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Mental Health America in Sheboygan County (MHA) is a nonprofit mental health resource center serving Sheboygan County since 1963.  Our mission is to promote good mental health through education and advocacy. Good mental health is fundamental to our overall well-being!

For general office information please visit our CONTACT US page.


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. 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 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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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.
Dana Bear (Board President)

Dana Bear (Board President) Acuity Insurance - Product Analyst

Dr. Thomas Campbell (Past President)

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

Rev. Kristal Klemme (President Elect)

Rev. Kristal Klemme (President Elect) First Congregational United Church of Christ, Plymouth - Pastor

Nicole Moriarity (Board Treasurer)

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

Kevin Bruggink

Kevin Bruggink Oostburg School District - Superintendent

Dawn Jastrow

Dawn Jastrow KOHLER - Sr. Product Manager

Emily Wodach

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

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

Aaron Clayborn

Aaron Clayborn Outreach Specialist - Wisconsin Voices for Recovery

Dawn Grohskopf

Dawn Grohskopf UnitedOne Credit Union - Director of Branch Operations CUDE

Julie Preder (Non-Voting)

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

Interested in becoming a board member?


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 2019 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 2019, please contact Julie L. Preder, Executive Director at or by calling (920) 458-3951 ext. 1003