Karen Krupa – Program Director
Karen was hired as Program Director for Interfaith Caregivers in June 2004. She has a B.S. and Master of Science in Elementary Education (K-8) from UW-Eau Claire. For 25 years, she worked in the Amery School District as a third-grade teacher, gymnastics coach, Gifted Program Coordinator, and District Computer Coordinator. She volunteered as a Destination Imagination coach and Apple River Soccer Club Director.
These experiences prepared her for her next career journey; to manage a growing nonprofit that assists seniors and adults with disabilities so they can stay at home longer.
“I’ve learned a lot about caregiving while trying to help my stubborn and independent parents, who lived three hours away from me. My 91-year-old dad passed away after a long decline in his health in 2009. My mother was proud that she was able to keep him at home. My 90-year-old mom continued to live in her home until two months before she passed away in 2018. My staff and I have experienced the difficulties of family caregiving first hand.”
Patti joined the Interfaith Caregivers staff in April, 2012 as a Program Assistant. She brings years of office experience, organizational skills and a love for the elderly. As a teen, she worked as a nurse’s aide in a mental health facility. She had the privilege and pleasure to care for her parents. Patti will be matching clients who need rides with volunteers.
Born and raised in Balsam Lake, she is very familiar with the county and its residents.
“I am amazed daily at the number of volunteers who give so much to this wonderful program. I’m proud to be part of Interfaith Caregivers.”
Tammy joined Interfaith Caregivers in 2010 as an AmeriCorps member. After her 1-year commitment, Interfaith Caregivers hired her as Program Assistant.
She has a Bachelors degree in Social Work and an Associates degree in Culinary Arts. Her background includes working as an office assistant, safety coordinator, Human Resources assistant and a counselor in a women’s clinic.
Currently, she coordinates orientation and training for new volunteers. She manages all communications including writing the quarterly newsletter. Tammy matches volunteers with clients who need “other services.”
“It amazes me how generous our volunteers are with their time. Each one of them is a gift to our program. And our donors continue to support us through thick and thin. What a generous community we have!”
Luann joined Interfaith Caregivers as a Financial and Program Assistant in June, 2016. She has spent many years working with the elderly in a health care setting. She transitioned into office work, where she worked primarily with insurance billing. Most recently she worked as a Billing Coordinator for Polk Burnett Electric.
“Interfaith really helped our family by providing rides for my Mother-in-law when we couldn’t. It’s a pleasure to be able to help other families through my work here.”
Sandy joined Interfaith Caregivers in May, 2018. She brings with her a long history of office/receptionist experience in chiropractic and accounting to the last 20 years. Sandy lives in Clayton with her husband. Together they have a small hobby farm with pigs, chickens and ducks and a very large garden and orchard.
“After spending quite a bit of time with my Grandma K when I was small, I think her love of canning rubbed off on me along with her love for helping others. I am looking forward to working with everyone that is connected with the Interfaith Caregivers Family.”
Pete Raye, Luck, conducts orientation sessions for new volunteers and makes home visits to new clients. Pete is a retired School Psychologist from the Unity School District.
Jean Brown, Osceola, puts in many volunteer hours. Among other things, she finds potential donor addresses for our mailings. She has been volunteering in different roles and different communities for over 60 years. (She’s not really that old, she just started volunteering very young!)