Geraldine Veneman on Behavioral Health from November 17th, 2022

      Geraldine Veneman has extensive experience in the Behavioral Health field with a variety of Behavioral Health Disorders. She now has an office on the Island and does house calls as well.

      Isolation, Grief, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD and Life Transitions are areas that Geraldine is well versed in and has been able to successfully help people cope with. She works with a diverse population including the Elderly, Children, Teens, Adults, Families, and Couples. Geraldine will address Seasonal Affective Disorder (Feeling blue in the winter), Grief and Life Transitions as we age, including isolation and loss of abilities, independence and role reversal.

     Geraldine is originally from the Netherlands and fell in love with the island because of its cultural similarities and beautiful nature. She enjoys long walks on the beach, reading, swimming, and good conversation. She is on the Island every other week and can work with Medicaid, Medicare and other insurance. For mental health counselling appointments, you can contact Geraldine at 1-608-219-2949 and/or

Geraldine's Written Notes
Kate Hopkins on Hearing and Cognition from February 16th, 2023

      A Graduate of the University of Illinois with a Master's degree from Northern Illinois University, Kate is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and a proud member of HLAA. With 27 years of experience in providing hearing care for seniors residing in life care communities, Hopkins has become adept at assessing individualized needs. from communication coaching to cerumen management, balance assessment, amplification, tinnitus management and hearing protection, Hopkins will assist you on your 'listening' journey.

     As a proponent of fair, reliable and effective ear care for people, she has been published in The Journal of the American Academy of Audiology for her work in life-care retirement communities. Licensed in both Wisconsin & Illinois, Kate currently provides audiology services on Washington Island while maintaining two accounts in Illinois and has plans to begin work 1-2 days per week in Sister Bay in the Spring.

Kate's PowerPoint
Calvin Richtig on Options for Independent Living from March 16th, 2023

      Options for Independent Living is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization committed. to empowering people with disabilities to lead independent and productive lives in their community through advocacy, providing information, education, technology, and related services.

      In addition to providing five (5) core services (Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, Information and Referral, Peer Support, and Transitions), Options developed additional services to meet the needs of people with disabilities and older adults to empower them to become independent in their communities.

Milly Gonzales and Sophie Sielen on Abuse & Assault from May 18th, 2023