Eastern Wisconsin
In 2018, there were 838 overdose deaths involving opioids in Wisconsin (Wisconsin State Journal).
Up to 89% of individuals who need treatment do not receive treatment. We, as addiction nurses, need to do all we can,
while individuals with substance use disorder are with us, to lead them to a recovery that works for them.


Discover all of the benefits of being part of a global community of addictions nurses. We also offer discounts on membership dues for those in lower-income countries.

Join IntNSA USA Eastern Wisconsin chapter

With a variety of educational and networking opportunities,  access to our Journal on Addictions Nursing and discounts on our annual conference, there has never been a better time to join IntNSA. 

Our story

Addiction knows no boundaries –gender, race, age, religion, socio-economic status, or country. We, as nurses, are touched by the devastation addiction causes to lives. We need to connect with each other for support, to share knowledge and experience, and to develop evidence-based practice for our chapter as well as others.
Our Eastern Wisconsin IntNSA chapter was established in late 2019. We consist of RNs, APRNs, PhDs, and auxiliary members from a variety of treatment areas, all working together to advance the practice of addiction nursing and co-occurring medical/psychiatric conditions. We encourage participation from all eastern Wisconsin areas by providing video conferencing for our meetings.


<b>Kristin Waite-Labot</b>
Kristin Waite-Labot


Kristin is an RN and has worked with substance use disorders for 15 years in many different settings. She earned her BSN degree from Winona State University in 1991. Kristin is currently as a nurse trainer at Rogers Behavioral Health in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
Phone: 414-203-4471

<b>Vicki Olson</b>
Vicki Olson


Vicki has worked at Rogers Behavioral Health on the Mental Health/Detox unit for 17 years. Before that she worked in med-surg and with Intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. She also has experience as a nursing supervisor and DON. Vicki has owned 2 businesses, one for 15 years (sold) and the other for 10 years (still active). Her job was/is managing all the finances and sharing operations with her husband.

<b>Lynn Harrigan</b>
Lynn Harrigan

Lynn Harrigan, MA, the owner of Custom Health and Wellness, works as a health education consultant. She uses a customized person-centered approach to health promotion and disease prevention. Lynn’s approach seeks to ensure respect toward cultural and health beliefs. She is committed to reducing the heartbreaking number of deaths due to drug overdose and suicide that she sees first hand in her family’s funeral home business through innovations in preventive health education. Lynn is a certified Elements of Care® Instructor with the Self-care Institute and a certified nutraMetrix® consultant, who has been appointed by Governor Evers to serve on the Wisconsin Council on Mental Health, and is liaison to the Wisconsin State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SCAODA).

Phone: 920.362.1121

<b>Suzanne Madecky</b>
Suzanne Madecky

Vice President/Treasurer

Suzanne has her BSN in nursing and is currently working towards her MSN in education. She has worked as an emergency department nurse and as a psychiatric nurse, as well as spending 10 years at a state psychiatric facility as a nurse administrator. She is passionate about bringing recovery supports to individuals and reducing the stigma surrounding substance use disorders.
Phone: 262.470.8269

<b>Jenell Valenzuela</b>
Jenell Valenzuela


Jenell has been working on a medical/surgical unit for almost 4 years. She has worked in an ER and a cardiac/pulmonary unit in Milwaukee. She also works as a private duty nurse and works with trach and/or ventilator-dependent patients in their homes.
Watertown Hospital, where she currently works, has developed a detox program and is looking to improve their nursing and evidenced-based practice.

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