Anne M. Johnson, M.S.W./L.C.S.W., has served families and children in Wisconsin since 1981 as a parent educator, family counselor and adoption specialist. She is the co-author of The Essence of Parenting, a national correspondence course published as a book based on the philosophy that parenting can be a path to personal growth and fulfillment when parents are willing to look inside themselves to face inner obstacles that keep them from parenting as they long to: with joy, patience and unconditional love. She is also the author of Return to the Sea: Reflections on Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift From the Sea. The book is a collection of reflections and practical suggestions for leading a balanced life founded on inner contentment. Anne and her husband Scott are the parents of three lovely daughters: Hannah, Claire and Martha.
Lori A. DuRussel, M.S., works with Children and Families First in the areas of administration and educational program development. In addition to helping coordinate the agency's educational seminars, she enjoys teaching some of the classes, and you are likely to see her name on communications about potential classes. She provides other support to the agency in administrative areas including website administration, developing handouts and informational materials for clients, and maintaining agency records. Lori's most challenging and rewarding job is being a mother to her four children: Abigail, Bryseida, Gabian, and Julian.
The Board of Children and Families First, Inc., is charged with the responsibility of overseeing the day to day operations of the agency, hiring and evaluating staff, setting and approving a budget, and ensuring that the agency functions within the state statutes for a non-profit child-placing agency.
Attorney H. Elizabeth Kennebeck - Vice President
Liz is the Assistant Legal Councel with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. Liz brings to the board a deep compassion for the well-being of children, a profound awareness and respect for the sacrifices made by birth-parents, and a commitment to motherhood. Her daughters, Olivia and Sofia, are the joy of her life.
Jacqueline A. Hind, M.S./C.C.C.-S.L.P.,B.R.S.-S. - Secretary
Jackie is an Outreach Program Manager and Speech-Language Pathologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she coordinates clinical research. As the most recent addition to the Board, she brings with her a deep commitment to all members of the adoption partnership. She is the proud parent of Alexander and Elena, adopted from Guatemala.
Scott E. Seavey, C.P.A. - Treasurer
Scott works as an accountant for the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. He was chosen to serve on the board because of his wealth of knowledge regarding non-profits as well as his integrity and devotion as a father. He is the proud parent of Owen and Megan.
Anne Johnson, M.S.W./L.C.S.W. - President
Anne is the director of Children and Families First, Inc. More details about her life and experience are provided above.