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

Data from 2018 – December 2022

Number of individuals who've successfully completed the Respite Care Provider Training course
Number of respite care providers currently listed on the Wisconsin Respite Care Registry
Total dollars we’ve provided family caregivers to receive respite care through the Caregiver Respite Grant Program
Number of respite hours provided to family caregivers who've applied for the Caregiver Respite Grant Program