Mary Nurse, Director of DevelopmentMary’s professional experience includes a strong track record in fund development and strategic marketing. She has helped build homes in Rădăuţi Romania, led a volunteer group to the Costa Rican/Panama border, and raised awareness and funds for affordable homeownership in Hartford Connecticut, the Chicago area, and Waukesha County. Prior to becoming a Development Director and entering into the non-profit sector in 2012, she launched and successfully operated an event management and marketing company in the Chicago area, hosting Job Fairs, Senior Expos, Health and Wellness events, Farmer’s Markets and Art Exhibits. Her past experience also includes work as the Legislative Director for a member of the IL General Assembly and extensive international travel, while living in Germany from 1999-2004. Mary has a Bachelor degree in Mass Communications from UW-Lacrosse. She is married and has two adult daughters that she enjoys visiting in Miami and Chicago. Wendy Banicki, Behavioral Health Care Coordinator Wendy graduated from Ottawa University in 2015 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and is currently working on her Masters of Science in Professional Counseling, at Concordia University. She began her career working in a long term care facility, where she worked as an Activity Coordinator for the aging population. Wendy joined the Hebron House team in 2012 as our Shelter Case Manager and transitioned to Behavioral Health Care Coordinator in 2015. As advocate for our shelter guests, she is passionate about practicing the trauma informed care philosophy and believes in helping each person to find their self-worth and keep their dignity, in spite of their housing crisis. Wendy has been married for 21 years and has two daughters, one in college and the other in high school. When she is not doing homework, Wendy enjoys spending time with her family, attending church services, volunteering, playing board games, dining out, and traveling. Yvette Hernandez, Case Manager Yvette graduated from Ottawa University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. She also graduated from Walden University with a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology. Yvette started working for Hebron House as a Shelter Advocate and then in 2012 she became a case manager. One of her main goals is to provide support and resources to help clients remain stably housed. As a community case manager, her responsibility is to empower the homeless population by developing tools needed to reduce the effects of ableism and to enhance personal empowerment. Those with physical or mental disabilities are affected because they aren’t able to fully participate in their communities and in general due to being a marginalized group. Yvette helps to empower this population by finding ways to get clients to participate within their community by giving them a voice and at times being their voice. Yvette is in a committed relationship and has 2 children with her significant other. Yvette is family oriented, loves to ride her motorcycle, read books, travel, and engage in outdoor activities. Beth Blavat, Outside In Program Case Manager Beth graduated from WCTC, with an Associates in Human Services, and is currently working on her BAS, Integrative Leadership Studies with an Emphasis on Human Development. she will graduate in 2017. After working four years at Waukesha’s domestic violence shelter, Beth’s interest in serving those in need in Waukesha grew, leading her to join the team at The Hebron House. As Case Manager for the Outside-In Program, Beth’s responsibilities include helping men who have been chronically homeless to stabilize and obtain permanent housing. She believes in empowering her clients by support and education, with ongoing case management. The people Beth works with face challenging barriers to obtaining employment and housing, but in helping them identify these barriers, Beth’s role is to link them to the agencies that can assist them in overcoming these barriers and become self-sufficient. Beth is married, she has two grown ‘kids’ and in her free time, loves to be outdoors, hiking, biking, gardening and spending time with her four legged babies. Kim Schuetz, Hebron House & Siena House Manager Kim graduated Waukesha County Technical College with an associate’s degree in Human Services in May of 2014. She is currently going to school at Ottawa University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Kim was an intern at Hebron House of Hospitality’s Jeremy House Safe Haven and Siena House from August 2013 through May 2014. Before coming to the main office, Kim was the House Manager of Siena House. Kim spends most of her free time with her family and caring for her two dogs and six chickens! Matthew Wych, Outreach Coordinator Matt graduated from University of Wisconsin Whitewater with a degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. Matt has worked with individuals dealing with disabilities for over 20 years. Matt works with other Non-Profit organizations (NAMI Waukesha and St. Joesph's Medical Clinic) to form a PATH team. The PATH program is a homeless intervention and outreach program serving individuals living with a pervasive mental health diagnosis who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Matt's goal is to assist individuals in securing housing and a stable source of income in an effort to prevent future homelessness. Jackie Smith, Hebron House Manager Jackie graduated from Waukesha County Technical College with an Associate’s Degree in Human Services. She is currently attending Ottawa University to finish her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology. Jackie was an intern at Hebron House and The Outside-In Program from August 2014 through May of 2015. Prior to Hebron House, Jackie worked as a Certified Medical Assistant in various hospital and clinic settings with over 9 years of experience. When Jackie is not working she spends time with her family and two young boys. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, painting and country music. Board of Directors Warren Widicus, President Al Kluz, Vice President Jeff TeRonde, Treasurer Katherine Andersen, Secretary Mervyn Byrd Jerome Garrett Bill Leech Aaron Marjala Kay Redmond Pat Russell
We Are Hebron House We are an emergency shelter for men, women and children every night of the year. We are warm meals, clean beds, showers, laundry facilities and a place to recoup. We are support services, caring social workers and case managers. We are an experienced staff and dedicated volunteers committed to restoring families to homes and helping build a more stable community. Meet Our Staff Kris Androsky, Executive Director An ordained clergy person in the United Methodist Church, Kris became familiar with the mission of Hebron House through her role at First UMC in downtown Waukesha, as she helped move the congregation into the community in service. She served as Secretary on the Board of Directors for four years prior to becoming Executive Director on January 1, 2015. Graduating from North Central College and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity, she has over 15 years of experience working with non-profit organizations. She is passionate about working to ensure everyone has the home, help and hope they need to survive and thrive. When she isn't working, Kris enjoys spending time with her husband and family, spoiling the children of her friends, reading, and planning her next adventure (which could be anything from skydiving to an Alaskan expedition!) Chris Lambert, Director of Finance Chris received a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Michigan University in 1994 with a major in accounting. His 20 years of experience includes the banking, manufacturing and service industries. His last 3 years have been in the non-profit sector. He also took a 2 year hiatus from the full time work world to be a stay-at-home with his daughter. During nap time, he studied for and earned his Certified Management Accountant designation in 2006 and Certified Public Accountant license in March of 2008. Chris enjoys snowboarding and camping with his family as well and softball and golf. Erika Trawitzki, Director of Operations Erika graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. She has been working in the nonprofit world, specifically shelters, since 2006. Erika began her career as a volunteer for the Milwaukee Women’s Center Domestic Violence Shelter. She was eventually hired on and has been working in shelters ever since. Erika was most recently the Shelter Coordinator at our very own Hebron House Shelter. Erika is married with two children. She also has two dogs and three cats. Erika loves to travel in her camper, read and spend time with her family.