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Mental Health America in Sheboygan County (MHA) is a nonprofit mental health resource center serving Sheboygan County since 1963.

As an affiliate of the national organization MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA, and partnering with neighbor affiliate MHA OF WISCONSIN, MHA Sheboygan is able to provide the most up to date knowledge and resources from across the country while connecting community members with the best local support.


Our mission

Our Mission

To promote overall mental health through education, support, public health reform, and advocacy.

Our mission

Our Vision

Mental wellness is the foundation of our healthy, resilient community. Together, with mental health champions, peers, and workplaces, all individuals thrive in a compassionate, trauma-informed environment.

Our Values



We believe hope is the foundation of, and the bridge to, recovery.



We empower one another to embrace strengths and learn new skills when faced with adversity. Self-care and core principles of mindfulness create life balance for ourselves and those we serve.



Providing information, assistance, and knowledge on mental wellness fosters increased access to care, reduced stigma around mental health, and promotes healthy living. Commitment to continued education for MHA team members ensures quality programming.



Using a trauma-informed care lens, empathy, kindness and acceptance drive our interactions with others and ourselves.



By celebrating inclusiveness and diversity through partnerships, collaborations, and collective impact, we build strong, thriving communities.

Staff Members

Julie L. Preder, CHES

Executive Director

Julie joined Mental Health America in Sheboygan as Executive Director in 2018. She defines her 25-year career as a gift to serve others. She is an advocate for highlighting social determinants of health relating to barriers to access to care. She is dedicated to implementing stigma reduction and social inclusion strategies and strives every...

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Trisha Erpelding, M.S.W.

Director of Education & Advocacy

Trisha has had a passion for working with children and youth for as long as she can remember. She graduated with a degree in social work from UW-Whitewater (Go Warhawks!) in 2008, and decided to continue her education by pursuing a Master's degree, which she earned in 2016. As the Education Program Coordinator at MHA, Trisha is able to pursue...

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Brianna Heusterberg

Director of Strategic Planning | United Way PATH Coordinator

Brianna is a graduate of Silver Lake College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. Since joining MHA’s team in June 2017, she has gotten involved with a number of community and statewide coalitions including, but not limited to, Healthy Sheboygan County (HSC2020) SBIRT Committee and Wisconsin’s Coalition for Expanding School-Based...

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Rachael Haas

Director of Wellness & Marketing

Rachael Haas has been a fitness and wellness professional since 2003. After gaining her Bachelor’s Degree from Elmhurst College majoring in biology and minoring in psychology, Rachael continued a path gaining education and experience working with all types and ages of clients and students. Working in Chicago, Milwaukee, Door County,...

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Alycia Klein

Mental Health Resource Specialist

Alycia comes to us after working at Kohler as a Material Coordinator and most recently Lakeshore Technical College LTC as their Student Resources Assistant. Her Associate's Degree in Accounting from LTC, technical skills and organizational expertise, on top of her caring personality, are very appreciated and welcomed by the team! In addition,...

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2021 Board of Directors

Volunteer board members from diverse backgrounds provide oversight for the organization. These dedicated individuals meet once a month and are elected to a three-year term of office.
Dr. Thomas Campbell (Board President)

Dr. Thomas Campbell (Board President) UW Green Bay Sheboygan Campus - Theatre Director

Dana Bear (President Elect)

Dana Bear (President Elect) Acuity Insurance - Product Analyst

Kevin Bruggink (Past President)

Kevin Bruggink (Past President) Oostburg School District - Superintendent

Adam Norlander (Treasurer)

Adam Norlander (Treasurer) Acuity Insurance - Acuity Controller

Wendy Yurk, MS, LPC

Wendy Yurk, MS, LPC Yurk Counseling Services LLC - Owner & Therapist

Laura Albright

Laura Albright Self-Employed In Home Care Provider, Community Volunteer

Rev. Kristal Klemme

Rev. Kristal Klemme First Congregational United Church of Christ, Plymouth - Pastor

Dawn Jastrow

Dawn Jastrow KOHLER - Sr. Product Manager

Emily Wodach

Emily Wodach RCS Empowers, Inc. - Personal Caregiver, Day Services

Mary Martin

Mary Martin HSHS St. Nicholas Hospital - Chief Nursing Officer

Nicole Moriarity

Nicole Moriarity Masters Gallery Foods, Inc. - Manufacturing Accounting Manager

Kurt V. Cornielsen

Kurt V. Cornielsen KVC Capital Management - President

Laura Reinemann

Laura Reinemann Advocate Aurora Health Care - Behavioral Health Patient Care Manager

Rebecca J. Rupnick

Rebecca J. Rupnick City of Sheboygan Police Department - Detective

Carol Sherman Haid

Carol Sherman Haid Insights Therapy - Owner & Therapist

Julie Preder (Non-Voting)

Julie Preder (Non-Voting) MHA in Sheboygan County - Executive Director

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Mental Health America in Sheboygan County is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that relies on contributions from multiple sources that include individual gifts, corporate gifts, foundation support, special events, program revenue, government grants, miscellaneous grants, United Funds, and investment dollars from our local United Way of Sheboygan County.

Check out our latest annual report 2018 to learn about program outcomes, community impact, collaborations, partnerships, funding sources, volunteer support, and team! If you would like a copy of our most recent audited financials 2018, please contact Julie L. Preder, Executive Director at or by calling (920) 458-3951 ext. 1003