Meet the Interns

Intern Adam Brabender

Adam Brabender

Hello! My name is Adam Brabender. I have lived in the Madison area all my life and am 12 credits away from completing my fourth degree, first bachelor’s in social work degree from UW-Whitewater. My goal is to be an advocate for the marginalized communities focus area LGBTQ and people with disabilities (mentally ill and those on the autism spectrum). I have a dog named Nobu I am it’s third owner and I got him when he was two years old and now he is about ten years old.

Intern Laurie Byrnes

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Hi! My name is Laurie Byrnes and I live in a small town in northwestern Wisconsin. I started my MSW at UW-Whitewater in July 2023. I have been working as a social worker in child protective services as well as hospital social work. I would like to focus on social justice and legislative advocacy moving forward. I am excited about the opportunity to learn and advance my advocacy efforts on a macro level through the NASW-WI Internship.  My spare time is filled with enjoying my children, biking, sporting events, and traveling.

Intern Liz Butler

Liz Butler

 Hello, my name is Liz Butler. I am a senior at UW-Milwaukee in pursuit of my BSW. I have recently completed a minor in Criminal Justice as well as a certificate in volunteer work. I am passionate about women’s reproductive rights and LGBTQ+ issues. I am excited to work alongside the NASW-WI and break into a professional space with an eye for advocacy and social justice. I look forward to seeing the impact I can make with the NASW. 

Intern Charlene Huynh


Hi! My name is Charlene Huynh. I am originally from San Jose, California and am currently a 3rd year student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying  Sociology and Communication Arts with certificates in Asian American Studies and History. My political interests largely focus on race, LGBTQ+ issues, and anti-imperialism. In my free time, I like to work out, read, cook and spend time with friends. I look forward to the opportunities and insights that the NASW has to offer!