Wisconsin Chapter

600 West Virginia St., Suite 501 Milwaukee, WI 53204


The Tourette Association of America Wisconsin Chapter is a volunteer led, nonprofit organization supporting the needs of individuals and families affected by Tourette Syndrome and Tic Disorders. We are committed to raising public awareness and fostering social acceptance; advancing scientific understanding, treatment options and care; educating professionals to better serve the needs of children, adults and families challenged by Tourette and Tic Disorders; advocating for public policies and services that promote positive school, work and social environments; Providing help, hope and a supportive community across the nation; and empowering our community to deal with the complexities of this spectrum of disorders


Annual Wisconsin Dells Weekend For TS Families

Join the Tourette Association of America Wisconsin Chapter the weekend of February 23-26, 2018 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells for a fun-filled weekend.  Meet with other families living with Tourette Syndrome for a weekend of relaxation, fun and support.

Room rates are $109.99 per night plus taxes and applicable fees.  To reserve a room for your family, please e-mail jbekshelby@att.net with the number attending.

Deadline to reserve a room is December 15th.

Tourette Education Day - June 30th

Open to parents, professionals or anyone who wants to learn more about Tourette Syndrome and associated disorders!

DR. CHRISTOPHER INGLESE: A pediatric neurologist with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Dr. Inglese will discuss medical treatment of Tourette Syndrome.

SHARI MESERVE, M.S.ED., ED.S.: A school psychologist with Tourette and parent of adult children with Tourette and associated disorders. Previously, Shari worked as an advocate for a special education attorney. She will address
questions related to school supports, interventions and advocacy.

JENNIFER ALEXANDER: with the Tic Disorders Specialty Clinic run by Dr. Douglas Woods, located on the Marquette University campus. The main focus of the Clinic is on the treatment of tic disorders, but related disorders are also treated. She will discuss will discuss CBIT and
other approaches offered for the treatment of tic disorders and associated conditions.

KATIE AND EMILY SHELBY AND BRYAN SHELBY: Youth Ambassadors from Wisconsin, accompanied by their father, these sisters will share their experiences of the Youth Ambassador Program.

RYAN THOMAS: An elementary school teacher with Tourette, Ryan will talk about growing up with Tourette and her early experiences as a teacher.

Link to PDF


Support Groups

North Eastern Wisconsin Support Group (NEW)

Patti Bani

Madison Area Support Group

Ellie Jarvie

To RSVP to support group meeting or events, please click here to join our MeetUp group.

Youth Ambassador Program

The TAA Youth Ambassador Program brings together, trains and supports teens to advocate for and talk about Tourette and Tic Disorders in their community, with their elected officials and before their peers at school, sports leagues, scout troops, camps and after-school programs. Learn More

Education In-Service

The TAA conducts in-service presentations around the state with various schools on an as needed basis. It can make a tremendous difference in your child’s academic experience to have the school staff educated about the many facets of TS. Learn More

TAA Wisconsin Meet Up

The Tourette Syndrome Assoc. of WI meetup group welcomes any and all affected by Tourette Syndrome, Tics, ADHD, OCD, Anxiety & related disorders to our group! We operate as a Chapter of the National Tourette Syndrome Association. PLEASE NOTE: You don’t have to be a Chapter member to attend any of our Meetups & all are welcome! Meetup enables us to “get the word out” about support group meetings and social events in Wisconsin. Currently we have groups meeting in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Madison! Meetups aren’t restricted to local residents. Past events have included: Monkey Joe’s, bowling, a variety of educational speakers and our annual 5K Family Awareness Walk in Green Bay. Our goal is to plan events to socialize, support each other and to educate both ourselves and the community about Tourette Syndrome. Welcome aboard!


Ellie Jarvie, MSW, LCSW: Co-Chair
Patti Bani: Co-Chair/ Support Group Leader
Kristin Lindblom: Treasurer
Jeannine Shelby: Secretary
Bryan Shelby: Director
Patty Johnson: Director
Chris Johnson: Director
Kevin Bani: Director