The Team

Project Leadership

Amber CantoAmber Canto, MPH, RDN
Project Director

Amber Canto is the Director of the Extension Institute for Health and Well-Being. She provides administrative and programmatic leadership for community-based health promotion programs across multiple issue areas such as healthy eating, active living and behavioral health throughout an individual’s life.

 

Dr. Randall BrownRandal Brown, MD, PhD
Project Co-Director

Dr. Randall Brown is an Associate Professor at UW-Madison Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and a physician for addiction medicine at UW Health.  Dr. Brown’s primary interests revolve around the treatment and prevention of substance use disorders and their complications in settings outside of the specialist treatment environment (such as primary care, hospitals, pharmacies, and criminal justice settings).

 

Jen Park-MrochJennifer Park-Mroch, PhD
Project Co-Director

Jennifer Park-Mroch, PhD  is a Health and Well-Being State Specialist in the Division of Extension and has led Wisconsin Extension’s Opioid Task Force, Extension’s Youth Mental Health Team, and Extension’s Stress and Coping Team. Dr. Park-Mroch has overseen the development and implementation of several Extension community-based education programs.

 

Beth Smetana

Beth Smetana, MSSW
Behavioral Health Program Coordinator

Beth is the Behavioral Health Program Manager within the Health and Well-Being Institute in Extension. The Behavioral Health Program works to promote and support the development of social/emotional well-being of youth and adults through evidence-based health promotion programs. As program manager, Beth provides statewide leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of Extension educational programs provided by Extension educators throughout the state.

 

Liz DorseyElizabeth Dorsey, MPH
Project Manager

Elizabeth Dorsey, MPH is a Population Health Fellow working at the UW-Extension Health and Well-being Institute.  During her time at Extension, Elizabeth has managed projects related to health equity, evaluation, youth engagement and policy, systems and environmental change work. She is a member of the Youth Mental Health Team and Extension’s Stress and Coping Team.

 

Maureen Fitzgerald
Communication Specialist

Maureen Fitzgerald is a senior editor for the Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies. Maureen manages communications for the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC), the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC), the Great Lakes Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC), and NIATx.

 

Megan Ringo

Megan Ringo
Research Program Manager

Megan Ringo is a Research Program Manager for the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH). She has research and teaching experience in psychology, leadership, education, and aging. She primarily works with the research portion of DFMCH, working on grant writing, but also works on some outreach efforts, such as the WiROSE project.

Advisory Board

  • Larissa Duncan, PhD – UW-Madison School of Human Ecology
  • Todd Molfenter, PhD  – UW-Madison College of Engineering/CHES
  • Shannon Sparks, PhD – UW- Madison Division of Extension
  • Raina Haralampopoulos – WI Department of Health Services
  • Meagan Pichler – Marshfield Clinic/Northwoods Coalition
  • Sarah Chilenski, PhD – Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University
  • Andy Garbacz, PhD – UW-Madison Educational Psychology