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National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
4047 Chapel Dr., New Franken, WI 54229
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Listen, learn, experience.
This day was envisioned for creating a deeper awareness of the challenges as well as positive ways forward in protecting the vulnerable in our care and promoting healing for those who have been harmed. Anyone providing ministry to children, youth, and individuals-at-risk,including Volunteers, Employees and Clergy involved in Care Ministry, Faith Formation, Youth Ministry, and Education, are encouraged to attend. The Summit is free to attend, pre-registration is required, and lunch will beprovided. Capacity is limited to the first 300 attendees, so sign up now!

Topics Include:
Human Sex Trafficking (5 Stones), Individuals at Risk (Agingand Disability Resource Center), an Art-Therapy Experience, and More.

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Agenda | Registration | Speaker List

Office of Safe Environment
(920) 272-8198
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  • Registration (coffee & light refreshments)  | 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
  • Welcome, Prayer and Intro  | 8:30 – 8:35 a.m. 
  • The Patron Saint of Safe Environment – St. Maria Goretti | 8:35 – 8:40 a.m.
  • Forgiveness: Secret of Peace - Video & Discussion  | 8:40 – 10 a.m.
  • Break | 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.
  • “Innocence Sold” | 10:15 – 11:45 a.m.
  • Lunch & Shrine Grounds | 11:45 – 1 p.m.
  • Trauma Informed Care session | 1 – 2  p.m.
  • Isolation & Loneliness  | 2 – 2:45 p.m.
  • Break | 2:45 – 3 p.m.
  • A Family’s Horror, Journey & Hope – witness talk |  3:00 – 4:15 p.m.
    Art Therapy & Debrief
  • Wrap Up, Thank You, Closing Prayer & Blessing | 4:15





Bonnie Coonen, 5 Stones
Bonnie retired from her work as the Director of the Sexual assault Center in Appleton and as Coordinator of the Sexual assault Center in Door County and later Oconto Co. In these positions she served over 5,000 sexual assault victims of all ages, provided prevention programing to various schools and trained professionals who worked with victims. In 2015 she started volunteering with 5 Stones, an agency with a mission to prevent “human sex trafficking” where she serves on the Board of Directors and assists with presenting training to professionals and other community groups.

Courtney Coopman, Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Green Bay
Courtney Coopman recently hired as the Victim Assistance Coordinator for the Diocese of Green Bay. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Prior to the Diocese Courtney worked at the Sexual Assault Center where she served Brown and Oconto County. At the Sexual Assault Center she served as an advocate to victims of sexual assault and their families. She also provided Oconto County students with sexual abuse prevention lessons in 4K-12 grades. Courtney has developed and facilitated numerous groups for women and girls who have experienced abuse in their life. Each group focused on an individual’s path to healing.

Tara DeGrave, Child and Family Services Manager at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay
Tara supervises the parenting support and adoption programs for the agency. She has Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Business Administration and has been working at Catholic Charities for thirteen years. She has experience working with children and families in a variety of settings such as; domestic and international adoption, child protection services, domestic violence, residential treatment, and sexual assault. In her role at Catholic Charities, she leads a trauma informed care committee that is dedicated to implemented trauma informed care practices within the services of Catholic Charities both for the clients that are served as well as for staff.

Celia Gardner, Clinic Manager of Counseling and Treatment Services at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay
Celia supervises the mental health counseling and domestic violence programs of Catholic Charities. She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling and has been a licensed professional counselor for 14 years. She has been with Catholic Charities for 10 years, five years as the manager of the program. Celia has experience working with people who have endured trauma either personally or vicariously through family members or their community. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, which is an evidence based treatment for this population. She also sits on the trauma informed care committee that is focused on implementing trauma informed practices across the agency.

Sr. Carol Haanen, 5 Stones
Sister Carol Haanen, ANG, is a former teacher, liturgist and pastoral associate. Her background in education and counseling with a spark from Sisters Against Human Trafficking led her to join 5 Stones in 2013. Its mission is awareness, education, prevention, collaboration and networking to stop Human Sex Trafficking in our communities. She served on its Board of Directors and the Wisconsin State Anti-trafficking Task Force in Madison. The 5 stones film, “Innocence Sold” and presentations for students and adults throughout the area give deeper insight into the subtle slavery in our communities. 

Heather Hansen, Program Specialist at Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay
Heather received her Bachelor’s in Social Work from UW-Green Bay in 2001 and has been a licensed social worker since 2004. Heather has worked in the adoption field for over 8 years and currently is the program specialist for the Wisconsin Adoption & Permanency Support Program with Catholic Charities.

Laurie Ropson, Quality Assurance Outreach Coordinator at the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Brown County
Laurie has had the privilege of working at the ADRC for the past 23 years.  During that time, she coordinated the nutrition and volunteer programs.  The ADRC vision is for all people to be valued, celebrated and connected to a life of possibilities.  ADRCs mission is to empower and enrich the lives of older adults, adults with disabilities and their caregivers.

Jerry Sprenger, Journey of Hope
Jerry and his family have lived the impact of clergy sex abuse and he is passionate about preventing further abuse and helping those who have been harmed on their journey towards healing. He is married to his wife Barbara for over 52 years and together they have five adult children.  Jerry served youth as a high school teacher for 18 years and he coached baseball and basketball.  He retired in 2014 from a successful career in the insurance field. Jerry is very involved serving his Church community  as a member of the charismatic renewal, lector, Eucharistic minister, school board member, FOCCUS presenter, RCIA coordinator, a Catholic Catechism leader, Christian formation team member, and evangelization leader. He and Barbara are members of Journey of Hope.

Chelsey Steffens, Legal Advocate and Crisis Counselor for Sexual Assault Center of Family Services
Chelsey holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology & Human Development from University of Wisconsin Green Bay. She has been working with victims of sexual violence through the Sexual Assault Center since the spring of 2014. She has experience and training in a variety of areas including work with at-risk youth, sex trafficked victims, and facilitating support groups for primary or secondary victims of sexual violence. Chelsey has also had an 8 year academic focus on art courses prior to her concentration of the human services field. She has been able to utilizing art as a therapeutic outlet with survivors in developing, facilitating, and training other facilitators in a trauma-informed Healing Through Art Support Group.