Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

Protecting Children, Strengthening Families, Building Communities

Future of the Family Commission

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The family is the basic foundation on which civil society was formed. A strong family provides the love, support, protection and stability that allow children to thrive, adults to achieve, and communities to prosper.

Yet, today many families in Wisconsin are faced with a myriad of obstacles that impact their ability to realize the American Dream.  For those families working to move from government dependence to independence, the hurdles they face are often magnified by the policies of the very government programs established to help them avoid the generational cycle of poverty.

Well-designed public policy may assist families in overcoming the barriers that make it difficult to achieve stability and economic freedom. Through, Executive Order #184, Governor Walker established the Future of the Family Commission to explore ways that policy can be developed to help uplift families and aid them in attaining self-sufficiency.

Headed by Eloise Anderson, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, the commission is comprised of a diverse group of recognized thought leaders and civically engaged citizens who will explore the current challenges facing families, and the different approaches that can be used to help strengthen and support them.  

The first Future of the Family Commission meeting was held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 and has met on a bi-monthly basis with the goal of presenting policy recommendations to Governor Walker by December 1, 2016.

Commission meeting agendas, minutes, and materials

Meeting on January 27, 2016

Meeting on February 23, 2016

Meeting on May 5, 2016

Meeting on June 28, 2016

Meeting on August 25, 2016

Meeting on November 2, 2016

Final Report and Recommendations

Final Report

Glossary

Commissioner Bios

Eloise Anderson

 

Eloise Anderson - Eloise currently serves as the Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and is internationally known as a leader in public policy creation and implementation.  She has extensive experience in child welfare and work support issues. She has over 20 years in state service in a variety of roles, including serving as the Administrator of the Division of Community Services at the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services. Formerly, Secretary Anderson served as director of the California Department of Social Services, President of Job Wave America, Director of the Project for the American Family at the Claremont Institute, and most recently as President of Anderson Resource Management Services assisting families in obtaining wellness and becoming contributing members of the community.

 

 

Sarah Campbell

 

Dr. Sarah Campbell - Sarah Campbell is a pediatrician in Appleton, Wisconsin with Affinity Medical Group. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Dr. Campbell earned her undergraduate degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and went on to complete her medical degree and residency in Milwaukee with the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. As National Health Service Corps Scholar recipient, Dr. Campbell practiced rural medicine for four years in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In addition to her role as pediatrician, she serves as a board member for the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

 

 

Rachel Campos-Duffy

 

Rachel Campos-Duffy - Rachel is an author and television personality specializing in political punditry, culture and parenting. She is a proud member of the Today Show Parenting Team. She is the national spokesperson for The LIBRE Initiative, a non-profit that educates and advocates for the economic empowerment of Hispanics through limited government, self-reliance, and entrepreneurship. Rachel speaks fluent Spanish. Her academic achievements include a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Arizona State University’s Honors Program and a Master’s degree in International Affairs with an emphasis on Economic Development in Latin America from the University of California, San Diego. Rachel writes for Today Parenting, CNN.com, FOX News Latino, and The Huffington Post, among others.  Her book, published in 2009 by Penguin, is called “Stay Home, Stay Happy: 10 Secrets to Loving At-home Motherhood".

 

 

Delvyn Crawford
 
Delvyn Crawford - Delvyn is an author, poet, and fatherhood specialist. As a Fatherhood Specialist, Mr. Crawford facilitates a unique and innovative program that helps fathers learn how to strengthen their relationship with their children, and their children’s mother. He provides innovative ways for fathers to get engaged, and connects them to the resources that they need to become better fathers and role models. Delvyn is also a public speaker, multi-media communicator, and musician who uses different mediums to convey a message of hope. A respected orator, Delvyn has delivered presentations for Johnson’s Control, Marquette University, BMO Harris Bank, and other organizations across the United States.
 
 
 
 
Mikel Holt

 

Mikel Holt - Mikel serves as the associate publisher and co-founder of the Milwaukee Community Journal, Wisconsin’s largest African-American newspaper and winner of numerous National Newspaper Publishers Association awards. Mr. Holt also is president of Malik Communications which specializes in the minority consumer market. He is the first recipient of the Medical College of Wisconsin's President's Diversity Award, a member of Who's Who in Black Milwaukee and named as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Milwaukeeans. In 1999, he authored the book “Not Yet ‘Free at Last’: The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement: Our Battle for School Choice.”

 

 

Jim Kacmarcik

 

Jim Kacmarcik - Jim is President of Kapco, Inc., a national metal fabricating and stamping company based in Grafton, Wisconsin. Kapco is a family-owned company that began in 1972. Mr. Kacmarcik also oversees the operations of Advanced Coatings, Inc. and SpeedKore Performance Group. A lifelong Wisconsin resident, Jim understands that there is no single greater reward than giving back to the community which is why Kapco has been known for its philanthropic efforts and community involvement.  He helped launch and remains actively involved with Camp Hometown Heroes, the Lakeshore Chinooks and KNE (K-Nation Entertainment) along with becoming a minority owner of the Milwaukee Bucks when they were looking for local investors. 

 

 

Archbishop Listecki

 

Archbishop Jerome Listecki - The Most Reverend Jerome Listecki was appointed the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Archbishop Listecki has been involved in many different projects including an Appellate Judge for the Matrimonial Tribunal, in-house legal counsel for the Archdiocese of Chicago from 1985-1987, being a host for WIND Catholic Conversation from 1978-1979. Recently, Archbishop Listecki called for an urban initiative in Wisconsin to address the issues of poverty, unemployment, crime and violence. Central goals of the initiative are to strengthen Wisconsin families, offer young men and women positive role models, and establish a coordinated effort between members of the local community and law enforcement.

 

 

Alicia Manning.

 

Alicia Manning - Alicia is director of new citizenship programs for the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. She is responsible for the full range of the foundation’s program in Wisconsin with a particular emphasis on its grants to grassroots and faith-based groups in Milwaukee’s inner city. Ms. Manning has written and spoken publicly on how the work of such organizations is critical to the revitalization of civil society. Ms. Manning played a lead role in bringing an established national model for youth violence intervention to Milwaukee.

 

 

 

 

Greta Munns

 

Greta Munns – Greta is the Foster Youth Liaison at the University of Wisconsin – Stout where she earned her bachelor’s degree in art education. The Wisconsin native has spent the past nine years working to use her own foster care history to connect and empower a range of at-risk youth. Greta held internships with Fosterclub and the National Resource Center for Youth Development, and is a former member of the Wisconsin Youth Advisory Council. Mrs. Munns has presented workshops across the nation focusing on meaningful youth engagement and testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee Washington D.C. 

 

 

 

Jeff Pralle

 

Jeff Pralle – Jeff is a property manager and real estate broker who was born and raised in Onalaska, Wisconsin. Previously, he enjoyed a 32 year career at the United Parcel Service, Inc. Mr. Pralle is on the Board of Directors of the La Crosse Realtors Association and the Wisconsin Apartment Association where he serves as their Director of Legal Affairs. Jeff is a U.S. veteran who served in both the Navy Reserves and on active duty. He is a member of the Onalaska American Legion, the Onalaska Business Association, NFIB, and the Onalaska Historical Society.