Introducing Our Staff Members
As a Recovery Community Organization, our staff and board members mostly consist of individuals with lived experience in addiction and recovery. Some of our leadership and staff members even have experience in overcoming the barriers associated with being involved with the criminal justice system. This means our entire team reflects the diversity of the individuals we serve and that we know from personal experience the types of evidence-based programs that have proven effectiveness.
The diversity of our team at Project WisHope sends a clear message about the key role that individuals in recovery should play in providing peer recovery support services and educating about recovery, while also ensuring that Wisconsin’s recovery community members are represented and heard.
Our team members participate in annual cultural competency and diversity training and seeking safety training and are beyond qualified to care for those we serve.
MEET OUR STAFF:
Mary Kuenning Gross, Relationship Manager
Mary directs the Capital Campaign for WisHope Recovery Housing, builds relationships with donors, and seeks program grants from government, foundations, corporations, congregations and individuals. Mary previously worked in Refugee & Immigration Ministries for the United Church of Christ in New York City, and Cleveland, OH.
She is a graduate of New York University, with a Masters Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management, and from Augustana College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration.
Originally from Rock Island, Illinois, Mary currently lives In Waukesha with her husband, Bob, and their two children, Sarah and Daniel.
Kari Rummel-Peters, Supervising Recovery Coach WisHope
Medical Assistant graduate 1991 to present Internal Medicine, Urgent Care, Pain Management, Addiction Treatment and Addiction/Crisis Treatment and Detox Emergency Room Recovery Coach 2018-present WisHope/Ascension Hospitals. Certified Peer Support Specialist Liaison 2019 to present Milwaukee Fire Department Milwaukee Overdose Response Initiative Team. Her sobriety date is May 3rd, 1998.
Victoria Wright, Community Resource Dispatcher
Victoria received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee in 2020. She also received her Trauma-Informed Care and Substance Abuse Certification in 2020. However, she has been working in the social services field for over 20 years.
She has experience working with inpatient mental health/substance use treatment, child welfare, criminal justice, juvenile justice, adult sex offender treatment, and community-based social service organizations. Currently, Victoria works as a Community Resource Dispatcher at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. This position entails conducting post overdose fatality investigations, assessing family member needs, and referring individuals to community-based resources.
Patrick Lonergan, Peer Recovery Coach and Trainer
Patrick Lonergan is a Peer Recovery Coach & Trainer for Project WisHope. He’s also a Certified Peer Support Specialist at WisHope in Waukesha WI. He received his certification for Narcan training in 2019.
Developing strong relationships is the foundation of everything he does both professionally and personally. He believes in non-judgment and meeting people where they are at! Patrick is a person with lived experience in addiction and recovery who has been trained to support those who struggle with mental health, psychological trauma, or substance use. His personal experiences provide peer support specialists with expertise that professional training cannot be taught. On a personal side, he’s a Numismatics, cook, photographer and paranormal enthusiast.