Meet the Wisconsin PATCH Staff!

Nailah Johnson (they/them) - PATCH Fellowship Coordinator (Sexual Health)
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Hi! My name is Nailah, and I use the pronouns they/them. I currently serve as the PATCH Fellowship Coordinator for Sexual and Reproductive Health.


I am a wellness facilitator and creator passionate about guiding people through their own wellness journey and curating transformative healing experiences. I enjoy songwriting and dancing. I also run my own wellness business Creating Aliveness LLC! I have a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and a minor in Psychology.

I am excited to work with PATCH because I strongly value empowering youth to take ownership of their sexual and reproductive wellness.

Erica Koepel (she/her) - PATCH Director of Youth Engagement

Hi all! I’m Erica and I use she/her pronouns. I started working as a sexual health educator at 19 while I was in college and have been doing work in the adolescent health field ever since! I earned a Master’s Degree in Gender and Women’s Studies from UW-Madison before joining the PATCH team in 2015!


I was born and raised in Kansas, but me, my partner, and our two cats now call Wisconsin home. When I was younger I used to want to be a vet, then a lawyer, then a backup dancer, and eventually a psychologist before I realized I really liked education and youth work (the backup dancer dream still sticks with me though)! I spend a lot of time at home reading, cross-stitching, snuggling cats, and redecorating room after room. But, I also love to be active and you can often find me swimming, doing yoga, in boxing classes, going cross-country skiing, or biking around town on outings with friends.


PATCH has a huge piece of my heart and I feel so lucky to have a job I’m passionate about. It’s incredible to watch youth raise their voices and create change in their own communities. Plus, I love to get to bring my expertise in sexual health (and sex positivity) into this world of  health and health care!

 Paula Neiweem (she/her) - PATCH Wausau Site Coordinator

I grew up in Gurnee, IL where my first job was at Six Flags Great America. I completed my Master of Public Health through George Washington University in 2017 and moved to Wausau shortly after. I have been part of PATCH since 2019 and also currently work as the Safety Specialist for Country Fresh Meats.


My fiancé and I enjoy travelling and usually target national parks for our adventures. We hope to visit them all and have recently checked off Haleakalā in Hawaii and Olympic and Mount Rainier in Washington. We currently have plans to visit North Cascade, Yellowstone, and Grand Tetons. 


I also enjoy baking in my spare time. I try to be an avid runner (but mostly just hope to not be too lazy) and love reading new books. I’m currently working my way through the Reese Witherspoon book club list. 


I love working with the teens and supporting them to speak up for themselves, not just in healthcare but whenever something matters to them. 

 Faith Ogungbe (she/her) - PATCH Fellowship Coordinator
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My name is Faith and I’m a PhD student at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.


I’m very excited to be working with the PATCH Youth Advocates this year. Learning and speaking up about health issues affecting women and young people is important to me. I’m looking forward to connecting, learning, and having thoughtful conversations with this year’s advocates and beyond.


Outside of school, you can catch me reading (for fun!), spending time with loved ones, and randomly dancing and singing.  

Tessa Randolph (she/her) - PATCH Green Bay Site Coordinator

Howdy folks! I'm Tessa. I'm a cheese-loving Wisconsinite (typical, I know) and have lived in northeast Wisconsin for most of my life. I was born in Lac Du Flambeau (Vilas County) where I still go "up north" often - it's basically my favorite place on the planet, a true oasis of serenity. I live in Manitowoc now, which is also where I lived for most of my childhood, left for college and beyond, lived out west for most of my 20s and moved back to WI in fall of 2019. 


I'm a small town girl at heart but love to explore anywhere and everywhere - new places and new people light my inner fire. I'm a big fan of nature - I love to be outdoors, surround myself with things larger than myself and enjoy the elements of all four seasons! Some of my favorite things are thrifting/antiquing, crafting (right now, I'm into macrame-ing), learning new skills/trades, reading books and spending time with family and friends. 


Growing up, Patch Adams was my hero and I wanted to be a pediatrician because I always loved the idea of a more personable and humane healthcare experience. In college, I debated between education and nursing but landed on becoming a child life specialist because I get to fill both buckets and be both an educator and a healthcare professional. I love working with PATCH because I love to watch youth make positive change for themselves, for their peers and for the healthcare system as a whole. 

 Kayla Sippl (she/her) - PATCH Fellowship Coordinator (Social Emotional Health)
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Hi! My name is Kayla and my superpowers are love of learning, creativity and curiosity. I am currently learning Spanish (and how to drive a manual car) and I love to read, do puzzles, visit coffee shops, and explore markets!  


I studied Biology and Global Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There, my job was to collect ticks and test them for different diseases! After graduating, I worked as a Youth Coordinator for a project that was trying to improve the mental health system for young people and then spent nine months solo traveling through countries in Southeast Asia! 


I love how PATCH works directly with young people and am really excited to be a part of a program that puts youth voice at the center of their work and is open to continual improvement! I also think it is super important to have conversations about social and emotional health and am excited to work with the fellows/youth advocates and PATCH team to create change!