Rachel Bauer-President and Founder of PAAC
Rachel is a passionate advocate for ending family violence and has served children and families in the local domestic violence community. She is an active volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the nationally recognized CASA program for abused children and a supporter of Wisconsin Father’s for Children and Families.
Rachel has three teenage children of her own and is a former foster parent. She has previously worked as a line therapist for children suffering from autism spectrum disorders. Her education and training in child development, psychology, social work and public policy provides a diverse foundation for her work with children and families.
She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychological Study of the Social Issues. She regularly attends national child abuse and domestic violence training’s in order to stay informed on research, policy and practice.
As the founder and president of PAAC, she is a visionary leader who describes herself as a relationship architect. Rachel understands her tenacious mission to change the social fabric of how we relate to others through the concepts of unity, growth and respect cannot be accomplished alone. She humbly welcomes and shares knowledge and understanding of the work that must be done in order to achieve this purpose. She believes collaboration is imperative to our collective success and no solid and sustainable movement is possible without it.
Roxann Pazdara-Resource Development Coordinator
Roxann is an active proponent of social justice with a diverse background which includes almost 10 years of work in the non-profit sector. Her experience as an Executive Director brings to PAAC a combination of management, marketing, and program development expertise. Roxann also served for two years in the AmeriCorps VISTA program as a Service Learning Coordinator working with various primary schools in building bridges for students to secondary education. This experience has afforded her with a unique perspective on the challenges facing children and families living in poverty. She has a diverse background in funding and serves as financial resources consultant.
Roxann has four children of her own, including three teenagers. She is a trained advocate for sexual assault victims and a survivor of domestic violence. Roxann believes that the doors of access and opportunity should be opened to everyone which means reaching out to those most in need. A dedicated educator, she was awarded the 2010 Achievement in Education award by the Marinette/Memoninee Chamber of Commerce.
Our volunteers make PAAC possible, and without them we wouldn’t be able to carry out our mission. Our acknowledgment of each of them is simply not enough to express our sincere gratitude. We would like everyone to know who the very special people are helping to carry out the mission of PAAC.
Rodney Knoke is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay with a major in fine arts. He has been involved in the graphic arts industry for the last 14 years, working for offset printers, marketing agencies, magazines and freelancing. Currently he is working for a large offset printer in the Madison area doing technical work, and helping to maintain his portfolio through volunteer work such as PAAC. Rodney has lived and worked in several large cities in the U.S. and is happy to be back in his home state of Wisconsin.
Jennifer Krumwiede graduated from Minot State University with a Business Marketing degree. After graduation she used her foundation of marketing to work for an advertising company in developing commercials for Universities, HealthCare, Credit Unions and local businesses. Currently, she works in banking as a loan coordinator. She volunteers for Junior Achievement – which teaches children in our schools about business and their important role with family and their community. Some of the projects she is currently working on for PAAC are using her love of art to create cartoon like images for the youth website and later to help communicate PAAC to the youth and young adults in our community. Being a mom, Jennifer is very excited to be a part of such an extraordinary program allowing children to understand what a healthy relationship is and building strong self-esteem.
Caitlin McGahan graduated from the University of Iowa, majoring in Communication Studies, with a minor in Business. She has a strong desire to work with women in the community and facilitate educational programs to protect and prevent domestic violence and abuse. Currently she is helping PAAC build an informational website and coordinating various marketing projects. Caitlin is looking forward to her role on various projects with PAAC. She believes that it is important to foster positive growth in the world and is excited about the impact she will have on others and the community.
Claire McGahan is currently a senior at University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire. She will be graduating with a degree in Marketing – Professional Sales Emphasis and chemistry minor. She was born and raised in Madison, WI. Claire is involved in the marketing aspect of the organization. She has made calls to local schools as well as other projects such as newsletters, flyers and the PAAC website.
Jon Aaronson is a Licensed Professional Counselor and psychotherapist at Divorce Conflict & Partner Abuse, LLC, in Madison. He received bachelor and master’s degrees in Political Science from Harpur College of the State University of New York at Binghamton and from Michigan State University. In 1986, he earned a Doctorate in Counseling and Guidance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Dr. Aaronson served as a Dane County Family Court Counselor for more than two decades. Since 2002, in his private practice, Divorce Conflict & Partner Abuse Solutions, he has continued to work with high conflict, separated and divorced parents to resolve custody and physical placement disputes on the basis of their children’s best interests. In 2005, his professional interest turned toward applying scientific understandings of intimate partner (domestic) violence to child custody disputes and Family Court processes.
Jon has presented on these and related subjects to conferences of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, the International Association of Collaborative Professionals, the National Family Violence Legislative Resource Center, the State Bar of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Association of Mediators, and the Wisconsin Psychological Association. He has published similarly in the Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, the Journal of Child Custody, and Partner Abuse.
To PAAC’s Board of Directors, Jon brings the experience and perspectives as an applied social scientist and practicing mental health professional. He believes contributing to PAAC is an opportunity to develop a knowledge base of research on existing social-emotional education programs, which can serve to inform and guide PAAC’s own innovative, front line work with children and youth.
Brad Basten brings to PAAC his specific experience as a Business Process Consultant for WMEP, a non-profit group of consultants providing expert assistance to Wisconsin’s small to medium sized manufacturing companies. Brad earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Brad has diverse experience directing workshops and training sessions in his field to identify needed business improvements. He specializes in identification and process improvement to promote the growth and financial success of the organization.
As a dedicated project leader Brad is an authority in creative problem solving and customer focused quality improvements, he is a skilled trainer, mentor, and organizer. Related to these initiatives, he has enjoyed exploring the interactions of people relating to the display of information and analysis, training methods, critical thinking processes, ergonomics and human factors in design. For much of his career he has focused on data analysis from customers and internal operations to improve products according to customer’s needs.
As a Board of Directors member Brad leads the vital strategic planning process and assists as organization architect through our critical period of growth. Brad is the project leader for various initiatives and focuses resources efficiently to create the most value possible in accordance to our mission.