network (DSPN) and a board member of Southeast Wisconsin Training Initiative (SEWTI).
Assembly of Geographic Interests Representative
Justin Kuehl, PsyD, FAAIDD
Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
Justin has worked at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division (BHD) since 2006. He initially served as an attending psychologist providing psychiatric crisis services. While in that role, he developed a specialized expertise in the assessment, crisis stabilization, and coordination of outpatient services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At the present time, Dr. Kuehl is the Chief Psychologist for the BHD. In this administrative capacity, he develops the strategic goals and initiatives of the Psychology Department and supervises all doctorate and masters level psychologists who provide psychiatric crisis services, inpatient services, and outpatient/community services. Dr. Kuehl is a past president of the AAIDD – Wisconsin Chapter and remains actively engaged with the Chapter’s ongoing work.