Our

Team

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Karen Krupa, Executive 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.”

Luann Olson, Assistant Director / Finance

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.”

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Patti Nelson , Client and 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.”

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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.”

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Rachel (Raye) Darst,  Bookkeeper

Raye joined Interfaith Caregivers as a Bookkeeper in 2022.  She has spent her career in Accounting & Finance and volunteering where she can.

 

I learned a lot about caregiving at an early age with my Aunt who was a vulnerable adult.  She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known!  Then when my mother got sick and my parents moved in with us, she needed 24/7 care.  It’s very rewarding helping others & being involved with the community.”

 

Diane Tryon,  Office Assistant

Diane joined Interfaith Caregivers as an Office Assistant in 2022.  She has enjoyed being a stay at home Mom and helping other non profits and her community with any of their needs.

I’m a wife and mother of two and my disabled father is also living with us. Now that my youngest is nearly done with high school and before my dad needs additional help, it seemed like the perfect time to branch out into the world a little more.  I am so happy for this opportunity and so proud and excited to be working with this great organization. I’m really enjoying getting to know the wonderful volunteers who do so much for those in need.