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

The Church identifies key principles of Catholic Social Teaching that guide 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 vital 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


Permanent Ex-Officio Members

The Most Rev. Robert C. Morlino
Bishop of Madison
Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center
PO Box 44983
Madison WI 53744-4983


Rev. Msgr. James Bartylla
Vicar Genaral
Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center
PO Box 44983
Madison WI 53744-4983


William Yallaly
Bishop O'Connor Catholic Pastoral Center
PO Box 44983
Madison WI 53744-4983


Jackson Fonder
President and CEO
Catholic Charities



Board Officers

Toni Prestigiacomo
Board Chair

Dr. Christie Seibert
Vice Chair

Laura Anderson

Jen Fitzpatrick

Tom Merfeld
Immediate Past Chair





Board Members


Rev. Msgr. Larry Bakke

Dan Clancy

Dorothy Conduah

Debbie Cray

Sandy Docter

Colleen Donnelly

Sarah Dunn

Dr. Peter Lake

Paul Meyer

Cliff Michalski

Michael Morey

Scott Seymour

Ken Thompson


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


Kathy Stellrecht, PhD
Chief Operating Officer


Bonnie Austin
Chief Financial Officer

Jane McGowan
Director of Development and Communications
 (608) 826-8096

Derrick Smith
Director of Strategic Planning & Special Projects

Katie Lyons
Director of Human Resources



Aging Services

702 S. High Point Road, Ste.103Madison, WI 53719 Phone: (608) 826-8020  Fax: (608) 826-8026

Kelly Medenwaldt
Director of Aging Services

Lynda Koivunen, MSSW
Assistant Director of Aging Services,
Coordinator Respite Care Team Ministry

Kayla Schiesser
CompanionCare Program

Heidi Stringham, LPN
Residence Administrator
8210 Highview Drive
Madison, WI 53719
P: (608) 827-2990


All Saints Assisted Living 

All Saints Assisted Living and Memory Care is a Catholic Charities company and managed by ElderSpan. For more information about All Saints Assisted Living, please call Rebecca with ElderSpan Management at (608) 243-8800.

All Saints Neighborhood

Michelle Naegle
All Saints Apartment Manager
8202 Highview Drive
Madison, WI 53719

All Saints Neighborhood is a Catholic Charities company and managed by ElderSpan.


Families and Individuals

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment

Mary Haberman
Director of Alcohol & Drug Treatment Services
Hope Haven
Phone: (608) 249-2600
Fax: (608) 255-0340

Hope Haven is a program of Catholic Charities and has 2 residential treatment facilities in Madison: North Bay Lodge and Chris Farley House.



Jerilyn Robinson
Director of Family Programs
Parish School Counseling
Phone: (608) 826-8010 Toll Free: (800) 236-4673 Fax: (608) 826-8026

Emily Jaime, MA, LMFT
FACE-Kids and Choices
P : (608) 826-8010      Toll Free: (800) 236-4673  F: (608) 826-8026

Please Call for Counseling Appointments at These Locations:

Fort Atkinson
734 Madison Ave.
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Phone: (920) 563-9375
Fax: (920) 563-9376


Parish Mobile Food Pantry

Sue Palm
Phone: (608) 826-8010 Toll Free: (800) 236-4673

Post Adoption Resource Center

Judi Hoang, MS
Phone: (608) 826-8010
Toll Free: 1-800-236-4673


The Beacon                           Homeless Day Resource Center

John Adams
Phone: (608) 826-8109


Developmental Disabilities

702 S. High Point Road, 

Ste. 209
Madison, WI 53719
Phone: (608) 826-8030
Fax: (608) 826-8026


Laura Kirchner, MS
Director, Developmental Disability Programs

Kris Dambach 
Program Director
Supportive Living Program
702 S. High Point Road, 

Ste. 209
Madison, WI 53719
Phone: (608) 826-8030
Fax: (608) 826-8026

Becky Klapper 
Program Manager
Community Living Program
230 Central Avenue
Montello, WI 53949
Phone: (608) 297-8931
Fax: (608) 297-7601

Joel Schenk
Program Director
Community Connections
2200 Court Street
Janesville, WI 53548
P: (608) 758-8180
F: (608) 758-8654

Andrea Nelson
Youth Residential Services Director
Youth Living Alternatives
702 S. High Point Road, Ste. 209
Madison, WI 53719
P: (608) 826-8030
F: (608) 826-8026
Fax: (608) 826-8026

Bishop Morlino


“I am especially grateful to Jackson Fonder, President and CEO, the members of the Board of Directors, and the staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities for their time, care and commitment in reaching out to those in need with skill and loving service - so that mercilessness may be overcome by mercy. "Let us go forward then in our shared mission so that good might overcome evil or be drawn out of evil according to God's Plan, His Providence which alone makes all things new. May the blessings of an always deeper faith, health and safety be with you and yours.” ~ The Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop, Diocese of Madison
Jackson Fonder

"In the Gospel of John, we hear the story of Christ washing the feet of his disciples. It is a simple story that has been told and retold, and yet it is profoundly moving. The Son of God performs the job of a servant – and then commands them to do likewise, 'As I have done for you, you should also do.' 

"This story is a constant reminder to me of what the Church commissioned Catholic Charities of Madison to do. We serve all our brothers and sisters – especially the poor, the hungry, the homeless, and the vulnerable. We value each person because we respect their human dignity. Catholic Charities sees the face of God in those in need. 

"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