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Mental Health America Lakeshore (MHA) is a nonprofit mental health agency serving our community since 1953.  Our mission is to promote overall mental health through education, support, public health reform, and advocacy.  Our vision is to create mentally healthy communities where all individuals thrive.

For general office information, please visit our CONTACT US page.

MHA Lakeshore General Brochure 2022


As an affiliate of the national organization MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA and partnering with neighbor affiliate MHA OF WISCONSIN, MHA Lakeshore can provide the most up-to-date knowledge and resources from across the country while connecting community members with the best local support. Watch the video below of how MHA came to be 100 years ago.

2022 STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH IN AMERICA REPORT

Our mission

Our Mission

To promote overall mental health through education, support, public health reform, and advocacy.

Our mission

Our Vision

Mentally healthy communities where all individuals thrive.

Our Values

hope

hope


We believe hope is the foundation of, and the bridge to, recovery.

resilience

resilience


We empower one another to embrace strengths and learn new skills when faced with adversity. Self-care and core principles of mindfulness create life balance for ourselves and those we serve.

education

education


Providing information, assistance, and knowledge on mental wellness fosters increased access to care, reduced stigma around mental health, and promotes healthy living. Commitment to continued education for MHA team members ensures quality programming.

compassion

compassion


Using a trauma-informed care lens, empathy, kindness and acceptance drive our interactions with others and ourselves.

community

community


By celebrating inclusiveness and diversity through partnerships, collaborations, and collective impact, we build strong, thriving communities.

Staff Members

Julie L. Preder, CHES

Executive Director


Julie joined Mental Health America Lakeshore as Executive Director in 2018. She defines her 25-year career as a gift to serve others. She is an advocate for highlighting social determinants of health relating to barriers to access to care. She is dedicated to implementing stigma reduction and social inclusion strategies and strives every day...

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Dana Bear

Director of Strategy & Partnerships


Dana joined Mental Health America Lakeshore after serving on the Board of Directors for 5 years and as Board President in 2021. She earned her degree in Community Engagement and Education with a minor in psychology, focusing heavily on community-based nonprofits and advocating for change through community-organized initiatives and...

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Trisha Erpelding, M.S.W.

Director of Education & Advocacy


Trisha has had a passion for working with children and youth for as long as she can remember. She graduated with a degree in social work from UW-Whitewater (Go Warhawks!) in 2008, and decided to continue her education by pursuing a Master's degree, which she earned in 2016. As the Education Program Coordinator at MHA, Trisha is able to pursue...

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Rachael Haas

Marketing & Wellness Specialist


Rachael Haas has been a fitness and wellness professional since 2003. After gaining her Bachelor’s Degree from Elmhurst College majoring in biology and minoring in psychology, Rachael continued a path gaining education and experience working with all types and ages of clients and students. Working in Chicago, Milwaukee, Door County,...

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Keegan Rhynas

Education Coordinator


Keegan has been deeply passionate about mental health for most of his adult life. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where he studied Kinesiology and Nutritional Sciences. Keegan briefly attended UW Oshkosh, studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling, but found that his passion resides in educating the public about mental...

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Dawn Rousse

Mental Health Resource Specialist-Donor Relations


Dawn has always felt a calling to help others since she was very young. She attended UW-Whitewater where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 2007. For many years she worked in a preschool setting molding the minds of the young and helping them grow to be successful in a fun and safe learning environment.

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2022 Board of Directors

Volunteer board members from diverse backgrounds provide oversight for the organization. These dedicated individuals meet once a month and are elected to a three-year term of office.
Rev. Kristal Klemme (President)

Rev. Kristal Klemme (President) First Congregational United Church of Christ, Plymouth - Pastor

Dawn Grohskopf (President Elect)

Dawn Grohskopf (President Elect) UnitedOne Credit Union - Director of Branch Operations CUDE

Nicole Moriarity (Board Treasurer)

Nicole Moriarity (Board Treasurer) Masters Gallery Foods, Inc. - Manufacturing Accounting Manager

Kevin Bruggink (Past President)

Kevin Bruggink (Past President) Oostburg School District - Superintendent

Aaron Clayborn

Aaron Clayborn Outreach Specialist - Wisconsin Voices for Recovery

Kurt V. Cornielsen

Kurt V. Cornielsen KVC Capital Management - President

Dawn Jastrow

Dawn Jastrow KOHLER - Sr. Product Manager

Danielle Lange

Danielle Lange DAVE Inc. - People Operations

Hang Lor

Hang Lor Sheboygan Police Department - Police Officer

Grazia Perrella

Grazia Perrella Consumer Credit Counseling Services - Director of Operations

Laura Reinemann

Laura Reinemann Advocate Aurora Health Care - Behavioral Health Patient Care Manager

Zac Vredeveld

Zac Vredeveld HTT Inc. - Human Resources

Emily Wodach

Emily Wodach RCS Empowers, Inc. - Personal Caregiver, Day Services

Julie Preder (Non-Voting)

Julie Preder (Non-Voting) MHA in Sheboygan County - Executive Director

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ANNUAL REPORTS

Mental Health America Lakeshore is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that relies on contributions from multiple sources that include individual gifts, corporate gifts, foundation support, special events, program revenue, government grants, miscellaneous grants, and investment dollars from our local United Way of Sheboygan County.

Check out our latest annual report for 2020 to learn about our program outcomes, community impact, collaborations, partnerships, funding sources, volunteer support, and the MHA team. If you would like a copy of our most recent audited financials 2020, please contact Julie L. Preder, Executive Director at julie@mhalakeshore.org, or by calling (920) 458-3951 ext. 1003

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