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Mental Health America Lakeshore (MHA) is a nonprofit mental health agency serving our community since 1953.  

Our mission is to promote overall mental health through education, support, public health reform, and advocacy.  Our vision is to create mentally healthy communities where all individuals thrive.

For general office information, please visit our CONTACT US page.

MHA Lakeshore General Brochure 2022

As an affiliate of the national organization MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA and partnering with neighbor affiliate MHA OF WISCONSIN, MHA Lakeshore can provide the most up-to-date knowledge and resources from across the country while connecting community members with the best local support. Watch the video below of how MHA came to be 100 years ago.


Our mission

Our Mission

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

Our mission

Our Vision

Mentally healthy communities where all individuals thrive.

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 is currently the Executive Director at Mental Health America Lakeshore, and she regards her career as a gift to serve others. She advocates for addressing social determinants of health that obstruct access to care and is committed to implementing strategies that minimize stigma and promote social inclusion. Her daily efforts are...

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Dana Bear

Director of Strategy & Partnerships

Dana joined Mental Health America Lakeshore after serving on the Board of Directors for 5 years and as Board President in 2021. She earned her degree in Community Engagement and Education with a minor in psychology, focusing heavily on community-based nonprofits and advocating for change through community-organized initiatives and...

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Dawn Rousse

Mental Health Resource Specialist & Donor Management

Dawn has always felt a calling to help others since she was very young. She attended UW-Whitewater where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 2007. For many years she worked in a preschool setting molding the minds of the young and helping them grow to be successful in a fun and safe learning environment.

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Anna Grunwald

Education Specialist

Anna is serving as an Education Specialist at Mental Health America Lakeshore. She is a passionate advocate for mental health, wellness, and education. She provides training in educational programs that promote mental health & wellness in our schools and communities. Through her past experiences, Anna has partnered with...

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2023 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.

Dawn Grohskopf (she/her) (President)

Dawn Grohskopf (she/her) (President) UnitedOne Credit Union - Director of Branch Operations CUDE

Nicole Moriarity (she/her) (Board Treasurer)

Nicole Moriarity (she/her) (Board Treasurer) Masters Gallery Foods, Inc. - Manufacturing Accounting Manager

Danielle Lange (she/her) (President Elect)

Danielle Lange (she/her) (President Elect) DAVE Inc. - Head of People Operations

Rev. Kristal Klemme (she/her) (Past President)

Rev. Kristal Klemme (she/her) (Past President) First Congregational United Church of Christ, Plymouth - Pastor

Deborah Bilzing (she/her)

Deborah Bilzing (she/her) Crisis Response & Counseling Advisor

Kurt V. Cornielsen (he/him)

Kurt V. Cornielsen (he/him) KVC Capital Management - President

Elizabeth Cramer (she/her)

Elizabeth Cramer (she/her) Advocate Aurora-Psychotherapist

Asha Edgerle (she/her)

Asha Edgerle (she/her) Concordia College Student (non-voting)

Barbra Klug (she/her)

Barbra Klug (she/her) Kohler Company-Sr. Counsel

Dawn Jastrow (she/her)

Dawn Jastrow (she/her) Consultant

Grazia Perrella (she/her)

Grazia Perrella (she/her) Consumer Credit Counseling Services - Director of Operations

Beth Truett (she/her)

Beth Truett (she/her) Vollrath Company-Sr. VP of Operations

Kallyn Vandenack (she/they)

Kallyn Vandenack (she/they) Acuity Insurance-Communications Specialist

Emily Wodach (she/they)

Emily Wodach (she/they) RCS Empowers, Inc. - Personal Caregiver, Day Services

Julie Preder (she/her) (Non-Voting)

Julie Preder (she/her) (Non-Voting) MHA Lakeshore - Executive Director

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Mental Health America Lakeshore 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, and investment dollars from our local United Way of Sheboygan County.

Check out our latest annual report for 2021 to learn about our program outcomes, community impact, collaborations, partnerships, funding sources, volunteer support, and the MHA team. If you would like a copy of our most recent audited financials for 2021, please contact Julie L. Preder, Executive Director at, or by calling (920) 458-3951 ext. 1003