Leadership Staff

Gwat-Yong LiesmGwat –Yong Lie, PhD

Principal Investigator
(414) 229-4080

Gwat-Yong Lie (PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1984) is Associate Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean for the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to her administrative duties, she is working on a research and program evaluation project for chronically homeless adults. The project aims to increase placements in permanent housing, support recovery through comprehensive treatment and recovery services for behavioral health, and expand enrollment in Medicaid and other mainstream benefit programs. This three year project is managed by Outreach Community Health Centers, Inc. (formerly known as Health Care for the Homeless of Milwaukee) and is funded by a grant from SAMHSA/CSAT. Gwat has been Principal Investigator for MCWP since its inception in 2001.

Julie_BrownJulie R. Brown, MA

Director, MCWP
(414) 964-7412

Julie R. Brown became the Director of MCWP in 2005. She holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in Communication and has completed PhD coursework in Communication. Julie has over 25 years experience in adult instruction, curriculum design, organizational development and management in academic, private industry, and social service settings. She has designed, delivered and administered instructional programs covering a wide range of academic, skill-based and technical content using a variety of instructional modalities. Prior to assuming her current position, Julie held two director-level positions at Lutheran Social Services of WI and Upper MI, created a private consulting business specializing in organizational leadership development in private industry and taught courses in Communication at Hope College, the University of California-Davis; Sacramento State University, the University of Utah and the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Curriculum & Instruction Staff

Kluesner_MikeMike Kluesner, MS, CSW

Curriculum and Instruction Manager
(414) 964-7410

Mike Kluesner joined the MCWP team 2009. Mike holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Master of Science in Education-School Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He is also a Certified Social Worker who began his professional career as a social worker at Wyalusing Academy Residential Treatment Center in Prarie du Chien, Wisconsin. Mike served in this capacity for ten years until he was promoted to Assistant Director of Clinical Services. He then moved to Milwaukee where he designed and opened the Milwaukee Academy Residential Treatment Center for Girls. Mike served as Executive Director of the Academy until 2005 when assumed a position as Ongoing Supervisor with Children’s Family and Community Partnerships. He has been a member of several statewide committees and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Richland Center and the Southwest Technical School.

Marta_MagnusonMarta L. Magnuson, PhD

Senior Instructional Development Specialist
(414) 964-7318

Marta Magnuson joined the MCWP team in 2013. She is responsible for planning and overseeing the implementation of ongoing quality improvement plans in the key areas of instructional technology, curriculum development, and program planning. Marta received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and her Master of Library and Information Science and PhD in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has over 10 years experience working in higher education as an instructor, librarian, researcher, and tutor.  Her areas of expertise include educational technology, information literacy and instructional design.

Tiffany_Meredith Tiffany Meredith, MSW, CSW

Curriculum and Instruction Manager
(414) 964-7398

Prior to joining the MCWP team in 2007, Tiffany Meredith received her Bachelor of Social Work from Marquette University and Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has ten years experience working with children and families in a variety of capacities, including: individual and group therapy in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings; as well as child welfare case management. Tiffany also held positions in Milwaukee child welfare as a Safety Services Case Manager, a Facilitation Specialist with Wraparound, a Coordinated Service Team Facilitator, and a Safety Services Supervisor.

Erin_NasgovitzErin Nasgovitz, MSW, CSW

Curriculum and Instruction Manager
(414) 964-7408

Erin Nasgovitz joined the MCWP team in 2011. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and her Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was a graduate of the IV-E Child Welfare Training Program. Erin is a Certified Social Worker who began her career in child protective services as an Ongoing Case Manager for the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. She has worked in the field for approximately 12 years and has experience working as a Family Advocate, Therapy Co-Facilitator, Ongoing Supervisor, and Training Team Supervisor.

Patricia_Parker_Patricia Parker, CSW

Curriculum and Instruction Manager
(414) 964-7407

Patricia Parker has been a part of the MCWP team since 2005. She is a Certified Social Worker who received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a graduate certificate in Community Mental Health from the Trinity College of Vermont. She has over thirty years of experience working in the field of human services. Pat has provided in-home family therapy in both North Carolina and Wisconsin. She has also worked in both public and private agencies and provided consultation, training assistance and training services in 30 states across the country. Pat has been conducting workshops and seminars since 1986 and is a popular keynote presenter. The topics she presents and consults on include: strengths-based culturally competent social work practice, reducing racial disproportionality; disparities in child welfare and juvenile justice; family-centered case management; supervision; family and community development; diversity and spirituality in family-centered practice; foster care recruitment and retention; foster and pre-adoption parent preparation; quality assurance in social work practice; and AODA issues in families. Pat also serves as volunteer Chaplin at the Robert E. Ellsworth Women’s Correctional Facility in Racine, Wisconsin.

dionsm2Dion Racks, MSW, CAPSW

Curriculum and Instruction Manager
(414) 964-7304

Dion Racks joined the MCWP team in 2013. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and her Master of Science in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, with an area of interest in mental health. Dion is a Certified Advance Practice Social Worker who began her career in child protective services as an Ongoing Case Manager with the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare. She has over twelve years of experience working with the BMCW as a case manager, Training Team Supervisor and Initial Assessment Supervisor.  Dion has had the opportunity to work in the area of mental health as a Psychotherapy intern and an Intern AODA Counselor.

Administrative Staff

Joseph_FranklinJoseph Franklin

University Services Associate
Foster & Adoption Parent Programs
(414) 964-7397

Joe Franklin joined the MCWP team in January of 2011.  He is currently the Foster Parent TrainingProgram Registrar, responsible for foster parent training coordination including registrations, materials, and trainer assistance.  Joe also oversees and provides childcare forfoster parents attending training.  Joe received his Associate's degree from Marquette University and hopes to completehis Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education soon.   He has approximately 10 years experienceworking with children ages 6-18 in a variety of settings.

Danielle_HayesDanielle D. Hayes, MBA

Business Manager

Danielle Hayes joined the MCWP in 2012.  She received both her Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Master in Business Administration from Lakeland College.  Danielle has over 10 years financial management experience with companies such as Marquette University and The Medical College of Wisconsin before joining the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2009 in the Office of Sponsored Programs. She is responsible for budgeting, payment of trainers, invoices, calendar planning, PDS Online training and general office management.


gloriasmGloria E Rathkamp

Financial Specialist
(414) 964-7409

Gloria E Rathkamp joined MCWP in 2013. She assists with payment of trainers, invoices, ordering, travel and other office support as needed. Gloria has over 20 years of experience in management and as a supervisor in the financial industry. Prior to joining us she worked as a license office manager for an insurance company for over 12 years. She also worked for a local bank as the teller supervisor for a over 9 years.

Satrina_WestSatrina West, BSW

Project Specialist

Satrina West joined MCWP in 2012. She works on specific projects to enhance curriculum for the Training Academy under the Curriculum and Instruction Management team. She received her Bachelor of Social Work degree at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is a student at the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee pursuing a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis of Substance Abuse and Trauma Informed Care. She works for the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee Police Department as a Security Officer. She serves as a member to the National Association of Social Workers Wisconsin Chapter.

Kelsey_McAdamsKelsey McAdams

Student Receptionist

Kelsey McAdams joined the MCWP team in 2011. She is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a minor in Psychology. Kelsey volunteers at Horizon Home Care and Hospice.

pangPang Kou Vang

Child Care Assistant

Pang Kou joined the MCWP team in 2011. She is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree with minors in Spanish and Communication.