Safe Communities

About us

Safe Communities Madison-Dane County coordinates county-wide, collaborative campaigns with organizations and individuals that have a significant interest and investment in safety. Police and fire departments, hospitals and health care organizations, neighborhood associations, faith communities, public health, elder- and youth-serving agencies, utilities and insurance companies – are all active partners in our coalition’s projects. We are committed to effective action: we evaluate our projects to assess their impacts, and employ evidence-based approaches wherever possible.

We estimate that since our inception in 1999, our work has directly improved the personal safety of more than 35,000 Dane County residents, most of them children and older adults.

Mission

Safe Communities builds partnerships with people and organizations to save lives, prevent injuries and make our community safer.

Vision

Safe Communities will be both the leader and primary catalyst in making Madison-Dane County the safest American community.

Issues we address

1) top causes of injury through needs assesment, as determined by data

2) safety concerns cited at community listening sessions

Safe Communities Current Areas of Focus

Safe Communities Staff & Program Managers

Cheryl Wittke
Executive Director (Ex-Officio Board Member)

Alayna J. Husom
Executive Assistant – Community Health Education

Ashley Hillman
Health Program Promotion Specialist / Falls Prevention

Jean Papalia 
QPR Trainer / Suicide Prevention Specialist

Skye Tikkanen 
Drug Poisoning Prevention Program Manager

Charlie Daniel 
Falls Prevention and Drug Poisoning Program Coordinator

Mary Zimmerman
Project Coordinator-Zero Suicide Initiative

Board of Directors

Corinda Rainey-Moore, President 
Outreach & Engagement Coordinator
Wisconsin Council on Children & Families

Erin Ryan, Vice-President 
Co-Owner
Ryan Brothers Ambulance

Jim Christensen, Treasurer 
Principal
StatOrg Services, LLC

Michael Aguilar
President
Innocorp, Ltd.

Kristine Ashe
Vice President Market Manager
Park Bank

Lupita Montoto
Assistant Program Director
La Movida/Mid-West Family Broadcasting

Janel Heinrich
Director
Public Health Madison & Dane County

Chief Deputy Jeff Hook
Dane County Sheriff’s Office

Nick Jarmusz
Director, Public Affairs
AAA Wisconsin

Diana Quinn
Facility Safety Officer
St. Mary’s Hospital

Rich Steffen
Vice President, Sales – Central Region
American Family Insurance

Mary Umbeck
Senior Director of Medical Affairs
WPS