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Who We Are

The Recovery Foundation, Inc., founded in 2009, is a non-profit organization that supports individuals through their substance abuse & mental health recovery by providing them with Treatment Scholarships, to help aid in the cost.  The Scholarship Recipients become dedicated to their recovery, and want to improve the quality of their lives, embracing the present and future.

The Recovery Foundation is additionally focused on raising community awareness on the viability and sustainability of long term recovery from substance use disorders. Using a passionate, volunteer board and through the generosity of many individual and corporate sponsors, Recovery Foundation has made an impact on many lives in and around Dane County.

The Recovery Foundation, along with the generosity of many donors and sponsors, is providing the opportunity to people who desperately want to recover from the disease of addiction and learn to manage  their mental health disorders so they can thrive.

Our Mission

Provide financial support to individuals seeking or engaged in outpatient treatment for long-term recovery from substance abuse and mental health disorders. Supported individuals will reside in or around Dane County, Wisconsin.

Educate community and improve awareness to remove the stigma related to substance abuse and mental health disorders that can stand as a barrier at every stage of recovery.

Support peer mentorship in the Dane County recovery community and treatment programs. Peer mentorship keeps individuals involved in active recovery longer, thus improving the individual’s rate of success while simultaneously assisting and engaging other individuals in early recovery.

Board of Directors

Shawn Grover


Shawn began his journey in recovery in 2004 and joined the Board of the Recovery Foundation in 2016. He has volunteered as a Mentor at Connections Counseling since 2007.

Greg Westrich

Board Treasurer

Greg’s objective is to provide support for those seeking “normalcy” in their unique life journeys. Greg Westrich is a Commercial Banker with Johnson Financial Group.

Shelly Dutch

Founding Director

Shelly Dutch has dedicated her life’s work to those with Substance Use Disorders for 40 years. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her dedication to the alcohol and drug issues in our society. She is certified at both the state and national levels, and emphasizes mentoring and service as the key to recovery.

Chuck Callender


Chuck brings a business perspective to the Recovery Foundation board aligned with the foundation mission to support and enhance recovery opportunities for individuals in need.

Jeff Frye


Jeff joined the Recovery Foundation Board of Directors to support efforts to provide treatment opportunities for those unable to financially obtain services.

Mary Schneider


Mary Schneider is a Professor Emerita in the Department of Kinesiology (Occupational Therapy Program) and Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focused on the effects of prenatal alcohol and/or prenatal stress exposure on neurobehavioral development and brain function.

Janis Waddell

Vice President

Janis is dedicated to creating awareness about the prevalence of addiction and mental illness and reducing the stigma in hopes of ensuring access to expert care for all who seek recovery. Waddell’s areas of expertise include behavioral healthcare marketing, insurance managed care contracting, adolescent and adult substance abuse treatment, and current trends. 

Erika Bierma


Erika Bierma is an attorney with the law firm of Stafford Rosenbaum LLP. Her practice includes both criminal and civil litigation, and she has significant experience representing both adults and juveniles.

Jeanne Bissell


Jeanne is dedicated to being of service in the recovery community here. She is inspired every day by the transformation of human lives and families through freedom from addiction. Her goal is to be of service with the Recovery Foundation to help as many people as possible achieve long-term recovery and live happy and healthy lives.

April Ripp

Foundation Administrator

As the only paid employee of the Recovery Foundation, April provides the administrative and planning support for the board. Event planning, fundraising, and marketing the board’s mission is driven by her passion for the outcomes she has witnessed in her time with the foundation. 

Recovery Foundation

5005 University Avenue, Suite 100
Madison Wisconsin 53705