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 Kendra Schmidt

Kendra Schmidt

 Hello everyone! My name is Kendra Schmidt. I received my BSW from Carroll and have worked in many areas of social work including grant writing and fundraising, domestic violence, child welfare, juvenile justice, and geriatric social work. I began my MSW program in the summer of 2023 at UW Oshkosh. My husband and I live in a small town just north of the Fox Cities with our little dog, Louie. Our oldest son is a high school teacher in Wausau and our youngest is a Freshman at UW Stevens Point. For fun I enjoy time away at our camper in Waupaca, winter vacations to warmer weather, reading, drinking coffee, and photography.

Intern Nama Pandey 


 Hi! My name is Nama Pandey and I'm a sophomore at University of Wisconsin Madison. I'm pursuing degrees in Political Science and History with certificates in Public Policy and Gender Studies. I'm passionate about advocacy and social justice, specifically utilizing and working with local government in order to strive for policy changes. I'm excited to work with the WI NASW Chapter in hopes to learn more about social work and advocate for stronger policies that would benefit this field of work!

Intern Luka Schroeder

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Hello everyone! My name is Luka Schroeder. I am in the final semester of my BSW with a minor in psychology at UW-Whitewater, and I have already been accepted to study for my MSW this summer. I love advocating for minority groups in any way I can and especially see myself working with the LGBTQIA+ population as well as neurodiverse people (autism, ADHD, dyslexia, etc.) and those who struggle with mental health. I also have experience researching for events speaking about mental health in cultural minorities. In my free time, I endlessly love to learn a variety of new things, as well as traveling, writing, and playing video games. I am excited to intern at NASW for all of the lessons it will give me in advocating for wider communities across the state.