Meet the Team
Board of Directors | Leadership Team
Founding Board Member | Board President
Having spent a significant portion of her youth in the child welfare system, Laura Kuehl was resolute in breaking the cycle. Though she seemed determined to continue the cycle, she ultimately earned a degree in Criminal Justice Client Services and embarked on a career in victim and survivor advocacy. Over time, Laura's passion and firsthand experience led her to become a foster provider, connecting with children in a unique way. It was during this time that the vision for HeadsUp was born, inspired by two remarkable teenagers. Laura firmly believes that nobody is destined to become a statistic and is thrilled to serve as a founding board member of HeadsUp.
Founding Board Member | Vice President
Jenn Harper is a dedicated member of the nonprofit community with a focus on development, marketing, and communications. Her experience at CASA fueled her passion for supporting youth aging out of Foster Care, as she understands the lack of support they face. Inspired by her own personal childhood trauma, Jenn now serves as the Development Director at Jake's Network of Hope and is excited to serve as a founding board member of HeadsUp Fox Cities. Her goal is to create a program that empowers these youth, enabling them to navigate available resources and break the cycle of childhood trauma.
Board Member | Treasurer
Susan has over thirty years’ experience in the accounting world, working as a staff accountant for Wipfli in Green Bay and as a Senior Territory Manager in the Internal Audit Department for US Bank prior to establishing her small business consulting business. She was a trustee for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Wisconsin and served on the Finance Committee for the United Way Fox Cities. She is excited to help this organization grow and provide needed resources to Transitional Age Youth in the area.
Founding Board Member
Originally from Milwaukee, Rovell has experienced the lack of representation and opportunities in marginalized communities. Drawing from his personal hardships and resilience, Rovell uses his unique skill set to positively impact youth as a Community Advocate at People Of Progression (P.O.P.). He also brings attention to existing inequities and works towards closing the gaps in our community. By leveraging his own experiences and understanding of under-resourced communities, Rovell empowers clients to overcome overlooked obstacles. He has helped build and facilitate youth programs focused on emotional intelligence, substance abuse prevention, and leadership development through various outlets like the arts, photography, and martial arts. As a founding board member of HeadsUp, Rovell is honored to give a voice to youth and young adults affected by the foster care system.
Founding Board Member
Nikki Gerhard spent seven years collaborating and supporting numerous nonprofits throughout the Fox Cities through her role in municipal government. During her tenure, she became acutely aware of youth program needs in our community but felt unable to dive deep into addressing them. Now, as the Executive Director of LEAVEN, she has the flexibility to directly implement extremely necessary programs, approaches, and perspectives. Nikki feels honored to further serve our community and help others in need as a founding board member of HeadsUp Fox Cities, and is excited to be part of this up-and-coming organization that will continue collaborating and partnering with others to serve our youth.
Jennie brings her fun sense of humor to HeadsUp Fox Cities along with years of working with youth who have experienced trauma. She values connection and looks forward to ‘showing up’, being present, and allowing young people to be their most authentic selves. Jennie strives to support and empower Transitional Age Youth to reach goals they set for themselves. She’s mindful of the importance of intersectionality and anti-racism. She is committed to listening and uplifting the voices of those with Lived Experience in the child welfare system. Jennie has two adult children of her own and enjoys gardening, lots of coffee, and small talk with squirrels.