Staff Directory

Executive Staff:

Ann Gaasch, Executive Director

With more than 20 years of experience working with families and children, Ann Gaasch has provided leadership on community and national family service initiatives.  Her extensive experience includes program leadership at The Bridge for Youth, St. Paul/Ramsey County Children’s Initiative, and the Tubman Family Alliance.  After four years as the Program Director for FamilyWise, Ann was named Executive Director in October 2013. She has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, and a master’s degree in counseling and psychology from St. Mary’s University.

Email Ann Gaasch or call 612.877.7827

Bernell E. Buchanan, Associate Director

Bernell has a bachelor’s degree in accounting.   She has a varied background in organizational management and finance in nonprofit organizations, the public accounting sector as a former certified public accountant (CPA), and also with private corporations. Bernell has been involved with FamilyWise since 2003, first as a consultant, then as director of finance & development, interim executive director, and now as the agency’s associate director.

Email Bernell E. Buchanan or call 612.877.7828

Mary Black, Program Director

Mary has extensive experience in nonprofit management. She served as the Manager of Child, Youth and Family Support Services at Tubman, where she developed an innovative school relationship violence prevention program. She also served as the Education and Employment Program Manager at the Jeremiah Program. Mary also brings human resources and sales experience as a Sales Account Manager with Pepsi Bottling Group. Mary has a B.A. in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Email Mary Black or call 612.877.7831

Who to Call:

Anna VonRueden, Family Services Manager

Anna is a Credentialed Coach in High Fidelity Wraparound and began working with at-risk youth in 2004. Anna attended UW-Eau Claire for criminal justice and worked in various treatment settings throughout Wisconsin before settling into Wraparound Milwaukee in 2008. She served as a member of the Wisconsin State Juvenile Justice Association for 4 years and as a supervisor for Wraparound Milwaukee from 2009 – 2013.

Find out more about FamilyWise’s Youth Services, including Wraparound and Bright Beginnings Teen Parenting and Parenting Education & Support, including In-Home Parent Education and Parent Support Outreach Program.

Email Anna VonRueden or call 612.877.7835

Bea Pfeiffer, Manager of Children’s Services

Bea Pfeiffer is credentialed by the National Child Development Association and has been working in child development since 1997, including being a center manager and lead teacher. Bea also has experience working at teen homeless shelters. She has been with FamilyWise since 1999.

Find out more about child care at FamilyWise.

Email Bea Pfeiffer or call 612.877.7821

Char Johnson, Parent Support Services Manager

Char comes to FamilyWise from EMERGE, where she worked as a Program Manager and Lead Family Advocate. Throughout her experience in the human service field she has worked with youth, adults and family units – developing a broad range of skills including budgeting for multiple programs, human resources management, crisis intervention and resource counseling.

Email Char Johnson or call 612.877.7830

Glorina Fruetel, Supervised Visitation Manager

Email Glorina Fruetel or call 612.877.7846

For Other Requests:

Supervised Parenting Call Line, including Cancellations and Late Arrivals

Email Supervised Parenting Call Line or call 612.877.7838

Donations, including In-Kind

Email Donations or call 612.877.7844

Foundations & Grants, including Grants

Email Foundations & Grants or call 612.877.7827

Volunteers, including Internships and Teen Mentors

Email Volunteers or call 612.877.7826

Corporate Partnerships, including Recognition

Email Corporate Partnerships or call 612.877.7844

Media Inquiries, including Guest Speakers

Email Media Inquiries or call 612.877.7827

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