July 2020 YP of the Month: Alicia Hans
Name: Alicia Hans, MSW, LCSW
Hometown: Neenah, Wisconsin
- University of Wisconsin – Madison, Bachelor of Social Work, with additional majors of study in Sociology, Legal Studies, and Criminal Justice, 2009
- University of Wisconsin Madison, Master of Social Work, 2010
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker, May 2017 – present
Describe Yourself in Three Words: Passionate, resilient, dreamer
Place of Employment and Position: Catalpa Health, School-Based Mental Health Clinician. City of Fond du Lac City Council Board Member
What do you enjoy the most about your current position?
In my position as a child therapist working primarily with elementary age children, I find absolute joy in the moments my kiddos feel proud of themselves. When a child is willing to put their trust in me and invite me to share their most painful and proud moments, they are giving me a truly priceless gift. As a City Council member, I am endlessly grateful for the opportunities this platform has given me to connect with people and hopefully make an impact that is greater than myself.
What is the one thing you would do if you knew you could not fail?
If my school debt was erased and future schooling were free, and I didn’t need sleep, and I was better at math, I would get a Bachelor Degree in Business while simultaneously going through medical school. All while working as a School-Based Mental Health Clinician.
How has YPF contributed to your personal and/or professional development?
YPF has provided a space for increased opportunities to connect with a phenomenal group of enthusiastic, intelligent, and fun individuals in my community who teach me and inspire me to keep striving for more. To become my best self, stay engaged, and never stop learning.
Who or what is your source of professional inspiration?
My dad has always told me I can be anything I want to be. He has taught me that as long as I am honest, work hard, and show kindness to others, I can always be proud of who I am. My grandpa is another one of my biggest fans and continues to be tremendously inspirational to me. He taught me that when a community sees people in the river who need help, we need people who will save them and pull them out of the river AND people at the top of the river working to find out how they got there, why, and how to stop it from happening to more.
What are some of the professional and volunteer groups you participate in?
- Advisory Park Board, Member
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of FDL – Board Member, Co-Chair of Match Growth Committee
- Mental Health Access Committee, participant
- Prevent Suicide Fond du Lac, participant
- Young Professionals of FDL – Planning and Events Committee, member
- NAMI FDL, volunteer
- Ruby’s Pantry, volunteer
- Building Unity – Fond du Lac, member/organizer
- Self-Harm Death Review Team, Fond du Lac County, member
- CORE Ambassadors for Change, volunteer
In keeping with YPF’s theme for this year, “Say Yes,” when is a time that you “said yes” that has had an impact on your personal or professional life?
Three years ago I said “yes” to sobriety. During that time in my life, I was the most afraid and brave I have ever been. I would not be where I am today without my sobriety. I am my best self sober.
What words of wisdom do you have for other young professionals working in Fond du Lac?
Say “Yes” to new relationships and step out of your comfort zone. There are so many inspiring people who work, live, and play in our community. Connect and stay engaged. Ask thoughtful questions. Never stop learning.