Governor Tommy Thompson Visits St. Coletta of Wisconsin
Posted On: July 13, 2012

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Tommy Thompson Visits St. Coletta of Wisconsin


Jefferson, Wisconsin. -  Friday, July 13th St. Coletta of Wisconsin welcomed former Governor and United States Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson, for a short but productive visit during his trip to Jefferson. Thompson was joined by David Wambach - Assistant Attorney General with the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Peter Tempelis -Assistant District Attorney of Milwaukee County and Ben Voelkel - Thompson’s Coalitions Director.

Walking through the entrance to St. Coletta’s new headquarters, Governor Thompson was surprised at the amount of change since his last visit in the 1990’s when St. Coletta was operating as a school for persons with disabilities. Since then, St. Coletta has successfully integrated hundreds of people with disabilities into the community by providing them with residential housing, employment at local businesses and programs to help develop their vocational skill sets.

During his visit, Governor Thompson enjoyed a tour of the neighborhoods where St. Coletta’s residential homes are located and a walk through of their new headquarters. He spoke on a number of topics pertinent to St. Coletta’s operation including Medicare and Medicaid, helping to shed light on the future impact that these programs may have on human service organizations. His visit concluded with an interview by Doug Erickson from the State Journal.

Regarding Governor Thompson’s visit, Tony LoDuca President and CEO of St. Coletta stated, “We are very pleased that Governor Thompson was able to visit St. Coletta and see the initiatives we’ve taken over the years to help people with disabilities achieve their highest quality of life. As an organization that focuses on forward movement, it is collaborating with people like Mr. Thompson that helps us to continually improve upon the programs and services we have to offer.”