Board and Staff


Lisa Schneider

Executive Director

Networking, budget, and fiscal management, contracts, strategic planning, representation of RCAW on councils and committees.

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Rachel Watkins-Petersen

Project Manager

Marketing and communications, statewide presentations, webinars, and grant programs.

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Val Madsen

Training & Development Specialist

Developing curriculums, specialized training development, statewide in-person training.

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Margie Arpin

Business Office Manager

Accounting and fiscal grant management.  

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Leslie Thede

Program Support Specialist

First point of contact, information and referrals, registry maintenance, and data collection

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Board of directors

RCAW has a 13-person Board of Directors consisting of caregivers, legislators, care recipients, and professionals.


Tricia Lazare

Vice President

Victoria Gunderson


Marguerite Rupnow

Christine Sinicki

Karl Schoendorf

Statistics from July 01, 2020 – March 2022

Number of respite care providers listed on the registry
Number of respite hours funded through our CRGP
amount of $$ allocated via grant programs
Number of learners who’ve completed Respite Care Provider Training