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.

Heidi Pankoke*
Senior Director of Business Strategy (Retired)
Board Chair

James Christensen*
Principal Consultant
StatOrg Services, LLC
Board Vice-Chair & Past Chair

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

Mary Wright*
President and CEO
Wisconsin Housing Preservation Corp.

Howard Gesbeck*
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Partner (Retired)

Tom Bach
Lakeview Veterinary Clinic

Mickey Beil
Dane County Lobbyist (Retired)

Lisa Fishler
Financial Advisor
Wealth Enhancement Group

Marcia Hansen
Marcia Hansen Photographic Company

Deepa Pal
DVR Supervisor
Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Kristi Papcke-Benson, R.N., MSN, CNE
Registered Nurse
Faculty Emeritus at Madison College of Nursing

Dawn Pliner
Accountant (Retired)

Bob Stindt
Associate Director, Mental Health Services
University Health Services

Miriam Walker
Senior Biomedical Data Engineer
Exact Sciences

*Executive Committee Member






Tanya Lettman-Shue

President & CEO




Nisha Banerjee
Chief Human Resources Officer






David Bertrand

Chief Operating 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

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Melissa Lipska
Director of Development & Donor Relations





Stacy McNall
Director of Nursing





Mary-Jo Olsen

Director of Community Services





Tyson Rittenmeyer
Director of Clinic-Based Programs



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Empower people by providing connections, support, and services that meet diverse needs and strengthen the communities we serve.

Journey is the leader for specialized behavioral health services committed to ensuring people’s mental health is prioritized and barriers to care are overcome.

  • Belonging
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Hope
  • Compassion
  • Equity