Grace Jones, Executive Director

I believe in equal opportunity, social and economic justice. These beliefs have caused me to work at Couleecap since 1978. The work of Couleecap is part of a grass roots nationwide community action movement to provide all people an equal opportunity to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as identified in our nation’s Declaration of Independence. Over 200 years ago the promises of that Declaration and our Constitution set standards for the ideal behavior of human beings. I believe the next evolutionary step of our country will be the attainment of our ideals, especially equal opportunity for all people regardless of economic status, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation or religion. Read More



Kim Cable, Housing & Community Services Director

“Creating Opportunities, Changing Lives” is a statement that speaks loudly to me. More than ever, we find ourselves facing immense challenges and new possibilities.


As a kid, growing up on a small farm in rural Wisconsin, I knew that we were poor, but I also knew that the possibilities were endless for me. I was afforded opportunities for growth and development, which could lead me in any direction I wanted to go. My family promised me I could go to college, get a good job, and achieve “the American Dream”. Read More




Sharon Mahan, Financial Services Manager


People do not choose to be poor. There is usually some life circumstance that contributes to their financial situation. I believe that, given the chance, people will choose to better themselves and make a better life for themselves and their families.

My father was killed in an accident when I was five, leaving my mother with six children between the ages of three and sixteen to provide for. I was not aware of the financial struggles my mother had when I was growing up. We were always taught that we had to work for what we wanted. Read More




Todd Mandel, Community Development Director


Our communities are defined in large part by the housing we create, maintain, and provide. How a community looks at housing can say a lot about its values and character. Is there housing for everyone? Is it inclusive? Does is strive to create a blended community or does it promote classism and discrimination? These are questions that communities, large and small, struggle with every day. The desire to create communities that are vibrant, diverse, integrated, and successful is strong but executing that vision is challenging. Read More



Tom Mayne, Energy Services Manager

I came to Couleecap with over twenty years of experience with a company that manufactured panelized homes in the Madison area. When the Madison housing industry was hit by the economic downturn in 2008. The company I worked for went from building 500 homes a year to filing for bankruptcy in a matter of two years. When I lost my job there were no jobs anywhere in the construction industry. Read More

Shelly Teadt, Director of Planning


I believe in the work of Couleecap because we truly make a difference in the lives of so many people in our area every year. Our work has such a positive impact on our clients, other people in our area, and on our communities overall. We help to make our communities better by providing opportunities for local people to build on their strengths, learn new skills, and enhance their overall health and well-being.


Through the work that Couleecap does, it’s important that we are meeting local needs. To ensure we are doing this we contact local families to find out first hand from them what their needs are. The needs identified by them are the driving force for us as we plan and implement new services that become part of our overall Strategic Plan. Read More










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