About

Briarpatch Youth Services, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization serving Dane County. The agency’s mission is:

Strengthening the Lives of Youth and Families

The organization was formed in 2003 by the merger of Briarpatch, Inc. (established 1971) and Community Adolescent Programs, Inc. (established 1978). Project HUGS (established 1995) joined the agency in 2009. The agency offers a broad array of services to runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth. Briarpatch works closely with local governments and other non-profit organizations to provide unique programs that fill service gaps. Each year, Briarpatch serves approximately 2,000 unduplicated youth.

Board of Directors

MIKE NELL, President
Local Business Representative

PENNY SIMMONS, Secretary
Education Representative

JOSH HOESCH, Treasurer
Local Business Representative

JEAN PAPALIA
Community Representative

ERIC APPIAH
Community Representative

BEN GONRING
Youth Justice Representative

JERRY JOHNSON
Law Enforcement Representative

ALONDRA PONCE
Youth Representative

JILL PFEIFFER
Voting Member

Briarpatch Youth Services Staff

Jill Pfeiffer
Jill Pfeiffer
Executive Director

Jay Kiefer
Jay Kiefer
Program Director


Shannon Algrem
Director of Finance

Joseph B
Joseph B.
Grants & IT Director

Ian Carter
Ian Carter
Development & Communications Director

Jen Ripp
Jen Ripp
Associate Program Director

Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs

Brock Cooper
Brock Cooper
Youth Counselor, Shelter, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program


Kinthy M.
Youth Counselor, Shelter, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program


Cedric Jackson
Youth Counselor, Shelter, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

Emily Fassbender
Emily Fassbender
Youth Counselor, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

Alex Lazenby-Johnson
Alex Lazenby-Johnson
Youth Shelter Manager, Shelter, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

Dylan Kramer
Dylan Kramer
Connections Advocate Counselor, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program


Kesha M.
Youth Counselor, Shelter, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

Justin Kearney
Justin Kearney
Program & Volunteer Coordinator, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program


Ollie
Connections Advocate Counselor; Teens Like Us co-facilitator, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program


Em
Teens Like Us co-facilitator, Runaway & Homeless Youth Program

Willie Watkins
Willie Watkins
Program Coordinator, Street Outreach Program

Connie Walton
Connie Walton
Outreach & Housing Specialist, Street Outreach Program

Parent Support Program

Michelle McKoy
Michelle McKoy
Program Coordinator, Parent Support Program

Youth Employment Programs

Gary Davis
Gary Davis.
Youth Employment Program Coordinator, Youth Job Center

Lex Ricci
Lex Ricci.
Youth Employment Counselor, Youth Job Center

Court Involved Youth Programs

Dean Bossenbroek
Dean Bossenbroek.
Program Coordinator, Youth Restitution Program

Jasmine Benson
Jasmine Benson.
Senior Youth Counselor, Youth Restitution Program

Dominique Smith
Dominique Smith.
Youth Counselor, Youth Restitution Program


Administrative Specialist, Youth Restitution Program

Amber Nuon
Amber Nuon.
Work Team Supervisor/Youth Counselor, Youth Restitution Program

Claudia Parkes
Claudia Parkes.
Agency Racial Equity & Social Justice Coordinator; Program Coordinator, Restorative Justice Program

Mariah Ortega-Flowers
Mariah Ortega-Flowers
Youth Counselor, Intensive Supervision Program & Youth Restitution Program

Kim Simmons
Kim Simmons
Youth Counselor, Intensive Supervision Program & Youth Restitution Program

Jonathan Tefel
Jonathan Tefel
Youth Counselor, Intensive Supervision Program & Youth Restitution Program

Whitney Thompson
Whitney Thompson
Youth Counselor, Intensive Supervision Program & Youth Restitution Program

Jamie Wheelock
Jamie Wheelock
Youth Counselor, Intensive Supervision Program & Youth Restitution Program

Briarpatch Youth Services