Mayor’s Proclamation Honors Tresa Matinez’s (MSW ‘86) Retirement as the City of Madison’s Employee Assistance and Crisis Incident Stress Manager

After almost 30 years working in the Employee Assistance Field (the last 18 with the City of Madison), Tresa Martinez recently retired.

Headshot of Tresa Matinez wearing a pink shirt.
Tresa Matinez

Acknowledging Tresa’s Contributions, Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway writes in a city proclamation honoring her work:

Tresa managed a robust system of trauma informed resources, employee wellness programs, return to work services, peer support teams…and other confidential services.  She also provided Critical Incident Response for thousands of employees through debriefings, referral for service and employee assistance…Tresa’s caring and remarkable expertise has made her an invaluable resource to thousands of city employees and their families, often in their darkest hour.

The city’s police and fire departments also praised Tresa’s work and her, “tireless dedicated efforts…through debriefing, trainings, peer support, and above all sincere personal interactions.” As trauma support and critical incident debriefing became crucial components of more sophisticated employee assistance programs, Tresa’s expertise and commitment shaped the city’s program.

Although retiring from the city, Tresa will continue to provide consultation and training independently. Remembering her ties to the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work, Tresa offers thanks for the support of Sandy Kohn, former head of the city of Madison’s EAP program and long-time field instructor, and Mel Morgenbesser, her former field work instructor who introduced her to EAP work.