WSPEI Statewide Family Engagement Coordinator - Additional Support for African American Families; Prevention Specialist
Phone: (608) 786-4895
- B.S. Integrated Studies with emphases in Nursing, Psychology and Women’s Studies from Viterbo University
- Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Kedibonye is currently beginning a new position with the Department of Public Instruction’s Wisconsin Statewide Parent-Educator Initiative (WSPEI) as a Statewide Family Engagement Coordinator working with African American families and other culturally diverse populations to provide support for families of students with disabilities.
Kedibonye joined CESA #4 as a volunteer with the Marshfield Clinic AmeriCorps. Her focus has been on programs within the Western Wisconsin ATOD Education Network (WWATODEN), with goals of increasing the participation and sustainability of coalitions within the CESA #4 area. She has worked extensively with the La Crosse COMPASS Prevention Network, in area schools, and with the Community Readiness Survey in the communities of Buffalo, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon Counties. She spent three years managing substance abuse prevention programs for at-risk youth and parents, which was part of the La Crosse County Youthful Offender Initiative. In addition, she worked with the Coulee Council on Addictions in the development of a Parent Resource Center, and provided services through the Creating Lasting Family Connections curriculum to both youth and parents. She is also a certified Prevention Specialist, a certified trainer for Serving on Groups that Make Decisions, Training for Intervention Procedures (TIPS) for the University, Prime for Life, Coping & Support (CAST), Freedom From Smoking (FFS) - adult cessation program, Not On Tobacco (NOT) - youth cessation program, Teens Against Tobacco Use (TATU), Strengthening Families Program Youth 10-14, CPR/FA/AED instructor, and a Health & Wellness Intrinsic Coach® (IC®).
Originally from Botswana, in Southern Africa, Kedibonye came to Western Wisconsin in 1996 and has developed a strong connection to the area while pursuing her education and health education career. She has had working experience in health education with both the La Crosse and the Monroe County Health Departments. In both her work and her clinical experiences she has had various roles providing direct healthcare, education, and health promotion programs to community members of all ages. Her graduate thesis research investigated factors involved with alcohol-related and sexual risk-taking behaviors among young adults.