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About Our Chapter

Our Chapter

Safe Families for Children is a movement fueled by compassion (and
faith) to keep children safe and families intact. Through Host Families,
Family Friends, and Family Coaches, we temporarily host children and
provide a network of support while parents get back on their feet. We
consider it an honor to surround Moms and Dads with a community of
families who believe in them. We’re here when they need us most.

-Started in 2011
-Serving 4 counties: Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, & Washington.
-180+ volunteer families
-75+ Host Families
-16+ partner churches
-partnering with many local agencies and non-profits

Our Team


Jennifer Shiller, Chapter Director

Jennifer has been with SFFC-Greater Milwaukee Area since 2015, first as a Family Coach Supervisor, Development Coordinator and, now, the Chapter Director. She holds a B.A. in sociology and an M.S.W. in social work, and she has previous experience as a school social worker.

As Chapter Director, Jennifer carries out staff oversight, implements church engagement, recruits volunteers, expands funding, and advises the local SFFC board.

Jennifer’s family includes her husband and four children. They attend epikos Church.

“My life goal is to ‘encourage wholeness’ in myself and others. I truly believe we cannot achieve this without being whole in Christ and working to toward it in relationships with others. One of our goals in Safe Families is to address social isolation with the families that we serve. Connecting families to do life together brings change and demonstrates the gospel to others."

Kaitlin Casberg, Family Coach Supervisor

Kaitlin joined our staff team in July, 2019. She holds a bachelor's degree in Social Work, with an emphasis in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Along with working for us, she is also a part time Missionary with Cru (formally known as Campus Crusade for Christ) at UWM.

Kaitlin is very passionate about the city of Milwaukee, along with the people and children that live in it, which is evident in her volunteer and work history. She has worked with children and families from all different backgrounds as a nanny, a line therapist, and a camp counselor with Royal Family Kids. Kaitlin is a strong advocate for keeping families healthy and thriving. She has been a loyal member of Grace Christian Fellowship Church for the past 8 years.

As Family Coach Supervisor, she oversees the daily care of our volunteers and families in need - through intake, hostings and family friendships while supporting the family coaches in their volunteering capacities.

Laura Leigh, Church Engagement

Laura holds a bachelor's degree in Democracy and Justice Studies, and a master's in International Studies, with an emphasis in International Development. She has been with Safe Families since Fall of 2017.

As Church Engagement coordinator, she can help your church get involved with the Safe Families movement. Contact her to become a Safe Families Church!

Laura and her husband attend Elmbrook Church.

Natalie Jupp, Program Administrator/ Family Coach Supervisor

Natalie received her M.S.W. from Loyola University-Chicago and has worked in supporting families within foster care, adoption, autism spectrum and other special needs.

As our Program Administrator, Natalie on boards all prospective and new volunteers through the application process and also oversees all case management systems. As a Family Coach Supervisor, Natalie works two days a week supervising all families in care and supports all our volunteers in active hostings and family friendships.

Natalie is married to her husband, John, and she has three children (ages 9, 8 and 4). Their family attends Spring Creek Church.

Dan Ryan, Family Coach

Mercy Hill Church

Doris Wanezek, Family Coach & Intake

Brookfield Christian Reformed Church

Beth Morrison, Family Coach & Host Family

Elmbrook Church

Abigail Schneider, Family Coach

Eastbrook Church

Paige Lemmenes

Brookfield Christian Reformed Church

Deb Otten

Brookfield Christian Reformed Church

Sue Mayer

Elmbrook Church

Dr. Paul Veldhouse, Committee Chair

Dr. Veldhouse is a native of the Midwest, went to college at Calvin College, medical school at University of South Dakota, and completed his residency in pediatrics at Children's Memorial in Chicago. He now practices pediatrics in the suburbs of Milwaukee, where he lives with his family. Dr. Veldhouse has filled multiple roles with SFFC-MKE. He has been a Host Family since 2013, a church lead, and presently heads the advisory committee. Alongside his deep commitment to Safe Families for Children, he and his wife are foster parents. Paul enjoys working with the boys club at his home church, Brookfield Christian Reformed Church, and spending time with his wife and five children.

Jay Yanko, Committee Member

Jay brings a strong international business and technology background combined with a desire to see the Milwaukee area children and families succeed and grow stronger. Mr. Yanko supports his community through volunteerism and service for organizations that primarily focus on improving the lives of children, families and enabling independence. These include Safe Families for Children, Retail Orphan Initiative (Retail ROI), AbilITy Connection, Habitat for Humanity and Holy Apostles Parish in New Berlin, WI. His personal life revolves around his wife, son, faith, close friends and his love for the outdoors. As the Director, Retail Solutions at Verizon Digital Media Services/AOL, he is a diverse executive with over two decades of providing management and solutions through innovative deployment of marketing, business process and technology. Mr. Yanko has lived in the Milwaukee area for over 25 years and has deep community relationships and as a global executive has personal ties to people all over the world to draw upon to help shape the SFFC-MKE chapter.

Jackie Verhulst, Committee Member

Brookfield Christian Reformed Church

Erin Cohn, Committee Member

Erin Cohn has her M.S.W. and currently works for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She has been working with children and families since 2001. Most of her career has included working with foster parents to support foster children, and supporting families in crisis situations. While working with families in challenging circumstances, Erin’s greatest prayer for these families was that they would be able to find at least one safe, reliable, supportive person to come alongside them during their time of need. It was during this time that she learned about Safe Families for Children, and has been drawn to the mission ever since. Erin and her husband live in Racine and attend Racine Bible Church, but her true passion continues to be supporting children and families in the Greater Milwaukee area.

Tom Koops, Committee Member

Tom is a CPA and partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. His connection to SFFC-MKE began through his wife’s Milwaukee inner city youth volunteer activities and family friends who were deeply involved in the organization. Tom and his wife have felt a calling to make a substantive difference in lives of those in need within the Greater Milwaukee community and as a result, joined the SFFC-MKE community as a Host Family. Tom and his wife have 3 boys ages 14, 12 and 9 and are members at Elmbrook Church. Tom is very excited about the opportunity to use his skills, financial expertise and home to help the Safe Families organization further its objective of caring for families in distress in and around the Milwaukee area. Tom and his family have a love of the outdoors and have a goal to see as many of the National Parks as possible before their boys grow-up. They have 3 boys and are members at Elmbrook Church.

Shar Borg, Committee Member

Citybrook Church