Briarpatch Youth Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization serving Dane County.  The agency’s mission is:

Strengthening the Lives of Youth and Families

The organization was formed in 2003 by the merger of Briarpatch, Inc. (established 1971) and Community Adolescent Programs, Inc. (established 1978).  Project HUGS (established 1995) joined the agency in 2009.  The agency offers a broad array of services to runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth.  Briarpatch works closely with local governments and other non-profit organizations to provide unique programs that fill service gaps.  Each year, Briarpatch serves approximately 2,000 unduplicated youth. 

 

Briarpatch Youth Services Staff

 
JayKieferJay Kiefer.
Interim Executive Director & Program Director

 

 

 

 

ShannonAlgremShannon Algrem.
Director of Finance

 

 

 

 

JoeBednarowski Joseph Bednarowski.
Grants & IT Director

 

 

  

 
IanCarterIan Carter.

Chief Development & Communications Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jen  RippJen Ripp.
Associate Program Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs

 

Mark

Mark B
Youth Counselor, Shelter, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

 

 

 

Brock

Brock Cooper.
Youth Counselor, Shelter, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

 

  

 
NyetpicKinthy M.

Youth Counselor, Shelter, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

 

  

 
NyetpicCedric Jackson.

Youth Counselor, Shelter, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

 

  

 

  

 

Emily Fossbender Emily Fassbender.

Youth Counselor, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

 

 

 

 

 

Alex

Alex Lazenby-Johnson.

Youth Shelter Manager, Shelter, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

 

 

 

Dylan

Dylan Kramer.

Connections Advocate Counselor, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

 

 

 

 
NyetpicKesha M.

Youth Counselor, Shelter, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

 

  

 

 
NyetpicMaria Perez-Torres.

Program Coordinator, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

 

  

 

OllieOllie.
Connections Advocate Counselor; Teens Like Us co-facilitator, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

 

  

 

 
NyetpicEm.

Teens Like Us co-facilitator, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

 



 

 

Willie

Willie Watkins.
Program Coordinator, Street Outreach Program

 

 

 

 

 
NyetpicConnie Walton.

Outreach & Housing Specialist, Street Outreach Program

 

 

 

  

Parent Support Program

 

Michelle

Michelle McKoy.
Program Coordinator, Parent Support Program

 

  

 

 

 

Youth Employment Programs

Gary Davis Gary Davis.
Youth Employment Program Coordinator, Youth Job Center

  

 

 

 

Lex Ricci Lex Ricci.
Youth Employment Counselor, Youth Job Center

 

 

 

Court Involved Youth Programs

Dean Bossenbroek Dean Bossenbroek.
Program Coordinator, Youth Restitution Program

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine BensonJasmine Benson.

Senior Youth Counselor, Youth Restitution Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dominique SmithDominique Smith.

 Youth Counselor, Youth Restitution Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber NuonAmber Nuon.

Administrative Assistant/YRP Program Specialist, Youth Restitution Program

 

 

 

 
Claudia Parkes Claudia Parkes.

Agency Racial Equity & Social Justice Coordinator; Program Coordinator, Restorative Justice Program

 

 

 

 
NyetpicMacayla Church.

Youth Counselor, Restorative Justice Program

 

 
NyetpicSantos Ortez Cardenas.

Youth Counselor, Restorative Justice Program

 

 

Mariah Ortega-FlowersMariah Ortega-Flowers.
Youth Counselor, Intensive Supervision Program & Youth Restitution Program

 

 

 

Kim Simmons Kim Simmons.
Youth Counselor, Intensive Supervision Program & Youth Restitution Program

  

 

 

Jonathan TefelJonathan Tefel.
Youth Counselor, Intensive Supervision Program & Youth Restitution Program

 

 

 

Whitney

Whitney Thompson.
Youth Counselor, Intensive Supervision Program & Youth Restitution Program

 

 

 

 

Jamie WheelockJamie Wheelock.

Youth Counselor, Intensive Supervision Program & Youth Restitution Program