LGBTQ+ AODA ADVOCATE
OutReach LGBTQ+ Community Center has different advocate positions to assist the community in a variety of ways.
The current LGBTQ+ AODA Advocate is Linda Lenzke (pictured left). Linda is a grateful member of a number of 12-Step Programs, including Alcoholics Anonymous and
Al-Anon for 35 years. Lenzke participated in outpatient treatment programs and aftercare with DePaul Family Institute and NewStart, plus 12-Step and peer support recovery groups. She is a founding board member of WISH (Women in Support & Healing), a women’s 12-Step meeting house formerly in Madison, Wisconsin on Williamson Street. Linda also participated in a series of education and recovery workshops in conjunction with Edgewood College and the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
Linda has been a volunteer for OutReach since The United when she served on the Speakers’ Bureau for the United and PICADA, and talked to groups about recovery issues and lesbian family co-parenting. For OutReach, she has worked on a number of PRIDE Events including GALVAnize, producing and emceeing the post-march entertainment. Linda is a trained facilitator and has led groups at OutReach including W4W (Women for Women), a peer support and social group. She was a founding member of LGBTQ Narratives, a queer activist-writers’ group, committed to creative expression and social justice. Projects included: Intergenerational workshops with queer youth, a monologue production, Conceal & Carry: Queers Exposed, and a zine distributed at a Madison Pride March, Queers Read This Too!
Linda’s educational background includes undergraduate study in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, Communication Arts from The University of Wisconsin – Madison and continuing education with the University of Wisconsin – School of Business. She admits to being a baby boomer and a college dropout from the late 1960’s and 1970’s. She credits her activism in the streets as her real education, protesting the war in Vietnam, marching for civil rights for communities of color, equality and reproductive freedom for women, and LGBTQ+ rights.
For more on the Advocate position, please contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org or call M-F 608.255.8582.