Board President -Lisa Bach
Bio - I grew up in Milwaukee most of my life, the mother of three. I lost my daughter Mariyah in 2012 . Suffered from Depression and anxiety most my life, after Mariyah’s death I was diagnosed with PTSD .
I have known Paula for sometime and became friends with Amanda . I became involved with Mandolin as due to my business knowledge. Bachelors in general psychology, currently a graduate student , entrepreneurship certificate , peer specialist , CCAR certified, licensed narcan train the trainer, safe zone certified. Interested in advocating for underserved communities, empowering women. I’ve known Paula and Amanda for some time . Lost my own child to a completed suicide. Paula asked if I would help with Mandolin , I opted to become a part of the organization for love of the vision feeling my skills and education would be helpful to the greater community.
Board Vice President - Cynthia Nelson
I grew up in Iron Mountain, MI, I am currently residing in Green Bay, WI. I came here and went through an inpatient treatment program at Jackie Nitschke Center. Paula had come to interview me for sober living while I was at J.N.C. and she accepted me, she was my recovery coach and also my “house mom”. Her guidance has been a huge part of my recovery! My recovery date is 01/07/2018, I didn’t ever think I could get clean and sober. I couldn’t just take away the drugs and think my life was gonna get better, I had to dig deep, open up and heal from within. My recovery is a journey and one I am blessed to be on.
Today I work as a barista, I am a state certified peer support specialist and will also be certified in e-CPR the end of August 2020. When I was asked to be on the board by Paula, I was overwhelmed with joy, to be able to be part of what her and Jon are doing is an amazing blessing. Paula was there for me when I was in a state of despair, she loved and believed in me when I was was not able to do so for myself.
Board Secretary - Patricia (Patsy) Johnson
Bio - I grew up in Oconto, WI, about 25 miles north of Green Bay. I now live in Howard with my dog and three cats. I have a grandson and granddaughter who are the loves of my life. I work as a Victim Advocate at Golden House in Green Bay. I just completed my Masters in Social Work from UWGB and am a Clinical Substance Abuse Counselor.
I have suffered from depression my entire life, and my son died by suicide when he was 18 years old. I was diagnosed with PTSD after finding my son and have suffered from some pretty severe panic attacks. I decided to become a Substance Abuse Counselor about five years ago. I have never suffered with substance abuse, but have had family members who did. I believe in the Mandolin Foundation’s mission and values. Being an advocate for others is a very important part of my social work career. I am very interested and passionate about working with survivors of suicide loss.
Board Member - Jason Freeman
Bio - Having lived and worked in Green Bay for more than 20 years and growing up in the small town of Niagara. I understand what makes our community and the people who call it home so special. I have been a realtor for 3 years with Frozen Tundra Real Estate ( Keller Williams Green Bay) and it’s my passion and dream job. I love helping people sell homes or buy their dream homes. I wanted to start working with Paula and the Mandolin Foundation because my dear friend Amanda lost her battle with addiction and I told Paula I wanted to help any way I can.
Not just expertise in negotiation and marketing, but a love and understanding of our community and the people who live here. It’s the foundation of everything I do.
Board Member - Kristina (Tina) Frank
Board Member- Richard (Ricky) Kellogg III
Bio - My name is Richard Kellogg. My clean date is 1-12-19. I met Paula after I attended the Jackie Nitschke residential program while I was residing at the Darjune Recovery house. For years I have struggled with mental health and substance abuse issues. Since then we have kept in touch as we have continued our journeys. I am an active member of the Green Bay recovery community. I’m also about to graduate from UWGB with a degree in Business Administration. I hope to contribute to the amazing work the Paula and Jon are making a reality and be even more of a positive impact on our community. Making positive change in the world is possible.