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Jill Herz, MS, RD
Jill, FoodWIse Coordinator, joined the UW-Extension FoodWIse (Nutrition Education Program) in the fall of 2010. She has worked with a variety of audiences, including elementary-aged youth at Whittier elementary school and summer Parks and Rec programs, teens in School Age Parents At Risk (SAPAR) and Multicultural afterschool programs, adults at the Waukesha County WIC clinic and Women’s Center, and older adults at senior dining sites. She obtained her Dietetic degree from UW-Madison in 2009, graduated from the Mount Mary University Dietetic Internship in 2010, and completed her Master’s in Dietetics from Mount Mary University in 2014.

Phone: (262) 548-7877
E-mail: jill.herz@ces.uwex.edu

Debbie O’Brien, DTR
Debbie has been with the UW-Extension FoodWIse (Nutrition Education Program) since 1998 and has worked with a variety of audiences. She teaches Pre K - 5th grade in classrooms at Hadfield Elementary School and teens at Project Change Alternative School, 180º Juvenile Diversion Program, and others. Debbie works with parents in group settings such as Head Start; as well as individual home visits. She teaches at the Huber Facility and Day Reporting. Debbie works with disabled adults at the Mental Health Center and at ACAP (Adaptive Community Approach Program). She also partners with the horticultural department providing a nutrition connection at several community gardens. Debbie’s degree as a Dietetic Technician is from Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Phone: (262) 896-6856
E-mail: debbie.obrien@ces.uwex.edu

Jenni Lewkowski
Jenni started working with the UW-Extension FoodWIse (Nutrition Education Program) in 2000, teaching how to stretch your food dollar to adults at Workforce Development Center. Currently Jenni teaches 3 – 5 year olds at Head Start, youth at Heyer, Blair and Hawthorne Elementary Schools, teens at Juvenile Detention Center, and adults at the WIC clinic. Jenni has a Dietetic Technician Associate Degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Phone: (262) 970-4713
E-mail: jen.lewkowski@ces.uwex.edu


Paula Schmitt
Paula has been with the UW-Extension FoodWIse (Nutrition Education Program) since 2002. She teaches elementary age youth at Banting, Blair, Hawthorne, Hadfield and Heyer Schools, and teens in School Age Parents at Risk (SAPAR) program. During the summer, Paula teaches nutrition to youth in park and recreation programs. In addition to youth, she teaches adults at the WIC Clinic, Food Pantries, and the Huber Correctional Facility in a summer Nutrition and Gardening class. Paula received her Dietetic Technician training at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Phone: (262) 896-8296
E-mail: paula.schmitt@ces.uwex.edu

KMaas200.jpgKaty Maas, BS, DTR, is the Waukesha County FoodWIse Teaching Coordinator and has been with the UW-Extension FoodWIse Program since 2007. Katy works to support the training and on-going competency development of nutrition educators on the Waukesha County FoodWIse team. She also assists the Program Administrator with creating plans of work that address nutrition educational needs in the community. In addition, Katy spends 50% of her time educating both youth and adults. She teaches youth at Whittier, Hawthorne and Lowell Elementary Schools as well as Lakewood School in Dousman. Her involvement with older adults includes providing lessons at the Oconomowoc Senior meal site. Katy also facilitates a 9-lesson Eating Smart Being Active nutrition series with various parent groups throughout the county. Katy obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Wellness Management from UW Stevens Point, and an Associate degree in Dietetics from Madison Area Technical College. Katy is a Registered Dietetic Technician and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

                                                 Phone: (262) 548-7785
                                                 Email: katy.maas@ces.uwex.edu

Marcy Pichler, DTR
Marcy has been with the UW- Extension FoodWIse (Nutrition Education Program) since 2013. She works with youth at Banting, Hawthorne, Heyer and Blair Elementary schools, park and recreation programs and the Salvation Army summer youth program. In addition, she teaches adults at the WIC clinic, St. Joseph’s Medical Clinic, the Women's Center and WCTC's ESL program. She teaches parents of young children at La Casa and Headstart. Marcy also teaches at a number of meal sites such as Salvation Army and senior adults at the Hartland, New Berlin and La Casa meal site locations. Marcy is a Dietetic Technician, Registered. She received her degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College. She has also earned an Associates of Science degree in Business.

Phone: (262) 548-7314
E-mail: marcy.pichler@ces.uwex.edu 

Tahnee Aguirre
Tahnee Aguirre joined the UW-Extension FoodWIse (Nutrition Education Program) in 2016. Tahnee teaches youth at Hawthorne, Heyer, Blair, and Whittier elementary Schools. She also teaches nutrition education to adults at La Casa, WIC, Headstart and Parent’s Place. Tahnee received her Dietetic Technician Associate degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College. In 2012, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies/International Affairs from Alverno College.

Phone: (262) 548-7882
E-mail: tahnee.aguirre@ces.uwex.edu

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