The Carthage Business and Professional Coalition hosted a panel discussion titled “Caring for the Community: Creating a Culture of Mental Health.”

This event was held on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, in the Jockey Club Rooms in the Todd Wehr Center at Carthage College.


To learn more about this event, please contact Katharine Keenan at or 262-551-6464.

About the Speakers

Experts from corporate, public health, and campus settings will dive deep into the current mental health crisis. As an issue that crosses many different modes of being and belonging, mental health affects the wellbeing of our employees, our students, and the community at large. The panelists will explore how to cultivate mental wellness across their different settings, to support a broader culture of mental health for all.

Kelly Smith, Assistant Dean of Student Health and Wellness and Director of the Health and Counseling Center, will moderate the discussion. “Mental wellness is integral to overall health,” says Smith, “It affects our relationships, performance, and physical health. I’m excited to explore all the ways to support whole person health with my fellow panelists.”

The panelists will include John Huggett, Vice President of Central Operations for the Boldt Company, who launched the Gatekeeper Peer-to-Peer assistance and suicide prevention program at Boldt worksites; Kari Foss, Behavioral Health Manager for Kenosha County, who is responsible for the mobile outreach units with data-driven wrap-around care that were deployed in Kenosha throughout the pandemic; and Linda Wohlgemuth, Senior Vice President and COO of Froedtert South, which hopes to open a new inpatient and outpatient behavioral health facility in the Froedtert South Hospital in downtown Kenosha.

Kelly Smith, Assistant Dean of Student Success and Wellness, will moderate the discussion.

Licensed counselors at the Carthage Health and Counseling Center recently relocated to the Todd W...

About the Business and Professional Coalition

The Business and Professional Coalition is guided in its mission by a steering committee comprised of leaders from Snap-on Tools, Kane Communications, KABA, Kenosha County Executive, PID Architects, Pitts Brothers, LLC, Riley Construction Company, Inc., HARIBO of America, Froedtert South, Inc., Tenuta’s Delicatessen & Liquors, RCEDC, and Johnson Financial Group.

Sponsors of the event support the Carthage Fund and the Ralph Tenuta Experiential Learning Fund, which supports Carthage students as they participate in internships and hands-on learning to prepare for future careers.

The luncheon is made possible by the Sam and Gene Johnson Distinguished Visitors Program.

The BPC is generously sponsored by Riley Construction, Partners in Design Architects, RTM Enginee...