Susan E. Gadacz

MA
Senior Program Associate

Susan E. Gadacz, MA has over 29 years’ experience in human services at the state and county level working for two different state departments in Wisconsin and, as a county provider of behavioral health, child welfare, and economic support services in both Wisconsin and her home state of Indiana. For over 14 years Ms. Gadacz has demonstrated innovative leadership in Wisconsin’s state system for women with substance use disorders. She has created women-specific/family centered programming for substance use disorders utilizing a systems of care approach making Wisconsin the first state in the nation to publish Women’s Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Treatment Standards.  In her role as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) State Coordinator, Susan was instrumental in the creation of the My Baby & Me program; a program designed to help pregnant women stay alcohol and drug free throughout her pregnancy. Ms. Gadacz was the first president elected of the Women’s Services Network (WSN). Under Susan’s leadership all of the WSN committees were formed in addition to the publication of the Guidance to States: Treatment Standards for Women with Substance Use Disorders document. Susan has always valued and sought out the opinions of individuals with lived experience to ensure voice, access, and ownership to programming, policy, and evaluation strategies. She has a strong belief in cultural intelligence, prevention, and early intervention and emphasis in trauma informed care and the delivery of services in a trauma sensitive and responsive manner. Ms. Gadacz has a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and a Graduate Certificate in Servant Leadership also from Gonzaga. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with concentration in Health and Safety.