Kayla Schiesser recently joined the Apostolate for Persons with Disabilities – Diocese of Madison as Administrative Coordinator. Most recently, Kayla worked with Catholic Charities – Diocese of Madison in their Aging Services Department. She served as the Program Assistant in the CompanionCare Program, a supportive home care program for older adults. Prior to Kayla’s work at Catholic Charities, she held several positions where she supported persons with varying abilities throughout the life-span that included therapeutic, clinical, educational, recreational, and residential settings.
Ms. Schiesser brings a unique perspective as she has personal, professional, and volunteer experiences advocating for individuals with varying abilities. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Stout and holds a Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Her compassion for serving people with disabilities aligns with the Apostolate’s mission which she looks forward to promoting and supporting. She strongly believes all individuals, regardless of their abilities, should have equal access to spiritual and sacramental opportunities within the Church.
Kayla is a lifelong Catholic and grew up in the Diocese of LaCrosse. Currently, she attends St. Paul’s University Catholic Center in Madison. In Kayla’s free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys the outdoors, camping, hiking, traveling, cheering on Wisconsin Sports, and volunteering in the community. Kayla is a member of the Game Management Team for Special Olympics Wisconsin that holds Regional and State tournaments throughout the state. When asked about her most admired saint, Kayla stated St. Teresa of Calcutta has greatly influence her to serve others. One of Kayla’s favorite quotes from St. Teresa of Calcutta is, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”