Our History

Next Steps for Change was created because there was a service gap in our communities. We have minimal inpatient treatment options and COVID made it next to impossible to get into a treatment facility when a person was ready. Overdose deaths almost doubled in LaCrosse County from 2019 to 2020 and substance use has increased in both LaCrosse and Monroe Counties in 2020 and has continued. In addition, COVID was extremely hard on people with Substance Use Disorders with not being able to connect to meetings, supports, treatment options and increasing use due to the stress the global pandemic brought.  Something needed to be done, therefore Next Steps for Change was created.  Peer Support provided one on one support to individuals when it was needed and has shown to be a very effective way to help people with their recovery.

Mission

Next Steps for Change builds community-based support teams to connect with members of our community who suffer from substance use disorders using peer support. Our mission is to lead them to their next steps toward recovery.

Natalie Morescki - Founder & Executive Director

Natalie Morescki

Founder & Executive Director

Natalie Morescki is the founder and Executive Director of Next Steps for Change, Inc.  She has a Master’s degree in Community Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She has worked with children of substance abusers in numerous capacities before becoming the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club in Sparta, Wisconsin for six years. With a passion for being an educator, Natalie spent two years teaching part time as an adjunct professor at Western Technical College in the Psychology Department and at the University of Wisconsin – LaCrosse teaching Effective Behavior and Addictive Behavior in their Psychology Department. Natalie had the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom for two years. She then worked for the next ten years as the Drug Free Communities Coordinator for Couleecap, working with the Monroe County Safe Community Coalition on AODA prevention in Monroe County, Wisconsin.  Since 2020, she has been developing the organization Next Steps for Change, where in addition she has become a Recovery Coach Professional and trainer for Recovery Coaches as well as a certified Narcan trainer. Natalie’s passion for working with people with substance use disorders began when she wrote her Master’s thesis about women in a substance abuse unit of an Connecticut women’s prison. This passion has grown as she has raised her two adopted boys, both born to parents with substance use disorders.  They are one of the main reasons for Natalie starting Next Steps for Change, Inc.

Executive Board

Kevin Croninger

Board President

Jake Ludovice and Anthony Mahairas

Co-Secretaries

Crystal Layland

Treasurer

Board of Directors

  • Andy Raymer

  • Brad Morescki
  • Katie Jensen

  • Lisa McCormick
  • Matthew Chamberlain

Advisory Board

  • Dr. Karyn Cecele
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Our Amazing Staff

Peer Manager
  • Mandy Dinger

Outreach Coordinator/ Peer
  • Shane Sherburn

Full Time Jail Peer
  • Rusty Russell

CPPS and Prevention Coordinator
  • Lisa McCormick

Executive Assistant
  • Tasha Anderson

Participant Coordinator
  • Kristen Koopman

Part Time Peers
  • Amy Weber

  • Becky Masters

  • Bethany Solberg

  • Cynthea Gillespie

  • Dean Hollenbeck

  • Desiree Sparkles

  • Devon Brenson

  • Jenni Brenson

  • Kiana Reavis

  • Luke Mayberry

  • Lynn Stratton

  • Mary Green

  • Mary Jo Redman-Ellis

  • Michelle Lietzau

  • Moriah Uker

  • Rick Husby

  • Sally Kelsall

  • Ryan Flood

  • Theresa Hansen