Karen Krupa – Program Director
Karen started June 9, 2004 and currently works 28 hours per week. She has a Master of Science in Elementary Education (K-8). She worked as a third grade teacher, school district computer coordinator, gifted program coordinator, gymnastics coach, Destination Imagination Coach and Apple River Soccer Club Director.
“I was part of the “sandwich generation” caregiving for my mom long distance while raising my own family in Amery. So I know first-hand the many challenges of helping parents transition from being independent to being able to ask for help with some of the small things.
My own kids are grown now but my almost 90 year old mom is still living in her home. And I still live over 3 hours away from her.”
“My job is to manage a program that assists seniors and adults with disabilities so they can stay safely in their homes. We are always looking for caring volunteers who want to make a difference in their community. Our program needs continual financial support from individuals, families, churches, businesses and foundation to help our neighbors in Polk County.”
Patti Nelson – Program Assistant/Transportation
Patti joined the Interfaith Caregivers staff on April 2, 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 returned to Interfaith Caregivers in October, 2015. In her absence from Interfaith, she joined a Reader’s Group in Luck, volunteered in the office at Habitat for Humanity. She took some time to played with her four grandchildren. She rejoined Interfaith as Lead program assistant matching volunteers with clients for all services that are not rides.
“It amazes me how generous our volunteers are with their time. Each and every 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 Olson – Financial and Program Assistant
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.”
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 hours. She helps manage our web page and 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!)