The Southeast Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs is staffed by parents of children and youth with special health care needs who have a wealth of personal experience and professional expertise. They are available to answer questions about education concerns, funding options, transition issues, diagnosis-specific information and more. They can also lend a listening ear -- all from the unique perspective of someone who’s been there. To learn more about the staff click on their photo or scroll down to check out their bios below.
As the Service Coordination Specialist of the Southeast Regional Center, Brad brings 32 years of experience working with special populations. His experiences have included teaching, case management, service development and grant management, with the past 19 years focused on children with special health care needs. Prior to his position with the center, Brad was the coordinator of the Children With Special Needs Project for Rock, Jefferson and Green counties from 1996 through 2000. His Bachelor of Science is in Education/Special Education. Brad has a certificate in non-profit management from UW-Madison.
Brad is also a parent of children with special needs. Travis and Amber were born perfectly normal children, but were afflicted with a neurological degenerative disease called Batten disease at the age of 4 years old. This affected all aspects of their body and life and left them bedridden and very medically fragile. Travis passed away in 1993 and Amber in 1996. Brad has always said “they were and are my greatest teachers”.
Brad enjoys spending time with his wife, watching and participating in many different sports and caring for his dog, two cats, three birds and tank full of fish. He also enjoys the time he spends running a non-profit organization called “Our Guardian Angels” that he and his wife started to assist families of children with life-limiting diseases and chronic disorders.
Julie Turkoske is a certified Information and Referral Specialist at the Southeast Regional Center. She enjoys helping families and providers find answers to their questions and the library materials they’re interested in. One of the key areas of Julie’s work is transition to adulthood.
Julie and her husband have two adult children. Their daughter has a unique chromosomal deletion. As her parent, Julie has personal experience with many specialty areas, including deaf blindness, sensory integration, g-tube and j-tube feedings, communication, medical equipment (wheelchairs, standers, etc), and transition and advocacy issues.
Julie has her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and has over 20 years experience working with children and families of children with special needs who range from infant to high school-aged youth. In addition to working at the Southeast Regional Center, Julie is on the board of directors for Team Up! With Families and Wisconsin Family Voices. Please give Julie a call with any questions or information you have to share!
Katie Cavanaugh serves as the Program Administrator at the Southeast Regional Center. One of the key areas of Katie’s work is supporting the Family Advisory Council at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and leading efforts to help create new opportunities for family members to tell their story and give input on making things better for their children and family.
Katie has a Masters Degree in Counseling and a post-masters certification as an Infant Mental Health Specialist. Katie’s professional background in community mental health, child-parent psychotherapy, and 6 years as a manager and therapist at a birth to three program in the Seattle area, provide her with a wealth of family stories and experiences that inspire passion for her work with the Southeast Regional Center.
Katie moved to Wisconsin with her daughter from the West Coast in 2012. They are enjoying all things Wisconsin – ice fishing, the Packers, summer festivals, and state fair cream puffs.
Darryl Hall is the outreach specialist for The Southeast Regional Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. Darryl’s focus is this role is to address medical homes and health care disparities with the eight counties in the southeast region, supported through the CYSHCN grant.
Prior to this role, Darryl was an outreach crime victim specialist with Project Ujima at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, a nationally recognized Violence Intervention Program. Darryl has over 15 years of experience providing direct services to families. His wonderful interpersonal skills and vast experience has allowed him to become an exceptional advocate for families. Darryl’s talent creates an unspoken synergy that meets the family’s psychological and emotional needs simultaneously.
Lori Albers is the Family Resource Coordinator for the Southeast Regional Center. Lori coordinates the daily operations of the Daniel M. Soref Family Resource Center and is also an ad-hoc member of the Family Advisory Committee. Lori’s main goal is to increase the patient family experience by bringing family voices to the table through Families as Partners program. She also feeds the fish and maintains the library inventory.
Lori attended UW-GB where she received Bachelors degrees in both Communication Processes and Technical Theater. Her creative background assists her with the planning of the Beupre Family Fun Nights hosted by the Family Resource Center.
Lori is the mother of two young children. Her son has hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and is on the Autism spectrum. She has first-hand knowledge of many of the clinics here at Children’s and she is familiar with many struggles that parents face. When not doing homework or playing board games with her kids, she enjoys writing, making cards, and scrapbooking.
Terri Krause is one of our front desk receptionists for the Daniel M. Soref Family Resource Center. Terri has worked at the Southeast Regional Center for 5 years. Terri coordinates the movie and game library for the center and loves helping people find their favorites. She also makes sure the center is stocked with puzzles, board games, and fiction reading material in our lending library.
When she is not helping families in the center, she enjoys gardening, knitting and spending time with her new grandson
Fahmi Mohammad is a certified Arabic medical interpreter at CHW and a part time receptionist for the Daniel M. Soref Family Resource Center since Nov 2014. He has 14 years of Interpreting / Translating experience plus 4 years of administration work.
When Fahmi is not at work he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters. Art and watercolor painting is the main hobby for him.
This page was last updated in August 2015.