Us 2 Behavioral Health Care opened its doors on September 3rd, 2019 as a nonprofit organization led by Sheng Lee Yang, Founder and community advocate for equity in Human Services. Our mission is to deliver culturally sensitive behavioral health care to minority and underserved populations in the Fox Valley and Green Bay areas. Although counseling and therapy are our core services, we are equally passionate about diversity, inclusion and equity with the intent to systematically change how our Community addresses these issues.
“Diversity includes all of us, and excludes all of us. Diversity without Inclusion is simply a band-aid, a check-the-box approach which reflects a status quo which is not working. As a community, we must acknowledge the flaws of today’s medical model and finally turn words into action.”
— Sheng Lee Yang
Sheng Lee Yang, Founder, President & Executive Director
Sheng is a first-generation Hmong immigrant born in a Thai refugee camp during the Vietnam War. She is a longtime resident of Appleton with strong ties to community, government and academic institutions. She holds a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, a Master of Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Work. Besides her roles as a mother of 2 daughters, President, Executive Director and Lead Therapist at Us 2 Behavioral Health, she also holds a faculty position at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay teaching graduate-level courses in Clinical Mental Health and Diversity. Her prior career includes roles in public and private organizations with focused work on program development and policy reform. With her background, she maintains a particular passion for social justice, mental health and cultural humility.
Kou Yang, Treasurer, Director of Operations & Finance
Kou is a 15-year resident of the Fox Valley. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with an Accounting degree and has built a solid network with business professionals in the community. His early career began in corporate Accounting, Finance and Product Supply, and most recently took on progressively strategic roles in Business Analysis, Procurement & Global Supply Chain. He is passionate about data-driven decision-making, strategy development and empowering people for success.
Rachel Stehula, Secretary
Rachel was born and raised in Appleton. She holds a degree in Medical Administration with professional experiences in direct care Nursing, Clinical Training and Health Care Practice Management. She specializes in insurance contracting, credentialing, medical billing and medical assistance. She believes that access to quality health care is an individual right and has a passion for serving her community.
Our Board of Directors
Diane Mandler, Board Member
Diane is a retired Outagamie County Crisis Supervisor of 40 years. Her expertise is in Chapter 51 and Chapter 55 Wisconsin State Statues pertaining to mental health and emergency protective placements. She is passionate about suicide prevention, outreach with law enforcement and the aging population. She currently serves as a board member for various nonprofit organizations that are impactful to her areas of interests.
Joan Groessl, Board Member
Joan is an Associate Professor at UW Green Bay serving students primarily in the graduate social work program. Her social work experiences include twenty years in county mental health services, supervision, and administration. She also consults and provides training for Human Services professionals. Joan currently serves as chair of the Continuing Education Committee and is a former President of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She is President of the Board of the Algoma Medical Center and Long-Term Care Unit and previously a city Alderperson for Ward III. Joan’s research interests include ethics, leadership, organizational culture, and interdisciplinary relationships.
Soua Lee, Board Member
Soua works for the Appleton School District as an ELL (English Language Lerner) Interventionist. She specializes in linguistic instruction with prior experience in the Menasha School District as an ELL teacher. As a Hmong community leader, she is intimately involved in many community organizations and advocates for educational equality and resource accessibility for Hmong families in the Fox Cities.
Siad Hassan, Board Member
Siad is the Founder and President of COMSA (Community Services Agency), a non-profit in Green Bay focused on assisting Somali refugee effectively integrate into their communities. He is also a current member of the Brown County United Way Grant Committee. His holds special interests on immigration policies and refugee advocacy.
Blanca De Leon, Board Member
Blanca is a first-generation Mexican American who was born and raised in Wisconsin. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a breadth of career experiences in mental health, child protection and higher education. Currently, she is a Counselor for Madison Technical College and Court Evaluator for Dane County.