Safe Communities

About us

Safe Communities of Madison and Dane County is an award-winning nonprofit coalition of over 350 organizations working together to save lives, prevent injury and make our community safer.

Safe Communities funding comes from federal, local and foundation grants, project sponsorship, sustaining memberships and individual donors. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors, comprised of public and private sector partners.

Our programs are coordinated by a small staff including an executive director, program managers, project coordinators and contractors who assist where funding allows. Projects are conducted thanks to efforts of partners who serve on task forces and program teams.

We are accredited under guidelines established by the World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Community Safety Promotion, National Safety Council’s Safe Communities America Network and Pan Pacific Network of Safe Communities. Our coalition has been recognized as a model by National Safety Council, has been awarded three National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) demonstration projects, and is currently in partnership with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and SAMHSA to develop new ways to address our nation’s drug overdose epidemic.


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


Safe Communities will be both the leader and the primary catalyst in making Madison-Dane County the safest American community and serve as a national model of safety excellence.

Safe Communities Current Areas of Focus


Safe Communities Staff & Program Managers

Cheryl Wittke
Executive Director

Ashley Hillman

Falls Prevention Manager

Jean Papalia 

Suicide Prevention Specialist
QPR Trainer

Charlestine “Charlie” Daniel, MA 

African American Opioid Coalition Founder
Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Kristina Vaccaro

Recovery Coach Program Coordinator

Tanya Kraege

Recovery Coach Project Manager

Dexter Lane

Recovery Coach Training Coordinator

Tracey Russell
Office Manager

Tom DuVal
Suicide Prevention and Traffic Safety Coordinator

Romilia Schlueter
Suicide Prevention Trainer (spanish)

Board of Directors

Corinda Rainey-Moore, Ph.D, President 
Community Engagement Manager
UnityPoint Health -Meriter

Jim Christensen, Treasurer 
StatOrg Services, LLC

Michael Aguilar
Innocorp, Ltd.

Kristine Ashe

Chief Mike Steffes
Sun Prairie Police Department

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

Joann Solberg
Public Affairs Specialist 
AAA Wisconsin

Nyra Jordan
Social Impact Investment Director
American Family Insurance

Chief Aaron Chapin
Village of McFarland Police

Aurielle Smith
Public Health Madison-Dane County

Stacey Wendt-Kaisler
SSM Health