Hetti Brown, Executive Director

The story of poverty connects people across geographic boundaries and life experiences. I heard this story growing up in economically depressed rural Missouri, as a young adult volunteering at free medical clinics, and while working in impoverished urban neighborhoods on the East Coast. The story was about hard-working people who had a strong desire to provide for their families and give back to their communities. People who felt that they just needed a chance to improve their lives. A chance to secure a better job, learn new skills, and offer their children opportunities they did not have growing up. The story was optimistic. That chance would be there for them if they continued to work hard. However, for many it never comes. Read More

Kim Cable, Housing & Community Services Director

“Creating Opportunities, Changing Lives” is a statement that speaks loudly to me. More than ever, we find ourselves facing immense challenges and new possibilities.


As a kid, growing up on a small farm in rural Wisconsin, I knew that we were poor, but I also knew that the possibilities were endless for me. I was afforded opportunities for growth and development, which could lead me in any direction I wanted to go. My family promised me I could go to college, get a good job, and achieve “the American Dream”. Read More





Tom Mayne, Energy Services Manager


I came to Couleecap with over twenty years of experience with a company that manufactured panelized homes in the Madison area. When the Madison housing industry was hit by the economic downturn in 2008. The company I worked for went from building 500 homes a year to filing for bankruptcy in a matter of two years. When I lost my job there were no jobs anywhere in the construction industry. Read More


Shelly Teadt, Director of Planning


I believe in the work of Couleecap because we truly make a difference in the lives of so many people in our area every year. Our work has such a positive impact on our clients, other people in our area, and on our communities overall. We help to make our communities better by providing opportunities for local people to build on their strengths, learn new skills, and enhance their overall health and well-being.


Through the work that Couleecap does, it’s important that we are meeting local needs. To ensure we are doing this we contact local families to find out first hand from them what their needs are. The needs identified by them are the driving force for us as we plan and implement new services that become part of our overall Strategic Plan. Read More








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