Founded on Nov. 16, 1948 as the Dane County Child Guidance Center with six employees, Journey has grown into a sizeable community mental health clinic with over 500 staff members. We are dedicated to innovation and cutting edge programs.

In 2021, over 11,000 individuals received treatment services through Journey’s 29 programs. Journey provides a continuum of services to individuals across the lifespan.

James Christensen*
Principal Consultant
StatOrg Services LLC

Mary Wright*
President and CEO
Wisconsin Housing Preservation Corp.
Immediate Past Chair

Sam Keller*
Owner & President

Heidi Pankoke*
Retired, Senior Director of Business Strategy
TMG/Molina Healthcare

Howard Gesbeck*
Retired Accountant

Lisa Fishler
Financial Advisor
Wealth Enhancement Group

Marcia Hansen
Consumer Representative

Wendy Johnson
Licensed Private Practice School Psychologist
Child and Adolescent Psychological Services, LLC

Deepa Pal
Department of Vocational Rehabilitation

Kristi Papcke-Benson, R.N., MSN, CNE
Retired Nurse Educator

*Executive Committee Member






Tanya Lettman-Shue

President & CEO




Nisha Banerjee
Chief Human Resources Officer






David Bertrand

Chief Operating Officer

Colleen Clark Buss
Chief Human Resources Officer






Armando Hernández
Chief Diversity Officer

Karen Milner, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer






Kathy Nelson
Chief Financial Officer





Nichole Wright

Chief Clinical Officer


Hannah Flanagan
Director of Emergency Services Programs






Marc Gabrysiak
Director of Information Services





Stacy McNall
Director of Nursing





Mary-Jo Olsen

Director of Community Services





Tyson Rittenmeyer
Director of Clinic-Based Programs


Improving people’s lives by pioneering and sustaining effective mental health and substance use disorder services.

The vision of Journey Mental Health Center is to become a center of excellence for the provision of behavioral health services.

People: Hiring and retaining great employees.

Productivity: Being a model of quality and cost effective service for other behavioral health organizations.

Partners: Achieving and maintaining the highest levels of consumer satisfaction.

              • Integrity
              • Diversity
              • Respect
              • Excellence
              • Accountability
              • Hope

Have you noticed Journey’s billboard campaign?

Journey Mental Health Center and Adams Outdoor Collaborate are partnering together to fight the stigma of mental illness and addiction in a unique billboard campaign“This is my Journey’featuring five people, all whom live with serious mental illness or addictioni ncluding severe anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and alcoholism. The creative centers on the individuals as proud people: An attorney, a mom, a pastry chef, a videographer, and an honors graduate.


    • Research shows that individuals who openly talk about their illness have better recovery outcomes.
    • The outdoor campaign is being supplemented with dozens more people participating in Journey social media (Facebook/Twitter) and in the organization’s 2017 annual report.
    • Adams Outdoor Advertising is donating the creative, production and space rental for the billboards through their nonprofit program, TheAdams Collaborate Program. The donation includes two large bulletin-size and five poster-size billboards valued at $250,000.
    • The campaign is being led by chair Pooja Mehta, a Duke University graduate and Journey volunteer who lives with serious anxiety. “I’m proud of how far I’ve come, and how far I’ll be going,” she says.
    • 18.1 percent of Americans live with serious mental illness, including depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Mental Health Awareness Month has been celebrated in the U.S. annually since 1949.