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The Carthage Business and Professional Coalition (BPC) proudly presents “Caring for the Community: Creating a Culture of Mental Health” Wednesday, Feb. 15, in the Todd Wehr Center Jockey Rooms. Doors open for food and networking at 11:30 a.m., with the program to begin at noon. This event is free, but registration is required.

Registration is closed.

This luncheon event will bring together experts from corporate, public health, and campus settings to 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 different settings to support a broader culture of mental health for all.

Kelly Smith, assistant dean for student success and wellness, will moderate the discussion. “Mental wellness is integral to overall health,” says Ms. 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.”


  • John Huggett — vice president of central operations for the Boldt Company, who launched the peer-to-peer assistance and suicide prevention Gatekeeper 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
  • 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

BPC convenes business, civic, and professional leaders from throughout the southeast Wisconsin region around relevant topics that promote learning, conversation, and relationship-building in order to build a stronger and more vibrant community. Through BPC’s programming, Carthage invites substantive conversations among both academic and public audiences that further the region’s growth and prosperity.

BPC 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.

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Sponsoring Department, Office, or Organization:

Office of Advancement

For more information, contact:

Katharine Keenan:, 262-551-6464