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UW Oshkosh Caregiver Project Staff Biographies

Carolynn Brown-Schoening, MS, is a training facilitator with the project. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a BS in Early Childhood Education and from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a MS in Counseling. Carolynn served as an educator for the Neenah Joint School District for 30 years and an Ad Hoc Instructor in the Counselor Education Program, College of Education and Human Services at UW Oshkosh for 14 years. Her current volunteer activities include mediator for Conflict Resolution Center of Winnebago County and member of the Appleton Police Department VCR (Victim Crisis Response) team.

Donna Cochems is the projectís lead curriculum writer and learning facilitator. She was employed by the Department of Health and Family Services Bureau of Quality Assurance where she last served as chief of the Caregiver Regulation and Investigation Section, responsible for investigations of caregiver misconduct, ongoing administration of the Wisconsin Caregiver Law and oversight of nurse aide training and testing as well as the Nurse Aide and Caregiver Misconduct Registries. Donna also worked at the state level with economic support programs such as W-2, Medicaid, and Food Stamps. Since 2004, she has worked part-time with UW Oshkosh CCDET on projects including Senior Care and the Caregiver Background Check pilot program. Donna was also employed by Dane County Human Services as an economic support specialist and fraud investigator.

Gay Pustaver, MA, is a training facilitator with the project and has been a trainer for UW Oshkosh CCDET since 1996, covering a wide variety of topics for W-2 workers, child support workers and caregivers. She has a BS and MA in Sociology from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. She is also a certified Custody Mediator and has served Door County, WI in that capacity for 20 years. In addition, Ms. Pustaver is Executive Director of a non-profit budget and credit counseling agency and is a certified consumer credit counselor, housing counselor and student loan debt counselor. She has facilitated Caregiver and Dementia-related trainings since 1999.


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University of Wisconsin Oshkosh CCDET

Wisconsin Department of Health Services



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