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 Nelson – Client/Volunteer  Coordinator

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 Olson – Finance/Lead 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.”

LeeAnn Linn – Program Assistant/Other Services   

Lee joined Interfaith Caregivers in September, 2019 as a Program/Other Services Assistant.

She has spent several years caring for the elderly and disabled, as well as many years in an office setting. Lee will be coordinating services between clients and our volunteers.

“I am thrilled to be a part of such a great organization that provides much needed services in Polk County.”



Mickey Gebhard – Development Coordinator

More Information Coming Soon!









Volunteer Services

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.

Office Volunteer

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!)