U First

NAMI Fond du Lac U First Event

U First

Building Resilience in the Helping Professional

Event Info

You dedicate your life to serving others, what do you do to best serve yourself?  Join us on October 30th to learn ways to rise above and serve yourself first. 4 CEU credits available.

Event Date & Location

Date: Wednesday, October 30th
Time: 8:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Marian University Stayer Center, S National Ave, Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Cost: $35 Early Registration / $40 After October 23 & Day Of

Event Timeline

7:45 – 8:15 AM Registration
8:15 – 8:45 AM Welcome/Alyssa Muchka
8:45 – 10:45 AM Chris Prochut
10:45 – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 – 11:30 AM Kim Galske
11:30 – 12:30 AM Leslie/Amy
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Alyssa Muchka

Alyssa is a Wisconsin native, raised between Milwaukee and Cedarburg. She is an older sister to six and an auntie to one. She works full time in healthcare and volunteers in youth ministry. In her free time, she enjoys eating tacos, adventuring with friends, spending time outside, and listening to music.


  • Mental illness is never for attention, but it needs attention.
  • Success and accomplishment are not synonymous to mental wellness.

Dr. Amy Hennings

Dr. Amy Hennings is an Associate Professor in Psychology and has worked at Marian University since 2007. She is currently the chair of the Psychology Program and is a member of the Social, Behavioral, and Forensic Sciences Department at Marian. She earned her Master’s degree in Counseling from Saint Mary’s University Minnesota and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology from Walden University Minnesota. Her research focus is on retention and success of high-risk first-generation college students. She is additionally interested in researching trauma-informed and resilience-building practices to serve survivors of trauma. She previously worked in the field of psychology and human services for more than 20 years. Her human services experience included working with children, adolescents, women, and families, who struggled with surviving trauma, mental health issues, chemical dependency, and domestic violence. She is currently still working in a clinical supervisory role with a local foster care agency.


  • Focus on building resilience skills for mental health professionals and family members who serve high-risk and trauma populations in order to reduce the risk of vicarious traumatization and burnout.

Kim Galske

Kimberly Galske is currently the Director of Salute the Troops out of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin that helps veterans and their families with financial assistance and supportive programming.  She spent 5 years on active duty in the United States Marine from 96-01 and is currently serving in the Wisconsin National Guard as a Religious Affairs Specialist. Prior to that she spent 8 years managing an investment company and left it to pursue her dream of doing more direct impact work in her community.  She is also passionate about encouraging others to step into their greatness. If you have a dream on your heart go after it. Kimberly won Mrs. Wisconsin in March of 2019, and her platform is her veteran community. Her vision is to help each state implement better transition programs for servicemen and women coming out of any branch of service.


  • Having a better understanding of the transition from military life to civilian life
  • Better identifying suicidal behaviors
  • How to better assist non-profits that deal with mental trauma

Dr. Leslie Jaber-Wilson

Dr. Leslie Jaber-Wilson is a Professor in the Social, Behavioral and Forensic Science Department’s Social Work Program. Her research and professional presentations focus on foster care, mental health, and social work education. Prior to Marian, Dr. Jaber-Wilson worked as a social worker and social work administrator in the areas of foster care, child welfare, and community mental health in Washington, Colorado, and Wisconsin. She continues to work in the field as the Executive Director of a private foster care agency and serves on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Council on Social Work Education. Dr. Jaber-Wilson earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington and her Doctorate in Social Work from Aurora University. She is the director of the social work program, teaches throughout the curriculum and serves as an academic advisor.


  • Focus on building resilience skills for mental health professionals and family members who serve high-risk and trauma populations in order to reduce the risk of vicarious traumatization and burnout.

Chris Prochut

Over the past eight years, Chris Prochut (pro-hut) has had the honor to present to over 10,000 law enforcement officers across the United States and Canada on the topics of suicide and depression warning signs, medication myths, department policy revision, and told of his personal experience with the stigma of mental health issues.  Chris has presented at many NAMI organized Crisis Intervention Team Trainings (CIT) where he addresses the subject of “Taking care of our own” and has been featured at various specialized law enforcement conferences advising departments on program development to assist officers at risk for suicide. Feedback from these trainings shows just how well received Chris’s message is, how the topics of suicide and mental illness are rarely discussed within law enforcement, and how education and training are causing a paradigm shift within police departments.

Chris is a member of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Death Response (LEDR) Team, a former trainer in QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer) suicide prevention program, a FBI National Academy (FBINA) Enrichment Speaker, a FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) Officer Safety and Wellness Committee Member, and an active volunteer with BringChange2Mind; an organization founded by actress Glenn Close to end the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Chris was recognized with the 2017 HOPES Award for his achievements in advancing suicide prevention in law enforcement by Mental Health America – Wisconsin.


  • Suicide and depression warning signs
  • Department Policy Revisions
  • Special Resources for Officers in Crisis
  • Mental Health Stigma