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Leadership

Harriet Redman, M.S.Ed., Executive Director

Harriet-RedmanHarriet Redman is Executive Director of WisconSibs and a founder of its predecessor organization, the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network.  A graduate of Valparaiso University, she has taught middle school and high school, developed family educational programs and marketing strategy for a Fortune 500 insurance company, and served as business manager of a non-profit, semi-professional choral organization.

She has a master’s degree from Purdue University in family life education and a passion for the needs of siblings.  She and her husband, Rich, have an adult son with multiple disabilities whose older sister is her mother’s inspiration and most honest critic.

Harriet’s work on behalf of siblings of people with disabilities and long-term illnesses has been recognized by several organizations:

  • She received the Valparaiso University Alumni Community Service Award in recognition of outstanding service to her community (2008).
  • She was presented Exceptional Parent magazine’s Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award for her work and advocacy on behalf of the 54.6 million people living with disabilities in the United States (2009).
  • She was honored with a Fox Cities, Wisconsin Celebrating Abilities Award recognizing her leadership in enhancing the way people with disabilities develop and celebrate their abilities (2010).
  • She received the Kasidhe Olson Distinguished Parent Award from the Elsie Shaw Foundation for her “outstanding effort to enrich the lives of children with disabilities and their families.”
  • In 2020, Harriet was awarded the Insight on Business Woman of Influence Difference Maker Award   See video 
  • She was awarded the first Don Meyer Award in recognition of her commitment to siblings of people with disabilities at the National Sibling Leadership Network Conference. (July 2021)

Staff

Tessa Lewis, Database Manager

Stephenie Mlodzik, Fund Development Coordinator

Angela NeSmith, Financial Administrator

Katie Peterson, Program Assistant

 

Board of Directors

Daniel Dibble, President
CanvasCloud

Chris Howard, Vice President
Thrivent Financial

John Manke, Treasurer
Amcor

Karie Mindock, secretary
Fox Valley Lutheran High School

Sarah Huston
Canvas Cloud

Jeremy Gundlach
Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

Jean Haznar
AASD / St Elizabeth – Project Search; retired

Sean Drury
Thrivent Financial

For more information about how to join the WisconSibs, Inc Board of Directors, contact our office.  For expections, click WisconSibs Board Member Expectations

We continue to thank these people who served the Fox Valley Sibling Support Network/ WisconSibs as board members from 1998-2019:

Barb Arndt* Jim Johnson* Sue Plamann Kristin Lanari  Nancy Hidde
Jan Blume Jim Jones Steve Rieth Susan Stenz  Jenni Moore
Megan Burdick-Grade Amy Jordan* Mary Ann Scherck Judy Simon Michele Martin
Patrick Curran Craig Jordan* Danielle Soland Karen Schlieve Smith Edward Ruffolo
Dawn Ebert Mike Mader Jenni Verboomen  Jennifer Koeppl Kristine Williams
Karen Fahley Cathy Mertz Gina Vollmer  Lisa Kogan-Praska Deb Smet
Mary Greiner Cathy Mueller Christine Wanless  Alyson Krokowsky Andrew Burg
Tina Hittman Zola Nimmer  Chris Linn  Ben Stern Cindy Piotrowski

*Founding board member