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Board Members

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Kristin Manney

Kristin Manney, Board President

Oshkosh Corp - Oshkosh, WI

Kristin is the Global Ethics & Compliance Manager at Oshkosh Corporation. When the Oshkosh Corporation community engagement vice president reached out to Kristin to see if she’d volunteer for our board in January of 2019, she enthusiastically agreed. Kristin and her daughter had experienced Samaritan’s Wellness Screen program with positive results. Kristin served as Samaritan’s board vice president prior to becoming president, participates in other volunteer opportunities offered through Oshkosh Corporation, and serves on the board of a Waupun nonprofit established in honor of her late husband. She is an avid sports fan who enjoys football, baseball, and college basketball. She also spends time reading and traveling.
Ivy Wendland

Ivy Wendland, Board Vice President

SECURA Insurance - Neenah, WI

Ivy is a senior project manager at SECURA Insurance with a wealth of professional experience in strategic planning, optimizing project management, and supporting people to do valuable and rewarding work. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in business administration. Ivy and her husband Dan have two children: a daughter at UW-Madison and a son at Appleton East High School. She and her family especially enjoy traveling and spending time together outdoors. Ivy is happy to be joining the board as she particularly values the spiritually integrated care that Samaritan offers.

Amy Otis

Amy Otis , Board Secretary

VP of Human Resources, Capital Credit Union

Amy was introduced to Samaritan via her 30-year career at Capital Credit Union. The financial institution regularly engages in fundraising and employee engagement on behalf of Samaritan, including sponsorship of the 2022 Ethics in Business Summit. “I realize every day the need for mental health support for our employees and their families, my own children and their friends, and the education I have gained around mental illness.” In fact, Amy once envisioned a career in counseling and now sees how her role in human resources is infused with this early interest in mental health. “I work with our employees every day to work through challenges and support them both professionally and emotionally.” She also has special skills and experience in investing, accounting, marketing, and strategic planning.

Amy Henselin

Amy Henselin, Board Treasurer

Grant Thornton - Appleton, WI

Amy Henselin is the audit practice leader for Grant Thornton’s Wisconsin offices and is based in Appleton. She has two decades of experience in accounting and auditing within the manufacturing, health care, and non-profit sectors and holds an accounting and finance business degree from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Amy was drawn to Samaritan because of the stressors she sees as a result of the pandemic. Amy’s sisters (who are teachers), her own children’s concerns, and her experiences in the community impacted her decision to actively support Samaritan as a board member. Amy and her husband Steve have two school-age daughters. As a family, they love to travel, follow the girls’ activities, and spend time with extended family, many of whom live nearby.

Patrick Ambroso

Patrick Ambroso

Senior Associate Brand Manager, Kimberly-Clark

Patrick joins the Samaritan board with extensive experience on both the Imagine Fox Cities-Belonging Committee and the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation. A graduate of Appleton East, he has been employed by Kimberly Clark for more than 11 years. His wife is a mental health therapist, and Patrick has come to understand first-hand the expanding needs of mental health clinicians and their clients. He and his wife are also raising two boys. “I see the importance of having good access to mental health support and what that means to building a cohesive, inclusive community. As people continue to face new and different challenges in their lives, it will be crucially important to drive awareness of the support that is out there and continue to break the negative stigma attached to getting mental health care.”  Patrick brings to the board special interest and skills in marketing, strategic planning, and bridge-building.

Mary Beduhn

Mary Beduhn

Retired business owner - Kaukauna, WI

Between 2009 and 2013, the Kaukauna area suffered eight suicides of students and teachers. During this tragic time, the community rallied around the school district. Mary’s church, community leaders, Samaritan, and others stepped up to work with the district on healing and prevention. Her business partner’s nephew was one of the young people who died, so she had been touched personally by the events. When Samaritan asked for a representative from her church to join their board in 2013, she volunteered. Both Mary’s husband and daughter have suffered from depression, so she’s seen firsthand how counseling can help, enhancing her value on the board. She has not slowed down as a retired business owner, serving as vice president and president during her Samaritan board tenure, and is currently the chair of the Fund Development Committee. She is also active with the Church Women United in Wisconsin and at her UCC church. In her free time, Mary loves to read. She and her husband spend as much time as possible at the Crivitz family cottage.
Gary Cao

Gary Cao

Akron Children's Hospital - Akron, OH

Gary has over 20 years of experience in corporate leadership roles, serving companies across industries as a top executive in data and analytics functions. Currently he is the enterprise analytics strategist at Chief Analytics Officer Advisory.  As a serial founder of internal data analytics startups at 8 organizations, Gary contributed to the maturity journey at organizations such as Akron Children’s Hospital, U.S. Venture, Inc., Cardinal Health, Equifax, Anthem, Express, Chase, and Bank of America.

In addition to serving as an advisory partner at Rev1 Ventures, a technology innovation startup studio in central Ohio, Gary is an advisory board member of Breach Siren (an info security tech startup in Columbus) and a member of strategic consulting council at Lydonia Technologies (a hyper automation solution company in Boston). He has been a member of the Advisory Council of Tulane University Business School for the master’s program in Business Analytics (MANA) since 2018.

Gary Cebulski

Gary Cebulski

Finance Manager (retired), The Building for Kids - Appleton, WI

Kimbrel Johnson

Rev. Kimbrel Johnson, MDiv

First Presbyterian Church - Neenah, WI

Pastor Kimbrel Johnson of First Presbyterian Church in Neenah joined the Samaritan Board of Directors in 2022. Pastor Kim moved to Neenah in 2019 to lead the Neenah congregation after serving a faith community in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, for 16 years. A native of Duluth, Minnesota, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degree from Viterbo University and a Master of Divinity from Louisville Theological Seminary. In 2017, Pastor Kim adopted her son (now 8) from India, and together they explore Neenah and the Fox Cities for all the good things to do and learn as a family. Pastor Kim makes it a priority to honor and uphold each person’s spirituality and strongly believes in coaching and therapy as a way to become mentally, physically, and spiritually whole. “We all need a place to belong, to be heard, and to be accountable. The people at Samaritan believe that, too. I am very happy to join the board.”

Michael Patton

Michael Patton

University Instructor and Professional IT leader - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Michael is co-founder/acting director of the UW Oshkosh Cybersecurity Center of Excellence and Chief Technologist for Green IT Solutions. He graduated from UWO with an MSIS in Information Science/Studies and an MBA in Business Administration, Management and Operations. Michael brings valuable experience to the Samaritan board, serving on the Day by Day Shelter board in Oshkosh for two years, the First Presbyterian Church Session for two 3-year terms, and technical advisor to the National Cyber Warfare Foundation for three years. “As an educator, I frequently see students who are struggling with mental health issues which not only affect their educational success, but also their personal lives as well as their career goals. I know both professionals who work for and clients of Samaritan.  I am continually impressed with the impact that Samaritan makes. I believe in Samaritan’s mission of holistic care—not just ‘mental’ health but also physical and spiritual health.” Michael’s talents in technology, his vision, and his dispassionate thinking are welcome additions to our board.

Jenny Swanson

Jenny Swanson

Principal Consultant and Owner of JDS Leadership Consulting, LLC – Sherwood, WI

Dr. Jenny Swanson is an experienced partner in the talent assessment and development space where she provides guidance around selecting, developing, and engaging top leaders. Her interests and skills bring a fresh focus to Samaritan. “I have a strong connection to Samaritan’s mission and a desire to serve. My early training as a psychologist emphasized transpersonal psychology – focusing on the mind, body, and spiritual connection. I believe that I can bring both a psychological and business mindset to Samaritan and assist the team with development, personal growth, succession planning, and making data-based decisions.” Jenny has a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Master of Arts – Clinical Psychology from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. She has served as Chair and Member, N.E.W. P.A.C. committee, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center; on the Board of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center; as a mentor for various organizations (Everwise, NIU Alumni Association, Coe College, SIOP); as a committee member for the Ethics in Business Summit for Samaritan, and as a Toastmasters member and mentor, Midtown Clayton Toastmasters Club. Away from the office, Jenny enjoys spending time with her husband and introducing their two children to new places and cultures around the globe. She is a foodie and recipe creator that relishes a good meal and believes in the saying: “let food be thy medicine.” A professional photographer for over a decade, she aspires to capture the beauty in front of her and bring keen aesthetics and quality to her consulting work.

Greg Watling

Greg Watling

Pastor, First Congregational United Church of Christ - Gaylord, MI

Greg Watling is a husband, father, and pastor in Lower Michigan with a long association with Samaritan in Wisconsin. He previously served at First Congregational UCC in New London, where Greg came to embrace Samaritan’s convenient and expert local access and introduced Wellness Screen to the local school district. He’s served as a Samaritan board member and board president in the past. After time away, he rejoins the team to welcome new community board members to share his institutional knowledge. He knows every aspect of Samaritan’s service is growing, and the employees and volunteers will benefit from systems and structures that optimize their impact on the lives of the people they serve. “For every faith, there is a promise. And with that promise, there is a certain amount of risk we take to step out in faith. We all need to bring our best to the table.”


April Hershman

Oshkosh Corporation

April is new to the Samaritan board where she looks forward to making a positive impact. She joined the board to advance community inclusion and belonging and to promote personal healing and growth through the integrated approach Samaritan provides. April has witnessed the critical role that finding the right counselor and the right approach play when she worked with a loved one who experienced depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. This person has amazed her with the healing and growth that has taken place over the years. April is an advocate and ally for the LGBTQ+ community and is a Co-Chair of Oshkosh Corporation’s Pride & Equality Network. She promotes awareness for dyslexia as part of the Board of Directors for Dyslexia Reading Connection in Appleton, WI, as well as awareness and education for thyroid well-being. As a thyroid cancer thriver, she works to help people find resources for their own journey. April loves to travel to new places and camp with her family. She enjoys nature and you can often find her digging in dirt for flower garden therapy. Her mission is to make the world better than she found it.



Miller Electric – Appleton, WI

Tricia is a Platform Controller at Miller Electric with over two decades of financial leadership experience.  She is a seasoned professional who combines technical expertise with strong interpersonal skills and a vision for strategic financial growth. Tricia holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and earned an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Tricia is committed to community engagement and philanthropy. Her active involvement in the community exemplifies her core belief in giving back and making a meaningful difference. Through this work, she recognizes that community-based mental health care is not just about the individual’s well-being but has far-reaching effects on the overall health of the community. She believes that by supporting mental health care, we create healthier, more compassionate, and stronger communities for all. In her spare time, Tricia enjoys exploring the world through travel and immersing herself in the great outdoors. Whether she’s hiking a trail or kayaking on a lake, these pursuits not only provide balance to her professional life but also nurture her sense of curiosity and appreciation for the world around her.

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