Thank you Kate Baer for 6 years of Exceptional Leadership and Service

MHA Board of Directors Announce Resignation of Kate Baer and Search for New Executive Director


It is with a mix of sadness and deep gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Kate Baer's departure as Executive Director of Mental Health America in Sheboygan County, effective November 16, 2018. Since 2012, Kate has played a critical role in the development and success of the organization, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new journey which will include focusing on her family and family businesses. During her dedicated service, significant accomplishments for the organization transpired with the support of Kate's leadership, including the following:


  • Implementation of the Mindful Classroom Initiative, bringing mindfulness to both students and educators

  • Expansion of service to employers through the Workplace Wellness Menu

  • Diversified funding which more than tripled the organization's budget, allowing for growth in partnerships, staff, and overall programming impact

  • Acquisition of the Open Door program, highlighting the importance of Peer Specialists in our community

  • Collaboration with Healthy Sheboygan County 2020, a comprehensive cross-agency coalition, including Kate's work in chairing multiple committees, such as the Stigma Committee and Mental Health and AODA Resource Fair

  • Partnering with WISE (Wisconsin Initiative for Stigma Elimination) utilizing research evidence-based programming to reduce stigma

  • Nonprofit Chamber of the Year Award, 2018

  • Establishment of an endowment fund

  • Selection as the Sheboygan Service Club Partner Charity, 2018

  • Involvement with United Way's PATH (Providing Access to Healing), a school-based mental health program, through the agency's role in fiscal management support and employment of the PATH Coordinator


As we begin conducting a search to find the new Executive Director of Mental Health America in Sheboygan County, it is our priority to continue to fulfill grant deliverables while maintaining a stable and effective organization. Please visit our website or find the job description here.  Again, we cannot thank Kate enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given MHA. She will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, and community partners alike. We look forward to following the success of her career and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of MHA as we continue to fulfill our mission to promote mental health through education, empowerment and support, creating hopeful and resilient communities. If you have any questions or concerns during this transition process, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at



Wendy Yurk, President, Board of Directors Mental Health America in Sheboygan County


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