Catholic Charities of Madison, Wisconsin is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit agency affiliated with Catholic Charities USA, the nation's largest private network of people helping people.

We have served individuals and families in an eleven county area in south-central Wisconsin since 1946. The programs we have reach those who are facing the transitions of aging, living with a disability, in need of mental health counseling, having marital or family problems, need post adoption resources, live in rural communities, seeking help with alcohol or drug abuse, or men, women and children who are homeless. Our mission of charity is accomplished with the help of nearly 400 employees and 1,000+ volunteers. We serve and employ persons regardless of sexual orientation, religious, ethnic, racial or social background. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

The work we do is made possible with financial support from private donations, the United Way, county contracts, client fees, foundation grants and the Diocesan Annual Catholic Appeal. Catholic Charities is governed by a local Board of Directors and our services meet the exacting standards set by the Council of Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc., one of the highest standards of quality in the United States.

We serve the following counties: Columbia, Dane, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Marquette, Rock and Sauk.


Catholic Charities provides compassionate, caring services to help the poor and vulnerable in our community. 

Catholic Charities is accredited through the Council on Accreditation - an assurance of credibility, integrity, and achievement.

The Council on Accreditation (COA) is an international, independent, not-for-profit, child and family service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. Founded in 1977 by the Child Welfare League of America and Family Service America, COA partners with human service organizations worldwide to improve service delivery outcomes by developing, applying, and promoting accreditation standards.

COA ensures that the highest national standards of best practice in client services are upheld in all Catholic Charities programs. COA accreditation also confirms that organizational and management oversight policies and practices are mission-driven, and that there are strong financial controls in place.

Because our agency did not receive any out-of-compliance ratings in any of the fundamental practice standards, we are proud to have received re-accreditation in June 2014 through COA's expedited process. Click here to view our current COA Certificate.

Our Catholic Identity

Catholic Social Teaching guides our response to those in need. Catholic Charities embraces these principles as our core values. Our mission, vision, programs and services are focused on these teachings.


Life and Dignity of the Human Person - All people are sacred, made in the image and likeness of God. People do not lose dignity because of disability, poverty, age, lack of success, or race.


Call to Family, Community, and Participation - The human person is both sacred and social. We realize our dignity and rights in relationship with others, in community. "We are one body; when one suffers, we all suffer."
Rights and Responsibilities - People have a fundamental right to life, food, shelter, health care, education and employment. All people have a right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable - The moral test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. The poor have the most urgent moral claim on the conscience of the nation.
The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers - People have a right to decent and productive work, fair wages, private property and economic initiative.
Solidarity - We are one human family. Our responsibilities to each other cross national, racial, economic and ideological differences.
Care for God's CreationThe goods of the earth are gifts from God.

Catholic Charities Madison Board of Directors

Board Officers

Christie Seibert
Board Chair

Jim Hartlieb
Vice Chair

Cliff Michalski

Dorothy Conduah



Permanent Ex-Officio Members

Rev. Msgr. James Bartylla
Diocesan Administrator 

William Yallaly

Jackson Fonder
President and CEO
Catholic Charities








Board Members

Mary Kay Brooks

Dan Clancy

Debbie Cray

Sandy Docter

Michael Morey

Sarah Dunn

John Faust

Jen Fitzpatrick

Patrick Flesch

Chris Roe

Fr. Thomas Kelley



Agency Contacts


Administrative Office

702 S. High Point Road,Ste.201 Madison, WI 53719

Phone: (608) 826-8000
Fax: (608) 826-8026


Jackson Fonder
President and CEO


Kelly Mendenwaldt
Executive Director of Programs

Bonnie Austin
Chief Financial Officer

Jane McGowan
Director of Development and Communications

Katie Lyons
Director of Human Resources



Aging Services

702 S. High Point Rd,Ste.103Madison, WI 53719

Phone: (608) 826-8020     Fax: (608) 826-8026

Crickett Hesselberg
Director of Aging Services

Melissa Kelley 
Coordinator Respite Care Team Ministry

Kaitlin Eardmann
CompanionCare Program




Families and Individuals

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment

Mary Haberman
Director of Alcohol & Drug Treatment Services
Hope Haven 


Jerilyn Robinson
Director of Family Programs


Emily Jaime, MA, LMFT
FACE-Kids and Choices
P : (608) 826-8010      

Please Call for Counseling Appointments at These Locations:

Fort Atkinson
211 S. Main St., Suite 102 Fort Atkinson, WI 53538 Phone: (920) 563-9375

Parish Mobile Food Pantry

Sue Palm
Phone: (608) 826-8010 

Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support

Judi Hoang, MS
Phone: (608) 826-8010


The Beacon                     Homeless Day Resource Center                      John Adams-Director Phone: (608) 826-8109 




Developmental Disabilities

702 S. High Point Rd, Ste. 209Madison, WI 53719   Phone: (608) 826-8030

Laura Kirchner, MS
Director, Developmental Disability Programs

Bonny Bobka
Program Director
 Community Living Program- Dane Co.
702 S. High Point Rd,
Ste. 209Madison, WI 53719    Phone: (608) 826-8030

Becky Klapper 
Program Manager
Community Living Program
Montello, WI
Phone: (608) 297-8931

Joel Schenk
Program Director
Community Connections
Janesville, WI
P: (608) 758-8180


Jackson Fonder


"We are a Christian ministry of charity, service, and justice dedicated to providing help to those in need, hope to those in despair, and inspiration for others to follow. 

"Catholic Charities has lived this mission and mandate since 1946. Through our mission we promise our clients, employees, donors, board members and volunteers that we will continually strive to be an agency of excellence. We will do our best to honor and care for every member of the human family of which we are privileged to be a part." ~Jackson Fonder, President & CEO of Catholic Charities Madison