Foundations Health & Wholeness Honors Ethics in Action Recipient Sue Vincent

Posted on 12-10-2020

Sue Vincent, Executive Director of Encompass Early Education and Care, Inc., has been honored by Foundations Health & Wholeness as a 2020 recipient of their Ethics in Action Award.

Encompass provides care and education for children as young as 6 weeks old up to 12 years, and they serve more than 1,300 children a year. So, when the pandemic hit, Sue knew the decision to close would not only impact the Encompass staff, but the many families that depend on their critical service. Amid the many challenges of ever-evolving state and federal regulations and the fear that a pandemic brings to staff and families, Sue chose to remain open, understanding it was the socially responsible thing to do.

Sue was nominated for an “Ethie” by her colleague Tracy Ardnt.

Tracy feels inspired working alongside Sue, and says, “While Encompass may not be thriving at this moment, I am confident we will survive because of Sue’s leadership and her focus on our mission to serve all children with compassion and advocacy and excellence.” Another colleague, Debbie Ashman added, “Sue has been such a great leader this year, very encouraging to staff and families.”

Encompass is a nonprofit organization with goal of providing a stimulating and accepting environment present a curriculum/program that develops the whole child – socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically.

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Foundations Health & Wholeness

Foundations Health & Wholeness serves the community by healing mind and spirit through mental health counseling and foster care.

Mental Health Counseling

  • Our main clinic offers full range of mental health and addiction services.
  • We partner with social organizations in ten different locations to embed our therapists to serve children and adults with significant barriers to care, including those living in poverty, experiencing homelessness, the aging and people with disabilities. These satellite clinics offer an opportunity for us to train and supervise the next generation of licensed therapists and address the scarcity of licensed therapists in Wisconsin.
  • We also provide counseling at three public schools. We are the founder, and an active member, of Connections for Mental Wellness, a coalition of mental health care providers seeking to reduce the number of poor mental health days.

We provide approximately 12,000 mental health sessions every year, plus casual support, psycho-education, and over 500 hours of service on mental health tasks forces and committees. About 60% of our clients are either uninsured or under-insured, and we keep our doors open to everyone in need of mental health counseling.


In foster care, we recruit, license, and train foster parents. We work with counties throughout Wisconsin to provide placement and case management for children in need of loving foster homes. We provide treatment-level foster care to support children have experienced trauma, and have higher emotional and physical needs. Through our foster care offices in Green Bay, Greater Milwaukee area, Sheboygan/Lakeshore area, the Fox Valley, and soon Janesville, we serve over 130 children every year. The number of children we serve grows every year.


Foundations Health & Wholeness. The three words in our name relate around approach to care:

  • Foundations – we are here to walk with people has they strengthen the foundations of their mind and spirit
  • Health – Mental health is a key component of overall health and well-being. The World Health Organization defines health as, “A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being & not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
  • Wholeness – Wholeness is unity. It’s a personal state of forming a complete and harmonious life.