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About Us

Our Mission

We believe all people deserve the right to achieve their fullest potential. Therefore, we exist for the purpose of providing individualized services that are designed to maximize each person’s daily living and vocational skills in order to be integrated into the community to the fullest extent possible.

HEADWATERS, INC. is a not-for-profit community based services agency with almost 50 years of experience providing services for people with disabilities throughout northern Wisconsin. We support people to have a meaningful life by working and contributing to their communities. Through innovative and customized services, Headwaters helps people of all abilities to find a sense of belonging and reach their full potential. We specialize in supporting people to live the kind of life they want in the communities where they want to live. Current counties being served include Ashland, Bayfield, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas.



Our Board of Directors

The following are the current members on the Board of Directors for Headwaters, Inc and Headwaters Foundation, Inc.

Headwaters, Inc.


  Jim Levandoski, Vice President
  Nick Cirilli, President
  Steven Agnoli, Secretary / Treasurer


  Lonnie Sherman, Director
  Eileen Persike, Director
  Norma Johnson, Director
  Ben Opsal, Director
  Josh Clark, Director

Headwaters Foundation, Inc.


  R. Dennis Herrmann, President
  Ron Bosi, Vice President
  Andy McMillion, Treasurer
  Kasha Herrmann Flanders, Secretary


  Patrick Marquardt, Director
  Karla Jackson, Director
  Jennifer Felty, Director
  Joseph Brauer, Director
  Joe Duchac, Director
  Tom Peterson, Director
  John Stauner, Director


Our Partners

Catholic Charities:


Since 1917 the Catholic Charities Bureau has been providing services to the poor, the disadvantaged, the disabled, the elderly and children with special needs as an expression of the social ministry of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Superior. With more than 50 programs serving more than 10,500 people, Catholic Charities Bureau provides comprehensive health and human services for those in need regardless of race, color, national origin or religion. It is the mission of Catholic Charities: Under the pastoral leadership of our Diocesan Bishop, to carry on the redeeming work of our Lord by reflecting gospel values and the moral teachings of the church. To meet the critical needs and issues of our society through the use of our gifts and resources, by mobilizing the Christian community in partnership with private and public enterprise. To collaborate with all people of goodwill to alleviate human suffering, by sponsoring direct service programs for the poor, the disadvantaged, the disabled, the elderly, and children with special needs. To create an environment of human dignity based on mutual respect, understanding, and trust. We profess the dignity of each person as a creation of God. This truth becomes the foundation of our great respect and love of each individual. To translate our mission and vision into goals, commitments, and action.

Challenge Center - SUPERIOR, WI: CHALLENGE CENTER, INC. 39 N. 25th Street East Superior, WI 54880

Serving Superior, WI and Surrounding Communities. Our goal is simple- We strive to give our clients the support and opportunities they need to live life to the fullest.

Black River Industries - BLACK RIVER INDUSTRIES, INC. 650 Jensen Drive Medford, WI 54451

Welcome to Black River Industries! Serving People with Disabilities in Taylor County for Over 40 Years Our Mission: In partnership with the community, to provide people with disabilities opportunities to achieve the highest level of independence. BRI Provides a variety of programs including Sheltered Employment (Work Services), Supported Employment, Supported Apartment, Supportive Home Care, Day Services/Community Integration, and Transportation. Please refer to the program links on this page for admission criteria and other pertinent information.

Diversified Services, Inc. - Diversified Services Inc. 7649 Tower Road P.O. Box 501 Siren, WI 54872 Phone: (715) 349-5724 FAX: (715) 349-5505

DSI has an innovative philosophy in providing work opportunities to persons with disabilities. We do not have "clients", "job coaches", or "social workers." We have employees. Over 60 percent of our work force is made up of adults with disabilities. The rest of our employees are called lead workers. Employees are intermingled, and the lead workers serve as role models. They model proper work behavior, proper inter-personal behavior and set the work pace.


Other Partners:

ADRC of the Northwoods- The ADRC of the Northwoods is a regional organization which serves the elderly and disabled citizens in Forest, Oneida, Taylor and Vilas Counties as well as the Lac du Flambeau Tribe, the Sokaogon Chippewa Tribe and the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe.

Please visit www.adrcofthenorthwoods.org to see information regarding services available to the Elderly and/or Disabled residents in our service area. You may also call 1-800-699-6704 for more Information and Assistance.

Inclusa- Inclusa manages the provision of a person-centered and community-focused approach to long-term care services and supports to over 15,500 Family Care members across its 51-county service region in Wisconsin.

Lakeland Care, Inc.- Lakeland Care was one of the first Managed Care Organizations to provide the Family Care benefit in the state more than 18 years ago. We can help meet your long term care needs. Our Family Care program is designed to help eligible elders and adults with disabilities live independently – at home and in their community. Members partner with our care teams and local providers to get the support and services they need. If you are a senior, an adult with a disability, or a concerned family member or friend, you may be looking for support in meeting your long term care needs. Here in Northeast and North Central Wisconsin, Lakeland Care can help, through the Family Care program.

Northwoods United Way- Serving Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties. Northwoods United Way, Inc. Administrative Office PO Box 177 Rhinelander, WI 54501 Ph: 715-369-0440

The Human Service Center- It is the mission of the Human Service Center to provide citizens with services and supportive assistance that will foster self-reliant, and productive individuals and families. We believe that all individuals and families who endure the hardships of illness, disability or alcohol/drug dependency, can find fulfillment and genuine happiness through services that: Promote Independence Strengthen Families Encourage Healthy Behaviors Promote Community Responsibility Protect Vulnerable Children, Adults, and Families Provide Service of Value to Taxpayers Manage Public Resources Responsibly Demonstrate Integrity and Commitment Focus on Individual Needs



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