A native, rural, Wisconsinite, Jennifer found a deep appreciation and developed a strong passion for community service and helping others in her communities. She believes everyone, despite their barriers, should have the necessities needed to live happy, productive lives. This appreciation and passion began to grow over 20 years ago, when she started working for ICAA. Since then, Jennifer has grown with the agency in a number of capacities: a program assistant with the Home Health program, a Payroll Specialist, and Finance Supervisor, Director of Operations, and now, as the Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, along with the entire Leadership Team, Jennifer helps provide guidance to the agency and fulfill the vision of sustainability for the agency and those we serve. She also helps develop systems in order to achieve maximum efficiencies which enable ICAA to provide services and programs to increase self-sufficiency for those living in northwest Wisconsin. Today, Jennifer continues to serve ICAA and our communities and is happy helping to keep Wisconsin an amazing place to live!
Connie Graf was a Head Start parent in 1981, when her daughter was enrolled in the Head Start program. Two years later, she began a lifetime career with ICAA Head Start as a Teacher Assistant. Over the next years, she held many different roles: Teacher, Center Manager, Coordinator, and Head Start Director. Today, Connie is the Director of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership, which allows her to work closely with local childcare providers to provide Early Head Start services.
Connie has two children, a daughter in Siren, WI and a son in New Mexico. She holds a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree and lives in Siren, where she enjoys reading, gardening, traveling, painting, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Annie has been with ICAA since 2017. She brings several years of past administrative assistant experience to her role. Her education includes an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from Nicolet College in Rhinelander, WI, and she is currently pursuing an Associate Degree in Human Resources Managment from WITC. Prior to starting at ICAA, Annie volunteered for 18 months at a non-profit organization in Pennsylvania as well as working at two other non-profits. These experiences increased her desire to choose a career path which reminds her to keep an open worldview and make the world a better place. Life experience has prompted Annie to care strongly for the rural community in which she grew up, which makes ICAA an excellent fit.
In her free time, Annie enjoys cooking, reading, camping, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Anna Ringstad was born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, and after graduating from high school, set off into the world to find her way. After spending a decade searching for a place to call home, it became obvious that there was only one place she wanted to call home and that was Ladysmith. She joined ICAA in 2020 as the Business Development Manager, and in early 2021, was offered the role of Development Specialist, which she happily accepted. Ever since, she has been putting her “out of the box” perspective, creative problem solving skills, and love of rural Wisconsin to work.
When she isn’t working, Anna can usually be found reading, taking pictures, exploring in nature, or chasing her cats.
Sharyl joined the ICAA Leadership Team in February 2020. Her entire career has interfaced with human and health services. It felt natural for her to come back to ICAA when asked as the Agency’s values are a perfect match to her own. With a strong passion for organizational structure, system development and maintenance, and a love of people, Sharyl’s goal for ICAA’s Human Resources department is to help employees and their managers to be successful in their role of serving their communities.
Michelle has been with ICAA Head Start since January 1992. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education specializing in Early Childhood Education. In the past 25+ years, Michelle has been a Head Start Teacher, Education Coordinator, Assistant Director, and currently services as Head Start Director. She oversees all aspects of the Head Start program in ICAA’s six service counties. She believes the Head Start program has a significant impact in children and families and is proud to be part of a program which make profound differences in the lives of so many.
Michelle lives in Bruce, WI and enjoys being at the lake, fishing, gardening, traveling, and spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.
Kerrie joined ICAA in December of 2017 and brings over 10 years of experience in accounting. She has an Associate of Applied Science degree in Finance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. Her accounting experience ranges from public accounting to service and manufacturing, with a focus in process improvement. Kerrie has a desire to help others overcome barriers and works with ICAA’s programs to achieve the goal of self-sufficiency in our communities.
In her free time, Kerrie enjoys exploring the natural beauty of Wisconsin. She also enjoys reading cooking, spending time with family, and doing crafts.