Kristen has called east Madison her home since 2011. She loves living in such a vibrant and active community and is so honored and humbled to be able to serve as the District 17 representative. Kristen owns a home in Eastmorland that she shares with her dogs and cats, all rescues. Kristen is specifically interested in improving access to community health services, ensuring water quality, reducing homelessness, and promoting collaborative government.
She has her Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health, and her Juris Doctor (JD) from the University of Iowa College of Law. While there, she racked up the Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence, the Pro Bono Society Award, worked in the Citizen Lawyer Program, was Research Assistant to the Dean of Civic Engagement and a leader in both the Equal Justice Foundation and co-president of the Environmental Law Society. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Grinnell College, where she was also a member of the varsity swim team and earned multiple Academic All-Conference awards.
She is an active community member, including serving as: Social Media and Communications Manager, Fundraising Event Coordinator, Foster Home, and Leadership Board Member for Underdog Pet Rescue; Co-Chair, Environmental Law Society, Board Member, Equal Justice Foundation; Treasurer, Heather Driscoll for County Board; Delegate to the State Party, Dane County Democrats.
She currently works for UW Organ and Tissue Donation reviewing federal and state legislation, ensuring compliance, developing policy, providing regulatory oversight- particularly as a liaison with federal regulatory agencies- and navigating the complex relationships between hospitals, medical examiners, law enforcement, the District Attorneys, and eye & tissue banks. She also serves on the UW Health Employee Advisory Council. She loves going to work each day knowing she is helping a fantastic and hard working team save lives.
In the past, she worked as a Safety and Emergency Management Officer for UW Health. She was trained by FEMA and the CDC as an advanced Public Information Officer. She served the Department of Health Services as their Crisis Communications Lead. While working in emergency preparedness she had the opportunity to work with state and local officials, ensuring safety for Madison, Dane County, and all of Wisconsin. As a Population Health Fellow with University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, she started an immunization coalition in southern Wisconsin to address lower vaccination rates in rural health populations. Prior to that, she completed her Master’s thesis at Johnson County Public Health Department in Iowa with a focus on reducing youth smoking.
New Emergency Order went into effect on Wednesday. A few highlights:
A Gathering inside where food or drink is offered or provided is limited to 25 individuals. A Gathering inside where food or drink is not offered or provided is limited to 50 individuals. Individuals must maintain six feet physical distancing and face coverings are required.
A Gathering outside where food or drink is offered or provided is limited to 100 individuals. A Gathering outside where food or drink is not offered or provided is limited to 150 individuals. Individuals must maintain six feet physical distancing. Face coverings required at gatherings of more than 50 individuals.
The requirements for types of face coverings was updated to be reflective of CDC guidance (e.g., cloth face coverings with two or more layers). Certain things are not allowed, such as, bandanas, single layer neck gaiters and ski masks.
Removal of provision to limit regulated childcare and four-year old kindergarten groups to 15. Indoor youth settings must follow gathering limits.
Regardless of any state-level changes to the mask mandate, Dane Co still has a mask mandate so that must be followed. Note that even in the new order where larger gatherings are allowed, masks and social distancing is still required.
There are a lot of new stories about the vaccine, side effects, distribution, and new variants being discovered. As a reminder, your best source for accurate and up to date information is Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Public Health Madison & Dane County. Both of these agencies have extensive updates on their websites and on their social media.
The PARC & Ride grant program is back and the County is now accepting grant applications. This grant program provides matching grants to communities or organizations interested in developing new regional bicycle playgrounds or regional bicycle/pedestrian trails. The 2021 Dane County Budget has $500,000 in matching funds available through the PARC & Ride grant program. Grant applications to the PARC & Ride program are due Tuesday, June 1st, 2021. The grant guidelines and application forms are also available online at: www.danecountyparks.com/Information/Grants.
The city of Madison and Dane County have partnered on identifying a new permanent Men’s Shelter. The new facility at 2002 Zeier Road will provide a home for shelter services that have been operating out of temporary facilities since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and, before that, operated out of cramped quarters in downtown churches for the past 35 years.