Season 3 of In the Ring with Héctor Colón Continues

Watch Season 3, Episode 2 launching February 21st featuring Héctor Colón and our Director of Communications Sharon Hudy. New episodes are released every third Wednesday of the month at noon CST.


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High-impact leaders get real In the Ring with Héctor Colón

This year, sector champions will share how they are connecting the dots across several components to elevate social services as a quality, values-based provider of best practice services.

Ringside audiences will learn how organizations are innovating to…

  • compensate their colleagues fairly
  • advance programs and policies that provide real community solutions and
  • create systems that support financial viability

Episodes will also get real about the continued challenges and system barriers that demand full community access which hinder serving more people better and require increased sector alignment, funder investment, and corporate responsibility.





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Episode List


Tough questions about the challenges facing social services are asked and answered by the most influential thought leaders of our time. Episodes don’t just dwell on the barriers, but they offer ideas and hope around the opportunities and innovations already underway and in the works. Watch on YouTube or listen wherever you find podcasts every third Wednesday of the month as Héctor “gets in the ring” with people representing all facets of social services including CEO’s, philanthropists, policy makers and more.





Meet Our Guests

Each episode offers real advocacy ideas and opportunities for listeners to connect on, move forward and share with the people and systems around them.



In the Ring Season 3, Episode 1: Changing the "Terrible Truth" with Alesia Frerichs

Héctor Colón kicks off the third season of “In the Ring” with Lutheran Services in America President & CEO Alesia Frerichs Alesia Frerichs President & CEO, Lutheran Services in America Alesia Frerichs is the President...
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In the Ring Season 2 Episode 9: Moving from I/Me/Mine to We/Us/Ours with Mike Victorson

Héctor Colón concludes season two with M3 Insurance CEO Mike Victorson  Mike Victorson CEO, M3 Insurance Mike Victorson is the chief executive officer (CEO) of M3 Insurance, responsible for the strategic direction and vision of the agenc...
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In the Ring Season 2 Episode 8: Fresh Perspectives on Mental Healthcare with Meg Kissinger

Héctor Colón speaks with journalist and author Meg Kissinger in episode eight of our second season   Meg Kissinger Journalist, Author of “While You Were Out” Meg Kissinger spent more than two decades traveling across the country ...
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In the Ring Season 2, Episode 7: The Power of Peer Support with Brittany Nessel and Sara Kieffer

Héctor Colón speaks with both Brittany Nessel and Sara Kieffer of LSS in episode seven of our second season Brittany Nessel Licensed Professional Counselor, Clinical Substances Abuse Counselor, Independent Clinical Supervisor Brittany Nes...
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In the Ring Season 2, Episode 6: The Changing Landscape of Mental Health Treatment with Jill Chaffee

Héctor Colón speaks with Jill Chaffee in episode six of our second season Jill Chaffee Vice President Community Based Services, LSS Since 2018 Jill Chaffee has led the LSS community-based services team as the Vice President of Community B...
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In the Ring Season 2, Episode 5: Evolving Milwaukee County Mental Health to Prevention-Centered Care

Héctor Colón speaks with Mike Lappen in episode five of our second season   Mike Lappen Administrator Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Services Mike Lappen is the Administrator of Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Services. He lea...
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In The Ring Season 2, Episode 4: Making Health Insurance an "Honest Business"

Héctor Colón speaks with Common Ground Healthcare CEO Cathy Mahaffey in episode four of our second season.   Cathy Mahaffey CEO, Common Ground Healthcare Cathy Mahaffey is a 25-year veteran of the health insurance industry, starting ...
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Season 2, Ep. 3: How You Can Get Closer to "Yes" on State Budget Considerations

Héctor Colón speaks with Bill McCoshen in episode three of our second season Bill McCoshen Bill is a Partner with Michael Best Strategies. His combined decades of experience in the Wisconsin Governor’s office, as cabinet secretary, and ...
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Season 2, Ep. 2: Maximize ROI by Harnessing Your Organizational Superpower

Héctor Colón speaks with Melanie Varin in episode two of our second season Melanie R. Varin Melanie is an author and insightful business leader and change-agent combining strategy, Lean Six Sigma, sales, marketing and international leader...
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Season 2, Ep. 1: Amplifying Sector Voices for Change and Impact

Héctor Colón speaks with Jody Levinson-Johnson in episode two of our second season Jody Levison-Johnson, PhD, LCSW Jody Levison-Johnson, PhD, LCSW has over 30 years of experience in human services. She currently serves as the President an...
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Ep. 10: Champion Leaders Address Justice, Innovation, and Mentorship

High-impact leaders get real In the Ring with Héctor Colón Marian Baldini Marian Baldini is the CEO and President of KenCrest, a human services and early learning provider throughout Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Delaware; that serves o...
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Knocking Out the Real Social Issues in Wisconsin with Governor Evers

Episode 9 of In the Ring with Héctor Colón with guest Governor Tony Evers airs Wednesday October 19, at 12 noon.  High-impact leaders get real In the Ring with Héctor Colón. Podcast guests talk about their challenges with systemic b...
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Ep. 8: Mike Victorson & Chris Kenyon - Not All Employees Are Treated Equal

Chris Kenyon is a partner and the managing director of senior living & social services practice atM3 Insurance. She serves as a subject matter expert, strategist, and thought leader for M3’s senior living and social services practice and ...
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Episode 7: Jose Olivieri - Living the Duties of Care, Loyalty and Obedience Over Self

José A. Olivieri is LSS' current President of our Operating Board of Directors.  He is a partner with Michael Best & Friedrich LLP Milwaukee office. He is Chair of the Labor and Employment Relations Practice Group and Co-Chair of the Gov...
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Ep. 6 - Frank Cumberbatch - Humanity Up Close At The Heart of Philanthropy

Frank’s responsibilities include leading the Foundation’s exploration of a neighborhood, place-based strategy to complement the Foundation’s existing grantmaking, with an emphasis on the Harambee neighborhood. Frank brings more tha...
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Ep. 5 - David Duea - Mental Health Crisis Demands Intervention. Bold Asks

LSS President and CEO, Héctor Colón, sits down with David Duea, President and CEO of Lutheran Community Services Northwest, to discuss how bold, aggressive advocacy and unashamed appeals for funding is vital for success. David describes h...
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About the Host

Héctor Colón is the President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS). Under Colón’s visionary and innovative leadership, LSS has adapted new models and business strategies to increase relevancy and operational efficiency. Before the start of Colón’s tenure in 2017, the organization had not met its budget for four consecutive years. Since that time, LSS has experienced a $17.6 Million dollar turnaround. He recently was named the Nonprofit Executive of the Year by BizTimes Media and the Hispanic Man of the year by UMOS. He is the host of LSS’ first podcast, “In the Ring with Héctor Colón”, released on March 16, 2022.

As Executive Director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services, Colón led several countywide initiatives, including efforts to reform the juvenile justice system, end chronic homelessness, transform mental health care, and end a 30-year waitlist for disability services.

Héctor will say that his own personal and professional turnaround began in boxing. As a member and champion of the national USA Boxing team, he won seven national titles and competed in the 1992 Olympic trials. At the height of his boxing career, Colón stepped away from a lucrative boxing career to serve God. Today, he is the USA Boxing Board Vice President where he and the organization focus on inspiring athletes to discover their own path towards personal and professional greatness. He also serves on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, and the Board of Directors for M3 Insurance, as well as Nicolet Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ; NCBS), the holding company for Nicolet National Bank.

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