Employment Network

Member Spotlight: Lisa Wettstein

By: Employment Network
Posted in: Member Spotlight

lisa.jpgMeet Lisa Wettstein.  When she’s not attending sporting events and spending time with her family, she’s busy running a work skills center at a vocational rehabilitation facility.  Lisa believes that it’s best to create an environment where individuals feel safe, protected, and are able to do what they love.  She firmly believes that optimism is key!  We are so fortunate to have Lisa as a member of the Employment Network.

What kind of work do you do?  Where do you work at?

Lisa works at Brooke Industries, Inc. which is a vocational rehabilitation facility.  Her job is to run the Work Skills Center/Day Services.  She explains that her main goal is to help individuals remain as independent as possible, while helping them attain the skills necessary to gain competitive employment in the community.

Tell us some good news: what’s the most exciting thing happening for you or for people with disabilities who want to work? 

Lisa says that one of the most exciting things happening right now is that individuals can stay working at their facility while looking for employment in the community.  They work diligently, each day, to help the people they work with gain the skills necessary to obtain employment in the community.  “Many individuals find this place home, this is what they call their work site.  These individuals are our Brooke family, and we strive to create an environment where they feel great about a day’s work and safe in the environment they work in,” she explains.

What employment tip or resource would you like to share with people who want to work? 

Lisa believes that the best practice, when working with people with disabilities, is to create an environment where they feel safe, protected, and happy to be doing the job they are doing.  She says, “if they are happy where they are, they will do their best work.” 

What message would you like to share with the members of the Employment Network?

Lisa explains that some days are harder than others.  When you are done with the day, she suggests reflecting on the good things that happened…you’ll always feel better the next day.  “Optimism wins,” she enthusiastically exclaims!

What’s your dream vacation? 

Lisa’s dream vacation would be to take her family to New York City to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and to see all that New York has to offer!

What are some of your hobbies? 

Lisa loves spending time with my family and friends. She has two sons (ages two and four) who keep her very busy!  She and her husband enjoy attending sporting events (Packers, Badgers, Timber Rattlers, Brewers, etc.) and they look forward to their sons enjoying this time with them when they become a bit older.  Other hobbies Lisa enjoys are gardening, milking cows (her husband is a dairy farmer), and taking the boys for rides on their UTV.

 ***We love hearing the views and opinions of Network members.  We need to mention that the views and opinions expressed on this site are those of the person who is sharing them. They do not necessarily reflect InControl Wisconsin or any of our supporters and funders.    


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