NEW Partnership Staff
Stephanie Reilly, MSW - Director

Stephanie began her role with the NEW Partnership for Children and Families on January 24, 2001, as Training Manager and became Director in April, 2004. Before joining the NEW Partnership, she worked in and supervised child welfare practice in several county agencies in the NEW Partnership training region. Stephanie received her BSW from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and her MSW from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

Patty Baker-
Training Manager

Patty joined NEW Partnership in March of 2010, after spending 17 years with the Manitowoc County Human Services Department. While there, Patty worked extensively with children and families, including 7 years as Foster Care Coordinator in which she was responsible for recruiting, licensing, training and retaining foster families. Patty obtained her BSW from UW-Green Bay.

Jennifer Heil-
Trainer/Development Specialist

Jennifer is a Trainer/Development Specialist for NEW Partnership for Children and Families. Her primary training focus includes all of the Foundation level and some Special Skills & Topics trainings for caseworkers, in addition to curriculum development, trainer support, and other projects. She has been practicing in the field of child welfare since receiving her BSW with a Child Welfare Emphasis in 1994, primarily focusing on ongoing services to families and working with foster parents. Prior to coming to NEW Partnership, Jennifer served as a Foster Care Coordinator for Outagamie and Calumet Counties for 11 years, and worked with the Receiving Home, Respite Care, and Kinship Care Programs. She has enjoyed training parents, staff, and foster parents since 1997. Jennifer obtained her MSW from UW-Green Bay in 2009.

Liz M. Hessler, CMP - Program Assistant III


Liz began with NEW Partnership in February of 1999 after 10 years as a Financial Clerk with Green Bay Correctional Institution. She is also an "Insight" Alcohol Risk Reduction Program facilitator for University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. In her spare time, Liz is the bookkeeper for the family business, AutoPro and Truck, in Green Bay. Originally from Guam, Liz teaches Ancient and Modern Polynesian dancing and also loves hiding out at her cabin in Michigan with her husband. Her daughter Danica is a Social Worker for the Green Bay school system and son Jerrid works for the family business.

Karen Opolka-
Financial Specialist

Karen became the Financial Specialist for NEW Partnership in 1997. Before joining NEW Partnership, Karen was an office manager for contracting companies throughout the country.

Kristy Pahl -
Trainer/Development Specialist

Kristy Pahl joined the NEW Partnership as a trainer in 2012. Kristy obtained her BSW, with a child welfare emphasis, from UW-Green Bay in 2003. Kristy worked for more than eight years with the Manitowoc County HSD. There she provided ongoing child protective services to children and families. Kristy brings a strong training background with her to this position, having provided the PACE and Foundation training to foster parents in Manitowoc County and for the NEW Partnership training region.

Tammy Snortum -
Training Manager
Tammy Snortum joined the NEW Partnership for Children and Families in 2004 as the Training Manager, where she manages and coordinates training for supervisors and staff. Tammy has focused on developing training and supporting agency planning in the area of Secondary Traumatic Stress since 2007. She was a member of a national team with the University of Texas at Austin to develop an organizationally-based program to build resiliency in staff and volunteers working with child abuse victims.

Tammy obtained her MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her BSW from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Tammy has extensive experience in the field of behavioral health and human services that includes psychiatric social work, outreach, clinical supervision, private practice, and she was the Deputy Director with Brown County Human Services prior to joining NEW Partnership.

Additional experience includes teaching in the Professional Social Work Program at UW-Green Bay, training , research in secondary trauma, research in ethics and boundaries including “Advanced Ethical Practice: A Study of Child Welfare Professionals in twenty-six Northeast Wisconsin counties”, and consultation in the area of supervision and administration.

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Last Updated: September 2, 2015