Co-Directors: Kate and Robbie Bauer
Kate and Rob Bauer
Kate and Rob Bauer met volunteering for the Arthritis Foundation in 1998 participating in the Dublin Marathon in Ireland to raise funds to support children with rheumatic diseases. Their commitment to volunteerism has been an integral part of their lives individually and as a couple. Their work with Camp To Belong began in 2002 in Colorado. Their passion for supporting the sibling connection has motivated them to bring CTB to Wisconsin.
Rob has worked as a Case Manager in Milwaukee County for over 10 years. Since 2007 Rob has been supervising child welfare on-going case managers and foster care licensing coordinators for Fond du Lac County Department of Social Services. Rob’s first camp experience was as a counselor at a weeklong camp for children with Arthritis called Camp MASH (Make Arthritis Stop Hurting). He volunteered for this camp for 10 years.
Kate is the mother of six children, two of whom have juvenile arthritis. Kate and Rob have become licensed foster parents and are caring for their two grandchildren. Kate has been recognized locally and at the state and national levels for the commitment she has demonstrated to advocating for individuals with juvenile arthritis. Kate partnered with healthcare professionals, non-profit agencies and businesses to provide programming and resources for families in her community and statewide. On March 26th 2012, Kate was presented the Newman Civic Fellows Award in recognition of her civic leadership and dedication to finding solutions for challenges within her community. Kate graduated with her BA in Psychology and Communications from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014. Kate is continuing her education and is working towards her Masters Degree in Clinical Behavioral Health Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Co-Chairs: Lauren Martin and Joy Breese-Holz
Lauren Martin is a Social Work Supervisor with the Fond du Lac County Department of Social Services. Lauren has dedicated 30 years working in the field of youth and family services. Lauren has worked in the areas of foster care, juvenile justice and children’s social and emotional well-being for the past 20 years for FDL County. She has also worked in Green Lake and Dane Counties. Lauren helped to open and develop the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program in Hardin/LaRue counties, Kentucky. Lauren has coordinated youth programs, including camps, through the East Madison Community Center, Madison mand the Marquette Diocese, Michigan.
Joy Breeze Holz
Joy Breese Holz is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Social Work program and has worked as a Certified Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin for 34 + years. Her expertise (and experiences) includes working with children with Special Needs, with runaway, homeless youth and as an Adoption Social Worker for the Wisconsin State Special Needs Adoptions Program. Joy is currently employed as a State Permanency Consultant with Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Division of Safety and Permanence. Joy has experiences serving on Board of Directors and also has served as both, Board President and Vice President, for a local not-for-profit organization. Joy has personal experience with adoption within her own family and she understands the importance of maintaining lifelong connections.
Board Members: Eshalon Mayer, Katie Trew, Karen Martin, Kimbery Kelly, Mary Simon, Pat Lancour, Jennifer Renee Michels
Jennifer Renee Michels
Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a certification in international business. She currently works in new product development marketing at Kohler Company in Kohler, WI. She also functions as the Vice President on Pankratz Arts Exchange, Inc’s board of directors. For Camp To Belong Wisconsin, Jennifer is an active board member as well as the marketing committee chair.
Greetings and salutations. My name is Eshalon Mayer and I am an eastern south central Wisconsinite, born and raised. I currently have dual residency in the Fox Valley and Milwaukee with my husband Chris and our cat, Poubelle, which is French for trash can and where we found her one cold winter night. I am a multipotentialite with strong passions running the gambits from gardening and knitting to philosophy and social justice. I believe in living a simple life of compassion and kindness and use these virtues to guide my everyday life. I have been lucky to be inspired at a young age to volunteer and follow my heart. I have had the pleasure to work with organizations such as the Arthritis Foundation, The International Crane Foundation, The Urban Ecology Center, Schlitz Audubon, Camp To Belong International, and Camp To Belong Wisconsin. It is my greatest desire to leave the world a better place than how I found it.
Karen Martin lives in Fond du Lac with her teenage son Joseph and pug Harley. Karen is busy with working and keeping up with Joseph and his activities. She enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends. She currently works for Fond du Lac County Social Services as an Ongoing CPS Social Worker and Support Social Worker to foster homes. Karen graduated from Marian University with Bachelors in Social Work in August 2012. She has volunteered with ASTOP Sexual Abuse since 2009 as a crisis line volunteer. Karen was a camp counselor at CTB-WI in 2015. Karen enjoys working with children in foster care. While growing up Karen’s parents had guardianship of her nephews. Karen saw the struggles of her nephews which sparked her interest and passion for Social Work.
Mary Simon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Program Director at Community Care Resources (Treatment Foster Care) and Community Care Programs (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic), Middleton. Mary has worked at CCR since 1992 and she developed several specialized treatment programs (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, STOP juvenile sex offender program, Dialectical Behavior Therapy program) at CCP. Prior to her employment at CCR and CCP, Mary worked as a therapist at Sunburst Youth Homes Residential Treatment Center in Neillsville for 3 years where she developed one of the first juvenile sexual offender programs in the state of Wisconsin.
In addition to her administrative duties at CCR and CCP, Mary provides Psychosexual Assessments for children and adolescents with problematic sexual behaviors. She is also a long term member of ATSA (Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers). Mary enjoys giving presentations throughout the state of Wisconsin to Social Workers, therapists, health educators and students regarding healthy adolescent sexuality.
Mary enjoys running, hiking, reading and traveling.
Kim has a master’s degree from UW-Wisconsin in Social Work and has dedicated 22 years to working in the public child welfare field. Her experience includes direct field work, special needs adoptions, permanency and quality improvement. Kim currently works as an Organizational Effectiveness Coordinator at the Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System in which she provides support to health and human service agencies throughout Wisconsin to improve their performance, capacity and outcomes for their community members. She has served on the Camp to Belong board since 2014 and feels very passionately about the importance of maintaining sibling connections. Kim lives in Madison and enjoys hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Honorary Board Members: Andi Andree and Christopher Foley
Andi Andree has been involved with Camp To Belong (CTB) since its inception 20 years ago. She spent her childhood in the foster care system separated from her sister, Lynn Price, the founder of CTB. Andi likes to tell the campers that she is glad that she and her sister were separated. This statement is always received with disbelief from the youth that are now in care, but then she goes on to explain that they may not have had the great fortune to spend a week at camp with their siblings if this was not the case. She goes on to say it is a good lesson in turning something that may seem negative into something very positive.
Andi recently retired from a career as a special education teacher after thirty-eight years. She also taught classes at NIU to future teachers on how to collaborate and include students with special needs into their future classrooms. At present, Andi is a CASA and on the DeKalb County Mental Health Board. Community service has and always will be a part of her life.
Andi lives in Sycamore, IL with her husband Bob. Her husband, along with all of her grown sons; Eddie, Matthew and Danny have all been involved in many camps throughout Camp To Belong’s history. She is honored to be on the board of CTB-WI and is very excited about having a camp so close to home. She would like to thank the directors and board for all their hard work in making this a reality and blessing for all the future CTB WI campers.
Christopher Foley has been a Circuit Court Judge for Milwaukee County since 1985. He previously served as chair of the Juvenile Jury Instruction Committee and served for over 10 years on the Juvenile Benchbook Committee. Judge Foley was named a “Milwaukeean of the Year” in 1996 by Milwaukee Magazine and was given the Children’s Service Society Service to Children Award in 1997 for his work in implementing the Foster Care Conversion Project which freed hundreds of children for adoption who had been mired in long-term foster care. Judge Foley has testified before congressional committees and appeared on ABC News Nightline and NBC’s Today Show discussing child custody disputes.
A graduate of Marquette Law School in 1978, Judge Foley was a law clerk for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals, a Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney and a Milwaukee Municipal Court judge before he was appointed to succeed his father as a circuit judge. He has been re-elected without opposition three times. He and his wife, Deb, are the proud parents of seven children: Rebecca (30), Christopher, Jr. (28) Patrick (25), Kevin (24), Sean (21), Donald (17) and Ben (14).