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.”
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.”.
Mickey Gebhard – Development Coordinator
Mickey joined Interfaith Caregivers in November 2019. She spent 15 years in development raising funds for seniors that helped provide housing and community outreach services. The last 14 years, she managed the Volunteer Partners program at St. Croix Regional Medical Center. She has been a caregiver, volunteer and known many who have benefited from Interfaith Caregivers services.
“I’ve been fortunate to work with such amazing, kind, and caring people who give from the heart throughout my career. I’m excited to join Interfaith Caregiver’s team and grateful for the opportunity to work with staff, volunteers, clients, and donors to help seniors and adults with disabilities in our community live independently. I’m glad to be part of such an important program that makes a difference in people’s lives especially now with the growth of our aging population along with senior housing, caregiver, and transportation limitations in our county.”.
Orientation sessions for new volunteers take place at the Interfaith Caregivers office, and are conducted by our Executive Director, Karen Krupa.
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!)