West CAP is proud of its history as an innovative, forward thinking organization.  Established in 1965, West CAP was one of the first community action agencies in the United States. Since then, West CAP has worked to promote the self-sufficiency of low-income families in the rural communities of west central Wisconsin, operating as an equal opportunity employer and service provider.  West CAP continues to help families overcome poverty and achieve economic stability by following its mission:

“The mission of West CAP is to take action against poverty by developing the social and economic assets of low-income families and their communities and by working to create a more just and sustainable society.”



West CAP Board of Directors

West CAP is governed by a 21 member board of directors. Directors are selected to represent low-income, government and community constituencies in each of the counties we serve. Government representatives are selected by their county board; community representatives are selected by various organizations and businesses; low-income representatives are through a democratic process.

County Directors

Barron County – Mohamed Sharif, Pam Fall, Lynda Sirianni

Chippewa County – Kari Ives, Tony Willkom, Dawn Hemm

Dunn County – Vaughn Hedlund, Debra Leslie, Kwase Golliday

Pepin County – Rita McDonnell, Paul Hoch, VACANT

Pierce County – Paula Lugar, Philip Verges, Jennifer Tweet

Polk County – Jay Luke, Todd Groat, Michele Huston

St. Croix County – Dave Ostness, Chris Holtkamp, Martina Parker