Our Team - Administrative Team

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Kim Blue

Kim joined the Admin Team at Milkweed Connections at the beginning of Summer 2021. Her primary areas of focus are referrals and onboarding, and she works with the rest of the Admin Team to coordinate the smooth flow of day-to-day Milkweed tasks. Always striving for work life balance, she juggles her teen homeschooling adventures with work adventures and finds them both challenging and rewarding. Her professional background includes writing, editing, human resources, grant writing and administrative support, with an academic background in English and Women's/Gender Studies. In her free time, she loves growing things, reading things, finding things, and taking pictures of things. She also loves to spend time with her family, who make her laugh every day.

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Kate Laird

Kate is proud to be one of the founding members of Milkweed Connections and has continued to serve on the admin team since its inception in 2017. Her main administrative duties include contract administration and program development. Kate additionally provides direct services through the CCS and Choices programs. She is passionate about providing truly person-centered services, as well as creating and supporting meaningful work for members of her community. Her educational background is in social sciences and psychology, and she is a WI Certified Peer Specialist as well as a Recovery Coach. In her free time, Kate enjoys spending time with her two cats, family, and friends, being in nature, and working on projects and hobbies around the home.

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Jennifer Luciani

Jen has been an administrator at Milkweed Connections since 2019 and takes a lead role on finance, compliance, training, and record keeping.  Although she is not currently providing direct services to participants, she is also a WI Certified Peer Specialist as well as a Recovery Coach and is strongly committed to serving the community and her colleagues in a behind-the-scenes role.  Her academic and professional background is in psychology, health sciences, gender/cultural studies, and library science.  She enjoys hiking, foraging, writing, singing, serving as an educator/mentor for the Menomonie Area Homeschool Group, and going on adventures with her teenage daughter.